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(to find all projects in this blog, use the links on the left)

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience a different culture and way of living. Volunteer positions include helping with and learning about vegetarian cooking, organic agriculture and nutrition, environmentally friendly construction/design projects, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and working with art and educational programs for the children living in and around the community. You can also bring your creative energies to our workshops, make new friends, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Our ashrams are trying to be self sufficiant centers of conscious art and environmentally constructive. All situations are depending on our friends and the volunteers. Expect the need of improvisation. You are responsible for yourself. If you are not healthy please report your condition. If you want to heal yourself from some addiction, inform us to recommend the best place for it. Right of volunteer service depends on local ashram directors acceptance and can be cancelled at any time. Usually one month is minimum, but shorter period is also possible.

While a volunteer in the ashram refrain from smoking, drugs and be a vegetarian. thanks :)

Scroll down to see all the different projects or use the links to the left...

Ecuador - Saraswati Ahimsa Vana

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Welcome to Saraswati Ahimsa Vana… a hidden paradise in the Amazon Jungle that words cannot describe. We are a Bhakti-yoga orientated family starting up an organic farm and nature reserve to protect part of the Amazon rainforest and the animals within. Our goal is to teach our foreign visitors and Ecuadorian neighbours about simple living, high thinking.

At the current moment we are reforesting 26 hectares (approximately 60 acres) of secondary rainforest with native plants and trees from the Amazon, returning natural feeding grounds to the hunted animals. We are in the process of forming a legitimate Ecuadorian foundation to offer a haven to the surrounding Amazon wildlife.

for contact and exact location, visit their website: http://wisdomforest.org



Our project is a non-profit based community living system but we kindly ask for donations to be able to enlarge our nature reserve before the rainforest is cut down. To enroll on our volunteer program we ask for a donation of $10 a day, $70 a week... or $300 a month. This is to cover the cost of food and personnel and anything left over goes towards the nature reserve foundation. If you would like to give an extra donation to help buy surrounding land to protect the animals from hunters it'll be more than welcome too. We'll give you good vegetarian food 3 times a day...(please do not bring any meat, fish or eggs) and we ask you to help out with a minimum of 7 hours service a day, there is lots to do as this project is just starting up...
We kindly ask everyone to refrain from smoking, drugs and getting angry throughout their stay... this place to get away from all of that boring stuff....


LODGING FOR VOLUNTEERS

We have just finished building the new lodge for volunteers. We have one big room for male and another for female volunteers. Both have a nice view of the jungle surroundings.







House during construction (now it looks like on the picture below.) We want to construct more houses like this and smaller ones for volunteers to live in.


This house hosts kitchen, yoga/conference room and toilets.


As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different culture and different way of living based on Vedic Principles, with people who care about nature and ecology. Volunteers have the opportunity to help and learn about vegetarian cooking, permaculture, natural medicine, green building, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and will learn about working with conscious art and educational programs for children living in and around the community. You can also bring your creative energies to our workshops, make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime.

The wild animals (monkeys, capybaras, toucans, macaws, deer, armadillo, boa constrictors just to name a few) are still hunted for food and the nearby forest is disappearing as we speak. Our goal is to work with the local community schools throughout the Napo Province and Ecuador to teach alternative sustainable ways of living and create a better future for Ecuador and its people.



If you are nice to the animals they will like you :)



This is the most dangerous animal in the whole forest but some fortunate souls are allowed to play with her





Can you see the bird?


for contact and exact location, visit their website: http://wisdomforest.org

WHAT TO DO THERE?

Tropical Permaculture




In the rainforest everything grows very fast and permaculture is the natural way to go here.








Green Building



Composting


Compost is great help in rainforest permaculture


Yoga and Mantra Meditation


for contact and exact location, visit their website: http://wisdomforest.org

Plus much more...

- Chocolate Making
- Drumming
- Teaching English
- Learning Kichwa
- Vegetarian Cooking
- Tubing in the river

And much more... every Sunday there’s an excursion to incredible river or waterfall off the beaten track, unforgettable places...


If you enjoy swimming you´ll be in your element around Saraswati Ahimsa Vana…



Planting coconut trees



Take a swing like tarzan!



Temascal - Aztec sauna
































Banana harvest


for contact and exact location, visit their website: http://wisdomforest.org

33 comments:

Kathy said...

Hi,

I am the assistant editor for Healthyoga.com, whose sole purpose is to offer a free informational resource to the public for those seeking advice on a variety of yoga related topics from professionals.

I've found your blog through a few of our mutual online affiliates and would love to work with you as well. I have interest in being included within your blog roll and would love to explore possibilities. Thank you for your time, I look forward to your response.

Please email me back with your URL in subject line to take a step ahead and to avoid spam.

Thank you
Kathy Ray
kathy.healthyoga.com@gmail.com

mono said...

Hi,

I am very interested in coming to work with you, could you give me some more information on how to volunteer. my email address is victorialim_77@hotmail.com

thank you

Brent Simpson said...

Hi, I too am very interested in volunteering here. Would love to hear back from you about volunteering possibilities by emailing me at simpson.brent@gmail.com

Thanks!!

sergio said...

Hello!!!

I have knowledge in Permaculture, actually i have a pdc certificate I also did a compost soil biology and natural fertiser course in Australia, my experience living there, in the permaculture farm, was wonderful now that i found your farm so near to my country, i'm from Colombia, my heart is very eager to share what i know, it would be great if i have contact with you, my email is alvsergio@gmail.com. I hope to see you. huge hug!

stevie halliday said...

Hello! this sounds wonderful. I'd love to become a volunteer. Would you be able to send me on some additional information please... libby-h@hotmail.com

lina said...

