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Sarasvati Ahimsa Van

Welcome to Saraswati Ahimsa Vana, also known as Wisdom Forest. We are a diverse community living by Vedic principles within a unique hidden paradise in the Amazon Rainforest, with a shared vision of teaching our visitors and Ecuadorian neighbors about simple living, high thinking.

In Sanskrit, Saraswati represents ‘wisdom and knowledge’, Vana means ‘forest’, and Ahimsa means ‘non-violence’. Ahimsa is also another name for truth or love providing a path towards uninterrupted peace and bliss. We believe that one of the most important steps for man to attain peace is by not injuring living creatures. Saraswati Ahimsa Vana can therefore be translated to “the forest of love and wisdom”.

Our Mission

Through our legally-recognized foundation named ‘El Bosque de la Sabiduria’ we desire to network communities throughout the Napo Province and Ecuador, raise awareness of environmental issues, teach alternative sustainable ways of living and create a better future for Ecuador and its people. We are also creating a large Rainforest reserve that will act as a haven for the wild animals and plants of the Amazon.

If you would like more info please don´t hesitate to check out our web page: http://wisdomforest.org or write to us at: info@wisdomforest.org

Thanks for Reading! Look forward to seeing you soon!

It is very easy … From Quito take a direct bus to Tena. This can be done in the Terminal del Sur (which is the interprovincial transport). The cost is Us 6 and is about 4 to 5 hours of travel.

When you arrive in Tena, you have to take another bus towards TALAG, whose whereabouts is only a few meters from the terminal. The journey is only 30 minutes. The buses leave every 45 minutes … (The last bus leaves at 6:30 in the afternoon). Tell the driver to leave you 1 km before “where the monkey is”. We have a good sign at the entrance on the right hand side. There is a sign and the statue of a monkey. Follow the road. You can make sounds if you want. If there is no one in the house when you arrive there is no problem, remember that there are 27 hectares of land … Feel at home in one of the hammocks; Until someone arrives.

If you have any unforeseen circumstances you can call Tulsy (wife of Bhaga) at 084891421; Or the English Institute at 062871141.

See you soon.

Would you like to get closer to nature, get off the beaten track and have unforgettable experiences? We have teamed up with Caveman Adventures to offer a safe but yet exiting way to adventure into the wild!For every tour you participate in, $10 is donated to the Rainforest Reserve, and for those lodging in the Yoga Lodge, the reserve receives another additional donation for every night you stay. This means you are saving trees whilst enjoying the beauty of the forest, the perfect way to give something back to nature!

You will be lodged in our amazing Yoga Lodge, and have the opportunity to participate in morning and evening mantra mediation programs and learn about simple living, high thinking, through the ancient teachings of the Vedas.

 

ONE DAY – YOGA RAFTING

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The river is flowing! Get out onto the amazing Jatunyacu River which descends from the mystical Llanganates National Park!

Morning: As you venture down the river you will be fascinated by the beauty of the rainforest, unique rock formations and cascades. We will break up the journey with a great yoga class on the sandy river bank to the sound of the flowing river, birds and insects!

Schedule: 8.00am – 12:30pm
Minimum No Pax: 4
Price: $60

 

ONE DAY – YOGA, ADVENTURE & CHOCOLATE

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Here you will enjoy an unforgettable tour with a great variety of activities packed into one day, get in touch with nature, learn about ancient cultures and make chocolate!

Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! We will then adventure off on an amazing 2 hour hike following a river upstream, be prepared to get wet!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget!

Schedule: 7.00am – 5:00pm
Minimum No Pax: 4
Price: $70

 

ONE DAY – YOGA, NATURE & SWEAT LODGE

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A unique detox with yoga in the morning and a sweat lodge ceremony in the afternoon! The ceremony offers a place for introspection and connecting to mother earth, learn to appreciate all the beautiful things that surround you.

