To create a space that will place value on the environment & local community, and inspire those who come here to do the same in their lives.
The Owners: Norm, Linda, Larz & Oska vant Hoff
Norm first came (from Australia) to Bali in the mid-eighties, and then, on his fourth visit in 1989, he leased land from a local family and built a two-story bungalow from coconut wood and bamboo. This was Norm’s hideaway in paradise. He took a couple of months off work every year to come to Bali. He met Linda in 1992, and they married, in a colorful Balinese ceremony at Sarinbuana.
Together they imagined a place where people could come to be inspired by Balinese culture, the lush farmlands and the beauty of the rainforest on Mt Batukaru. Over the next five years, they held Permaculture courses at the Lodge, inviting international students, for an intensive two weeks, to learn about integrated design for sustainable communities and food production.
In 2000, Norm, Linda and their two boys, Larz and Oska, moved permanently to Bali. Over the next few years they developed their beautiful home in paradise into an Eco-lodge, adding more bungalows, where others could come to share their experience.
A bit about Norm
Many years ago, after receiving my Diploma of Permaculture, I started teaching, and then I abruptly stopped. At the time I thought it was more important to go out into the World and do real projects, I thought I should prove the principles and methods of Permaculture in practice, in other words, try to make a real difference, rather than talking about it. ‘Thos who can do…’
Now, after many projects and many years of very diverse experiences, and having achieved a measure of success, I think it’s time to start teaching.
Most importantly, our family has been living Permaculture for long enough that I can speak with confidence about the benefits we’ve received and the joy it’s brought to our lives, and those around us. I’ve been studying continuously for 40years, and I’ve spent the last 20years constantly doing projects, so it’s time to spread the word, it’s time for me to pass on what we’ve learned.
It’s impossible to summarise all aspects of all projects, there’s always the gardens, working with staff and/or the community, work with government officers, non-toxic pest control & cleaning, energy & water conservation et al. There are no perfect projects in the real World, but suffice to say that in every project I do my best to integrate as many aspects of sustainability as possible.
Our Eco Lodge has proven that genuine ecotourism can have a profound impact on a rural community and their natural environment. And remember, tourism is the biggest industry on the planet, if you care, it’s worth working in this industry…
• Sarinbuana Eco Lodge - design, build & operate
• Bali Eco Stay - design & build
• Bali Eco Beach House - design, build & operate
• Loola Adventure Resort - consult, design & build
• Sumber Sari Eco Villas - design & build
• Bali Fresh - design & build
SEWAGE & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
Subsurface flow wetlands, anti-sludge septic tanks, vegetated leachfields
• Villas, businesses & a water-recycling public toilet in Uluwatu, Bali
• Training for 190 international sanitation engineers in Aceh
• Wrote Guidelines for Sustainable Sanitation in Aceh, ratified by UNICEF, USAID, GTZ et al
• Sanitation consulting & design for various NGO’s & Govt Agencies in Aceh
• Re-design & build sanitation systems for 1.000 on-site systems, Swiss Caritas
• Design, socialise & build sanitation systems for 2.000houses, British/American Red Cross
GREEN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Solar-passive, solar powered, local materials & workers, wastewater systems etc…
• Sarinbuana Eco Lodge - farm-grown timber & bamboo
• Bali Eco Stay - farm-grown timbers throughout
• Bali Eco Beach House - farm-grown & recycled timbers
• Loola Adventure Resort - farm grown & recycled timbers, a large bamboo shingle roof
• Sumber Sari Eco Villas - bamboo-reinforced concrete, pumice stone aggregate concrete
• Bali Fresh - 2 storeys all bamboo
PROGRAMS, TRAINING, TEACHING & RAISING AWARENESS
• Save fringing reefs of the Whitsundays campaign - succeeded
• Several Permaculture Design Courses at the Eco Lodge
• Tropical Permaculture training for a group of active women in North Bali*
• High School Environmental Awareness Program in Bali
• Ongoing rubbish management programs initiated in several villages in Bali
• Various trainings & socialisation in post-tsunami reconstruction in Aceh
• Presentations to high schools students at the Eco Lodge
• Ongoing financial support for Indonesian animal conservation NGO, FNPF
• Initiated & ongoing support for Reef Regeneration Project/Program in West Bali
‘A few years ago (2010) I joined with some friends a permaculture design course with Norman van’t Hoff.
