Kiss the Ground
A hands-on Regenerative Agriculture course for adults
Through the Kiss the Ground course, we are establishing strong ties with the local farmers of Subak Uma Lambing and a shared vision for an expanding organic produce supply. Good for the farmers and their families, good for course participants, good for the world. This is where the Astungkara Way aims to be.
This course entails a weekly 3-hour session in the rice paddies and community garden of Subak Uma Lambing, in the heart of Bali, to connect with local farmers and friends... and get your hands dirty !
The agenda is simple: go, do, listen, share.
We will learn about the subak, a community-based system to manage water and farming that reflects the Balinese principle of Tri Hita Karana: harmony among people, nature, and the gods.
We will also learn about and apply regenerative farming methods aimed to restore depleted soil to a healthy state and nurture biodiversity. Sometimes there will be real work to do, mud to get wedged between toes, fingers to get blistered, necks to get burned in the morning sun whilst ploughing, planting, weeding, fertilizing, harvesting. Other days we might just sit and watch our seedlings growing, have a chat, listen to some local perspectives, maybe eat some Balinese cakes, share some thoughts on the process and what we're noticing or learning together.
Through our efforts, we can gain new appreciation for the Balinese landscape, for our local friends and partners, and for all it takes to produce a simple meal of rice and vegetables.
January 19th 2020 to June 1st. Once a week for 3 hours.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat. Rice farmer conical hats can be purchased for 40,000Rp/hat on site.
15 participants maximum.
Course fees are allocated to the costs of growing the rice - the seeds, organic fertilizer, a cow to plough the land, and so on - and to supporting the farmers with the goal of helping them to transition from conventional to organic farming, to produce more good food for their communities, and to provide a consistent local supply of naturally grown rice to both international and local markets. Course fees also enable us to pay good wages for our young Astungkara Way facilitators.
Go with no expectations and an open mind. You will leave with a life changing experience.
- Mike Wheeler, Course Participant