Bhrugu Aranya Ecovillage
Bhrugu Aranya Homa Farm Community is a blossoming International Ecovillage, the only intentional organic farm community in Poland. 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, filmmakers, musicians, therapists, farmers, teachers and herbalists. Workshops are offered in Ayurvedic organic farming, Herbs for healing, Mandala Art Therapy, Sound Therapy, and many more.
When the farm began, the soil was tested as extremely acidic. It was advised by the Agricultural department not to even attempt any kind of agriculture. They persevered and applied Homa Farming techniques with vigor. 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 grows profusely, highly potent medicinal and culinary herbs. The old orchard with its tall heirloom trees yields apples and plums primarily, in abundance.
Interestingly, in 2010, many farms lost their harvest due to 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! As well, tomatoes grow in great abundance in our greenhouse, where most farms do not even attempt to grow them in this climate.
"When you come to visit Bhrugu Aranya Ecovillage, 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 likely 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 on going. You may 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 forests around us may entice you into its folds, rejuvenating your spirit with its sounds and smells and soothing you with its lush green vegetation."
~excerpt from an article written by Bhrugu Aranya Ecovillage community member and Herbalist, Rory Maher