You will live a smart and relaxing time, sharing your time between yoga in the morning and discovery and learning about eco developpement techniques.
Situated on a white sandy beach at the edge of the Indian Ocean, the ecocenter is fringed with cocounut trees displaying a magnificent view of the Bay of Bengal, Catmaran is ideally located, just 23 km from the city Pondicherry.
This is a beautiful eco friendly paradise, that encompasses the beautiful vista of a golden beach. The natural non polluted environment is an integral part of the Eco system.
You can spend your time swimming in the Ocean, relaxing in the garden take time to browse through the books in the library or welcome the rising sun with yoga on the terrace .
Different workshops have been planned around water and waste management, renewable énergies, sea pollution and littoral conservation.
You learn how to make some natural products with essential oils and jewels with recycled paper.
Exploring the Beach and sea swiming in the Indian Ocean.
1 full day to study different eco développement techniques.
3 yoga lessons.
Making of Natural Products.
Creating recycled papers and jewels making.
Guided tour of Pondicherry.
Visiting a fishermen village and meetings with the administrators of the green school.
The center is also a learning center which has been initiated to imbibe Gandhian principles, spend time for field research and gain understanding about coastal conservation.
The center finances social and environmental projects meant for the poor in India . They are keen to instill synergies between students, researchers and social workers.
The team believes in an ecofriendly society which respects biodiversity, food sovereignity and the right of rural people to define their own culture.
They are convinced that when drafting food policies appropriate measures should be taken to cater to local aspirations.
They works with local communities which include fishermen and merchants. They organize cleaning campaigns and swiming classes for children. They organize support for green schools by helping them to become self reliant and have campaign about renewable energy, mindless consumption, water conservation through rain water harvesting and, waste management.
A center representative would welcome you at Chennai Airport and take you to the Center at Pondicherry (3 h).
Orientation and Welcome in the morning.
Overview, philosophiy and program.
Time to relax on the beach.
Yoga Class at 7 am on the terrace. Enjoy the sun rise on the Bay of Bengal.
Indian breakfast at 9.30
After the tea time you will study in the different eco développement workshops.
Fresh and natural lunch is served.
Walk in the botanical garden, admire the local and medicinal plants. The guide will give a description about the plants and related environmental issues in the area.
Workshops on different topics around environmental problems in the place and on ocean pollution.
After teatime you will make some natural products with essential oils and recycled paper jewels.
Dinner and cinema in the evening.
Yoga class on the morning.
Full day in Pondicherry*.
After the guided visit of the city you will taste the indin thali.*
Afternoon free for shopping.
Return to the center in the evening to enjoy the dinner served with vegeables from the garden.
* Thali=traditional dish of south India, served on a banana leave.
* Pondicherry or Puducherry city has been planned and built on the french grid pattern and features perpendicular streets.
The french administration of Pondichéry began In 1674. François Martin the first governor, initiated ambitious projects to transform Pondicherry from a small fishing village into a flourishing port-town. The french rule commenced in 1816 and cane to an end in 1947 till the final merging with the Indian Union in 1954. Puducherry now has a large number of indian residents with a few non-Indian residents having french passports. They are descendants from those who chose to remain french when the french establishment presented the residents with an option to either remain french or become indians at the time of Puducherry’s transfer to India in 1954.
Return to the center for the dinner.
Yoga Class on the morning.
Visit the fisherman’s village. You will discover rural India where 70% of the indian population live. You would also meet administrateurs of the green school project ”
Lunch at the center.
Afternoon free for rest or for relaxation on the beach.
Dance Bharathanatyam performance (for groups of over 10 persons).
Departure after breakfast for the airport or to Chennai railways station or the place of one’ choice.
This is beautiful and peaceful place renewal and rejuvenation .The accomodation is situated in the middle of a very big garden with a door opening directly on to a beautiful clean beach.
The buildings are built with natural , traditionnal materials ( terra cotta ,bricks walls ) around nice patios with coconut palms , trees and flowers.
The rooms are simple and elégant with an attached bathroom.
They are decorated with cane furnitures to bought to support the cane workers of the village of Kollidam in Tamil Nadu.
Electricity is generated making use wind turbine and hot water is produced with solar pannels.
Available all through the year.
The best season is between december and march when it is cool and salubrious. It is very hot in may and june. The weather is pleasant from july to octobe , though it can get hot with occasional cloudy weather and rain. The moonson season is from Mid October to December.
The confirmation for reservation is on a first come first serve basis.
The price is for one person based on a double occupancy in a room.
All the meals.
Welcome at the airport by our représentative and AC taxi transferts from Chennai to Catamaran, round trip.
All activities of the program, including yoga and massage.
Excursion to Puducherry.
English guide for the entire duration of the stay.
Dance performance (For 10 persons only).
5% for the developement fund.
International Airfares, visa fees and all taxes and extra fees, all local transport which are not in the program.
All drinks like fresh juices, beer and other alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Drivers and services tips.
Possibility to include one extra day or two days during your stay to visit the fort of Gingee and Thiruvanamalai ( Temple, sacred hill, Ramana Maharshi ashram.)