In a small village (Parudur, Palakkad District) in Kerala, in south of India, Namrata and Sunoj is trying to build a forest. Namrata is an anthropologist/archaeologist and Sunoj is an Artist. Surrounded by rice paddy fields, our land is like an island, whereby one sees the magical transformation of colours changing in the paddy fields and the trees. Our dream is to build a medicinal and a food forest. Along with the forest we are trying to develop a cultural space where the relationship with the landscape is the merging point for all kinds of dialogues, conversations, projects, research and so on.
Living and working in a natural farm with animals and helping build a forest is once in a lifetime experience. This experience can be life changing, like the way it has been for us. It makes a human think, see, hear and know beyond the human. The experience is an exposure beyond expectation - of knowing the diverse realities of existence, histories, polities, cultures, food, forest and farming. It shifts one's structured perspectives to a more fluid understanding of the self and life.
We are specifically looking for guests who are committed/passionate and skilled in craftsmanship in the following - bamboo, carpentry, wood, construction, pottery, weaving, botanical drawing skills etc. We are willing to learn from our guests with their skills and share our experience and knowledge.
Accommodation will be on a shared basis in our breezy artist studio space. There is an attached bathroom and a basic set up for tea. Food will be cooked by us - traditional Kerala and Assamese cuisine of India in firewood.
Parudur is a small village which does not have any touristic population visiting. Volunteers can choose to travel to bigger cities like Kochi or Trivandrum or visit Munnar (known for its beautiful tea gardens) or Kumarakom (to experience living in a house boat) and many other beautiful touristic places in their off time.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week