Visited by 12 American Citizens: Batu Ruyud Now Batu Ruyud International Writing Camp

With the arrival of the twelve American visitors, Batu Ruyud has now evolved into the globally renowned Batu Ruyud International Writing Camp.

Twelve American adventurers recently returned to their homeland after immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Krayan, located in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan. 

During their three-day stay at Dr. Yansen TP's ranch in Batu Ruyud, Fe' Milau Village (May 21 to 23, 2024), they truly experienced the mountain wilderness of The Heart of Borneo.

Now, they have witnessed and experienced it firsthand

The 12 Americans who embarked on the Krayan adventure were Jordan Marsh, David Revell, Rebekah Payne, Esther McKaig, Christin Wisniewski, Wesley Bowles, Jonathan Gross, Katie Johnson, Marcus Ramirez, and Jack Clay. 

These aspiring individuals are future MAF pilots, social workers, and participants in humanitarian missions in Kalimantan. They were accompanied by Mr. Dan and Mrs. Jodi.

Read 12 Americans Enjoy Batu Ruyud Writing Camp and Add Stones to the Pile

Previously, they had only heard stories from relatives and friends working in Kalimantan about the nature and people of Krayan. Now, they have witnessed and experienced it firsthand. 

Photos, videos, and TikTok clips circulating about these twelve adventurers reveal that they all found Krayan to be exceptionally exotic, describing it as "a slice of Eden on Earth."

The twelve American residents immersed themselves in literary activities at the Batu Ruyud Writing Camp, each bringing their unique style and approach to writing, fostering creativity and collaboration amidst the tranquil surroundings.

During their three-day stay in Batu Ruyud, the twelve American adventurers relished local cuisine and engaged in personal activities. They also embraced the wilderness, contributing to the Batu Ruyud Writing Camp Monument by hauling stones and dedicated time to literary pursuits.

Documenting their experiences and events in Borneo

Indeed, upon closer inspection of the image, they are writing. It's a common practice among Westerners to jot down their daily experiences in a journal or diary. Many Western diaries from decades and even centuries ago have proven to be valuable, documenting their experiences and events in Borneo.

Twelve Americans visited and participated in literacy activities at the Batu Ruyud Writing Camp.

It's quite unique indeed that these Americans can write anywhere. All they need is a surface to place their writing tools, and they're ready to start jotting down their thoughts. It's true that Westerners can be more individualistic in certain aspects, valuing privacy, but there's always room for togetherness. 

Batu Ruyud, originally known for its national literacy initiatives, has recently gained international recognition. This area, located in Krayan Tengah, Kalimantan Utara, has evolved from a local literacy hub, producing notable works like Hidup Bersama Allah Jadi Produktif and Menjelajahi Misteri Perbatasan by 14 national literacy activists, to an international cultural and educational landmark. 

The site is now a symbol of collaboration and cultural heritage. It attracts visitors globally who engage in its unique tradition of moving and stacking stones, symbolizing unity and shared history.

Writing under the hut's eaves

Writing under the hut's eaves can also be a unique and enjoyable experience. The key is to savor the moment with relaxation and flowing creativity. Who knows, that place might become an extraordinary source of inspiration!

Writing under the hut's eaves is just as enjoyable. Just relax!.

As you've pointed out, they also come together and share moments, like being atop the pile of stones at the Batu Ruyud Writing Camp Monument. They find joy in each other's company, singing together and celebrating the experience.

Indeed, Batu Ruyud is truly a source of joy and happiness!

-- Masri Sareb Putra

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