At present, 14 adults and 4 children reside here. Residents range in age from 3 to 64 and are an eclectic group of artists, healers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, therapists, farmers, teachers and herbalists. Workshops are offered in Vedic organic farming, herbs for healing, Mandala Art Therapy, Sound Therapy, and many more.
When our garden was originally established we had great success in growing many vegetables and herbs. Interestingly, after a couple of years of planting and harvesting successfully, we had our soil analyzed. The report from the Agricultural department advised us not to even attempt any kind of agriculture as the soil was extremely acidic and lacking in phosphorous and potassium. How to explain that we were already harvesting a bountiful supply of vegetables thanks to Homa Therapy techniques! Over acidification of soils is a huge problem affecting many farmers around the world.
The farm now has thriving, concentric circle gardens full of vegetables, many of which are not even commonly grown in the harsh, mountainous climate. A serpentine herb garden profusely grows highly potent, medicinal and culinary herbs. The old orchard with its tall, heirloom trees, yields apples and plums in abundance.
Interestingly, in 2010, many farms lost their harvest due to late frosts, heavy rainfall and flooding. The eco certification officer came to inspect the farm and was shocked to see that we had such bountiful apple harvest, when nearby farms and orchards had lost their fruit. Even local markets did not have apples for sale. None of our trees lost their fruit!
The officer was very surprised as well at the extent of our honey harvest in light of widespread honeybee hive deaths worldwide. As well, tomatoes grow in great abundance in our greenhouse, where most farms do not even attempt to grow them in this climate because of diseases.
"When you come to visit Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya, you will find yourself rising up before dawn and walking up the stone steps past Mother Mary’s Pond, through the magical orchard and wild flowers to reach the Deva Garden, where guests sit to share in the healing effects of morning Agnihotra fire. Here, organic vegetables and herbs are grown in beautiful concentric circle beds to supply the vegetarian community with nutritious food grown using Agnihotra and Homa Therapy methods.
"If you come during one of our experience weeks, you will meet our community and join in the daily work in the gardens – planting, weeding, harvesting. You may help prepare food or join in the many projects that are always ongoing. You
can wander down for a moment of peace and contemplation around Mother Mary’s pond, or meander around the labyrinthine paths of the Medicinal Herb Garden, where you may run into a laughing child playing within its spirals. The
forest around us will entice you into its fold, rejuvenating your spirit with its sounds and smells and soothing you with its lush green vegetation."
~excerpt from an article written by Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya community member and Homa Herbalist, Rory Maher
In 2010, the community designed a project to create the Centre of Light, a proposed ecological centre which would provide a venue for workshops promoting environmentally sustainable solutions, healing, and education. This Centre of Light would work alongside the Ecovillage-Bhrugu Aranya and create a working symbiotic relationship. The Centre would provide a means to support the growing community through cottage industry and services.
Simultaneously Ecovillage-Bhrugu Aranya would provide a real life, practical example of ecologically sustainable living. Together, the Centre of Light and Bhrugu Aranya would become a vital force in educating people on the benefits of healthy, Homa Organic lifestyle. To realize this wonderful project, Bhrugu Aranya is raising funds. If you would like to assist us with donations for the Centre of Light and the continued development of Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya, please visit our website HomaTherapyPoland.org or on Facebook – Ecovillage Bhrugu Aranya