Yasodhara Ashram is an environmental & spiritually sustaining non-profit community which hosts over 1000 visitors annually. We have charted a path towards complete environmental sustainability & are in the midst of a comprehensive retrofit of all our buildings.
- Geothermal heating instituted over the past 3 years in new buildings, resulting in a reduction in electricity use comparable to 7 households.
- Solar panel installed in our newest building in 2006 to heat all its water.
- An organic garden established in 1975 to feed our community, supplemented with food purchased locally. Over 80% of our food is both local & organic.
- Hand turned compost piles established in 1975. All food & paper napkins are composted for our organic garden.
- Personal transportation on our 140 acre property is by foot or shared bicycles.
- Clothing is recycled & re-used through our free boutique, stocked by residents & visitors.
- Our Young Adult program (aged 18 – 30) invites youth to apply to come & work here for 2 weeks or longer at no charge & to learn how to work cooperatively & to uphold their ideals in this sustainable community.
- A focus on the elimination of invasive plants on the Ashram property & in cooperation with the local community, through hand pulling weeds.
- Active & passive education of sustainable living strategies to over 1000 visitors who come each year for retreats, working vacations, & workshops.
- Using local transport whenever possible to purchase supplies & for going to medical appointments.
- Using community-recycling mechanisms for cardboard, paper, glass, plastic etc.
- Installing solar panels on older buildings.
- Replacing a wood-&-waste-oil heating system in our main building with geothermal (completion date August 2008)
- Purchasing electric & hybrid vehicles to replace conventional cars & trucks used when purchasing goods & transporting supplies. (starting Autumn 2008)
- Installing clothes-lines for visitors & residents. (completed July/08)