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Kaaya – A Refreshing Experience

Ajita, goes with the stage name Penning Silly Thoughts, has spent 10 days at Kaaya.

I stayed with Kaaya, that aims to provide a mix of urban-rural experience along with other learnings that we wouldn’t normally while living our comfortable life of a big city.

Life at Kaaya is slow, yet fruitful, relaxed, yet busy. There were many occasions when we got out of the campus to tour and explore the nearby villages, scenic spots, and Dehradun city.

Penning Silly Thoughts

In the following videos Ajita takes you as she tour the mountains, the greenery, and the city of Dehradun.

While you are at it, make sure to follow her YouTube channel.


NGO Retreat

Waste Warriors, Dehradun

2nd -4th August 2019

Kaaya has been a popular destination for a group of 20 young Waste Warriors, an amazing citizen led organization from Dehradun to receive a three day residential leadership training from their favorite coach and to spend time with him in the nature.


Beginnings of the rural mart

Not many people know, but the roots of Kaaya can be traced to a small initiative in the mountain district of Rudraprayag where the seeds of sustainable enterprise were sown. Since the story has already been published by Terra Green, we are reproducing the excerpts

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Architecture student Study Tour

6th May to 15th May 2019

A group of 35 students along with their faculty from Bharti Vidyapeeth College Of Architecture, Navi Mumabi under their summer workshops program visited Kaaya to study different architectural aspects like material, environmental issues, social set up, housing typologies, etc in and around Tilwari village.  

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Artists’ Residency Program

June 2018

At the completion of an art camp that was a unique experience for the Kaaya team and the artists who were in residence. In what ways it was unique is probably best expressed in the words of the artists. So keep reading how the artists engaged with art… the Kaaya way

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Kaaya Upcycle

Substituting recycled wood for plastics

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Kaaya Nature Cafe


We are upgrading our cafe…the opening for the walk-ins will be announced soon.

However the cafe services, including menu will be available for the Kaaya residents as well as Reservations for a group outing.


NGO Workshop

People Science Institute, PSI, Dehradun

12 – 14th June 2019
PSI Team at kaaya

It was a pleasure to host ‘manthan‘, an in-house reflective  workshop for PSI team.

With more than 50 participants, living at Kaaya for three days, our team had their own reflection moments. Encouraged by the response, we strive to create an ideal setting for more such reflective workshops to civil society and creative groups


Forest Fire at Tilwari – Fear of Flame –

It was 11 in the morning, as we heard someone shout in the distance ‘Aag lagi!’ It was a massive forest fire – the kind we had never seen before, let alone fought. What seemed like a ‘normal incident ’to those living here, was completely foreign to us. Stricken by fear and terror, we had no idea what to do.

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Explorer’s Camp

This summer, Kaaya introduce a fully residential summer camp for kids, though parents, if they want, can come and volunteer at the program.

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Kaaya-HimVikas Activity Report

Looking back at an eventful 2018 and looking forward to an exciting 2019. Read on to find out more about HimVikas activities in the last quarter of 2018. And wishing you all a warm and prosperous new year from all of us at HimVikas.

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