Morning: The day begins with an amazing yoga class on our beautiful yoga deck followed by a yummy organic breakfast! We will then take a tour around the permaculture garden and through the forest, learning about the abundance of the rainforest and its medicinal plants.

Afternoon: You will enjoy the detox, sweet melodies and drumming in the sweat lodge as well as the plunge pool!

Schedule: 7.00am – 5:00pm
Minimum No Pax: 5
Price: $70

 

ONE DAY – YOGA, NATURE & CHOCOLATE

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This is our most chilled out tour for those who are looking for a peaceful but interesting day!

Morning: The day begins with an amazing yoga class on our beautiful yoga deck followed by a yummy organic breakfast! We will then take a tour around the permaculture garden and through the forest, learning about the abundance of the rainforest and its medicinal plants.

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget! Yummy Yummy!

Schedule: 7.00am – 5:00pm
Minimum No Pax: 1
Price: $45

 

TWO NIGHTS – YOGA, ADVENTURE, CHOCOLATE & RAFTING

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A great combination of our favourite tours. Two great days of yoga, adventure out into the forest learning about different cultures and raft down the amazing Jatunyacu River which descends from the mystical Llanganates National Park!

Day 1

Afternoon: From 3.00pm onwards check-in to the Yoga Lodge and enjoy some peace and quiet followed by a yummy dinner. Explore nature on our night walk!

Day 2
Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! We will then adventure off on an amazing 2 hour hike following a river upstream, be prepared to get wet!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget!

Day 3

Morning: We will start the day with a nourishing organic breakfast and then get ready for some rafting! As you venture down the river you will be fascinated by the beauty of the rainforest, unique rock formations and cascades. We will break up the journey with a great yoga class on the sandy river bank to the sound of the flowing river, birds and insects! We will be back to the reserve for lunch by 1.30pm, check out at 2.00, you will be sad to leave!

Minimum No Pax: 4
Price: $190

 

TWO NIGHTS – YOGA, CHOCOLATE, RAFTING & SWEAT LODGE

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The river is flowing and the volcanic rocks are steaming! Get out onto the amazing Jatunyacu River which descends from the mystical Llanganates National Park and experience the sweat lodge ceremony that offers a place for introspection and connection to mother earth!

Day 1
Afternoon: From 3.00pm onwards check-in to the Yoga Lodge and enjoy some peace and quiet followed by a yummy dinner. Explore nature on our night walk!

Day 2
Morning: We will start the day with a nourishing organic breakfast and then get ready for some rafting! As you venture down the river you will be fascinated by the beauty of the rainforest, unique rock formations and cascades. We will break up the journey with a great yoga class on the sandy river bank to the sound of the flowing river, birds and insects!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget!

Day 3
Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! You will then enjoy the detox, sweet melodies and drumming in the sweat lodge as well as the plunge pool!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will take a tour around the permaculture garden, learning about the abundance of the rainforest and its medicinal plants.

Minimum No Pax: 5
Price: $190

TWO NIGHTS – YOGA, RAFTING, CHOCOLATE & NATURE

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A combination of adventure on the river and relaxation through nature. Get out onto the amazing Jatunyacu River which descends from the mystical Llanganates National Park and learn about everything mother earth has to offer us on our nature walk!

Day 1
Afternoon: From 3.00pm onwards check-in to the Yoga Lodge and enjoy some peace and quiet followed by a yummy dinner. Explore nature on our night walk!

Day 2

Morning: We will start the day with a nourishing organic breakfast and then get ready for some rafting! As you venture down the river you will be fascinated by the beauty of the rainforest, unique rock formations and cascades. We will break up the journey with a great yoga class on the sandy river bank to the sound of the flowing river, birds and insects!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget!

Day 3
Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! We will then take a tour around the permaculture garden, learning about the abundance of the rainforest and its medicinal plants.

Afternoon:
After a delicious lunch it is time to relax and prepare to check out.

Minimum No Pax:
4
Price: $165

3 NIGHTS – YOGA, ADVENTURE, CHOCOLATE, RAFTING & SWEAT LODGE

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Save 13 trees!

