Sustainability is not our main focus here at the Ashram but it remains close to our heart as an expression of freedom. The three pillars of sustainability are the Environment, the Economy and the Society. We explore all three of these daily in a very practical way: what does it look like to live sustainably with nature? How can we become more financially sustainable as individuals and as a community? What is required of us to build sustainable loving relationships?
It is no small task to sustain a resident community of 15 people. Challenges come in many forms. Physically – our mountainous terrain demands a lot of muscle power and stamina, mentally – off grid living requires endless problem solving, grit and determination, emotionally – authentic relationships need maturity, trust, vulnerability and the courage to face conflict. As much as possible, we face our challenges with open hearts, joy and curiosity. And of course, nothing is truly sustainable unless it is fun.