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, and in 1992, he married Linda, in a colorful Balinese ceremony in 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 sustainable food production.
They added more guesthouses, and 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, where others could come to share their experience.
A bit about Norm
Norm van’t Hoff has gathered a wealth of knowledge from over 30 years of practical experience and academic studies. Starting work at eighteen, as a commercial fisherman in Northern Australia, although he relished the adventure, he recognized the damage he was doing to nature, and left fishing to work instead on charter boats, on the Great Barrier Reef. In 1987 he gained his Captain’s ticket, working up and down Australia’s East coast and in the Mediterranean, for the next ten years. While working in the Whitsunday Islands he became horrified by the damage tourism was doing to coral reefs, eventually declaring, to family and friends, that he was going to become, an environmentalist.
Norm, as Convener of the Whitsunday Greens, ran a six year campaign to save local reefs, culminating in the widespread implementation of new reef protection strategies and the formation of the O.U.C.H Volunteers. This successful campaign eventually resulted in the Government installing ‘No Anchor Zones’ in the Whitsunday’s, and public moorings throughout the Great Barrier Reef and now, Nationally in Australia. An effort to protect coral reefs from further anchor damage.
Leaving the NGO for commercial consulting, Norm worked the next few years on private & commercial projects in Bali, implementing sustainable waste management systems, developing strategies for non-toxic pest control, greening hotel operations and designing environmentally friendly landscapes.
Norm was invited to speak at a Greenpeace sponsored, ‘Green Conference’, in Banda Aceh, which was to come up with ways to rebuild coastal Aceh sustainably, after the devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami. In late 2005, he went to Aceh to work on reconstruction, where, seeing a serious gap in capacity, he focused all his energies on the critical, if neglected, sanitation sector.
In 2007, while working for the German technical agency, GTZ, was a two-day seminar – with 300 attendees and simultaneous translation – sponsored by UNICEF, and supported by the major players in reconstruction, specifically to launch and ratify, his ‘Guidelines for Selection and Implementation of Sustainable Sanitation Systems in Reconstruction in Aceh’. His last project in Aceh was to design, socialize and implement a ‘showcase’ sanitation project, for 2,000 new houses, funded and implemented by the British and American Red Crosses.
Norm is a passionate teacher with a genuine gift for sharing the concepts, and the vital, underlying Principles of Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability, via the practical methods he’s learned from Permaculture and hands-on experience.
- O*U*C*H Co- founder - Queensland Australia
- Concept & Manager - Yayasan GUS, Bali. Where he implemented rubbish management @ several beaches, started a high school environmental awareness program – which has been taken to over 20,000 Balinese students, and advocated vigorously, on behalf of the Kuta community, for better environmental management.
- Design and implementation, to replant 4,000 native fruit trees, in damaged parts of the protected rainforest, on Mt Batukaru.
- Consultant for USAID, GTZ, RED CROSS in Aceh after the 2005 tsunami. His first major task was working for USAID, where Norm’s practical experience and Permaculture training saw him giving four workshop trainings to over 180, water and sanitation engineers – from the twenty three different Red Cross agencies working in Aceh, plus Oxfam, CARE, GTZ, Save the Children, UNICEF, the Government Reconstruction Agency and a host of other NGO’s engaged in what was, the biggest reconstruction project in recorded history.
- Lead Concept & Design consultant, for Bali Eco-Stay
- Lead consultant for the Sumber Sari Eco Villas project - 100% solar powered villa
Currently, Norm is…
- Lead consultant for our company PT BALI GREENWORLD
- Founding partner in a company, which produces and sells the remarkably useful, vetiver grass. The company also provides design, training and implementation services, for sustainable land management projects using vetiver. See: www.vetiver-indonesia.com.
- Design Consultant for Loola resort - Bintan Island
- Concept & creatior of the Sumber Sari reef & fish regeneration Bamboo Pontoon
Norm is available for design and consultation .
A bit about Linda
Linda vant Hoff is from New Zealand, she first came to Bali in 1984. Linda has studied and practiced organic farming for many years. She has practiced permaculture principals for over 15 years and facilitated Permaculture courses at the lodge in Bali during the 90′s.
Before leaving Australia she studied to be a Organic Farm Inspector for organic certification and also practiced Swedish/ Thai massage, Reiki and managed an Organic cafe in the Whitsundays, Australia.
Linda has sailed the coasts of NZ, and was the first mate on the beautiful 57 foot White Swan in the Great Barrier reef Australia for several years. 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, Linda has taught Environmental Studies for 5 years to International students and home schooled their 2 sons at the lodge.
Linda has trained the local staff at Sarinbuana Eco lodge in: Management, Healthy cooking, Maintenance, Computer skills, English, House keeping & Organic gardening.
Linda’s eye for natural aesthetics is reflected throughout the lodge where she has designed the interior spaces including: furniture, lighting & bedding.
She works daily with the staff on menus, landscaping and new design projects and has trained locals to be trekking guides and masseuses
Linda has developed the weekly English class at the lodge for local children. She has also initiated & continues to support the biweekly Silat class (Indonesian Martial Art) & Balinese dance classes held at the lodge for children aged 6 – 12 yrs.
She has worked extensively with the local community managing the Seacology project and raising environmental awareness.
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 Orangutan. see Orangutan Treks
Linda is a Consultant for PT Bali Greenworld providing expertise in the Sustainable Tourism Design & management sector.
To view Linda's recent projects please follow these links:
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
Best Accommodation for a community category
Highest rating by the Natural Guide to Bali
Sarinbuana Eco Lodge has been awarded the 2-leaf rating by The Natural Guide to Bali for Environmental & Social awareness and practice
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