Visit Begawan Breeding and Release Centre
Immerse yourself in meeting the critically endangered Bali Starling!
Enjoy a unique outdoor activity observing conserved and free-flying Bali Starlings at a close distance. Get to know about the program’s history and observe the different enclosures – quarantine enclosures cater to sick or new birds, socialisation enclosures are where the birds can select their partners, and private breeding enclosures each house pair.
Learn about their breeding cycles, the preparation for nest making, the role of the parent feeding their young, and the fledging of young chicks. Prepare bird food with our Bird Keeper while keeping an eye on the site’s free-flying pair of Starlings, who regard the breeding centre as their own personal home. Visit Begawan’s community breeders and see our free-flying Bali Starlings, released at their home compounds. Through this visit, you will have a new understanding of this beautiful species and Begawan’s long-established efforts to conserve them. You may visit us at the Breeding and Release Centre by appointment.
Visit Begawan Learning Centre
Engage yourself in ‘Learning by Doing’ experiential education at Begawan!
We aim to create innovative and creative changes to inspire local children by giving them opportunities to improve their lives through our Education Program. It is our goal at Begawan to prepare them for creative and responsible roles today and in the future. Depending on their learning schedule and activities, you can actively engage, teach, and participate in a number of different activities with the students during their time at the centre.
They may be harvesting mushrooms, preparing planting beds in the garden, feeding the crickets, checking the beehives, or simply learning English and Maths through exciting activities. The students will be happy to welcome you to our Learning Centre, while our education facilitators will assist you in actively engaging with the students. By visiting our Learning Centre, you contribute to Begawan’s continued free quality education for the local community. You may visit us by appointment.
Visit Begawan Rice Fields, the Subak Temple, and the Permaculture Farm Garden
Experience the livelihood, cultural and religious practices developed over a thousand years ago !
Agricultural practices play a major role in sustaining the livelihoods of local communities in Bali. Realise how much effort and knowledge are needed to produce every grain of rice, as it travels from seed to table. Our rice field activities are nature-based, with authentic experiential learning from our local farmers.
Your journey starts with a visit to the Subak temple. Become aware of the importance of the temple in the daily lives of the farming community in Bali. Then, before getting your hands and feet dirty, visit a small temple in the rice fields and learn how to prepare an offering for Dewi Sri, the rice goddess. Depending on the different activities of the rice cycle, become a farmer. You may be ploughing the rice fields for the next crop, setting up a nursery, planting young seedlings, creating natural fertiliser, herding ducks to the rice fields to eat pests or harvesting the ripened grains. You will gain a new appreciation of the grains you buy at home. Visit us by appointment.
Begawan Birdwalk and Visit Breeding and Release Centre
Join our bird walk to sight the critically endangered Bali Starling flying freely in the wild, then observe this exotic bird at a close distance!
Start the adventure with an early morning relaxing walk along beautiful rice fields in our village. While walking around the track, you will sight the critically endangered Bali Starling, Bali’s iconic mascot, flying free in our release sites. The local community protects these birds through “awig-awig” local customary law. You can also observe the Starling’s nest boxes attached to trees and our habituation enclosure nearby. Besides Bali Starling, almost 40 bird species are observed in our village, some of which have near-threatened and vulnerable conservation status. Timing matters! We suggest early morning (7 AM) to do this activity.
After a relaxing bird walk, sighting birds from afar away, continue the journey to Begawan Breeding Centre for Bali Starling. You can observe this precious bird at a close distance. Get to know about the program’s history and observe the different enclosures. From this experience, you can also prepare bird food with our Bird Keeper. Having this experience, you will have a new understanding of this beautiful species and Begawan’s long-established efforts to conserve them.
This experience package is available by appointment.
What I like about Begawan’s approach to learning is providing learners with context that is experiential and relevant to their lives, and empowering them to get hands-on so knowledge is immediately applied.
The classes are highly experiential, with much of the learning happening beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom. Instead of reading a science textbook about bees and butterflies, they are in the garden catching and releasing butterflies, or at the bird conservatory tending to beehives. Similarly, with mushroom cultivation or regenerative farming, students are growing mushrooms and out in the padi fields working the land.
John Tan, Founder and CEO of Doyobi
Florian Grally from France
Chef Eka, Culinary Chef Banyan Tree Escape Resort
I really like Begawan, and how we are able to start in the morning to see the Starling up close and see all the different work they do with the breeding, with pairing them and taking care of them in the morning. For me it’s really fun to come out to the field to the release site and see starlings flying freely in the field.
My name is Catie, i’m also from the United States and I just graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Education
I thought it was cool to understand the importance of education that is emphasised here in Begawan, and know that they are helping the local community.
Avery & Catie from United States
My visit was well worth while as I was able to experience the campus and learners at the Centre, see the naturally filtered water going into the organic rice fields at the farm, and observe the beautiful Bali Starlings who will soon be released into the wild. Thank you Begawan for your good work in the world.
Christine Brautigam, Outdoor Educator
it’s so beautiful, I love the Bali Starling and would like everyone to comes here, but not too many people, but have more people to know about it and how endangered it is and how important the work you doing is.
Yes I love it, it’s nice, quite, peaceful, it’s away from the Central Ubud, the craziness.
Isabel Lothian from Australia
Elisa Sunarto, PT. Pratama Karya Jaya
Aris Widihatmaka, Operation Control Centre Senior Operator, PT. PLN Indonesia Power
“The Subak temple and walk through the rice fields were fantastic! Brought home a sense of the place, the environment where the starlings naturally occur(ed), and the work that is being done now. The temple’s significance as respect and value for water as a source of life and food came through. The experience at the centre was educational.”
Anthony Sebastian, Wildlife Ecologist and Conservation Planning Specialist