We warmly invite you, your family and friends to the the ‘Land Care and Community’ Van Utsav at Vanvadi from Oct 9 to 14, 2014
The Van Utsav is a multi-generational, open-agenda, self-organised gathering to celebrate nature and community — with responsibility. The participants themselves offer to conduct specific activities, workshops or discussions related to this theme. These are announced on a common billboard, stating the time and place of each. People join what they like.
Some time every day is reserved for joint gatherings — for miscellaneous announcements (including workshops/activities offered); and to facilitate collective self-organising and sharing of work responsibilities, including food preparation, serving, cleaning, living arrangements, etc. (Work shirkers, be warned!) After dinner, there is usually singing and music around a bonfire, ending by 11 pm. (So bring along your music instruments and song books!)
As you know, Vanvadi is a collectively owned organic forest farm (more forest than farm) in the foothills of the Sahyadris, between Mumbai and Pune, about 100 km from Mumbai, and 12 km from Neral Railway station. It aspires to evolve into an ecological forest village community. Presently, it offers only rustic accommodation (roof and mud floor!) in a lovely natural environment, without grid electricity or piped water. As we have very limited built accommodation, please bring along your own/borrowed/hired tent and sleeping gear, or be prepared to sleep under the open moonlit/starlit sky!
Van Utsav theme for October, 2014
Following the ‘Back to the Land’ gathering at Pune a few months ago, this year’s Van Utsav at Vanvadi will focus on ‘Land Care and Community’. We expect there will be several workshops and discussions related to soil building, water harvesting, forest and biodiversity regeneration, organic farming/gardening, permaculture, SRI, composting, seed saving, live hedges, renewable energy, ecological habitats, sustainable land-based livelihoods, non-formal learning, community building, conflict resolution, etc.
In the past, we have also had varied workshops/activities like swimming, rope-walking, yoga, meditation, natural healing, massage, jewellery-making and other crafts, star-gazing, bird/night-life watching, etc. All these and such like are permitted too!
Suggested Voluntary Contributions
In order to meet various costs, including food – and to support the work at Vanvadi – we are requesting a voluntary contribution of Rs 450 per person per day, and Rs 300 per day for each child within 12 years. Contributions more or less than this would be equally welcome!
In view of the potential hazards of a forest environment, all participants need to take full individual and collective responsibility to look after themselves, and especially any children accompanying them.
The rock pool is over 18 feet deep, and strictly for swimmers only; but a few shallower, waist-deep water-bodies are also available for non-swimmers and learners.
Keeping the Vanvadi space free of plastics and city litter; respect for the place, the local people and fellow participants; and sharing of common work, are other basic responsibilities.
Registration to join. Please fill up the following Google Registration form:
Prior registration (by 5th October) is essential as we have a ceiling of 80 participants, including children. Those who register early with advance contribution will be given priority; also those who bring their own tent. If you can’t register online or on time for whatever reason, write to us and we’ll see what we can manage.
For correspondence and more info
Vinita 022-23542420 & 09769291586, Neesha 09833865076, Sanjiv 09892212133 or Rishi 09322727415
We look forward to seeing you!