The centre for sustainable living alternatives

Hosa Jeevana Daari a distinct centre was set up by the Trust in 1980. Hosa Jeevavana Daari means ‘a way to new life’ in kannada. The broad concept of the centre is to create a place, which is in complete harmony with nature, and inspire people who are in search of non-violent sustainable living alternatives. A barren piece of land three decades ago is now full of trees and birds. The rainwater harvesting, organic farming are part of the centre’s ecological initiatives. The simple structures seamlessly blend with the landscape and enhance ambience of the centre.

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Centre after 3 decades

Through out the year various camps, seminars and workshops are organised on different issues related to environment, development, life styles, policies and other subjects. Environmental education and appreciation programmes are organised for youth and students.

Sri Sunderlal Bahuguna and Smt Vimala Bahuguna in one of the camps

Sri Sunderlal Bahuguna and Smt Vimala Bahuguna in one of the camps

A cost efficient structure at the centre

A cost efficient structure at the centre

Jeevana Shaale

An education programme named Jeevana Shaale is organised at Hosa Jeevana Daari. Group of high school students from in and around Melkote participate in this programme. The group spends two weekends in a month to find different sustainable living alternatives from the point of ecology, society, politics and as well as economics. The aim is to inspire them to take up a good carrier and to make them responsible citizens who consider the elements and processes of Nature in all their life style planning through critical thinking on contemporary issues, introducing them to the fascinating world of Natural History, exposing them to the realities of the world in terms of the impacts of anthropocentric activities through time.

The students come on their own, cook their own food, maintain their place, do physical work, read books, watch documentaries, interact with resource persons and perform theater activities. Jeevana Shaale works on the spirit of Gurukulas.

Children during a nature study session

Children during a nature study session

A group reading

Group reading

Children performing R K Narayan's Swamy and Friends drama

Children performing R K Narayan's Swamy and Friends drama

Children watching documentary

Children watching documentary

A Student in a shramadana session

A Student in a shramadana session

During a photography session

During a photography session