Empowerment through Food
Heart centred learning by deepening our connection with Nature.
We are an Earth School in rural Bali, dedicated to innovative ways of growing and preparing food in harmony with Earth. We call this ‘New Earth Cooking’.
We offer twice weekly. hands-on cooking class experiences with perennial produce from the food forest gardens surrounding our school.
Interns stay up to several weeks or months with us, deepening their connection with themselves, others, Earth and the abundance of food she provides.
New Earth School is founded by Earth Custodian Simon, the creative mind behind some of Bali’s most iconic plant-based food concepts such as Zest Ubud, Dapur Usada and formally Bali Silent Retreat and Mother.
To learn what New Earth Cooking means and how it can support you, browse the 5 P’s of the New Earth Food Philosophy.
What we offer
A day long experience is the best way of getting to know us. Leave the burdens of the busy world behind and come spend the day connecting to yourself, others and Earth. Our rewilding and creative cookery classes are unique, heart based experiences on the Earth. All classes include our famous plant powered lunch feast to nourish every cell in your body with deliciousness from our forest gardens.
Interns spend weeks or even months participating in our daily rhythms. Prolonged periods of deep connection to self, others and Earth can be truly life changing. Our structure is designed to keep you connected and true to yourself without interfering with your innate needs for growth.
A note from Simon, creator of New Earth School:
Spending 5 years inwardly at a Silent Retreat in rural Bali, with my hands and feet daily on the Earth, I couldn’t help but cook differently. But it wasn’t just my cooking that changed, it was the way I understood Nature and humans. I suddenly started to see the ecosystem in everything. Based on this I started running the kitchen from the ground up, where I felt nothing was more important than the energy between cooks and the love they poured in food.
I would encourage them to different gestures, literally showing them how to sprinkle salt with more passion, to stir the soup with more heart, to be completely absorbed by flavours when tasting food. At the risk of being made a fool, I would make them dance when grumpy, and they felt comfortable teasing me when I had a bad day in return.
The kitchen became my temple where I would orchestrate energy rather than menus, ignite passion and creativity instead of controlling and motivating people to follow my way. I realised I was creating the space I always wanted to work in. Throughout this, Bali proofed to be my biggest teacher, her plants, animals and Native inhabitants extensions of her wisdom.
What I learned at Bali Silent Retreat I applied at different restaurants, locally and abroad. The vibes and menus I created would attract very specific, health-conscious individuals. This crowd would be able to taste New Earth Cooking whether they would eat at Mother restaurant, Dapur Usada or at Zest.
At the risk of turning to spiritual snobbery, these customers could recognize the loving energy from our kitchen without fault. They could discern our standards and sense that no profit or greed could make us use palm oil instead of locally cooked coconut oil just to save a few rupiahs. Our menu didn’t need to mention the absence of MSG or GMO’s because debate all you like, people with true respect for Nature don’t need lab-made Frankenstein facades to mask or modify her perfection.
Some would call me the best chef in Bali and I would disagree. There are plenty chefs out there who are technically more advanced than me, with way more dedication to the severity of the Chef’s craft and yet, they couldn’t do what I do. Their restaurants would close in 2020 whilst every place I put my touches on would thrive.
Because it isn’t about me. Like the big tree taught me in the forest as it has access to more light and nutrients than most other life forms in the forest. Pay it forward. Don’t stash all that rich compost in a swiss bank account. Don’t try to possess those rays of light. If you have a gift, share it by empowering others to do better. That is the real success.
By ensuring them it is all inside already. You just have to dare to access your own divine connection. By shedding those dense layers of societal conditioning and bravely dance to the beat of your own drum. Humanity has been capped and held back for so long and this is a time of great awakening, We have an abundance of creativity and brilliance living in the hearts and minds of brothers and sisters, bigger and brighter than we can possibly imagine.
If we start unleashing these floodgates by refusing to control them OR allow them to keep themselves small. By holding each other accountable for radical honesty and say no to safe, polite, predictable play.
4 years ago the call came to build a school around this philosophy, and I’m glad I picked up the phone. 1 year and 60000 miracles later New Earth School Bali was born. A playground for misfits, where all parts of you are welcome and loved back into wholeness. A place where the heart creates structure instead of allowing the structure to suffocate the heart. New Earth School teaches by deepening our connection to Nature and no one day is the same. Just like in Nature, we are bound by seasons and climate so every day we start fresh with a morning circle, tuning in to the subtle whispers of the Earth.
The good news, we are going stronger than ever. And if you feel the call, reach out and see if learning with us is for you.
What our students say
There’s no place on Earth like New Earth. Thank you Made, Iwan, Rina, Leni, Tarzan, Simon and everyone else for welcoming me like family. You gave me what I needed, not what I thought I wanted. After a month at the school I now know exactly why I came into the world. My next challenge is to go out there and make it happen. I may need your help along the way.― Angelina, former NEC intern
I spend my whole life trying to cook delicious food using written recipes. Thanks to Simon I now understand I was missing the one vital ingredient, my very own heart. I never believed that I had all the inspiration inside of me. I can’t wait to take my new found skills back to Turkey and apply it using local ingredients. I love you all team New Earth!― Mustafa, former NEC student
Why on earth?
We believe the old schooling system no longer serves us.
It seems that humanity is in dire need of learning vital survival skills.
These include: heart based communication, self sufficiency and harmony with Earth.
We are dedicated to learning and sharing these with you.