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Our place - "The Land"

 

outside treeSangam's facilities have for many years been nic-named "the Land".

The accommodation is simple, retaining a rural South Indian feel, but also has western amenities. This has meant that we are able to comfortably share our facilities with groups from very different backgrounds.

“The Land” is a two acre wooded garden with many flowering shrubs, trees, landscaped areas with water bodies and sitting spaces. Because of this many of the activities and discussions occur out of doors.

Our residential accommodation can currently accommodate up to 25 people comfortably. The bedrooms are shared in twos, threes or fours depending on the group size, and each room has mosquito nets and fans. The bedrooms open into a spacious central living area which is shared by the group.

We provide home cooked vegetarian Indian meals and we have very recently built a large kitchen and dining space which is open for all to use. This includes tea and coffee making facilities, a breakfast-making space, a fridge and a gas cooker. We have very much enjoyed using our traditional woodburning stove.

The dining space is connected to the Internet with a wi-fi connection so groups are welcome to bring laptops for emailing and internet access.

Many of our rooms are ensuite, and some require the use of the external bathing spaces which are shared in a block and there are flush lavatories and solar heated hot showers. Hot water is also available via bucket bathing, which is heated by a wood fire.

Laundry facilities are available and this will be done for the guests when requested. Towels and soap are provided.

The pottery studio includes spaces with work desks for clay work, a small raku kiln, an electric wheel, glaze equipment, and equipment for welding and woodcarving.

There is a meditation building.

The vegetable plot is a place where we have experimented with using biodynamic techniques of growing organic vegetables.

The garden has grown over many years and has become an environment which is home to much wildlife; insects, birds, butterflies, moths, frogs, and toads.

The birdlife is very rich at the Land. We have flame backed woodpeckers, spotted owlets, two types of barbet, crow pheasants, tree pies, sun birds, magpie robins, wagtails, coels, bul-buls, hoopoes, minor birds, and many many more.

We have spaces which we use for playing sport- volley ball and badminton, and we have a number of cycles for guests to use.

We have tried to maintain a balance between too much simplicity and providing too many western comforts so that it is authentically an experience of living in rural India, and yet also enables people from the UK feel comfortable, at home and safe. It’s important that the individuals in the groups that come are prepared for this sort of space and are ready to get accustomed to simple, shared, outdoor living. However we run only one study visit at a time, so each group are the only people staying, and therefore share the space only with their own group. The space therefore feels private. peaceful, simple, yet safe, and we are aware that this is one of the strengths of the Land.

See pictures:

Kitchen and dining space.

Residential accommodation.

Garden and buildings.

Labyrinth studio.

Facilities

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