We are a small organic farm situated at Auroville (we are not part of the Auroville Foundation), Tamilnadu. We grow several organic spinach, fruits and vegetables using natural processes such as mulching, cow dung manure, drip irrigation, raised beds and organic seedlings. We are also currently building a few rooms and a meditation/yoga hall at the farm.
As a workawayer, you get to stay on the farm that lies in Auroville's green belt area and get to eat freshly and hygienically prepared healthy, vegan Indian cuisine.
The farm is surrounded by trees including the purifying and medicinal Neem, Tamarind, Cashewnut, Jackfruit and old Palm trees. Flower beds, birds, frogs, dogs and lots of fresh air will greet you.
People who are self motivated and self driven and are open to being in a rustic atmosphere with other full timers, overcoming language barriers are welcome.
We will offer you a stay amidst a pristine environment, where use of any drugs or alcohol is strictly NOT allowed.
If you use drugs or alcohol at the farm, we would regretfully have to ask you to leave.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Welcome to our family: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. This is a Sanskrit phrase found in Hindu texts such as the Maha Upanishad, which means "the world is one family". We believe in this ideal of oneness, and sharing our Indian values of harmony, mutual respect, collaboration, Karma Yoga (doing our obligatory duties sincerely), aspiration for inner progress and bliss, with simplicity and humility, and serving for the greater good of all.
We have a full time staff that stays at the farm and takes care of all the daily activities. Now, being from Tamil Nadu, Tamil is their mother language. It can be a mutually beneficial language learning exchange to learn some spoken Tamil from them, and them being able to learn some spoken English through interaction with you.
The stay at the farm can be a first hand introduction to many aspects of traditional Indian culture and ways of living. You will get to interact with several Indians from a rural background, who have had little or no formal education, but have learnt a lot from their life experiences. You can learn from their traditional skills, understanding and ways of working.
Interaction with the host can benefit those who want to learn about Ayurveda, healthy whole foods, Integral Yoga, Indian philosophy and education including Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita, teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
Those who have an interest in Indian food and cooking can learn a lot from hands-on experiences with the host as well the full time Indian staff who are proficient in both North and South Indian dishes and traditional methods of cooking such as a firewood stove.
Workawayers can help with setting up of drip irrigation, composting, mulching, weeding, gardening, general maintenance, plastering, wall painting, artistic work, carpentry, electrical and building work. As the Indian days can be hot, early risers who can be up with the rising sun, in the morning fresh air, can be a great help.
The type of accommodation we provide at our farm is living space in a Keith roof cottage/capsule. Additionally there is a provision of a western toilet and bathroom with a water faucet (sorry, no commodities such as toilet paper, soap, etc. will be provided; travellers are required to get their own biodegradable toiletries that don't spoil the soil, we also help you to procure authentic, natural soap, shampoo, toothpaste & laundry detergent). For washing dishes and cleaning in general, we use coconut scrubs alongwith soapnut extract, ash with lime, baking soda and vinegar.
As we are situated at Auroville, an international township in Tamilnadu, India, travellers can also explore the calmness of nature and its scenic beauty away from the city life. Auroville as a community strives to achieve human unity and works at developing, innovating and practicing different methods of sustainable technology, farming and green development.
At the heart of the town lies the 'soul of the city', Matrimandir, "viewed as a large golden sphere which seems to be emerging out of the earth, symbolising the birth of a new consciousness."
You can visit Matrimandir (3.3 kms from the farm), explore Auroville as well as the alternative healing therapies, and yoga activities offered in various venues.
Pondicherry and Auroville host a lot of interesting cultural activities that are mostly free and anyone interested can attend. These include music and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, and regular screenings of films from around the world. Many excellent cultural events are hosted at Bharat Nivas auditorium, Auroville (4 kms from the farm) and Aurodhan art gallery and garden, Pondicherry (9 kms from the farm).
The sea beach on the East Coast is great for the sunrise and a morning swim. In the vicinity lies Pondicherry, an erstwhile French Colonial Town. It has an eclectic mix of heritage buildings including French and Indian. Also a wide range of restaurants offer international cuisine. Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its various departments are also a must visit. There is public bus transport between Auroville main road and Pondicherry town. Within Auroville one needs a personal mode of transport like a bicycle, moped, scooter or motorcycle that can be hired locally at a reasonable rate.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week