Last updated: September 14, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: February 14, 2012

Govardhan Ecovillage

(Galtare, Maharashtra, India)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2003  Established: 2003
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: GEV Webteam
  • Address:
    Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka)
    Thane (District)
    Galtare, Maharashtra, 421303
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please get in touch with us over mail

  • Membership Process

Mission Statement:

Simple living high thinking

Community Description:

Govardhan Eco Village illustrates ‘Simple Living & High Thinking’ – a principle which is so succinct, yet profound, and formed the basis of life in the bygone age of wisdom. Life in the Vedic times was focused on Service, but not on exploitation; this was the cardinal rule of living and the very essence of people’s dealings – with each other and that with Mother Nature. We at Govardhan Eco Village hope to present this model to the world as an alternative way of lifestyle and perhaps a solution to the impending ecological crisis.

Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community spread over a scenic landscape of 60 acres at Galtare, Wada situated 110 km North of Mumbai, India. Since its inception in the year 2003, Govardhan Eco Village has made steady progress in Organic farming, Cow protection, Education, Rural development, Alternative energy, Eco friendly constructions and Sustainable living. In the scenario where environmental crisis is on the rise, Govardhan Eco Village is an example of living in harmony with nature. The purpose behind Govardhan Eco Village is twofold – one is to present a sustainable living model based on community living and second is to educate people in the field of traditional sciences including Yoga and spirituality.

Govardhan Eco Village boasts of a vibrant community of over 160 members which includes about 25 families, 60 resident monks and 50 students. Community living forms the most vital aspect of GEV, teaching the importance of sharing as a means of conserving natural resources. At GEV the community is centred around leading a natural lifestyle based on the cardinal principles of Vedas. Real Eco-friendly lifestyle begins when we harmonize our lives with the divine cosmic laws and learn to abstain from activities that are detrimental for development of a peaceful environment within. And it is only by our individual commitment to nurture a divine ecology of the heart, can we hope to come together as a community to protect the environment outside.
A beautiful temple is located within the GEV campus which forms the centre of the community and it is the mood of service that forms the impetus for the entire communities’ activities. All of the residents are engaged in various activities at the farm like Organic farming, cottage industries, Cow care, teaching and rural developmental activities. We invite you to visit us and have a divine and refreshing experience. Feel free to contact us at


  • Adult Members: 160
  • Non-member Residents: 50
  • Visitors accepted: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eastern
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town, Small Town
  • Area: 65 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 30

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.

Video Gallery

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


Organic farming, Cow protection, Biogas, Mud houses, Green constructions, Cob houses, CSEB

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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.