Solitude Farm Workshops
Solitude Farm follows Fukuoka’s permaculture and natural farming techniques. Fukuoka advocated that all the bio-resources around us, such as leaves, weeds, branches, etc., should constantly be returned to the soil to increase soil fertility. No pesticides or fertilizers have ever been used on the land. We practice non-tillage and no machines or tractors are used. Every part of this land is honored and respected.
Solitude Farm is a true example of Masanobu Fukuoka’s philosophy in practice – a road back to nature through eating local food. We welcome you to come and explore your relationship with Mother Nature at Solitude Farm and be part of the change.
Mini-permaculture workshop (Every Saturday)
A closer look at Solitude farm through exploration of local food. This workshop will give you a clear insight on how to re-connect with Mother Nature through the principles of natural farming and permaculture. Included is a Secrets of our Salads mini-cooking workshop, where the group harvests and makes a nutrition-packed salad together. Held every Wednesday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, includes lunch and refreshments.
Reading of Fukuoka
Honouring Organic Matter
Gifts of Mother Earth
Harvest of crops
The secrets of our Salads (mini cooking workshop)
Exploring the Ayurvedic and nutritional benefits of local plants
Benefits of local plants
Lunch and Closing Circle
Solitude was started in 1996 by a group of young Aurovilians. One of them, Krishna McKenzie, inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka, developed the farm with the ideas of natural farming and permaculture.
Much like the rest of Auroville, the land needed tending and care. Fukuoka advocated that all the bio-resources around us, such as leaves, weeds, branches, etc., should constantly be returned to the soil to increase soil fertility.
We have come to understand, over the years, that a healthy soil is Mother Earth, and through a deepening of our relationship with Her, we now use over 130 different plants in the food we serve at the café.
No pesticides or fertilizers have ever been used on the land. We practice non-tillage and no machines or tractors are used. Every part of this land is honored and respected.
Solitude Farm is a true example of Masanobu Fukuoka’s philosophy in practice – a road back to nature through eating local food.
Three-Day Permaculture workshop
We welcome you to an experiential weekend workshop at Solitude Farm in the international township in Auroville. This workshop aims to empower you to start growing your own food and to gain an insight into knowing where our food comes from. As a participant, you will discover how to use permaculture techniques like – raised beds, mulching, inter-crops, windbreaks, nitrogen-fixing plants, crop rotations etc... We will also explore how to start a nursery, prepare the soil and save seeds.
A natural extension to growing our own food is cooking and gaining an insight into the medicinal and nutritional value of local foods. For example, preparing green smoothies, green papaya salad, banana flower vadais and plantain chips.
The work at Solitude Farm has been deeply inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Zen master Farmer. Every evening we will be reading from Fukuoka’s book – The One Straw Revolution.
Solitude Farm is a sustainable farming community with simple yet charming bamboo huts and a few tree houses for guests. There are compost toilets and the showers are open to the sky. We are not a resort; we are a farm. The food and the closeness to nature will touch your heart. This is an intensive workshop and it requires you to have energy, enthusiasm and an inquiring mind.
9:00 – 12:30 Arrive and Settle
14:00 Introduction at Pavilion
15:00 Tour: Know where your food comes from, First Step!
16:30 Reading, One Straw Revolution
7:00 Harvest- Secret of our salads workshop
8:30 Circle Garden
16:00 Cooking workshop- Exploring Millets
17:30 Reading, One Straw Revolution
20:00 Bon Fire and Music
7:30 Secret of Herbal Juices workshop
9:00 Urban Garden Module
10:30 Permaculture Design- How do I Start?
14:00 Closing Circle and Sharing
These are the dates for the upcoming Permaculture workshops at Solitude Farm.
- January 26th to January 28th
- February 23rd to February 25th
- March 29th to March 31st
For prices and further information, please write to us.
Guidelines for Guest FacilitatorsGuidelines for Guest Facilitators
Conduct workshops, therapies and classes in AurovilleIt is very important that all those who host workshops, therapies, classes etc., follow the necessary legal requirements as non-compliance can have an adverse impact on Auroville as a whole.
SerendipityFarm Community & GuesthouseThe Serendipity project originates from the will of Giovanni and Stefania to manifest a synergic community defined by the power of Kindness, Sincerity and Generosity. We intend to be an experiential learning sangha of proactive and spontaneous people who are eager and ready to dedicate their lives for the manifestation and spreading of Mother’s Dream on Auroville and Sri Aurobindo’s teachings on Integral Yoga. Therefore, we commit to joyfully work and progress together in synchronicity with the Divine work of Mother Earth while giving freedom of expression to each one's unique needs, vocation, truth and soul purpose.
LocationWe have a peculiar farm community atmosphere and we are immersed in nature, which here is characterized by the tropical dry evergreen forest and the most colourful birds. At the same time, we are located in the very centre of Auroville, only a few hundred meters from the Matrimandir, the Visitor's Center, the Town Hall and the Solar Kitchen.
ActivitiesOur place is perfect for a diverse stay as you can relax in a hammock in the garden or be active and do any practise in our beautiful yoga hall or help in our organic vegetable garden. For those who are interested and stay long enough, we are also happy to share our experience here and some of the history and complexities of the "City of Dawn". Among a number of therapies, activities and courses, we even organize a 2-month Auroville Volunteer Experience program and a 4-days intensive Auroville Introduction Program for people who wish to discover some very interesting projects and deepen their understanding of Auroville: an intentional community in the making, aspiring for unity in diversity, yet far from the dream in the current reality.For general information about the upcoming programs, please check the fliers below. For reservations, inquiries, or detailed information about volunteering, accommodation, classes, and treatments, please contact us.