At our Auroville Center
Pitchandikulam Forest is in Auroville, South India, and was founded in 1973. What was once arid land is now a thriving center with:
- Seventy acres of forest with over 800 species
- tree seedling nursery
- medicinal plant garden
- consultancy offices
- meeting rooms, workshop/event space
- video studio
- wildlife research unit
- bio-resource education centre
- museum of rural Tamil life
- art studio
- carpentry workshop
- farming sheds for cows and hens (how do I put this?)
- woodland seating circles for workshops and meetings
- volunteer accommodation
- community kitchen and dining area
- private houses for Pitchandikulam workers
Our other centers
- Nadukuppam, a village 40km north, which includes a field training and school education center
- Vandipalayam Center (what is here? No info on old web)
- Kadapakkam coastal environmental Education Centre,
- Uluru Children’s Home
- 27 village outreach centres throughout the Kazhuveli bioregion.
- Other places too. Hmmm. What and where are they?
Our team of over 100 biologists, farmers, educators, …
Research and Education
Documenting local traditional knowledge is central to our work. We use We have a special focus on medicinal plants and their use. Since 1993. Pitchandikulam Forest has been part of a national Medicinal Plant Conservation Network, co-ordinated by the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) in Bangalore. We pass on these medicinal skills through our school and village education programs.
Pitchandikulam Bioresource Centre
We have gathered a library, database, artefacts and photo displays that help in teaching restoration ecology, environmental science, and the identification and use of indigenous medicinal plants. We run workshops teaching medicinal plant recognition and their use. This knowledge is taught in villages through the region, providing affordable health care and income.
Our thriving art department enhances environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world. The Pitchandikulam Art Collective works with stone, ferro-cement, slate, canvas, bronze and resin, creating artwork for parks and museums. Artwork includes life-size models of wildlife and forest rock slabs for plant recognition
We use sustainable technology where possible in all our activities.
Pitchandikulam Forest runs largely on solar power: for electricity, pumping water, and increasingly, transport. At our environmental education centre in Nadukuppam, we have developed an integrated water sanitation system, a solar energy hub and various organic agricultural activities.
We increase understanding of the benefits of sustainable and holistic approaches by providing working examples of sustainable technology. These include wind turbines, solar panels, grey water filtration and waste segregation.