Sadhana Forest

Sadhana Forest, Auroville: Hours, Address, Sadhana Forest Reviews: 5/5

Sadhana Forest
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sadhana Forest is a reforestation project and a sustainable living community in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, South India. Visitors are most welcome to visit Sadhana Forest at any time! Every Friday the community offers a big tour, screens a documentary and serves a vegan organic dinner. All activities are free of charge and reservations are not required. Check the Sadhana Forest website for more info.
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2-3 hours
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Avantika A
25 contributions
Eco Living - Low carbon footprint
Oct 2020
If you want to experience how to sustain closer to nature and in sync with nature, this is the place to be in!
you can visit for day tours, where they will walk you through the place in couple of hours, or every friday evening they have free vegan dinners, or you can stay there for 2-4 weeks. They have minimum time that you need to stay for.
Written 16 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Peter A
2 contributions
Transformative, pioneering community project, with a little bit of everything
Mar 2020 • Solo
Sadhana forest is a vegan community based on a few very human principles. In my personal opinion, this is a great suggestion for how humans can live and thrive together.

In a humanity that's growing constantly, trying to expand, explore, function, improve, I felt the need to leave the everyday bustle of Copenhagen in Denmark to go try something different. I initially wanted to volunteer at this place because of the reforestation that they are doing, but when I got into the rhythm of this place, observed and partook, I started to realize how much more there was to do here; to learn here! This community is more than a reforestation project. This place is booning with humanity. Not the humanity I was used to from back home, where everyone always has a million things they need to do, and even more things that they want to do but can't because of all the stress they put themselves/are put under in modern society. This humanity was closer to what I consider the core of us.
Here, we practice gift-economy. Not just in the exchange of things do we want nothing in return, but also in exchange of favours, actions, a hand here or there. It's about being together about it, helping eachother out, not trying to earn your rent. We even have a free-store where we can drop off clothes we don't need and take whatever we do need, and a library where we can lend books free of charge.
We take care of eachother. When we get sick, we tend to eachother, bring food and spend time making sure nobody is ever lonely.
We eat together - all of us - and eat only vegan, for the sake of the animals, the planet and ourselves. We are also raw-diet friendly. The founder, who lives here with his family, eats a raw diet.

Promoting this compassionate way of thinking and being is being highlighted even more as a big part of my life while being here. Probably also due to the wonderful people who come here. That's what this place is, after all - a collective, family, tribe, whatever you wanna call it - and it is only because of us that it remains and still functions after 16 years.
If you also want to try another way of living, a way that focuses on giving, enjoying, helping eachother out, appreciating beauty in the human, nature, and the relationship between the two, come to sadhana forest and live with us!
Written 23 March 2020
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Tanja Gerold
2 contributions
Sustainable community working on ecological revival
Mar 2020
I have travelled a lot in my life, but I have never come across a place like Sadhana Forest! I have been here now for a week and have already learned so much about reforestation, community life, nature, zero waste, vegan cooking, unschooling, etc. And I just planted my first tree this morning! It is so amazing to wake up to the beautiful singing of the birds amidst nature, getting to know people from all over the world and support a project which is not only turning a desert into a forest again, but has also a lot of positive impact on the local Indian community. Sadhana Forest supports a non competitive environment, in which everybody can explore their own talents and preferences and even present them at the "non-talent show" once a week. Being over 40 my minimum stay would have been only two nights, but I will definitely stay longer. If you love nature and community life, I highly recommend to come to Sadhana Forest!
Written 19 March 2020
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3 contributions
A serene place to experience
Mar 2020 • Solo
I've lived in Sadhana forest for a week now, and I cannot express my gratitude for the impact the community has brought onto me. More than living in a secure forest area, it is about taking back spiritual values for yourself. If you are reading this, you must come and experience this place at least once in your lifetime. The food here is fantastic and very healthy vegan.
Written 18 March 2020
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Baptiste G
2 contributions
First Community
Mar 2020 • Solo
Hello ! Somes words to tell you my feelings about Sadanah Forest. Actually i'm here since 5 days and staying for one month, the beginning of a new experience, and already satisfy !
Satisfy to wake up in the morning and go in the forest, enjoying the nature during the fisrt hours of the day. I feel myself on good rails until the evening.
Satisfy to feel welcome in this community.
It's so easy to take part in the everyday lifes, the organisation is simple and efficient. The fisrt days were quite intense, i need more days to get used to the rythm !
I looking for the coming moments to live in this place make of love and trees !
Written 18 March 2020
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Adrien F
4 contributions
Wildlife in a community
Mar 2020 • Solo
Sadhana forest is a good place to learn how to live close to the nature and in a community. Where you also learn how to take care about the forest and the animals. Moreover it's a beautiful place with huts and a mud pool.
To be more precise, here I feel that there is a real community life because we do lots of activities together and we really work for the community and not for ourselves. The place has also a deep soul which is easy to get close to, so I could feel very fastly integrated. Even if there are lots of rules, which are necessary for the community life but it took time for me to understand some of them, it's possible to get involved and have responsibilities very easily. Moreover I feel that I learn lots of things everyday thanks to the people here and I still have enough time for myself which is necessary. The sharing here takes place with all the generations, from children to aged people, and with different animals like cats, dogs and cows. Ok my free time I really love staying but it's also easy and nice to go sometimes to Auroville which takes like 15min by motorbike.
Even if the place is very clean and well organized, there are still the usual discomforts of mosquitoes and bad smells of the compost toilets. But this is part of living close to nature and being respectful of it.
Finally, here you really never get bored thanks to the library, the workshops volunteers propose, the WiFi connection, the work for the community, the visitors who come daily and the rich nature around. The food here is also amazing, it's a great place to experience your relationship with it.
Written 17 March 2020
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Lilach C
2 contributions
Visit sadhana forest
Mar 2020 • Solo
Amazing place! The project of reforesting , as well as dry toilet, composting and water conservation are really well maintained and interesting.
The tour itself is done in a professional and informative way and completely without any payment just the will to spread this knowledge. Totally recommended
Written 13 March 2020
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Gerrit :)
7 contributions
What a beautiful learning experience
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wow. I’ll never forget the moment I entered the Sadhana Forest the first Time.
I found myself surrounded by so much lovely and positive energy!! I felt life. I felt the energy of the people in terms of growth. Internally and externally. And you can literally see it. Just by looking around you. Everywhere trees. The fact that around 15 years ago there was only dust and now everything is green instantly gave me hope and inspired me in such a positive and powerful way.
I definitely knew from this moment on: „yepp - i‘m definitely in. I want to volunteer here.“

