The Community Kenya
Community living in Sadhana Forest Kenya provides many opportunities to develop social and environmental consciousness and creativity.
Sadhana Forest Kenya is a place where you can be, and feel like an integral part of nature. We are here to share knowledge and skills with whoever is interested. We eat three meals a day together, share our living space and sleeping areas, while sharing the essential duties that help the community run smoothly and simply. We live under certain guidelines and schedules that help us function well as a community.
- 6:00a.m. Wake up call
- 6:30a.m. Morning circle (dividing first session of volunteer work)
- 6:45a.m.-8:30a.m. First seva (first session of volunteer work)
- 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. Breakfast
- 9:30a.m.-12:15p.m. Second seva (second session of volunteer work)
- 12:30p.m. Lunch
- 15:00p.m.-17:00p.m. Third seva (second session of volunteer work)
Volunteers are also responsible for carrying out additional weekly shifts such as community cooking, taking care of the compost, etc.
We benefit from a wide variety of volunteers from many different backgrounds and experiences. Volunteers can offer to share knowledge or skills they have by leading workshops. Workshops can be on any type of knowledge or skill sets that someone has and would like to share with the volunteer community. This can be anything from singing Mongolian poetry to building solar ovens. If you like sharing of knowledge, this is the place to share it.
Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Free Environment
Sadhana Forest Kenya is a place where we concentrate on raising our consciousness. Using drugs, alcohol, or tobacco does not support this process and therefore, Sadhana Forest Kenya is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment. We have also found that these substances can have a negative effect on the community and social life as well as the obvious effects on health. We request that all of our residential volunteers make a commitment to abstain from these activities during their entire stay in Sadhana Forest Kenya.
We understand the difficulties in giving up habits such as these, but we commit to help and fully support whoever chooses to come to stay with us and experiment in this type of lifestyle. We have had quite a few people successfully give up these addictions after staying with us. All our residential volunteers make a signed commitment to abstain from these activities during their entire stay in Sadhana Forest Kenya, whether inside or outside.
If you are not ready to make such a commitment we fully understand and hope to host you in the future when you are.
Competition Free Environment
Sadhana Forest Kenya tries to experiment on many levels of reforestation, sustainable and community living. One of the aspects we choose to experiment with is trying to free ourselves from, that which exists ubiquitously in our lives on a daily basis – competition. We feel that competition creates “winners” and “losers” and what we are trying to promote is a more cooperative community.
We received feedback from volunteers that stayed with us that their confidence was boosted while staying in Sadhana Forest. We feel that an important element to this is removing competitive aspects from our lives here.
In Sadhana Forest Kenya we do not play any competitive games. This helps promote creativity as children and adults try to think of how to play a non-competitive game or how to take the competitive element out of a game that usually is competitive (e.g. non-competitive Scrabble is easy, we just don’t keep a score sheet).