Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful forest on earth. As part of our reforestation effort we are also working on water conservation and soil management.

Our projects include the work with local children, hosting many groups of people interested in conservation, the UniverCity of Compassion and an animal sanctuary where we care for rescued animals.

We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, compost toilets...

We host more then 1000 volunteers a year from all over the world, making Sadhana Forest India one of the largest residential volunteer projects in the world.

Sadhana Forest India is a place where you can be and feel like an integral part of Nature. It is a place of sharing. We eat our three meals a day together, share our living and sleeping areas, and share the essential duties that help the community run smoothly and simply. We live under certain guidelines and schedules that help us function as a community.

Sadhana Forest is based on the principles of gift economy. All of our work is supported through gifts (donations). 

Our team is comprised of long-term volunteers, including the founders and project directors. None of our volunteers earn a salary and all work voluntarily.

On December 27th, 2009 Sadhana Forest started a project called Children’s Land. This 2.7 acre project s meant to involve local people in the world of sustainability in a way that empowers them to be creative and think independently. In Children’s Land the children are initiating the different activities or joining them as they please.

Within Sadhana Forest is The UniverCity of Compassion (UCC) is a space for discovering and nourishing ideas for compassionate action, within the setting of a self-organized community of learning. The UCC is an initiative of Sadhana Forest, a reforestation project and conscious living community which offers the framework for collective learning. The term UniverCity comes from the understanding that living is learning.

Sadhana Forest has branching communities in the following countries:

On April 8th, 2010, Sadhana Forest Haiti, a daughter community on the other side of the globe, was started, sharing the same values and commitment to human unity. So far 80,000 food bearing trees have been distributed and planted in the local community. With the current survival rate this amount of trees has the potential of feeding 70,000 people.

In Kenya Sadhana Forest is establishing its 3rd locality in Samburu County. Sadhana Forest Kenya’s aim is to grow food forests with the Samburu people to help promote food security in an area that is often affected by droughts and malnutrition.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

28 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Tamil
  • Hindi

People on site

25 - 150

Dry season

April to June

Wet season

November to December

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegan Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • medium: voice calls (no video)

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