When I first saw the flyer for the Bhoomi Eco Retreat on Twitter, it totally felt like the kind of weekend I was looking for, both for myself and my 4-year-old. The idea was to connect with nature, away from the noise of the city and all its trappings. I am so glad to say that the weekend met every single one of my expectations.
Every day, we witness the rising and setting of the sun, the changing of seasons from summer to rain to winter and then autumn. We observe trees shedding their leaves in one season and blooming in another. Nature is filled with countless processes. Just like a tree grows from a seed and eventually returns to the soil.
It is the journey and the not the destination that matters
For many in the group it was the first time to be away from home and be part of a community of adults from diverse backgrounds. Like in all new journeys, it started with the feelings of apprehension, curiosity, reluctance, nervousness and eagerness.
Devayani, 5th Grade
I really enjoyed the field trip. It was a lot of fun. We learnt a lot of things.
On the first day, we went around the farm and it was amazing. We did chilli picking in the farm. In the evening, we went to a scenic and beautiful lake. Me and my friend.
The ICSE board mandates an annual educational field trip for students who have opted for Environmental Science as a subject in high school. Though there is no such thing as a “typical” field trip, at Prakriya,
On December 3rd, Bhoomi Farmers’ Centre at Tiruvannamalai hosted a one day workshop - ‘ Traditional medicine for Livestock’. It was conducted by Parvathy Nagarajan, a senior Bhoomi Fellow who is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women and to spreading the knowledge of traditional healing with herbs.
For any social initiative to be successful, it is important to embrace the community around which its outreach activities are rooted. For the past two years, Bhoomi farmers’ centre in Tiruvannamalai has been providing employment opportunities to a group of women in traditional methods of farming, processing of millets and so on.
About 6 months back, Suren and his wife Akila, residents of Krishnagiri district attended a workshop on ‘soil biology & livelihood’ conducted by Nammalvar Multiversity & Bhoomi. As a couple they are both keen on exploring a sustainable way of life and care deeply about the environment.
Bhoomi Team had the opportunity to participate in the five-day ‘Ahimsa Santhai’ held at Madurai from September 22nd to 26th. Aimed at perpetuating Mahatma Gandhi's principles, this nonviolent economy expo highlighted the increasing need to turn to organic and sustainable living.
Today we are both as individuals and societies, facing a grim health crisis. The signs are there all around us. Chronic diseases are spreading across the world – straddling ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries, rich and poor, urban and rural, men and women, young and old and have reached epidemic proportions.
15 students from Magizham Open Learning School, Hosur accompanied by 7 teachers, visited the Bhoomi Farmers’ Centre in Tiruvannamalai for two days. The two-day camp offered opportunities for children to immerse themselves in various nature-based activities and sessions.
Bhoomi Network in association with Nammalvar Multiversity organized a two day workshop on Soil, Science & Life on May 7th & 8th at the Bhoomi Farmers’ Centre at Tiruvannamalai.
On May 7th & 8th, we conducted a 2 day eco retreat at the 22 acre Bhoomi Organic Farm at Gummalapuram. A group of people, keen on understanding ecological farming participated.
A two week summer camp for the children from the nearby Chikkanayakanhalli and Dinne villages was held from 18th April – 29th April, 2022 in the Bhoomi – Prakriya Campus.
Partha shares …
We have travelled nearly 60 kms from our Bhoomi farm in Chengam, Tiruvannamalai. It is 10 AM and the sun is ferocious. Gusty winds blow, signaling the arrival of Aadi month. It is the 5th of July today. I look outside.