Last updated: February 20, 2011 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: February 20, 2011

Sadhana Forest

(Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India)

Mission Statement:

reforestation & personal growt

Community Description:

We are a vegan home-schooling family establishing a sustainable community. Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land in the international community of Auroville. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, organic gardening, alternative construction, solar energy, and composting toilets. Throughout the year, we welcome volunteers of all ages and physical abilities, and warmly invite families with children. Accommodation is free in exchange for 4 hours of work per day, 5 days a week. Free facilities include: bungalows, bicycles, a small book collection, a small swimming pool, a vegan community kitchen, and a children’s playground. Sadhana Forest offers an environment for personal development, yoga and meditation. Auroville offers a wealth of courses, workshops and treatments in areas, including yoga, meditation, tai-chi, shiatsu, water shiatsu, etc.


  • Adult Members: -14
  • Non-member Residents: -49
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Identified Leader: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 70 acres
  • Current number of residences: 40

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: 4 hours/day, 5 days/week

    6700 rupees per month including 1000 refundable deposit & all accommodation

    fee for food as described above (200 rupees per day plus 100 rupees for toiletries as needed)


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Practice: Vegan (plants only, no animal products)
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.



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.