Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood

Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia

  • Last updated: February 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 13, 2011

Mission Statement

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.

Community Description

The Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood is a beautiful 1.5 Hectare property just 15 minutes south of Ubud, Bali. The founders came together and began to form the community vision in 2009. As of December 2015, construction on the common facilities has finished and half of members’ homes are completed or under construction.

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 lot size.

Please see our website for updated details on opportunities to purchase a lot or live in the neighborhood.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 18
  • Planned Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • 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
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please email [email protected] to set up an appointment for visiting. We are happy to give tours to visitors who have made an appointment, with small donations requested. 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 http://www.tamanpetanu.com/join-the-neighborhood/application-proceedure

  • 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: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    For more details on our social structure please visit our web page http://www.tamanpetanu.com/the-social-structure


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $250
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Non-Indonesian members may use land through a long term lease agreement or through transferring the ownership title to an Indonesian citizen of the member’s choice, as foreign residents are not allowed to own property in Indonesia.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Stage or Auditorium, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • 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.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Community type (other): neighborhood

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


ecovillage, rainwater harvesting, neighborhood