Join us in building a mud house and experimenting with biomaterials in Rishikesh, India

  • India
  • Favourited 245 times
  • Last activity: 29 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: No minimum



  • Description


    We moved to rural pastures to live deliberately. To observe nature and learn from it. To rediscover our suppressed instincts, create something sacred and most true to life with our own hands. We want to enjoy each process and relish slow living in the mountains.

    We are interested in creating a space to explore and nurture our human potential, be our authentic selves, have discourse on food (roti), clothing(kapda), shelter(makaan), experiment with new materials, express through art, and practice sustainability(imperfect).

    Our tiny farm is nestled in the farmlands on a hill near Rishikesh, at the confluence of river Ganges and its tributary river Heval. The village is situated adjacent to a serene forest with its wildlife.

    We envision it as an interdisciplinary nexus of art, design, visual media, science, and nature. Our mission is to build tiny using natural materials and investigate alternate biomaterials with our living friends - Fungi, Bacteria, and Algae. Our focus lies more in the experiments than the results, bringing out newer perspectives.

    We envision the place as an open studio for the round pegs in the square holes. We strive to surround ourselves with dreamers, DIYers, storytellers, graphic designers, visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, natural builders, biologists, mycologists, bio designers, fashion designers, product designers, musicians, and alternate economists.

    We are building a tiny cob house (mud house) with a living roof on a tiny site overlooking the Ganges using natural materials. Cob building is a very democratic and inclusive natural building technique, at the same time very therapeutic.

    We are also experimenting with biomaterials and making products using mycelium(the vegetative part of mushroom), eggshells, Kombucha, orange peel powder, etc.

    We would love to have you join our tribe, become part of our tiny community.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Since we are building the mud house from scratch after a year of research, attending both physical and online workshops, it is a great opportunity to learn natural building, passive solar design, experiment with different plastering techniques, dry stone walls, living roof, etc.

    We could also share our knowledge about biofabrication using agriculture and food waste along with organisms such as mycelium and bacteria.

    We also experiment with combining various art forms such as physical/digital art with augmented reality. We would love to collaborate with you to create experimental artworks if you are an artist.

    We live with Dadi(Granny) who has lived her life in this village. The village is a tiny village with only 6 houses and we see the villagers as our extended family and have a lot of indigenous knowledge to share.

    We would more than love to learn whatever you have to teach.

    Min. one week stay is recommended to make it a meaningful exchange.

  • Help


    We require friends to help with building the mud house, social media content creation, carpentry, experimenting with biobased materials, art collaborations, planting and taking care of the crops,
    helping with daily household activities.

    Please note that Natural building is physical work involving manual labor but meditative and transformative.

    Volunteers with experience in the following would be a BIG BONUS!
    - Natural Building
    - Permaculture
    - Video content creation and editing
    - Social Media Management
    - 3D software skills (Blender)
    - Design (Architecture, product, textile, etc.)
    - Carpentry
    - Sculpting
    - Art

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would love to learn Spanish, Italian and improve our French speaking skills.

  • Accommodation


    We live in a basic village 2 bedroom house with a living area with attached kitchen in the village.
    The building site is 100 m away from our house

    We have comfortable dorm-style sleeping with mattresses.

    The toilet is Indian style with a separate bath and is 10 m from the house.

    Meals provided would include Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea, Dinner.
    We would be cooking together and eating with Dadi(Granny) most of the time.

    The place is a remote area in the forest so you should arrive before 4 pm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    - We often have movie nights where we watch good movies and documentaries on projector.
    - Trek to the village above
    - Hike in the forests along the river
    - Visit RIshikesh, The yoga capital of the world.
    - Learn Yoga in Rishikesh
    - Do rafting in the Ganges
    - Visit the Beatles Ashram
    - Go to the nearby villages and waterfalls
    - Bonfire

    We are 15 kms away from Rishikesh and local taxis(shared and individual) are available to reach the place.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Small vans could be parked at the that's of the river.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 749571958351

Feedback (8)


These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)

Join our NGO to help with an education project in Himchal Pradesh, India
Come and help kids with language exchange in our school while exploring life in Baramulla, India