This is Kaori Freda, WWOOFer and staff member, chiming in to introduce you to the Pelan Village Layout. Pelan is basically a small intricate complex of wooden log cabins, all of which have been built by Ryo and Chika Shimizu, along with a host of volunteers over the years. There are a handful of houses nearby that the Shimizus have also constructed, in which friendly neighbors live.
I’ll tour you around from the bath, to wooden walkways, to the kitchen house and the place where all the firewood is stock-piled. If you see a photo you like, just click on the bubble to expand it and read a short blurb.
If you are interested in learning more about Pelan Village, feel free to visit my personal blog at https://rainagainblog.wordpress.com/tag/pelan-village/.
An exquisite view from the Shimizu’s family home balcony. If you are lucky, you will be invited up there to watch the sunset. Sometimes, Chika can see whales breaching in the distance.
This is the Kitchen house, where guests and staff can mingle, cook, and relax. There is a hammock, a huge wooden table, and a couple guitars.
The Kitchen House upstairs and roof.
This is the Kitchen House, where culinary magic happens.
There are pots, pans, plateware, and eating utensils for your use.
It is a great place to play a game of chess, browse the library, or take a restful nap. Banquets frequently occur here.
This is where all the firewood is stored. Every night, the Shimizus prepare rice and often, bread, over an open fire (you will get to eat this rice once or twice during your visit).
The stone pathway from the mountain road to the Kitchen House and large wooden deck. There is a small garden to your right and an upcoming earth-bag structure to your left.
The first part of the wooden walkway from the Kitchen House down to the cabins.
The wooden walkway alongside the three cabins, leading from the Kitchen House to the shower room and bath.
This is the pathway down from the Kitchen House leading to the cabins.
This is the charming little bath house, located next to the Family Cabin. There are large tropical plants inside, and a hollowed-out clam shell holding locally-made soap. Do be careful to replace the water after you leave, just read the instructions on the poster inside.
The shower area, decorated with coral and dried herbs for a pleasant aroma. The soap is made by a Shimizu family friend and Chika brews up the citrus-vinegar rinse herself.