Shaolin Goes to Sadhana Forest India

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This week we salut our student Mandeep Gill for volunteering her efforts at Sadhana Forest, India where she is also teaching others Shaolin qi gong and martial arts kung fu. This is a community that works together to revive desolate environments, and have not only done so successfully in southern India, but also in other parts of the world. We’ll let Mandeep tell you about her experience so far…


Mandeep Gill: Namaste from Sadhana Forest, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India!

Sadhana Forest is one big beating heart in a huge body consisting of volunteers working together. This community does not feel foreign at all. It is like being at home with family. I absolutely love it here. I shall be here until February 2015 and I shall also keep everyone posted on what is happening here at Sadhana Forest via school newsletters and social media.



My main reason for coming out to Sadhana Forest was to work within the ecological and self sustainable atmosphere. Sadhana Forest have been striving to transform 70 acres of severely eroded land with dream of creating a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). This community exist because Yorit and Aviram Rozin dreamed of living in harmony with the planet.


Some of my favorite things are waking up together at 5:45am to go work in the forest but prior to leaving for the forest, we meet in a space called morning circle where we start our day off with embracing each other.


There are moment of silence prior to all 3 meals, we finish work with hugs and moments of silence. There are sharing circles and weekly workshops.


Along with that there is huge interest in learning Chi-Gong and martial arts Kung Fu which is offered every weekend at the moment. Actually, I was practicing by myself when other watched and wanted to join so we all workout together.




At this current moment, the community consist of 70 very hard working volunteers. We wake up together, we work together, we eat together and most importantly we are growing together.


My heart giggles every night looking at sky full of stars while I brush my teeth 🙂