Take an Inspired Community Adventure to experience genuine village life in Bali, while exploring the incredible natural beauty and rich culture of the island. Five Pillar Foundation is community development organization and social enterprise, so each unique, sustainable travel experiences creates economic opportunity for local communities and raises international awareness around local Balinese values.
Travel outside the tourist zones to connect with Balinese communities; swim in secluded beaches; hike to secret waterfalls; interact with villagers making unique products such as cacao powder and chocolates or traditional songket fabrics; learn about mangroves and rescued wildlife; and enjoy meals prepared by local villagers.
Social Enterprise started in 2014| Local/Foreign Owned
Five Pillar Foundation was founded by Alan Yu - then a Ph.D. student conducting his dissertation research on prominent leaders in Bali - and Wira Guna - a villager from rural West Bali who moved to South Bali to work in tourism - decided to come together to create a social movement for a better Bali. As the two travelled around the island, they could see the devastating impact of mass tourism and realized they could offer travelers and communities a better way.
Alan and Wira strongly believed that Bali and Balinese culture are beautiful and worth protecting and preserving. The name of the organization is based on the Five Pillar Model for community development, an integrated community-based approach for community development and social change developed by Alan and Wira. Encouraging local communities to think holistically, we teach rural communities to recognize and utilize all of their available resources - financial, social, natural, human, and cultural - so that they can revitalize their villages.