Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood

Last updated: July 6, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: September 13, 2011

Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood

(Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia)

Mission Statement:

Eco Neighborhood based on Tri Hita Karana

Community Description:

The Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood is a beautiful 1.5 Hectare property just 15 minutes south of Ubud located at Br Sumampan, Desa Kemenuh, Sukawati, Bali.

The founders came together and began to form the community vision in 2009. As of July 2014, construction on the common facilities is almost finished. One home is almost finished, with several more in the beginning phases of construction.

The basis of Taman Petanu is a deep commitment to preserve and enhance Bali’s environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability. It is being created to demonstrate a model for sustainable living and community empowerment that upholds the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana, which balances our harmony with man, nature, and God or Universal Energy.

The neighborhood includes 18 self-contained private plots, which are supported by a range of common access facilities including: centralized waste and wastewater treatment, permaculture landscaping, pool, playground, barbecue & gathering area, amphitheater and pavilion for workshops and events. When purchasing a lot, members also purchase a share in the common facilities proportional to their plot size.

We have just one more plot available for purchase – please see our website for details.

Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood Vision:
Taman Petanu is a consciously evolving model community that embraces diversity and radiates harmony, respect, innovation, abundance and joy. To view a video of members sharing the “Taman Petanu Community Vision” please visit YouTube:


  • Type(s): Neighborhood or Community Housing Association


  • Area: 3.2 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 18
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Each members own their own plot and co-own the commons. Each member designs and develops their own house subject to compliance with community guidelines and approval from other members.


  • Adult Members: 35
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please email to set up an appointment for visiting. We are happy to give tours to visitors, however we have no visitor accommodation or volunteer opportunities at this time.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Send a letter of intent to the community. If all members feel that it is a good match, the applicant fills out a description of needs and pays a deposit, upon which they are considered a member.

    Please see the full description at

  • Additional Comments: We respect everyone’s spiritual practices. We adapt to the local Balinese Hindu traditions in placing daily offerings on the site’s temple and consecrating new construction and major events on site with the appropriate Balinese Hindu ceremonies.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: For more details on our social structure please visit our web page


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments: Non-Indonesian members become owners through ownership agreement or long term lease agreement, as foreign residents are not allowed to own property in Indonesia.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All~ up to 90%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All~ up to 90%


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Planning an optional CSA for the farm associated with the neighborhood, which is not yet operational.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each individual

Additional Comments

Still open for one individual or family to join the neighborhood. Members are expected to live on site starting in 2015.

Video Gallery

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


ecovillage, wastewater gardens, rainwater harvesting, permaculture, neighborhood

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge