Reforestation Volunteer Program in Southern India

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About

Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful forest on earth. As part of our reforestation effort we are also working on water conservation and soil management.

Our projects include the work with local children, hosting many groups of people interested in conservation, the UniverCity of Compassion and an animal sanctuary where we care for rescued animals.

Highlights
  • Reforestation
  • Water Conservation
  • Sustainable Living
  • Veganism & Vegan Cow Sanctuary
  • Community Life

Impact

We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets.

Volunteers mainly plant, mulch, and water trees during the season, work on water conservation in the forest and around the community, cook, clean, maintain the community area, and spend time with local and community kids.

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Reviews

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based on 20 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 9.9
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Vandana
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tehseen
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps keeping the weather in mind umbrellas or raincoats can be advised to get.
Yes, I recommend this program
Anjana
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
It’s perfect the way it is...
Yes, I recommend this program
Nandita
10/10

The Energy is Amazing

I think it's an amazing learning experience that I wish everyone in the world could experience. I don't say it's easy, but definitely worth the trouble. Everyone is genuine and honestly wants you to have a good experience and are willing to take the extra step. Ecological and sustainable lifestyles are what it's all about and so many things have been thought through. Whenever one goes to a completely new paradigm, so much happens! The work that they have done is awesome.

How can this program be improved?
It's hard to say. Given the goal, which is personal growth and sustainability, I think its perfect.
Yes, I recommend this program
Reyna
10/10

A Night at the Dorm

Sadhana Forest is an invaluable space where we learn so much about ourselves and of course the environment too....

U learn to get back to the basics - the roots. Everything is so minimilastic and one only uses what one truly needs

Love the community aspect. You meet people from all over the world and learn so much from every interaction

The base is Sewa which is selfless service by and for one and all

The activities planned every day add value to the environment and to your life too

The founders are so inspiring

Definitely to be experienced

Yes, I recommend this program
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Diksha
10/10

A place to be!

I have been at Sadhana forest for 2 months now and it’s been an unforgettable experience.
Sadhana Forest connects to those who see the problem of forest degradation and are fighting for healthy ecosystems and sustainable living households. It’s a great place to escape from hustle and bustle of the city.
A wonderful community. Living out communal values and provides space for individual freedom. The volunteers are all compassionate who believe in the work they do with care and support.
The vegan food is absolutely amazing and has a diversity of flavours.
Want to save the planet having fun, this is the place to visit!

Yes, I recommend this program
Maïlys
10/10

Amazing - incroyable experience

Sadhana is a reforestation programm which share many values important to me. I also experimented a community life with really amazing people from everywhere in the world and who share these values. Sharing, non-violence, solidarity, veganism, unschooling, compassion, tolerance... It's a place where I felt useful and I can be myself. So thank you Sadhana ! And thank you Luke for the mistakes ^^

Sadhana forest est un programme de reforestation qui partage des valeurs qui me sont chères et où j'ai pu expérimenté la vie en communauté avec des personnes vraiment incroyables et qui partagent ces valeurs. Partage, non-violence, solidarité, véganisme, unschooling, compassion, tolérance.... C'est vraiment un endroit où on se sent utile et où on peut être soi-même. Que vous parliez anglais où non c'est un bon endroit pour partager notre envie de faire partie du changement..

Yes, I recommend this program
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Manila
10/10

Enjoy and learn in Sadhana Forest

Spending time in Sadhana Forest is not only a voluntering, it's a amazing experience of life wich will brings you up. Here you learn so much...About planting tree, unschooling, zero waste, non violent communication, veganism, about yourself also. About a way of life more connected to nature. You get involved in a wonderful project and became an actor of change in the world.
The ritchness of this place is also the beautiful volunteers who make this project alive. All the new people you can meet and enjoy with, share love and spend magic moments all together.
Thank you Sadhana Forest for all.