I quickly understood that here I‘m able to find a great way to grow personally and learn so many things about myself and others. About nature and our life.
Now - after 3 weeks of volunteering I can definitely confirm this.

Here you have the space to really put a mirror infront of you and to deeply reflect on your own personality and the world and what it means to live life in a community. Therefore it is also in fact a social experience. You are surrounded by so many open-minded people. You can easily talk to anybody about your emotions or what ever you‘re struggling or thinking about at the moment.
I had so many great conversations with people here. Important conversations.
I‘m so thankful for this time and experience here and will always carry this with me.

I can only encourage everybody to go and visit this place. And maybe also you will feel a connection to this place as I do.

Thank you people of Sadhana Forest.
Written 11 March 2020
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Bianca V
2 contributions
Reconnecting to the source
Mar 2020
Sadhana forest is a special place who drawn me here without me looking for it.
I had the intention of keeping on living sustainable, in harmony with nature and surrounded from people who shared the same values of life and that are willing to inspiring and supporting each other's.
Somehow I ended up on the sadhana forest website and something clicked inside me and I knew instantly I should have come here.

So here I am and since the first moment I totally felt home.
I love how we are able here to reconnect to the natural source in an authentic way.
For many people who might have lived all their lives in cities it might be a drastic change but also the only way to really understand how many conditioning we have and how much we think the only way of living is the one that we are used to be comfortable with.
The best way to "see" things differently is through direct experience. Nobody can make you understand what it means with words.
And just with simple buckets showers which is also super fun :) you can gain awareness through experience of how much water we truly waste without even realise it with a simple normal shower.

Here you can reconnect to nature and learn to give back to it and not just taking from her.
Honouring and respecting our earth through planting trees, conserving water and practicing awareness in what we consume and the waste with produce.
We take care of the land and their animals recreating the natural native forest of this region.

This project and community has an healing effect to people. The feeling of being able to express themselves freely and feel part of this whole family again.
Compassion, non competition, self less service and gift economy (working and giving without expecting nothing in return) are some of the core values that create this sense of wholeness with everyone in here. Every Wednesday night we have a non-talent show where everyone can share everything they feel like feeling the support needed.

Come and experience and then take what you feel to take with you and share with others.

All my gratitude cause this part of world gave me:
Another time in my life where I've been so lucky to find a place I can call home.
Another time in my life where I've found people I can share unconditional love and being inspired from.
Another time in my life where I could experience a glimpse of the feeling of being part of the whole again.
Written 9 March 2020
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1 contribution
German guy seeking for a unique communal experience
Mar 2020 • Solo
My friend suggested me a place in India that was without a doubt the best experience of his life. Me, a young, energetic guy who is always seeking for new adventures to get me out of my comfort zone, made my way to india to look for that place. Out in the forest close to Auroville there is this magical community with even more magical ambitions: making the world a better place!
So how is this exactly working?
By reforestation, veganism and zero waste (especially focusing on water)
, we are trying to raise awareness to our impact on the environment.
Me, who went vegetarian half a year ago, has no problem adapting to the vegan food, which even offers a way larger variety to what I normally eat. Being in this community definitely helps to overcome any kind of issue and makes you feel at home, even though you are at the other side of the world. There are always people who look out for you and are giving you a heart warming feeling (the morning hugs are definitely helping).
For me, this is a place of knowledge and to find myself what I really want to do in life. If you are struggling with that as much as I do, then you should definitely go to Sadhana and get a clear head.
Hope to inspire you and raise awareness of a really beautiful place on Earth:)
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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