The most complete tour of all where you have the chance to do everything. Three great days of yoga, adventure, culture, chocolate and rafting, as well as finishing with the sweat lodge ceremony that offers a place for introspection and connection to mother earth!

Day 1
Afternoon: From 3.00pm onwards check-in to the Yoga Lodge and enjoy some peace and quiet followed by a yummy dinner. Explore nature on our night walk!

Day 2
Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! We will then adventure off on an amazing 2 hour hike following a river upstream, be prepared to get wet!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch we will teach you how to make chocolate, from bean to bar! An experience you will never forget!

Day 3
Morning: We will start the day with a nourishing organic breakfast and then get ready for some rafting! As you venture down the river you will be fascinated by the beauty of the rainforest, unique rock formations and cascades. We will break up the journey with a great yoga class on the sandy river bank to the sound of the flowing river, birds and insects! We will be back to the reserve for lunch by 1.30pm, check out at 2.00, you will be sad to leave!

Afternoon:
Learn about pottery and try making your own bowl and plate yourself!

Day 4
Morning: We begin the day with an amazing yoga class above the trees followed by a delicious organic breakfast! You will then enjoy the detox, sweet melodies and drumming in the sweat lodge as well as the plunge pool!

Afternoon: After a delicious lunch it is time to relax and prepare to check out.

Minimum No Pax:
5
Price: $270

Dear Volunteer

We´re community followers of Vedic Principles starting up an organic farm and nature reserve in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. Once again a warm welcome to Saraswati Ahimsa Vana.   It will be a privilege to have you visit us whether you stay for a day, week or longer…   The following is some basic information about everyday life on the reserve, internal regulations and a brief description of how our volunteering program works. On your arrival we will show you around the farm and how things work.  Daily tasks will be assigned after breakfast and we will explain how to do them, there will nearly always be somebody working with you from the Saraswati team.  If you have any special skills please let us know, we like to share everything we know and enjoy learning from everyone else.  A large majority of the work is of physical nature due to the demands of tropical permaculture in the Amazon jungle; however, there are also tasks to do with the smaller medicinal herbs, gardens, kitchen, social work etc.    Remember that there is a lot of work to be done and therefore the work schedule should be respected.  If you need some work clothes let us know, we have a collection… but please return them washed!

Volunteer Program:

Our volunteering program includes the following activities:

Tropical Permaculture
Reforestation
Composting
Chocolate Making
Toffee Making
Hatha Yoga
Mantra Meditation

Every weekend we take our volunteers on unforgettable river adventures.

To enroll on our volunteer program we ask for a donation of $10 a day, $70 a week… or $300 a month. This goes towards staff, food and materials.     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 four and a half hours service a day, there is lots to do as this project is just starting up.

Give us your comments!