The knowledge I gained there was absolute amazing! We received a lot of information which I directly could implement in our business and home. For example I built after the course 3 waste water systems which run till today very perfectly! Also my mind got more opened for many subjects I was not considering before and helped me to increase my thinking/living of being a more responsible person on this planet. I would like to add that I am a engineer of horticulture and know quite something, but the consolidated knowledge of Norm is just a joy to listen.
Norm is a very special teacher and what impressed me a lot is, that he is not only talking about permaculture but he is living it! I can’t think of having a better teacher than him for permaculture and I am very thankful for the great experience and the knowledge which I was able to receive.’
Currently, Norm is…
- Sailing from Palau to Indonesia... while writing the PDC course for April 2016
Norm is available for Design Consultation & Permaculture Teaching.
A bit about Linda
Linda vant Hoff is from New Zealand, she first came to Bali in 1984, as a solo traveler she fell in love with the people & nature. Linda has studied and practiced Permaculture & Organic farming for over 20 years. She gained qualifcations in Organic Farm Inspection for Certification. Linda was a self proclaimed " workshop junkie" in her early years - studying: Natuopathy, Bush flower essences, Biodynamics, Swedish & Thai massage, Body Harmony & Reiki.... to name a few. Linda has sailed the northern coasts of NZ, and was the first mate on the beautiful 57 foot White Swan in the Great Barrier reef Australia for several years, sailing the Whitsunday Islands..
She instigated and managed the first Organic/ Bio dynamic Growers Market in Australia in 1998 which still continues today in Bellingen, NSW Australia.
Now in Bali
She follows Permaculture principals, holds a PDC certificate & has facilited Permaculture courses at the lodge in Bali over the years. Linda has taught Environmental Studies for 5 years to International students at Sunrise school & home schooled their 2 sons at the lodge for many years (before she got too busy & wonderful tutors took over). Linda has trained the local staff at Sarinbuana Eco lodge in: Sustainable Management, Healthy cooking, Maintenance, Computer skills, English, House keeping & Organic gardening.e.
Linda’s eye for 'the natural aesthetic" is reflected throughout the lodge where she has designed the interior & exterior spaces. She works daily (when in house) with the staff on menus, landscaping, new design projects & has trained locals to be trekking guides and masseuses. Linda developed the weekly English class for local children for many years. She has also continues to support the weekly Balinese girls dance class, local boys soccer team for children aged 6 – 12 yrs & young Adults Futsel team. Linda has worked with the local community for many years, managing the Seacology project & on going environmental awareness in the community.
Linda has a love for Orangutans and has developed trekking Tours in Sumatra to bring economic benefits to the local community and raise awareness - on the plight of the Sumatran Orangutan. see Orangutan Treks
Linda is a Consultant for PT Bali Greenworld providing hands on experience in Sustainable: Building, Tourism, Interior Design, Landscaping, Marketing & Business management.
To view Linda's past projects, please follow these links: Bali Eco Beach House, Sumber Sari Eco Villas & Bali Eco Stay
Our Wedding @ the lodge in 1993
View our past Eco Tourism Consultancy projects here:Bali Eco Beach house, Loola, Sumber Sari Eco villas, Fresh Bali & Bali Eco stay
* Winner of the 2007 - 2008 and 2010 – 2011 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award for best Eco Lodge in South East Asia
Receiving the Lodge award in Thailand 2007 & Singapore 2010
* Nominated & short listed for the 2009 & 2011 Virgin Responsible Tourism Awards
* Highest rating by the Natural Guide to Bali
* 2013 Wildforest Best Eco lodge - Winner
* Trip Advisor Certificate of excellent 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
Although we have endeavored to make our buildings and grounds safe. In the unlikely event of an accident or Medical emergency while staying at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. Management will not be held responsible for any costs that may occur as a result.
Management is not responsible for any loss suffered by guests or their belongings – safety boxes are provided in all bungalows