Saraswati Ahimsa Vana

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Tena, Ecuador via kindly anonymous
Benjamin Munro
info [at] wisdomforest [dot] org

Saraswati Ahimsa Vana is a hidden paradise in the Amazon Jungle that words cannot describe.  We´re community followers of Vedic Principles starting up an organic farm and nature reserve to protect part of the Amazon rainforest and the animals within.  Our goal is to teach our foreign visitors and Ecuadorian neighbours about simple living, high thinking.

The wild animals (monkeys, capybaras, toucans, macaws, deer, armadillo, boa constrictors just to name a few) are still hunted for food and the nearby forest is disappearing as we speak.   Our goal is to work with the local community schools throughout the Napo Province and Ecuador to teach alternative sustainable ways of living and create a better future for Ecuador and its people.

We can accomodate up to 15 volunteers, preferably over 17 years of age
Minimum one week
All we require from volunteers is a willingness to learn and participate, no other special skills are required.
As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different culture and different way of living based on Vedic Principles, with people who care about nature and ecology. Volunteers have the opportunity to help and learn about vegetarian cooking, permaculture, natural medicine, green building, yoga, meditation, philosophy, and will learn about working with conscious art and educational programs for children living in and around the community. You can also bring your creative energies to our workshops, make new friends and have the experience of a lifetime.
Our project is a non-profit based community living system but we kindly ask for donations to be able to enlarge our nature reserve before the rainforest is cut down. To enroll on our volunteer program we ask for a donation of $10 a day, $70 a week... or $300 a month. This is to cover the cost of food and personnel and anything left over goes towards the nature reserve foundation. If you would like to give an extra donation to help buy surrounding land to protect the animals from hunters it'll be more than welcome too. We'll give you good vegetarian food 3 times a day...(please do not bring any meat, fish or eggs) and we ask you to help out with a minimum of 7 hours service a day, there is lots to do as this project is just starting up...

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Km 15 Via Talag, Tena, Ecuador

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