Yes, I recommend this program
Durgesh
10/10

Unschooling at Sadhana

I am unschooling my daughter in a city. Always been looking for an environment that is sustainable, diverse, ethical, humane and child friendly. And I think Sadhana is the answer to the quest. A beautiful place to get absorbed in. The best thing about Sadhana is the diversity of people who are here which makes the place vibrant. Having tbeen to a lot of alternative places I haven't found one with authority and free of judgments and mainly awesome food. The food that I would want to feed my children.

How can this program be improved?
Its perfect already
Yes, I recommend this program
Luke
10/10

Sadhana Forest - Living sustainably

I have been in Sadhana Forest India for over 2 months now, and Sadhana Forest Haiti for nearly a year. This is not just a project to grow trees but to also grow people. Seeing how it has inspired myself and many people who visit to follow a far more positive, conscious and compassionate lifestyle, is great to see. A better world is possible and this place is definitely a large step in the right direction.

How can this program be improved?
They have between 20 to over 120 volunteers at any one time through out the year, if there were even more volunteers, they could plant even more trees!
Yes, I recommend this program
Brandon
10/10

Amazing experience in Sustainable Living and Ecological Restoration!

This place is a wonderful gem on this earth. Sadhana Forest is more than just the ecological restoration that is done there. It is the collection of all of the great efforts of so many volunteers and the persistent dedication of the Rozin family. The opportunity to volunteer here on a few occasions over the past 5 years has given me an amazing space for doing service, for building community and for having a place that I can always return to and feel at home. Every aspect of life here has been carefully thought through and tweaked over the years. The community is constantly evolving as new ideas are shared and the vision for intentional living becomes sharper and in greater focus. If you are in the area I can't recommend a visit highly enough.

Yes, I recommend this program
Brandon
10/10

Amazing experience in Sustainable Living and Ecological Restoration!

Come and visit this beautiful project! I appreciate so much the care and coordination that goes into every aspect of life at Sadhana Forest. I learned so much about sustainable living, water conservation and how to successfully restore wildlife to a devastated piece of land. I've visited Sadhana Forest four times over the last 5 years and this place has become a home away from home. The core values of the project challenged me to be a more conscious consumer and to deeply consider what it means to live compassionately and to be a part of a community. I've made long lasting friendships and had the opportunity to grow so much as a person. You will not regret a visit to any one of the Sadhana Forest projects (India, Haiti and Kenya)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Silke
10/10

Three life changing months

After three months at Sadhana Forest India I did not only feel home, I felt that I’ve arrived. I found out so many things about myself but also about India, planting trees, community life, compassion, animal care, ahimsa... Sadhana Forest is just amazing! They are growing a forest and a lot of people at the same time. The vegan food is so delicious and the spirit of this place is breathtaking. Thank you Sadhana for taking care of the planet.

How can this program be improved?
By more volunteers and donations 😉
Yes, I recommend this program
Cibin
10/10

A conscious living project!

If you are looking for a place to learn about reforestation and water conservation or a conscious living project to know more about recycling, reusing and reducing by conscious consumption of the natural resources available on the planet or to experience the compassionate and harmonious way of living in tune with nature or If you are really concerned about your environmental foot print on the planet, the wellbeing of every other beings and the future generations, this is right place to visit and stay! :)

Yes, I recommend this program
Peter
10/10

A dream come true!

Being in Sadhana Forest is a dream coming true. This amazing community is a family of like minded people who together help out to bring an indigenous forest back and support a conscious, compassionate way of communal living!

Are you searching for a reforestation project and sustainable living community that gives you many opportunities to discover a vegan, conscious and compassionate lifestyle which includes nature, animals and humans? Sadhana Forest is the place for you!

How can this program be improved?
With many more volunteers and helping hands!
Yes, I recommend this program

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About Sadhana Forest

Sadhana Forest is an international vegan organization working on water conservation, indigenous reforestation and food security in India, Haiti and Kenya.