Conscious Living in Community
Aviram Rozin is co-founder of the Sadhana Forest community in
Auroville, South India with branches in Haiti and Kenya. He will give
a talk about his life and work at Matagiri, 1218 Wittenberg Road, on
Saturday February 21st at 2 pm. The talk is free and open to the
public. Please confirm your attendance by calling 845-679-5358 or
Sadhana Forest started its ecological revival and sustainable living
efforts on December 19th 2003. The vision was to transform 70 acres of
severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville. In a spirit
of human unity, their longterm aim is to introduce a growing number of
people to sustainable living and food security through ecological
transformation and veganism.
Sadhana Forest won the third place in the Humanitarian Water and Food
Award (WAF) 2010, in Denmark. This award was an international
recognition of the quality of the ecological and humanitarian work
done by Sadhana Forest in India and Haiti.
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 over 80,000 food bearing trees have
been distributed and planted in the local community. A full length
film about their work called “One Day Everything Will Be Free” is
viewable online at http://onedayeverythingwillbefree.com/.
In Kenya Sadhana Forest is establishing its third branch. 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.
In India, a very warm friendship has developed between the community
and the local Tamil villagers. They work together to regenerate and
protect the area. The project is frequently visited, especially by
children. Every visitor, local or international, is welcome and gets
an explanation of the project and its value to the environment.
Over the years, sustainable infrastructure was built which can host
local and international volunteers. All structures are built from
local natural materials. A 5000 watt solar system, 16 dry composting
toilets and a grey water system have been installed. Water
infrastructure has been built that enables watering trees on 30% of
More than 7,000 volunteers, interns, and students from India and
around the world have lived and worked in Sadhana Forest for periods
of 2 weeks to 36 months.
Accommodation in Sadhana Forest is always free.
Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center