Month: September 2015

John Hardy at HATCH 2015 with Will Travers

Becoming a HATCHer in Montana

“Yarrow Kraner, Will Travers and bears. What more could you want? The conference was intimate, loving- more loving that any conference I’ve ever been at. Full of mentoring, knowledge. I did a wonderful interview with Will Travers about life and times. If you haven’t been to HATCH, apply. It is magical. We didn’t see any bears, but we did see footprints and scat, though. Apparently you can track animals using that.” HATCH is the creation of Yarrow Kraner.  The annual HATCH experience is an invite-only 3.5 day summit for 100 carefully selected thought leaders from around the world brought together in the mountains of Montana. The carefully curated group of innovators is comprised of disruptors, inventors, grammy-winning musicians, filmmakers, technologists, CEOs, social impact change makers, educators, designers, and more. HATCH is a peer-to-peer mentorship mash-up summit where ideas, insights and inspiration are exchanged and activated from diverse disciplines and industries. Programming includes interactive prototype workshops, talks, live music, short film screenings, and think tanks, where guests apply their insights to real world problems and rapid …

Bye Bye Plastic Bags at TEDGlobal

Bye Bye Plastic Bags founders speak at TEDGlobal

“Standing ovation. No longer a secret, the Bye Bye Plastic Bags team spoke at TED Global 2015. They were the final act of the day and made an incredible presentation.” An incredible day, from Green School Bali to London! Isabella and Melati shared their story of working to make Bali plastic bag free with a room full of TED attendees at a TEDGlobal Salon. These girls and the team behind Bye Bye Plastic Bags need our support to make their vision a reality.  Stay tuned for ways to help them make this happen.  Check out the the TEDGlobal blog post here– the girls are in the last paragraph.

DO: Take the kids to Family Camp

Camp is not just for the kids.  Check out the Family Camps at Green Camp Bali- lots of opportunities between now and December. “Do yourselves and the environment a favor and take your family to Green Camp. If every family takes one eco change home with them then slowly but surely our countries, states and cities will begin the positive change to a cleaner, safer and sustainable way of life.” – Hobart from Australia About the Camps Family camps are the perfect opportunity to experience eco-living with your family amidst the Green School’s beautiful & biodiverse locale in the heart of Bali. These camps are curated so that your family will experience a variety of carefully chosen activities to enhance your connection to nature, challenge you and your kids to experience new things, and stimulate a refreshing outlook on life. What might your family do during your family camp? Our camps are experiential and exciting including bamboo egg tower challenge, natural-dye making using plants, mepantigan (Balinese mud wrestling), coconut tree climbing, and many more! Upcoming 3 …

Sumba House at Bambu Indah by Brian Hodges

The Sumba House at Bambu Indah

A few years ago, on one of  John’s regular trips to Sumba, he fell in love with the traditional Sumba houses. He and his daughter, Elora, decided to replicate one using bamboo in Bali in the grounds of Bambu Indah. The final result is spectacular, unlike anything in Bali, and has become a favorite room for the Bambu Indah guests. Elora Hardy on the design process: While visiting Sumba once, Dad [John Hardy] and I had the chance to go inside a traditional home. Sitting on mats inside the homes, we felt such a sense of calm and peace. The proportions and layout of the space felt right, like something that could only evolve over the centuries. It was cool and shaded inside, protected from the hot dry Sumba sun, and a bit of breeze flowed through the gaps between the bamboo. The porch was also a wonderful place to be; we sat there with the grandmothers weaving, and small kids tumbled around. Each home followed similar proportions and layout, with the cooking hearth at the …

Kul Kul Farm permaculture design

DO: A permaculture design intensive

Have a spare four days in November? Come and do this great permaculture course in Bali. Held by the team at Kul Kul Farm, they have this to say: Learn the fundamentals of Permaculture Design and apply it to your own land. This 4-day ‘design your own project’ course takes place over 2 weekends and is created specifically for people who would like to design their own project using permaculture principles and ethics. It will help you avoid pitfalls and common mistakes in developing a new piece of land, especially when designing here in Bali. The course will start with conceptualising your ideas and being able to clearly communicate your vision for your space with other stake holders and family. This will give you the design know-how and concepts to turn this vision into tangible elements that can be placed, tested and costed to your project. Each student will have professional and experienced instructors provide advice, guidance and direction.

How to take a class

READ: How to take a class from Serena Williams and Usher

Interesting concept called MasterClass– reimagining teaching and learning- in the New York Times. Mr. Rogier’s idea was this: a series of online courses taught by people who are the best in the world at what they do. How about an acting class taught by Mr. Hoffman or Kevin Spacey? Want to finally write that novel? Perhaps you would like to study with James Patterson, who has sold upward of 300 million books. If tennis is your thing, here’s Serena Williams, who will share with you the secret of her cunning forehand. James Patterson on writing the story in his MasterClass:

John Hardy at TEDxBlackRockCity

Speaking at TEDxBlackRockCity

John on his TEDxBlackRockCity experience at Burning Man: I spoke at  TEDxBlackRockCity. It was amazing and really a shock to speak without big, beautiful pictures. I had two pictures printed and Carina [John’s daughter] held the pictures up at the appropriate time as my assistant, but the rest was storytelling. And it’s really changed my understanding of speaking. Always relying on the pictures and speaking about the pictures makes things quite linear. Now I’m speaking somewhere between pictures and no pictures. Here’s a TEDxBlackRockCity wrap up from the TEDx site. Try and spot John, Carina and the bamboo hat!

Burning Man 2015

Thoughts of Burning Man

My first thought- if someone made a proposal for a festival of 85,000 people in the desert, no one in their right mind would fund it. Burning Man has a few rules- bring your own water, bring your own food, bring your own accommodation; there will be nothing for sale there, except for one shop, which sells coffee. And ice. How is this possible? I left the continent in 1975 and there was a lot of diversity and creativity going on, but I thought in the 80s everyone took white powder and got jobs in suits. Clearly that didn’t happen; I’ve completely missed it. I’ve had 10,000 people tell me to go Burning Man, but it wasn’t until Leo, a friend from Tulum and from Ibiza camp, invited me that I took it seriously. The Ibiza camp was beautiful, staying in a Moroccan tent…Wow. A totally amazing experience. No money changed hands and everyone gave everything away. (Oh, and you can add that to the list of things to pack- a fork, a spoon, a cup …

The Wheat Belly

READ: The Wheat Belly

The wheat strains of our ancestors is not even close to what we are eating today- no wonder it doesn’t feel ‘right’.  The Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis is fascinating. Go get a copy today. A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems. Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.” According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: It’s due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch. After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic–and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In …