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eArthshala

A unique approach to Sustainable Rural Development and Grassroots Leadership is taking shape at eArthshala, Bihar

Mission

Promote sustainable rural development through a holistic approach that addresses food security, financial resilience, and climate change, while promoting green opportunities and regeneration of the natural ecosystems.

eArth Philosophy

"eArth" combines the English word "Earth," symbolizing environmental sustainability, with the Hindi words "Arthik" and "Arthpurn” symbolizing financial security and meaningful contribution toward our community. By combining these values, we strive to create a nurturing, resilient, and socially and environmentally responsible society.

We pronounce it Arth-shala (e being silent),

Why?

Located in the Terai lowland region and south of the Mechi river that flows between Nepal and India, eArthshala is surrounded by Bihar, West Bengal, and Nepal; and is at close proximity to Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan, Assam, and Bangladesh. The area's unique geography, diverse cultures, and varied climatic features, inspire us to pursue sustainable development that goes beyond national borders and embraces the ecological and poetic cultural essence of this place.

 

Together, we can tap into the vast potential of our location and create opportunities for embracing natural abundance, advocating for equity and justice, and adopting regenerative practices.
 

We believe that eArthshala is a vital role in the ecosystem necessary to strengthen our movement. It will continue to evolve into a space that inspires us to design spaces that foster connection, be the best version of ourselves, and contribute positively to our community.

On visiting us, you will see the early seeds of our vision, in the form of adobe mud block production, treated bamboo construction as an alternative to steel roofing, natural plasters, and the construction of a hall and working space in progress. You will also be able to enjoy a stay in our mud cottages, handmade by didis from the community. Do visit and greet them Johar! Johar!

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I like to think of eArthshala as the start of ‘The Great Indian Upliftment’ - recognizing the potential in every individual, one child at a time, one livelihood at a time, and one community at a time - can you see how it can become contagious?
 
- Narayana Murthy

Life at 
eArthshala

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Neighbourhood

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Design Principles

Healthy soil, clean water, and diverse and abundant life are crucial for rural communities to leverage their strengths and contribute significantly to global climate action. Our design approach places a high priority on conserving and enhancing these essential elements that sustain LIFE and promote human well-being

Sustainable Building technology
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  • Passive solar and energy-efficient design

  • Natural materials and ventilation and lighting for enhanced micro-climate

  • Optimizing design for reduced carbon footprint

Regenerative methodologies
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  • Zero-waste campus

  • Groundwater recharge

  • Nature-based sanitation solutions

  • Restoring natural habitats and ecosystems by bringing back biodiversity

Facilitating engaging experiences
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  • Prioritizing accessibility

  • Inclusive edges that interact with the local community

  • Enhancing social interaction

  • Encouraging contemplation

  • Involving people in regenerative practices

It’s been a
thrilling journey!

 

Our Co-Founder Eureka shares the story of the creation of eArthshala combined with her personal journey of exploration and self-design learning, offering insights and inspiration for anyone interested in sustainable living, design, and community building.

Are we ready to host events?

Representative of 30 organizations from the Bihar Development Collective at eArthshala | Feb 2023

Our Training Hall and Rural Innovation Studio, supported primarily by Infosys Foundation and Ashraya Hastha Trust respectively, are scheduled to be completed by Nov 2023. 

 

Currently, we have three double occupancy mud cottage rooms available for guests, which are equipped with basic amenities and common outdoor washrooms. We have previously hosted 30-40 participant residential workshops in cooler months (November to March) by accommodating most in tents and hammocks - much to the request of the guests themselves!

In the near future, we will be working on creating:

  • Multiple outdoor spaces for smaller groups of 30-40 people

  • Amphitheater space for apx. 200 people

Representative of 30 organizations from the

Bihar Development Collective at eArthshala | Feb 2023

We believe that eArthshala is a vital role in the ecosystem necessary to strengthen our movement. We invite you to join us as we continue to evolve into a space that inspires us to foster deeper connection, be the best version of ourselves, and contribute positively to our community.

Facilities

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