Leave behind the Western, competitive, consumerist lifestyle for simple living dedicated to veganism, ecological living and habitat regeneration. Learn and gain mentor-ship in practical strategies for living in a sustainable world.
At Sadhana Forest learn to reduce your Ecological Footprint and contribute to ongoing work on contour bunding, organic gardening, natural fence building, compost soil management and other such projects required to run the Sadhana Community.
• Live an off-grid and vegan lifestyle on 70 acres of land west of the Punducherry-Tindivanam Road 8 kn outside of Center Auroville.
Winter 2014: TBA
Includes tuition, program costs, room and board, in-country travel.
Learn about financial aid options here
4 Transferable Credits from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
upon successful completion of the program
Winter Session: TBA
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Age: 16 and above
Language: none required
Yes: Contact the Living Routes office for details
Winter Session: September 30
Rolling admissions on a first come first serve basis, so apply early!
Contact us for availability.
Sadhana Forest’s mission is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). A relatively new community of Auroville, Sadhana Forest was started on December 19th, 2003 by an Israeli couple, Yorit and Aviram Rozin. The couple began their reforestation and water conservation efforts attracting volunteers world-wide and are committed to sharing these efforts with local communities, including creating Children’s Land for visiting Tamil schools.
Since 2003, the community has grown in leaps and bounds with a sister community started in Haiti in 2011. In 2010, Sadhana Forest won third place in the Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF). Learn more about the community here!
The health and safety of students and faculty on Living Routes programs is always our highest priority. Living Routes has clearly articulated health and safety protocols and procedures compiled in our Health and Safety Manual. This manual is reviewed and updated on a yearly basis to ensure the highest standard of care is in place on all Living Routes programs. The Health and Safety Manual is available for download here, or contact our office for a copy to be sent to you. All students also receive a comprehensive handbook including detailed chapters on health, safety and guidelines for preventing illness during the program.
Living Routes faculty and staff have extensive international experience and numerous affiliations throughout our various host communities and countries. These individuals and networks ensure that we stay informed about changing conditions and help us prevent health and safety risks while also responding to emergencies quickly and effectively if they should arise. Our program managers and directors have regular communication with field staff and faculty, who all carry emergency cell phones and are trained to carry out Living Routes Emergency and Evacuation Protocols, in the event that we must respond to an emergency, or remove a student or program from the field.
For questions or more information about Living Routes Health and Safety policies, please contact our office at (888) 515-7333 or email us at info[at]livingroutes.org.
MBA, Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK.
BS Mechanical Engineering, Vikram University, India
Min lives in Auroville, is actively engaged with the Sadhana community and works on issues relating to environment and sustainability on the local and national level. In addition to working at Auroville’s Center for Scientific Research (CSR), he is involved with projects throughout India ranging from carbon offsetting, sustainable development, influencing government policy and rural empowerment through renewable energy and awareness. Min has worked with the Ministry of Renewable Energy in India to develop favorable policies that will accelerate solar water heater distribution throughout the country. He has also created an Eco-Exhibition in Auroville, for up to 500,000 visitors a year, that will improve awareness about sustainability and developing a program to deploy solar energy solutions for lighting and pumping water in deprived regions of India. He is now researching on ways of effectively measuring sustainable living and finding ways of influencing human behaviour in that direction.
UMass Faculty Sponsor: Low-Carbon Living at Sadhana Forest