There is a simple and profound magic in planting a tree. Watching as each new leaf reaches towards the light, breathing in toxins and exhaling life-giving oxygen; all fed in part by the water captured during the last rainfall. Those that strive to save and revitalize our forest, live sustainably and teach compassionate conservation are both admirable and too few.
Recently a friend told me about a wonderful group of these individuals that are in need of our help: Sadhana Forest. Their mission is best described in this five minute video, but if you can’t watch it now please read on.
“In a spirit of human unity, [Sadhana Forest's] aim is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living and veganism. Our energy and resources are focused on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). The main aim of this ecological project is to support the local rural villages: By retaining water and filling the aquifer, Sadhana Forest allows the villagers to cultivate their food and prevents exodus towards nearby city slums. From Sadhana Forest website
As you can see, Sadhana Forest’s mission is inspiring, and over the last nine years their work has seen great success. Recently though, their community in Auroville, India was hit by a devastating cyclone and the majority of current living structures were damaged or destroyed.
Next: Why Sadhana Forest needs our help and what you can do.
NB: All videos and photographs are from the Sadhana Forest website.