Anonymous13813: hola para cuando tu deseas o estarias llegando disculpa que no te conteste antes mi numero es 952311857 mi mail es valladaresvictors@hotmail.com facebook victor saul valladares miguel
Anonymous13813: estamos en vrindava peru jardin ecologico solo tenemos muchos talleres de bio construccion aceptamos voluntarios
Anonymous14187: Rivojeanette2329@gmail.com estoy interesada en talleres de comida vegetariana gracias
Anonymous14620: Hola soy administradora turistica y hotelera y estoy muy interezada, quisiera ser voluntaria, les dejo mi correo para mas informacion, muchas gracias dania-1403@hotmail.com
Anonymous14767: Hola, estoy interesada en una estadía en un templo de La India, para tener la hermosa oportunidad de conocer con la luz de su mirar cociente, gracias por la información que espero en : malena223@hotmail.com
Anonymous14915: Lady-hincapie@juanncorpas.edu.co
Anonymous15453: Hola estoy interesada mi nombre es Macarena Jiménez y mi correo es maca.jimenez20@hotmail.cl
Anonymous15458: Hola estoy interesada en visitrlos y hacer voluntariado, estoy iniciando mi proceso espiritual y conociendo mas de conciencia de Krishna y me gustaria poder visitarlos, mi correo es briancol1316@gmail.com...... hare krishna
Anonymous15807: Hola qué tal? Me gustaría recibir más información acerca del voluntariado como así también de la experiencia turista. Soy de Córdoba Argentina y mi mail es marcemercol@gmail.com
Anonymous16514: Hola, qué tal? Estoy interesada en hacer el voluntariado. Soy estudiante, de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mi mail es jimena.ucha@hotmail.com
Anonymous17457: So, do I have to pay to be able to volunteer at this place?
Anonymous17566: Hola! Que Tal? Mi hermano y yo somos estudiantes en alemania. Estamos viajando en peru y estamos interesado en hacer el voluntariad. Mi email es Bianca.scholtyssek@web.de esperamos escucher de ustedes prontosmile salutes!
Anonymous17848: Hola. I wpuld love to volunteer can you please email me hannwoods@gmail.com
Anonymous17948: Hola! Soy estoy interesado en conocer vuestro proyecto participando en vuestro sistema de voluntariado. Soy andaluz del sur de España. Profundizar en la práctica del yoga es mi objetivo principal. Mi correo zinfrontera16@Gmail. Com
Anonymous18060: Hola! Soy Kiara y tengo 18 años. Quisiera un poco mas de informacion a cerca del voluntariado. Mi correo es kiaranataliafr@gmail.com - Gracias!
Anonymous19301: Hola buenos dias, mi nombre es Oriana Areniz, tengo 32 años y estoy interesada y deseo saber mas sobre el voluntariado. Deseo aprender mas del movimiento, yoga, prashadam y todo lo que pueda aprender es para mi beneficio. Mi correo es briancol1316@gmail.com...... les agradezco....hare krishna
Anonymous20670: hola, soy Diego, y acabo de volver de India donde hice los cursos de 200 y 300hs de profesorado de yoga...tal vez podría colaborar...podeis contactarme aqui: diegofblanco@yahoo.com
Uma Fernández: Hola! Estaría interesada en ir de voluntaria en enero, soy española y voy a estar trabajando en Santa Marta por un mes y me encantaría aprovechar los fines de semana para conocer su ecoaldea, si pudiesen enviare más información estaría muy agradecida. uma_ufp@hotmail.com
Anonymous21153: Hola mi nombre es ana, quisiera recibir más información del voluntariado. Mi mail es anidelafuente@hotmail.com
Anonymous21277: soy Lucila y quiero ser voluntaria en la aldea mi telefono 0414 5890181
Anonymous21283: Hola quisiera saber si el voluntariado tiene un costo
Anonymous21477: hi
Anonymous21611: Hola, pueden añadirme informacion también? schilling.anna@web.de
Anonymous22095: Hola, quisiera saber como puedo llegar, indicaciones? viajo desde Bogotá
Anonymous22103: Hola <3 Yo tambien quiero más information sobre el voluntariado y como llegar? Gracias! annafm1818@gmail.com
Anonymous22396: hola hay algún teléfono donde poder comunicarme para obtener mas información
Anonymous22804: Hola buenas tardes ! Me gustaria recibir informacion sobre las ecoaldeas en sur america! Muchas gracias. keilly92c@hotmail.com
Anonymous22956: hola soy marisa me gustaria saver donde hay ekoaldeas en españa , quisiera ir
Anonymous22956: mi correo marisa4791@yahoo.es
Anonymous23636: hola! me guastaria recibir info, muchas fgracias . delfinabilbaoa@gmail.com not-one-care
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Disclaimer

Dear volunteers, our farms are spiritual paradises, however situations can happen that are out of our control, therefore we declare that we are not responsible for any material losses or reimbursments.

Eco Yoga Villages

Website: http://ecoyogavillages.org
Email: volunteer@yogainbound.com