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Vanvadi Vanutsav

Event Start Date:
30th September 2017
Event End Date:
2nd October 2017
Event Venue:
Neral, near Pune
We warmly invite you  to the Vanvadi Vanutsav from Saturday, Sep 30 (Dussera) to Oct 2. Join us for all 4 days if you can, or visit for just a day or two!
The Vanutsav is a multi-generational, open-agenda, self-organized gathering in a forest setting – to celebrate nature and community. The participants themselves offer to conduct specific activities, workshops or discussions. 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-organizing and sharing of work responsibilities, including food preparation, serving, cleaning, etc.

The Vanutsav is also a time for singing, music and dance! (So bring along your music instruments and song books!)

Vanvadi is a collectively owned and regenerated forest in the foothills of the Sahyadris, between Mumbai and Pune, about 100 km from Mumbai, and 12 km from Neral station. It aspires to evolve into an ecological forest village community. We offer simple, shared accommodation in a lovely natural environment, with lush forest and flowing streams, but no grid electricity or piped water.

Our rock pool is over 18 feet deep, and strictly for swimmers only. But 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 is expected of participants.

Suggested Voluntary Contribution
To meet various costs, including food – and to support the work at Vanvadi – we request a voluntary contribution of Rs 600 per person per day, and Rs 400 per day for each child within 12 years. (More would of course be welcome!) Advance confirmation of your participation to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] would be much appreciated, as also advance payment.

We can accommodate only about 40 people in two dwellings. So please bring along a tent if you can. Also: (1) a sleeping bag, or at least 2 sheets; (2) Torch/flashlight or a solar lamp; (3) Any music instrument; (4) Any organic/wholesome food or provisions you can manage to bring without hassle; (5) Any swimming/bathing gear you like; (6) A mug/glass and a plate.
We look forward to see you!
With love,
Van Utsav team, 2017
PS: The pre-noon hours of Sep 30 will feature a traditional, adivasi style celebration with community dancing.
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