To know Bali intimately requires that one understand the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. Literally translating as “the three causes of goodness”. Tri Hita Karana is the origin of the Balinese belief system. It is centered on maintaining a harmonious relationship with God, people, and nature. This philosophy manifests itself in Balinese landuse, settlement arrangements, architecture, ceremonies, rituals, art and social organizations.
Tri Hita Karana Bali is reinvigorating the Balinese philosophy of harmony between people, nature, community, and God through inspirational educational programs and a varied set of workshops and projects based on permaculture principles in order to create sustainability for the island of Bali.
Tri Hita Karana Bali was founded by I Made Chakra Widia to counter the negative environmental impact of the so-called ‘Green Revolution,’ a set of initiatives sponsored by the Indonesian government in the 1950’s and 60’s to increase crop yields using harmful pesticides. Yet many farmers are still using unsustainable amounts of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and, despite living in one of the most beautiful regions of the world, there is little awareness of the impact of non-biodegradable waste upon the environment.
The NGO Tri Hita Karana Bali aims to raise environmental awareness of adults and children through a varied set of projects and workshops and is made up of people from different parts of the world, coming from different economic and social backgrounds. We are farmers, students, educators, professionals, volunteers, children, adults, activists, and change-makers.