Kaaya: an Architect’s Perspective

Designing sustainability

Kaaya over time has caught attention of visitors because of its architecture. Without a blue-print, it evolved organically and has dynamically adapted to its environment as well as changing needs. The architect Saaniya visited Kaaya as a guest and has taken time to reflect her experiences below


Call for Resident Architects

Kaaya is looking for young short term resident architects to help us in our campus re-design. If you are free, creative, inspired by nature, can sketch ideas in paper fast, love outdoor cooking and digs in DIY and don’t mind getting your hands on mud, apply to be a resident of Kaaya (minimum two weeks). write to info@kaaya.org


Work & play


Kaaya offers

A pre-membership voucher

Friends and well-wishers!

We hope you are keeping safe and taking care!

These are difficult times. Never been in history, so many of us are concerned about life collectively. However, we all may find a path and resilience in the time to come. Somethings may indeed change, We hope we all are getting prepared for it. 

At Kaaya, we are also adapting. Kaaya is different mostly in the purpose of its existence, and how as a community we respond to the crisis and opportunities

Many of you may be aware that Kaaya is a social enterprise, connecting urban and rural in a tiny village some 20 Km off Dehradun city. It provides some basic earthly accommodations, a cafeteria, and ample spaces to explore & play in the village that the urban find interesting and different from their routine living.

We are close these days. But cannot remain so…We directly support full time staff of 10 and around 22 service providers. We need us all to be safe and at the same time align ourselves with market for sustainability. Earlier, we could sustain a local team of community from the receipts of urban visitors via Airbnb, school children visit, and other guests

As an idea, what if, we are sustained by your advance purchase of Kaaya voucher. We are issuing Kaaya Impact Vouchers to a conscious group of limited members. So that, during Covid time, we as a team, continue to do what is essential i.e. to grow more healthier food, engage our neighbouring farmers to do the same so that we can share natural, organic, chemical free food with them. Not to meet all needs but what we can provide like micro-greens, herbs & spices, home-made processed food like pickles and condiments, cold milled flour etc for our members on exclusive basis.

Kaaya Impact Voucher provides a win-win scenario. If you purchase this voucher now, as an Impact Investor or a pre-member of Kaaya in advance, Kaaya gets to work and you will have exclusive access to different products and services provided by Kaaya at your convenience and comfort zone later. We have already begun to find ways, growing more food, taking the local community along. Someone has used his welding skills to create a box for the hens, so we could spread hen boxes and get desi eggs. Sureshi ji has mobilized local women to begin the production of namkeens, magic salt, mango pickles, homemade pappad etc. Rakesh has revamped his Water Gharat, ready to provide cold milled flour to our friends and conscious consumers. We are also setting up an outdoor kitchen for experimenting with nature and forest-based food, explore traditional cooking and giving final touches to a two-storey mud house for children to experience living in a hand sculpted, naturally cooled space.

Post-Covid times, you redeem the voucher, whether to gift a retreat to someone you feel need a break, or to host a family event or to just have an experience in nature living for the family, or to participate in urban farming workshop or to send your kid to outdoor learning camp…or to get our organic food kit couriered to you, there are many ways to use kaaya Voucher

Ways to redeem the voucher, One voucher entitles you to Kaaya product and services up-to its value with a 20% discount, can be availed till next year

  1. Accommodation and food for your family (2 Adults+1 or 2 kids) for 2 Nights,
  2. A welcome organic products kit
    • OR
  3. A 5 Day residential camp/ for your kid or a 5 day detox retreat for yourself
    • OR
  4. Periodic supply of organic produce (till the voucher value last, the package can be delivered or couriered to you within India)
  5. Also, each voucher holder can bring in additional people, and get 20 % discount on accommodation for additional members
    • OR,
  6. you plan your trip as per your wish, we simply deduct the voucher value from the total Billing and additionally offer you a 20% discount on accommodation
  7. On a singe day, we can accommodate up-to 5 families at Kaaya campus comfortably

Later, as you visit us, we are sure, you will find many different ways to benefit from Kaaya in future as a prospective member. Those of you who have visited Kaaya may see its value, but for those, who have not we are attaching a video link.  https://youtu.be/MR5sab82Xi4

Campus in Dehradun

Best regards & keep safe!

Till we meet again…

Kaaya team


Organic growers

Neighbors as organic growers!

In case you have recently missed Kaaya updates…. We were busy learning to grow organic. As a urban-rural connect program, Kaaya is pleased to share a unique organic kitchen garden initiative in the neighborhood!

As you may be aware that the incentive to farm is really going down particularly by small farmers. Whether it is the monkey menace or the unpredictability of monsoons or the meager returns on their efforts. Some how, the risks as well as incentives are really messed up and the farmers here have no option but to abandon agriculture, selling land and to migrate towards city that we generally see happening around us.

It therefore becomes essential to address this issue and work towards some innovative solutions. Once upon a time, a cool and moist micro climate did existed in Doon Valley that favored the production of famous Basmati rice and vegetables.

So, this is what we have as an idea!

Almost every household in this region has the practice of growing the vegetables that they eat in their own kitchen garden, which is generally tended to by the ladies of the household. If they are growing for themselves, then surely with some additional inputs, they can grow some surplus to share with urban families in the city.

So, we have taken a first step in this direction. By sharing and learning with our neighborhood farmers, we hope to generate a surplus production of better quality from every household, that will not only provide an additional income to the women farmers, but also reassure us as a urban consumer that we are getting fresh organic vegetables to eat.

What do you think?

Neighbors as organic growers!

Art-Eco: Part 1

Art-Eco 2019-20: A socio culture Project (14-20 Dec)

Today we conclude a week-long journey of international plein air artists at Kaaya. Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind to experience painting and drawing in the open air. Particularly in this time, when climate as well as humanitarian crisis is looming large, these artists left  comforts of their homes or studios and picked up their brushes, paints and easels to inspire as well as seek inspirations from the nature and people to spread peace, harmony and beauty around their work. At least, this is what we felt at kaaya with their presence.  

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International Artists Residency

Stay tuned…


Community Living

Kaaya Living

The program began to evolve as an experiment in sustainable living when more and more people from different parts visited Kaaya and thought of Kaaya also as an option for a sustained engagement in the long term too.
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Writers in Residence

The physicality of words! We don’t know, but are ready to explore this in the coming days. At Kaaya we are connecting the need to get out of town, breathe fresh air, enjoy solitude, contemplate and to share!

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Upcoming Event

Maati Ki Baatein…

Kaaya is excited to host an experiential workshop for all age groups including families to re-connect with Mitti, self and the creative processes through sharing , doing and learning

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Meditation & Yoga

Meditation & Yoga

We always saw Kaaya as an organic and evolving space for action, reflection and engagement, but never thought it as a space for meditation itself.

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A Climate journey

For young climate enthusiasts!

It started off as a request for a one day program for students that could be meaningful, particularly so in the times where children have just begun to ask tough questions from us ‘adults’.

This itinerary for the day emerged out of this contemplation and we all at Kaaya felt, Yes! we could at least seed the idea in a single day. Who knows, what and how the things that we do… moves us!

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