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Eco Yoga Farm

Last updated: January 3, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: January 3, 2013

Eco Yoga Farm

(Cartago, Valle del Cauca, Colombia)

Mission Statement:

volunteering in Colombia

Community Description:

We are an eco-village (non profit organization) located 10 km from the town of Cartago, in the Cauca Valley (3 hours from Cali and 1 from Pereira) in a unique rural environment. The Park is settled in the heart of the Colombian Andes; the area is very green and natural, surrounded by fields, with incredible views of sunrises and sunsets. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly.

Volunteer
Our Volunteer program is specially designed for those who want to experience an eco friendly way of life; you can take part in sustainable activities, such as organic farming, eco building, vegetarian cooking, etc., while at the same time experiencing the quietness and harmony afforded by yoga and meditation.

Volunteers work for 4 1/2 hours a day in sustainable activities during the morning. Teaching Art, English, Sports and Ecology at the local primary schools is part of our volunteering program for those who wish to participate. In the afternoon they are free to take part in the farm’s activities (hatha yoga, meditation, music therapy with oriental instruments, pranayama programme, movies, etc.), or simply relax, read a book, take a walk through the surrounding rural environment, play soccer with the locals or take a boat ride and swim in the Cauca river.

All year around, volunteers from all over the world come to the farm to discover their skills, get in contact with mother earth, help us improve our local community, get to know new people, learn Spanish and enjoy nature and the experience of living in our community.

Please note that we request our visitors and volunteers to abstain from intoxicants and extramarital relationships to preserve the sanctity of the project.

Yoga Ashram
The farm is also a Yoga Ashram, every day you can take part in hatha yoga classes that enables you to harmonize mind, body and spirit, you are also invited to practice meditation with oriental instruments to help you connect with your inner self, and learn about the most ancient Indian teachings in our classes on Vedic philosophy.

Accommodation
The farm has several comfortable rooms (singles, doubles or triples), blankets and sheets are provided, there is access to an inside and outside shower as well as common areas.

Diet
The farm has its own organic lacto-vegetarian/vegan organic restaurant, with an excellent and tasteful menu of Latinoamerican and Indian dishes. The volunteer program includes full board (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner).

About

  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)

Housing

  • Area: 7.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Land owned by: The Community

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: We are an eco-village (non profit organization) located 10 km from the town of Cartago, in the Cauca Valley (3 hours from Cali and 1 from Pereira) in a unique rural environment. The Park is settled in the heart of the Colombian Andes; the area is very green and natural, surrounded by fields, with incredible views of sunrises and sunsets. The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly.

    Volunteer
    Our Volunteer program is specially designed for those who want to experience an eco friendly way of life; you can take part in sustainable activities, such as organic farming, eco building, vegetarian cooking, etc., while at the same time experiencing the quietness and harmony afforded by yoga and meditation.

    Volunteers work for 4 1/2 hours a day in sustainable activities during the morning. Teaching Art, English, Sports and Ecology at the local primary schools is part of our volunteering program for those who wish to participate. In the afternoon they are free to take part in the farm’s activities (hatha yoga, meditation, music therapy with oriental instruments, pranayama programme, movies, etc.), or simply relax, read a book, take a walk through the surrounding rural environment, play soccer with the locals or take a boat ride and swim in the Cauca river.

    All year around, volunteers from all over the world come to the farm to discover their skills, get in contact with mother earth, help us improve our local community, get to know new people, learn Spanish and enjoy nature and the experience of living in our community.

    Please note that we request our visitors and volunteers to abstain from intoxicants and extramarital relationships to preserve the sanctity of the project.

    Yoga Ashram
    The farm is also a Yoga Ashram, every day you can take part in hatha yoga classes that enables you to harmonize mind, body and spirit, you are also invited to practice meditation with oriental instruments to help you connect with your inner self, and learn about the most ancient Indian teachings in our classes on Vedic philosophy.

    Accommodation
    The farm has several comfortable rooms (singles, doubles or triples), blankets and sheets are provided, there is access to an inside and outside shower as well as common areas.

    Diet
    The farm has its own organic lacto-vegetarian/vegan organic restaurant, with an excellent and tasteful menu of Latinoamerican and Indian dishes. The volunteer program includes full board (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner).

    International Certificate
    We are a member of an international Eco Village Network association. The Farm provides volunteers with an International Validity Certificate.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Yoga and meditation

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Required Labor Contribution:

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: vegetarian
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

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Keywords

eco village, vegetarian, vegan, sustainability, volunteering, meditation, organic agriculture

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.