Sadhana Forest Haiti is a place where you can be, and feel, an integral part of Nature. It is a place of sharing. We host volunteers from all over the world and also have a large number of local Haitian long-term volunteers. We eat all three meals together, share our living and sleeping areas, and share the essential duties that help the community and project run smoothly and simply. We live under certain guidelines and schedules that help us function as a community.
In the wider community of Anse-a-pitres, Sadhana Forest collaborates and works regularly with several local groups and organizations. A lot of our tree planting activities takes place in the homes of people from Anse-a-Pitres and also in other neighboring mountain villages and towns.
Together with the people of Anse-à-Pitres we have already planted more than 55,000 indigenous food-growing trees. Many trees have also been planted in public spaces like parks, schools, etc.
Our main efforts have been focused on distributing the Maya nut tree which produces a highly nutritious nut that can be used in many different ways – milled into flour, baked into bread, boiled as porridge, extracted into oil, etc. We also distribute other food bearing trees to the local population. We have established a nursery that can produce 50,000 saplings per batch (potential of two batches a year). The planting is done mainly in kitchen gardens and in surrounding villages in the larger Anse-à-Pitres municipal area.
The planting is done together with the local population and training is offered in Sadhana Forest Haiti’s training center. Another major aspect of the project is focused on sustainable living and water conservation. We are constantly sharing this knowledge and acquiring knowledge from the people who visit us. The project has held Permaculture courses in Haitian Creole, workshops, international Permaculture courses, and is constantly expanding its operations in the Anse-à-Pitres area.
Besides planting and nurturing trees, another major project in Sadhana Forest Haiti (SFH) is water conservation. Because SFH is located on a rock bed, where little soil exists, it is very difficult to do water conservation.
Our aim is to achieve, as close as we can, zero water run-off. Creating earth bunds is not feasible where we hardly have any soil. In Sadhana Forest Haiti we devised a system where we construct the bunds from layers of rocks and used clothing. These bunds help slow down water and help it percolate into the underground aquifer. The trees that we plant also help in water conservation, the roots of the trees slowly break the rock bed and help the water percolate into the aquifer.
Volunteers should not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol, inside or outside of Sadhana Forest during their entire stay! This includes Anse-à-Pitres and Pedernales, and any other place you will visit during your stay. This guideline helps us stay fully aware of our behavior, and maintains our personal health, safety, and security. Only come to Sadhana Forest if you are 100% sure that you are able and willing to completely respect this! Volunteers who do not respect this guideline are immediately asked to leave.
We attempt to encourage a spirit of collaboration in work and play. This means we do not compete with each other in our work and do not play competitive games, such as chess and card games.
We are an un-schooling community. For those of you coming to volunteer with children we would recommend that you read about un-schooling at : http://www.holtgws.com/whatisunschoolin.html
Sadhana Forest is a 100% vegan environment, so we ask volunteers not to bring or eat any non-vegan food in the forest. A vegan is a person who avoids the use of any animal products for nourishment or for any other purpose. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy (milk) products, honey, or any other animal products.
In addition, we do not consume highly processed foods inside of Sadhana Forest. This means you will want to consume any packaged foods you may have before arriving. We also try to live without coffee, green, or black teas. Please bring herbal teas if you would like.
We are a non-profit, non-business ecological and humanitarian project that does not generate any income. Therefore we unfortunately cannot afford to provide free food for volunteers. We have communal 100% vegan meals. We ask for a food contribution equal to $6.00 USD per day from those that can afford it. This food contribution is only used for food and helps to support your cost of food plus the shared food costs of long-term volunteers who live here without an income.
Everyone takes turns organizing, cooking the meals, and washing the dishes. Depending on the number of people here at a given time, each meal has one or more cooks (volunteers), plus help from whomever is around.
Internet and Electronics
We have limited Wi-Fi for use in the community. It is not possible to download, but you can check emails and carry out web browsing for research on the limited service that we have. We can switch on the Wi-Fi for an hour or two in the evening if you request it. You will need to bring your own device to use it however as we suggest bringing a small tablet or Wi-Fi capable phone device as we do not have a large secure storage space for laptops. If you do not wish to bring any electronics but still wish to use the Internet there is a small Internet cafe in Pedernales about 20 minutes away.
Though we do not encourage you bringing many valuables, we do have the ability to charge USB devices and any electronics with a car adapter (12 volt, cigarette lighter charger). Car adapter chargers are available on any online shop, such as Amazon or others.
We will not be able to charge any device that needs 110 or 220 volts. You can charge those in Pedernales or simply bring a car adapter charger.
Size of project site
People on site
5 - 30
November to March
April to October
- tent camping
- shared rooms
- over 80% locally sourced
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- slow: emails only
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