Starry Starry Nights

Find a piece of heaven in your own backyard.

At the Permaculture Institute of Northern California, Penny Livingston-Stark and James Stark sleep outdoors most of spring, summer, and fall in their bale (pronounced “balay”), a Balinese structure that raises their bed above the ground and puts a natural roof over their heads. “The joy of sleeping outdoors,” says Penny, “is hearing the owls at night and awakening to the predawn chorus. Sometimes the birds forget we're here and fly right through the bale.” Penny and James also use their “outdoor garden room” for dining and entertaining. The bale and linens are available from the Permaculture Institute, (415) 663-9090 or