Please read this page thoroughly before coming to stay with us!
We are happy to welcome participants of all ages and abilities for the UniverCity of Compassion (UCC). It will run for four weeks in the campus of Sadhana Forest in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. We are fully committed to accept everyone that wishes to stay here and participate in the UCC.
The UCC will be facilitated by Lise, emka*, Jazz, Aiko and Peter, five long-term volunteers at Sadhana Forest who are interested in exploring and sharing their commitment to compassionate action.
UCC and Sadhana members should not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol, inside or outside of the UCC and Sadhana Forest, during their entire stay. Only come to us if you are 100% sure that you are able and willing to completely respect this.
This guideline helps us stay always fully aware of our behavior, and maintains our personal health, safety and security.
Our Way of Life
We practice an eco-friendly way of life including: veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, recycling, food composting, riding bicycles, compost toilets, and purchasing local, organic foods whenever possible.
We do not charge for accommodations for guests. We engage in seva (selfless service) for an average of 25-35 hours per week which includes additional community shifts such as cooking meals, cleaning after meals, maintaining solar panels. etc. UCC workshops and sessions will take place Monday and Wednesday afternoons and some Saturdays. Friday afternoon is a time for reflections, the sharing of interests and for designing upcoming sessions.
Free facilities include a small swimming pool, free 24/7 unlimited access to the Internet with your own laptop – weather and technical issues permitting, five hours each day (excluding Fridays) of AC power to charge electrical items (sun permitting), a small library, the use of several bicycles, and a playground for children. There are also daily workshops offered that are run by our community members and guests and vary each week.
At Sadhana Forest we eat a pure vegan diet, which means no animal products from living or deceased animals. We eat fruits, vegetables, rice, millets, beans, and dal. Sadhana Forest is a non-profit ecological project that does not generate any income; therefore we unfortunately cannot afford to provide free food for guests. We share the cost of our 100% vegan meals equally. The total cost of food per person is 500 INR per day (just under 8 USD per day). This price is subject to change based on the economy of India. Please contact us soon before your arrival to make sure you have the correct, current information.
Sadhana Forest is part of the international community of Auroville, 6km north of Pondicherry, in Tamil Nadu, South East India.
Auroville offers a wealth of courses, classes, workshops and treatments in many areas of interest, including yoga, meditation, tai chi, shiatsu, watsu (water shiatsu), free dance and many other kinds of alternative healing therapies. For more information on Auroville please visit: http://www.auroville.org
We look forward to welcoming you to Sadhana Forest soon!