14 Dec Sharing Lessons Learned and Exploring Cultural Heritage of Surakarta, Central Java

All of our team gathered in Surakarta, Centra Java on December 12-14 to share lessons learned from the year. The first day started with a discussion in which we all shared stories from our work in the field, planned ahead for 2020, as well as learned a lot from the special training that was led by the Finance team.


The three days in Surakarta were both fun and beneficial for the team. The CTC team and one of our supervisory board members went around the city by Jaladara Train, enjoying the traditional culture of Surakarta. Known as one of the centers for Batik, we all visited the Danar Hadi museum of Batik in Surakarta and were amazed by the collection of 1000’s of ancient batik as well as learned a lot about many types and patterns of Batik, a big part of the traditional culture of Indonesia. To experience the art of making Batik, we all got the chance to join a Batik class. Mad, CTC’s Government Relations and Outreach Specialist said that “I found that making Batik is not easy, it is difficult to move the wax so I think we are lucky having this cultural heritage in Indonesia.”

Surakarta, as one of the historical cities in Central Java, has lots of historical sites like Pura Mangkunegaran, an old palace of Raden Mas Said, known as Pangeran Sambernyawa, that is now open to the public. In Pura Mangkunegaran we were taught the traditional dance of Surakarta, the Bondoboyo dance for men and Gambyong dance for women. The day was closed by practicing Javanese Gamelan at RumahKoe where we all played a different instrument. We are now recharged and ready to take on the year ahead. “Let’s keep together as a team and all dream together, if we continue with this passion we can really do the impossible and save the ocean together!” said Rili Djohani, CTC’s Executive Director.


  • Anna Djajasoebrata
    Posted at 18:43h, 03 January Reply

    Over many years I have been reading the always enthusiastic comments of people who work for Coral Triangle Center. They are happy, proud of what their duties are in their work as well as – to me it seems genuinely! – happy for them selves, personally.
    That is a rare combination I think, not so many employers are able to furnish jobs that contain that combination of being proud of one’s very work and becoming very content by performing it.
    One of the reasons may be the character of your leader: Rili Djohani. I have the prerogative of knowing her since she was a baby..and saw her growing up amongst her loving family, having an older and protective sister. The sisters – to this day – are very close.. Rili, in spite of having many friends, used to be rather a ‘pendiam’, and was interested in so many aspects of water…and sea, of ocean since she was very young. Photo’s of sea and its inhabitants covered the walls in her room. This great and enduring love of her has ultimately led to what she is now:. the loved, inspiring and respected leader of Coral Triangle Center!

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