Центральная Ява, Индонезия
5-18 августа, 2018

The International Bamboo Festival Living BamBook is a celebration of bamboo and its ancient wisdom. It is an Ecology-in-Action event aiming to showcase the wonder of that naturally regenerative material displaced in our times with energy-consuming substitutes. It is as much a Community-in-Action event restoring connections around traditional knowledge and techniques, and their modern use. Living BamBook is a broad array of educational modalities and community-building events, including workshops, seminars, focus groups, circles, etc., exploring various aspects of traditional and modern use of bamboo.
Living BamBook Background
  • In Indonesia, India, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South America Bamboo has been a traditional building and craft material for many centuries.
  • Bamboo can be used for ecological building, manufacturing furniture, clothes, music instruments, jewelry, toys, writing surfaces and more.
  • Bamboo is easy to use even for creating complex designs.
  • Nowadays Bamboo is often replaced by energy-consuming and expensive materials provided to local people by big companies while the traditional knowledge on using Bamboo is vanishing.
  • There are many species of bamboo growing in Indonesia. It is possible that every one of them has its own use.
    Living BamBook Festival's
    Integral Parts
    Hands-on Learning
    There will be several workshops held at the festival every day. Participants will be invited to choose how they want to learn working with bamboo: build traditional gazebos or try new ecological building techniques, make baskets, hats and dishes or create a bamboo art installation with a famous contemporary artist, or maybe learn from a traditional Javanese bamboo flute maker how to create musical instruments, and much more.
    Knowledge Exchange
    During the festival there will be talks and seminars, where representatives from bamboo initiatives from around the world will share their knowledge and experience. During the festival we will also find new ways of preserving traditional methods of working with bamboo and documenting this knowledge with photo and video. We will also organize a laboratory of ideas and approaches in using bamboo that will help initiate various projects, which will continue working after the festival.
    Bamboo Community*
    Bamboo is a community plant that grows in groups, supporting ecosystems where other creatures dwell. We will let bamboo be our guide and community-creating teacher.

    We intend to help restore local traditional knowledge of bamboo as an inexpensive sustainable alternative to modern man-made materials.

    This festival intends to help start a Javanese Bamboo School where people interested in working with bamboo can learn and start projects together.

    * "Community" is understood here in a broad sense, e.g. a festival community, global bamboo community, local help community, etc.

    Group Processes
    At the festival we will have an international group of about 150 people, a group that we hope will become very dear and special friends. We will invite people with same intentions and vision, but with different backgrounds and knowledge. Our festival will be a great learning ground to study and share, give and take. There will be many activities organized for and by our bamboo community, where we can spend time together. There will be open labs where participants will offer and lead workshops and seminars. We will also have an opportunity to take part in group processes called MySelf Circles, celebrate our bodies in LifeStream laboratory, and practice together Qigong and Yoga. We will even have evening activities: watching movies, dancing, singing and jamming by the bonfire.
    Beautiful Central Java
    We will have a chance to explore and get to know the most beautiful and mysterious part of Java, its lush nature, rich culture and warmhearted people. We will visit traditional villages, walk in jungles, trek to the top of the holy mountain Lawu, visit ancient Hindu erotic female and male temples, go on tour to the essential oil factory, learning how traditional techniques, usage and production found their way into contemporary world.
    Traditional Javanese Culture
    We will get to know amazing traditional Javanese arts: gamelan music, palace and village trance dances, wayang kulit shadow puppet theater. Those who are interested can explore these art forms or create their own orchestra with instruments we make from bamboo. During the festival we will eat delicious local food, and learn local secrets at culinary workshops.
    Festival Team

    Facilitator: Michael Yoshpa

    Michael holds a PhD. in Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, and Masters Degrees in Biology and Education. He is a photographer and facilitator of inner development retreats.

    Michael is an author and facilitator of several self-learning laboratories: LifeStream, MySelf, Living Science, and Living Dreams. He teaches meditation, qigong and martial arts.
    Organiser, guide, interpreter: Yana K.M

    Yana is a photographer and holds a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the State University of New York. She taught photography at the university, organized art workshops for children and adults, and took part in numerous exhibitions and festivals worldwide.

    Over the last 15 years, Yana has visited more than 35 countries. She speaks fluent Russian, English, French and Indonesian.

    Relations catalyzer: Alisa Dendro

    Alisa initiates and supports transnational grass-root initiatives on ecology, non-formal education, social and personal transformation. She holds a Master Degree in Sustainable Development, is a board member and project manager of NGO Relearn and Cooperative People-Care. Together with an international community of activists develops Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage on the island of Gotland. Projects in which Alisa is involved include youth learning programs, action research, experiential learning for youth and adults, communities development and intercultural cooperation.
    Expert: Paulus Mintarga

    Paulus is the founder of the architect, interior and landscape agency Timtiga which is a part of a creative space in Indonesiafor synergy among designers, architects, artists, academics, communities. In 2012 & 2013 he co-initiated Merajut Bamboo event, and in 2014 & 2016 – Bamboo Biennale. He is active in Indonesia Creative Cities Network and Solo Creative City Network. Paulus completed the degree in Civil Engineering and currently serves as a chair of R&D field of Asmindo Design, Furniture and Handicraft Association in Indonesia.

    Information and FAQ
    What is MySelf laboratory?
    MySelf is a co-creative laboratory facilitating group dialogue to explore our sense of self, to become aware of our inner calling and creative spirit within, to examine our patterns, habits and routines, and to see how current life situation affects our health, inner disposition and creativity.
    What is LifeStream laboratory?
    LifeStream is a co-creative laboratory for in-depth exploration of the human body. It is dedicated to studying, becoming consciously aware of, purifying, refining and mastering the body's material and subtle dimensions. LifeStream was created by Michael Yoshpa about 10 years ago as a harmonious synthesis of many traditional and innovative approaches, which were developed in the course of his extensive study, practice and research.
    Where are we going to live?
    We will stay in camping tents in a pristine environment up on the mountain in natural settings near the river, enjoying simple life and vibes of our bamboo tribe.
    And what about food?
    There will be a professional cook at the festival who will prepare delicious Javanese meals. Participants who volunteer to help cooking can learn many secrets of Javanese cuisine.
    What about transportation?
    Comfortable buses will take us around on daily trips.
    How much money do I need for personal expenses?
    Festival price includes accommodations, transportation, food, and all workshops and activities. You will have to pay for international airfare and taxi (around $35) to get to the festival location from the airport.
    How to make a payment for the festival?
    Please make a downpayment of US$300 in person, through PayPal or to our bank account. The remaining amount is paid in cash on the first day of the festival. We encourage you to make a downpayment as soon as possible, so you could take advantage of all early booking benefits, such as:
    – The best price with maximum discount for "early birds"
    – Guaranteed place in the program
    – Possibility to get the best airfare prices

    Participants are strongly requested to pay in US dollars with new, unmarked and undamaged bills! If you pay with other currency, marked or damaged bills, you will be charged an additional fee of 10% of the festival price.
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