The “Vajra” is a quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is an object used in Tibetan rituals to represent the sword of wisdom cutting through ignorance.
Villa Vajra was the creation of Nirgrantha, a Buddhist psychiatrist from New York City who built his dream house in Bali in 2004. His vision was to build a small community of like-minded individuals and create a magical villa on the rice fields near Ubud.
- Villa Vajra is situated in the traditional village of Sebali about 7 km north of Ubud.
- We opened our doors in 2004 and over the past 13 years, we have hosted about 1000 guests.
- Villa Vajra was designed by the acclaimed Australian architect Guy Morgan (guymorganarchitects.com). All furnishings were made in Bali by local woodworkers and artisans. The paintings and sculpture that grace the villa were all purchased in and around Ubud supporting local artists.
- We recycle all plastics and metal and we have two wastewater gardens that filter “gray“ water before the water eventually enters the river below.
Nirgrantha is a Buddhist psychiatrist from New York City. Since coming to Bali he has become our "gardener in chief", creating a beautiful environment that welcomes your exploration with the help of our 2 full time gardeners.
Joel is an artist from Montreal, Canada. His experimental film work has been shown at museums and institutions around the world and his photo collages have been exhibited in the U.S. and here in Bali. You may see some of his work at www.JoelASinger.com
The villa is staffed by 11 Balinese men and women who were selected by our manager back in 2004. Most of the employees are still with us after all these years.
We received the TripAdvisor excellence award in 2012 and 2013 based on the many positive reviews we have garnered.
NON-PROFIT AND VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT
We support English lessons for the children in our local school. We've hired a Balinese woman who teaches in Ubud to work at our school twice a week. We've also had guests staying at the villa volunteer some of their time teaching at the school as well which has been very well received.