Working in suburban tech offices can have negative effects on your body. The florescent lights, carpet, and plastic materials is not inspiring and can cause stressful and bored feelings. I realized this when I abandoned this environment and went to Hawaii and Bali and started gardening and doing web design work with my feet on the ground. It was my time in the garden where I took off my sandals to let my feet sink in the soil, that I felt at peace and recognized the benefits of working barefoot. I found I was healthier and my brain functioned better, my body was more relaxed, and I was more positive and productive. They’ve done studies that just taking off your shoes and engaging with the earth changes your brain chemistry:
“Grounding, or ‘earthing,’ as some people call it, involves placing your feet directly on the ground without shoes or socks as a barrier. The logic behind this practice relates to the intense negative charge carried by the Earth. This charge is electron-rich, theoretically serving as a good supply of antioxidants and free radical destroying electrons.” – Studies Show What Happens To The Human Body When We Walk Barefoot On Earth“This simple process of grounding is one of the most potent antioxidants we know of. Grounding has been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, enhance well being, and much, much more. Unfortunately, many living in developed countries are rarely grounded anymore.” – Dr Jospeh Mercola (source)
Grounding in Ubud, Bali
One of the first things I noticed about visiting the coworking and coliving spaces of Outpost, Ubud is that everyone was entering the space by first removing their shoes. I guess this is not really special in Asia as many restaurants and community spaces have you remove your shoes before entering, but being the American that I am, it is something that made me feel cozy and comfortable.
There are many things that I really enjoyed about Outpost, Ubud. In particular, I found their rooftop to be my preferred space to work. There is lots of great light and views overlooking beautiful sunsets. There are swinging chairs and bouncy ball which keeps good posture and relaxes the mind. I also enjoyed spending time in the garden in a bean bag chair where I could put my feet in the soil.
In terms of their coliving location, there are many desirable elements. I enjoyed the private pool in each of the villas and the comfortable mattress. I felt the staff was exceptional and helpful. One of the things I loved most about coliving in Uub was the friends I made. They organized a dinner for me and I got to know some of the people staying there and really made some great friendships.
Socializing in Canggu, Bali
While I didn’t get a chance to visit Outpost, Canggu, I did stay nearby for a few days and I got to understand the vibe there. This scene is more hipster modern beachy than anything I’ve been exposed to. Outpost, Canggu is known for events and meetups. It’s a place to find friends from all over the world.
Vines in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Outpost Phnom Penh, Cambodia I’ve been told is really the hidden gem. The building is covered with vines which makes you feel closer to nature both in the air quality and in aesthetic. The rooftop on the 8th floor has an amazing view of the city and sunsets. The coliving space is situated on the 7th floor and is small/intimate enough that only about 20 people stay at a time. There is everything from a dorm room to a 3 bedroom suite with a beautiful jacuzzi with floor to ceiling windows. There’s a “quiet zone” right out front where people can work in silence.Overall I’m a big fan of Outpost. They have an earthy friendly cultural focus in the middle of the urban jungle. They support a large number of philanthropic organizations and employ backgrounds of all shapes and sizes. They really make an effort to hire locally. My suggestion is to get the one pass membership in which you can live/work in all 3 of their locations.
– Written by Ashley Leraan Johnson