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. . . . . the Mountains are calling and I must go ....

…..  I only went out for a walk into the wilderness, and finally concluded to stay out on the land, for going out, I found, was really going in. In every walk with Nature I have received far more than I sought…..

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…the Tiger roars…

our small village home is being set up for our dwelling…. planting moringa, curry leaf, pomegranate, neem trees and some flowering bushes; planning for a hammock space in the backyard; locating the papaya pit circle and the trelise crops on the fence in the frontyard; fixing the laundry wash stone and so on ans so forth…

as usual, and, I guess that is what I will need to get used to – slowing down, big time, people take their own sweet time to finish work – a quality that is good mostly and a little bad at times! So, finally after a 2 month wait we have a place to cook, sleep and work from.. (more…)

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the journey begins

IMG_2807After a year long rendezvous with the paper-work and associated legalities we finally have the legal ownership of the land that we start our project work on. The process of procuring land, especially in Karnataka can be daunting, wanting a weak-hearted to give up eventually.

The entire experience with ‘land’ has been insightful and has revealed very many aspects of my own deeper being. (more…)

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buying land in India

.. if there is one teacher to patience, it is this..Try buying land in India, and as a single woman.  It teaches you tolerance, patience and optimism and so much more…

While you think you finally can start living and working on the land, there comes the next hurdle.. legal titles, division of property between brothers, papers that were never updated, exact measure and extent of the land, failed negotiations – name it!

 

 

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rangaayana

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rangaayana is an effort in reviving dying Indian traditions of folk-lore, music and dance – our ancient ways of passing wisdom & knowledge.
Not just India, but with the rest of the world, we are witnessing a dying of our traditions; music, story telling, poetry, folklore, dance, and more. This was culture; this was community; it binds people with life. With growing culture of alienation, a result of modern competitive consumerist living, all of this and much more is being lost to the big game. No one has time for leisure, unless, of course, earned.
These ancient traditions were not just activities of leisure, but held a deeper relevance. These traditions are of indispensable value as one of the sources of information. Records, not just of facts, but beliefs, that are not entitled to much credence for historical purposes in the form of stories were handed down, chiefly, by oral tradition. These have been passed from generation to generation, creating a bond of traditional values with the present-day generation.An antiquarian can trace folklore parallels between, not only, those of different parts of the same country but also of the countries of the world.With communities divided, we are at a risk of losing our ancient wisdom and ancient ways of education which charms the listener while passing the message from generation to generation bringing people together.rangaayana is an effort towards reviving our dying traditions of art forms.

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eat Your Yard

eat Your Yard San Antonio (eYY) is a south Texas based initiative of swaYYam, that helps with edible landscaping.

eYY works with the premise that ‘Food connects us to everything else’. Today, there is a growing disconnect, with our basic resources that sustain life – water, soil, air, forests, and food. EYY promotes and supports conscious low-impact- living choices starting from taking charge of our food.

“Eating is an agricultural act. It is also an ecological act, and a political act too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world – and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction.”  -  Michael Pollan, ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’

eYY currently seeks to replace unproductive designer lawns and landscapes with edible, fruit bearing, native, beneficial trees, bushes, vines and ground-cover, while working on water and soil conservation, composting of kitchen wastes, rain water harvesting, using efficient irrigation systems that minimize evaporation and using as many as recycled materials as possible. eYY helps with the design and installation of such holistic edible systems and offer training workshops, volunteering and interning opportunities to learn and build skills.

eYY also fosters resource sharing – as a forum where like-minded people can come together to share, teach, learn and spread the knowledge creating the ripple effort of goodness.

 

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open shell permaculture

open shell logoWith Open Shell Permaculture site, we begin our work in ecological regeneration of a small piece of barren and degraded land located next to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the hills of the Western Ghats. The site is located close to a village which in an idyllic location with overlooking mountains. The sight of cowherds and shepherds driving their animals to the nearby forests, the curious village children, the intermittent bus service, the temples and the village life is something to  experience.

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Open Shell is a  demonstration & an education site for  social transformation through regenerative design that works towards creating harmonious relationships that already exist in nature.

The project will elaborate on methods of applying permaculture principles is restoring the fertility of land by preventing soil erosion, water run-off, overgrazing, burning, and use of chemicals, followed with restoration of native vegetation that was. This will be steered by long-term interns and volunteers along with the team. We would also build capacities through workshops and study in Permaculture and courses that will draw the community into informed collective action.

Simply put – we  want to lead by example. If you connect with this area of our work and want to be involved, contact us and let us know. We will be happy to share our space with you and learn from each other.

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