Reforestation Volunteer Program in Southern India

Video and Photos

Hand Washing Station
Hand Washing Station
Planting a tree
Planting a tree
Lucille - A Member of the Sadhana Forest Goshala (vegan cow sanctuary) in India
Lucille - A Member of the Sadhana Forest Goshala (vegan cow sanctuary) in India
Vegan Organic Food
Vegan Organic Food
Solar Panels and Natural Architecture
Solar Panels and Natural Architecture

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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Questions & Answers

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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Mike
Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Values in Action!

Sadhana Forest is a very special place where the founders, residents, volunteers, and guests all work together to practice a conscious and compassionate way of life. They plant trees, run a vegan kitchen, care for rescued and abandoned animals, use only solar power, live in natural buildings, showcase environmental documentaries, invite local children to learn and play, and so much more. It's a great place to learn about different options for eco-friendly living, to meet other volunteers from all around the world, and to give back to the local community. Highly recommended for everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
More volunteers!
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Alice
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

Want to meet nice people, learn new things, eat delicious vegan meals and be close to the nature? You definitely have to go there!! I'm having a really nice time here and i'm learning a lot :-) we work 5 hours in the morning and in the afternoon we are free but sometimes there are workshops (méditation, yoga or whatever the volunteers propose) and you are free to go or not! Really Amazing and unique experience! Every thing is perfect :-)

What would you improve about this program?
I don't know
Van den Broeck
Gijs
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most beautiful place

This must definitely be one of the most special places I have visited in my life. I fell in love the moment I walked in. Tucked away in some huts in its (self planted) forest in rural India, lives a world wide community of volunteers, peacefully and harmoniously with each other and Mother Nature.
The vision of Sadhana Forest is a holistic one, much more than just planting trees, it tries to bring awareness to how we consume and our impact in all parts of life. This is not the theory, this is the practice. Here we realize we are part of nature and we can grow together with the forest. Moreover, you learn about veganism, natural learning, gift economy, permaculture and many more things!
It is part of the larger community of Auroville, a universal township for human unity and peace, founded 50 years ago, so there is always plenty of things to do and interesting people to meet.

What would you improve about this program?
Come and volunteer! They can use all they help they can get!
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Guruprasad
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

community living

Living here in sadhana forest among individuals who come from different spheres all working for and towards the environment and having fun at the same time is amazing. Have been working in this afforestation project for a while now, in this beautiful community where we share many things such as culture, experiences in a compassionate way .
Glad to be here and volunteer at Sadhana forest, we have been through many eventful days, from waking up early morning to the wake up call- a guitar melody played by mithun and the dogs howling when we ring the bell at the morning circle. Waking to the symphony of birds, doing our community chores , discussions and debates in the main hut and of course cooking for self and the community.
life could not be more better than this. learning and growing with the forests and the people within!

Aiko
Aiko
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life changing experience!

If you want to do some voluntary work to help where it is needed - ecologically and socially - and are looking for an organization that is not profit orientated, which community is living VEGAN and eco-friendly, planting trees, educating on sustainability, encouraging compassion in all forms, enabling volunteers to discover different cultures in a safe environment, reducing waste wherever it's possible, supporting longterm instead of shortterm solutions and practicing an all-in-all conscious, natural and down to earth lifestyle – Sadhana Forest is the organization for you :)

What would you improve about this program?
This program can be improved by many more volunteers contributing with their individual spirits and serving this beautiful planet and its inhabitants in all shapes and forms :)