Sadhana Forest

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NH 66 near Palmyra Cricket Ground, Pondicherry, India

An ecological project and vegan organic community that welcomes everyone to come and dine on 100% vegan whole food meals. Food is offered as a gift, no payment required. Daily breakfast from 8:30am, lunch 12:30pm, dinner 6pm. No dinner on Thursday or lunch on weekend. Directions: Take a bus leaving from Pondicherry bus park to Tindivanam. Get off at the Morattandi bus stop, and walk the opposite direction of bus travel on the road that runs alongside Hwy 66. (You'll go over four speed bumps to continue on this side road.) Take your first right and walk 20 minutes along the road (it will go from paved to dirt). You will reach a fork in the road which points to the right to Sadhana Forest. Continue walking until the road ends at Sadhana Forest.

8 Reviews

First Review by vegantommasina

May the Forest be with you. - Edit

A community growing a forest and growing in itself along with the forest!

Pros: Vegan, Open Minded Community , Great for Children!

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Great community with vegan fire cooked food - Edit

Sadhana Forest is a community of reforesters, planting trees and living together. They live together and cook on the wood from the forest they planted. They cook only vegan and whole food meals which are just awesome and free. Almost hard to believe but you can actually drop by for any of the meals served there and join the meal for free. Most of it is organic as well. They don't ask for donations but if one wants to give one, one is always invited to do so.
The meal times are: 8:30, 12:30 and 18:00. It is good to be on time. On Fridays they have a special tour and film.

Pros: Free, Whole food and organic, Cooked on fire

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Amazing Place - Edit

Amazing sustainable international vegan community. If you want to see how far sustainable living can go (and want to have a nice organic vegan rocket stove meal), just drop in and meet this lovely community or stay on as a volunteer.

Pros: Hospitable, inspiring community, Learn about reforestation, sustainable living and

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One of the best places I have ever been - Edit

Most of the time people just talk about their ideals. The people at Sadhana Forest actually live them. From veganism, to un-schooling, to reforestation, to composting, to water conservation, to gift economy ... they just tick every box for me. I got to spend two weeks here, where I met some amazing people and made some of the best memories of my life. I also learned valuable methods of living more consciously that I hope to implement in my own life.

Pros: Vegan, Progressive, Actually doing things that matter

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Great community - Edit

Awesome welcoming vegan eco community living a simple way of life and you volunteer to help the reforestation of the area. lovely people :)

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Vegan Awesomeness!!! - Edit

Sadhana Forest, Auroville, the place i call home, is the place to be if yummy, healthy vegan organic food is what you need. I've lived here for a few years now and everyday life here is more and more enriching. The vibrant community life, the positive forest work, the excellent healthy food, the beautiful people who live here altogether is making this place the beautiful vegan paradise that it is. Hope to see you all here someday xxxxxxxxxxx ps:Today is my birthday and I am going to eat Vegan ice-cream this evening

Pros: Yummy, Healthy, Organic

Cons: None, None, None

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sadhan forest good food having - Edit

Sadhana forest is a reforestation community in southern india practicing veganism. there are three tasty vegan meals prepared every day by community members to fuel the reforestation and water conservation work. most of the food is organic and locally sourced and some is grown in the community. sometimes the food is traditional indian sometimes western style food and sometimes on wednesday traditional isreali hummus! numy!!

Pros: health, taste, fun

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a vegan oasis - Edit

Sadhana Forest is a vegan volunteering community that follows its ideals to every extent possible.  All of the food is organic from the legumes, and grains to the fruits and vegetables.  The greens and tapioca, and some of the papaya are grown on the grounds as well.  Food is cooked using rocket-stoves which is the most highly efficient wood-burning stove possible.  All kitchen power is provided by solar energy too! 

Breakfast is my favorite with lots of fresh fruit: pomegranate, papaya, sweet lime, and pineapple, with a porridge sweetened with bananas and jaggery sauce.  Lunch is often red rice, dahl, a flavorful subji, and a tangy shredded cabbage salad.  Coconut curries and lemon rice are popular starring dishes as well. Dinner varies a lot but my favorite is Wednesday since it's hummus night!  Sometimes we have sweets made from tahini, date syrup, coconut flakes, and peanuts, or laddu, an Indian ragi and coconut cookie.

Every Friday night is a free tour of Sadhana Forest, a screening of a film for Eco-Film Club, and a free vegan dinner for all visitors.  You can get a ride to Sadhana Forest by meeting at Solar Kitchen in the center of Auroville.  

I've been volunteering here for the past two weeks and have felt extremely grateful for the quality and taste of the food.  If you've traveled in India as a vegan you know that it can be hard to communicate about getting dishes without ghee or curd, or even fresh sanitary salads.  Sadhana Forest is seriously a vegan oasis in India and even the world. Where else is there completely vegan community like this?  Let me know if you find one... In any case, I highly recommend travelers to spend some time here and enjoy the home-cooked meals three times a day but at least come for Friday's dinner if you can!  

Pros: all-natural and organic, friendly volunteers and community, beautiful community

Cons: difficult to find

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