Om,
your ashram seems to e wonderfull and would love to be here and help. I am yoga teacher, finished sivananda yoga eacher raining course, bu also teach ashanga and kundalini yoga. I'm vegeerian for 2 year snow and I know a lo of vegeterian dishes :) and i wan' o help people. I live in london, work full time beauty terapist,not enough time o help other. I would like to join you. If you still need somebody,please contact me.
Lila. cebauke@yahoo.com

lina said...

cebatuke@yahoo.com

Matt Terry said...

Hello,
I am a naturalist with a background in biology. I have experience in hoticulture and farming. I am currently living in Colombia and would be very interested in volunteering my time and experience. Please contact me at matthew.tyler.terry@gmail.com.

Thanks, Matt

Sonja said...

Hi,

I am an Austrian student of business administration and very interested in volunteering at your wonderful place.
It would be great to get further information about the conditions and the general possibility to come over.

Please contact me by email: placeo@gmx.at OR by telephone at 0043-681-10455617.

Thanks in advance and best wishes from nightly Vienna!

Sonja

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vida chavez-garcia said...

hello,

i am currently volunteering at finca vrindavan in baños. i will be in tena beginning july 27 and would like to come volunteer at your farm. my email is vida_cc@yahoo.com. i too have a volunteer farm in argentina (huertadevida.blogspot.com) and would be happy to contribute to your project in any way possible. thanks, vida

Kizzy K said...

Hello,

Please let me know how I can begin volunteering with you. I am a trained yoga teacher, and would like to expand my practice and experience by serving with you. My email is karinak3696@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Namaste,

Karina

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evolufu said...

I am very interested in volunteering at your site.
I am currently living in British Columbia Canada and have my permaculture design certificate, and general gardening , building, and construction knowledge.
I have been studying Yoga, Tai Chi and chi gong for many years. I would love more information on how to be a part of your dream.

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tengerszem said...

Hi,

we are a couple from Hungary and we really like this project. Would you be so kind to send us more information about the conditions?
Thanks a lot,
Zsuzsa & Roland
mester.zsuzsa@gmail.com

CTL said...

Hi, this sounds great and I'd like some more information. Please send me an e-mail at-
carola.lovering@coloradocollege.edu
Thanks!

chara said...

Hello !
I would like to work there in a voloneer basis from 10.01.2011 to 15.03.2011 / I have been working in toursim field for the last 8 years and I am 33 years old. Please send me some information.
Chara35@hotmail.com
Thank you
Chara from Greece :)

Eliza said...

Hi, My mother and I are very interested in coming out to help you. My mother is always out in the garden, we love cooking and would love to help those in the community. Please may we get more info as well. Do email at liza1805@hotmail.com.

Many thanks,

Eliza and Sarah

Mickey Tennis said...

I am very interested in volunteering with this program! Please send me more information or tell me where I can find it. Thank you!

mtennis@wisc.edu

mickey tennis

jax said...

I am interested in your program could you please send me more information superstarr2@msn.com

Thank you

Guy said...

Hi there,

Your project looks really interesting and positive. It would be great to get more information, such as on the type of accommodation and availability between Jan and March 2011.

My email: gbenn18@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you soon....

All the best,

Guy.

susan said...

I am an elem.school teacher,yoga instructor,Thai masseuse,and partner yoga teacher, Can work hard,, would love to volunteer this March or April 2011. Please let me know how to reach your Ecuador ashram. Susan

Brian said...

Hi,

I'm a graduate student in neuroscience and would love to volunteer with your group in January during my semester break. I have wwoof'ed before in Spain and practice yoga frequently. My friend Dave, a yoga instructor and scientist, would also like to join. Please let me know more about volunteering and if you can accomodate us during the first few weeks of Janurary.

email: depasqua@mit.edu

Thanks!

Brian DePasquale

Jay said...

Hi,

My name is jay ford and I am very interested in visiting your site. I was wondering if someone could send me some additional information. In particular where exactly are you located? I cannot find any address on the website and am trying to place you.

Thank you so much.

Jay

Jay said...

I suppose I should leave some contact info eh?

jaycford@gmail.com

Pamela Bys said...

WHat is the name of the place, a contact and how could I volunteer?
pamelabys@gmail.com

jhonbry said...

hello benjamin te saluda esperanza y familia, espero que esten muy bien, me parece muy interesante la pagina te deseo muchos exitos en tus funciones y que sigas superandote Brayan va a ir de voluntario en estas vacaciones y dice que cuanto le cobras.

jhonbry said...

benjamil es maravilloso todo el trabajo que esta realizando. admiro su enteresa su lucha permanente. por mantener nuestra madre naturaleza ella devolvera la recompensa. saludos a tulcy y siamananda.siga adelante.
esperanza

Kelly said...

Hi,

I am an elementary (primary) school educator in the united states. I am currently looking for volunteer opportunities. I am very interested in your program. Can you please email me more specfics - I would be available for the month of July.

KNM2041@yahoo.com

Thanks so much
Kelly

Harry said...

Dear Saraswati Ahimsa Vana,
My name is Harry, am a 23-year old physicist, and I am extremely interested in your farm. I am currently meditating 20 minutes per day and and would like to hone my spiritual practice with you. Also, given the ongoing climate crisis, I would like to gain experience with organic farming that revolves around healing the earth.
I have worked many hours in my parent's organic farm planting, picking, spreading manure, and such.
I am looking to work for a month that falls some time between the end of June and the middle of August and am really willing to throw myself into the work! Do you think there might be a position for me?
Thank you,
Harry
mickalideh@gmail.com

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Cameroon tomorrow said...

Hello
I am writing from Tomorrow Cameroon Association. I am currently looking for a volunteer opportunity and long term patnership between our Organisation.I am very interested in your program.Could you please email me for more details?My regards to you and your team.

Thanks
Email: tomorrowcameroon@gmail.com