Sadhana Forest

Program Reviews

Van den Broeck
Gijs
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unbelievable project

The work being carried out by Sadhana Forest Kenya is truly amazing. Planting indigenous food trees together with people around their homes, such an ingenious idea! It's a silver bullet that solves issues of climate change, desertification, poverty and food insecurity all at the same time!
Sadhana Forest Kenya is very welcoming. The staff is great and the local people are wonderful. You can really feel like you are making a difference here, going out to plant and take care of trees that will support these people for the rest of their lives.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Sadhana Forest Kenya is off the beaten track. Ideal for people who like quiet environments that are not too crowded!
Van den Broeck
Gijs
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Extraordinary place!

The work being done by Sadhana Forest Haiti is really extraordinary. They are in a remote place where there is a lot of poverty and malnutrition and few other NGOs present. Yet, they are managing to make a very concrete long term lasting impact on the lives of many people there.
The project is very accessible and it is easy to join as a volunteer. They have a holistic broader vision of community, sustainable living, veganism, zero waste and so on. They are doing more than just planting trees here, they are experimenting to see how to can live in the most compassionate way, and with simple but effective means, have the highest possible impact on peoples' lives!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This is really a great place if you want to go off grid and have a different experience and explore alternative ways of living and contributing to the world.
Bitmoji
Mark
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Love and Life

It's a awesome vegan community, there is not just a sense of doing good by planting trees but a sense of togetherness and of community.

The food is Vegan the lifestyle is simple and lovely.

The 2 sevas a day along with the community sevas help the functioning of the community. Seva a selfless act in essence is the spirit of the community. We all pitch in to help the community run smoothly.

If it is serving lunch or being a runner to bring plates to everyone before meals the community sevas show the togetherness of all.

The water conservation techniques used are beautiful and the forest itself is filled with trees and life.

Volunteering at Sadhana Forest has enriched me as a human being as I grew with the trees.

I wish everyone could experience what I did.

Peter
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly amazing project!

My visit to Sadhana Forest Haiti was an unforgettable experience. This place is a truly unique opportunity to experience what it is like to invest your time and energy into a project that really matters. With the experience of more then 7 years Sadhana Forest Haiti is cooperating with the local people to create food forests for long-term food security and restoration of the environment. Sadhana Forest Haiti is a place of hope and love based on wonderful core values like, veganism, gift-economy, unschooling, sustainable living, zero-waste etc. By volunteering at Sadhana Forest Haiti you have the unique opportunity to meet amazing like minded people and explore the beauty of the Carribean as well. I highly recommend you to pay Sadhana Forest Haiti a visit and help this amazing project in a place where your help is really needed!

What would you improve about this program?
It's already amazing and the more volunteers the better!
Mike
Mike
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Hands-On Eco-Friendly Living

I came to Sadhana Forest Kenya after having spent a good amount of time at Sadhana Forest India. At this outpost about three hundred kilometers from Nairboi, (and about fifty kilometers from the nearest paved road or electrical grid), the spirit of service and eco-friendly living are every bit as alive and inspiring as in India.

Sadhana Forest Kenya is a volunteer community whose main goal is to establish food and water security in the Samburu region through planting local, indigenous, drought-resistant, food producing trees. Locals can come here for traning, and Sadhana Forest staff and volunteers also pay visits to homes, schools, churches, and so on in order to plant the trees raised in the nursery here.

Every aspect of life in Sadhana Forest Kenya is meant to compliment and contribute to the work - thus the solar and wind power, vegan kitchen, compost toilets, low-flow handwash stations, simple accommodation. If you have ever considered steering your life in a more eco-friendly direction, this is the place to see and feel these values in action.

Sadhana Forest Kenya also provides drinkable water and solar charging power for locals, which is crucial in an area with no electrical grid and frequently low water reserves.

Sadhana Forest Kenya also provides an opportunity to meet and work alongisde Samburu people; to live simply and close to nature; to create solid bonds with other volunteers; to enjoy top-quality sunrises and sunsets every day; and to see the stars and milky way at night.

Please visit, or even better, come stay! It's an amazing project, staffed by truly dedicated people, doing important work. My month here has been beautiful and I'm sure I'll be back again.

What would you improve about this program?
More Volunteers!
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Alex
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Genuine conservation in an amazing location

Sadhana Forest surprised me in many ways, I did not expect to develop such a deep connection with the land and with myself. The conservation work Sadhana Forest does is long term and sustainable and the local community really understands the benefits and gets on board wholly.

I particularly learned a lot about self reliance, I enjoyed learning how to fix a a 4x4 van, and to upgrade a solar electrical system. Also about living simply, there is free time to read, talk or to improve a skill, away from all the stresses of modern, connected life.

The food is amazing, vegan, whole foods were not the main factor for me coming to Sadhana Forest but after eating like this for a few weeks I feel I have so much energy, not to mention every meal is delicious, particularly the chocolate mouse.

All in all I would really recommend Sadhana Forest, for growing yourself there is no better way to spend a few months.

Also you get a great tan!

What would you improve about this program?
More people need to know about this fantastic project.
Aiko
Aiko
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Sadhana Forest Kenya is made for you :)

If you are looking for an authentic and once-in-a-lifetime experience, wish to connect with the wonderful people of the Samburu tribe, want to try the most compassionate diet and eat whole food vegan meals, would like to live without creating any waste, are ready to live within nature and in the most eco-friendly way possible AND wish to plant indigenous drought-resistant food producing trees for the people who need it the most, Sadhana Forest Kenya is made for you :)

What would you improve about this program?
This program can only be improved by more volunteers joining the project! Spread the word :)
Vandana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Place to be

I like this place . Had a wonderful time and lots of fun. Fully connected to nature. The stories in Sadhna forest shared with us through the people here are so beautiful and makes you feel so connected to them as well as connected to nature in turn. The food is simple yet delicious and you feel so satisfied. when you first enter Sadhana forest you are overwhelmed by the greenery and the love that is showere upon you through the volunteers. we had so much fun at the non talent show, people did such crazy as well as amazing stuff. Meeting the founding family was an amazing experience as they have such beautiful ideas and arr such pure people.

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Tehseen
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Porridge in the Forest

Had a wonderful time here. Far exceeded all my expectations. Made me realise the value of lot of things in life that we take for granted like water, land, food, electricity etc. Lovely community-lot of unity and love, excellent vegan food. The seva is done so selflessly and wonderfully and with so much love and unity that it really touches the heart. Loved the morning circle too. It’s so inspiring that people from different nations have come together to build such a beautiful community.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps keeping the weather in mind umbrellas or raincoats can be advised to get.
Anjana
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Anjana @ Sadhana Forest

In the Lap of Nature with Greenery all over and minimalistic living conditions, but yet extremely comfortable.
Beautiful atmosphere and great team taking care of it wonderfully. The food is simple yet delicious.

Would recommend each and everyone I care for to experience this kind of living at least once in a lifetime!!! God Bless The Sadhana Forest Team as well as Volunteers here, spending such valuable time here, making it worth coming for the rest of us. Thanks to Our Rockstar Founder, Nandita Shah.

What would you improve about this program?
It’s perfect the way it is...