Village Life

Experience Traditional Indian Life

Starting the day with a Yoga session in the morning, followed by a visit to the farms around; along with a working session in the fields. Then a delicious traditional breakfast sets the tone for a traditional day of village life experience.

Understanding the cuisine and what goes into it in terms of tradition, follows the morning. After which one has an afternoon of rest and recuperation.

The evenings are activity and fun filled with traditional and seasonal celebrations including cultural activities in which the entire community partake with great sincerity.

Weekend Farm Market
A visit to a farmers market to enjoy the fresh produce of vegetables, seasonal spices and crops from the farmers directly. The association helps underpin an awareness of fresh ingredients and healthy eating, and serves also to motivate farmers to contribute of their best.

Jaggery making
Jaggery is an essential sweetening component of authentic cooking in the region. Traditional jaggery, made from raw sugarcane, stirs in a wonderful tang of sweetness, the mastery of which is a great aid in the general cooking process.

Oil Making
After harvesting, it is important to process and preserve the yields. As vegetables are taken to kitchen, as spices are dried and pounded, coconut is dried out to make oil. The traditional way of processing oil from coconuts involved the use of “chakku”, a traditional oil plant. Traditionally-made oils add significantly more fragrance and taste.

Teashop session
In traditional Indian villages, teashops played a vital role in the social connection of the community. The teashops were the meeting place for villagers, and a place to share all their emotions, happiness, and problems. Understanding their role is an important part of learning the ways of natural social unity.

Learning to make the traditional utensils
Cooking utensils assume the next area of significance. The material content of the vessels we use to cook with and the dedication put in by the person who makes them contribute a significant part to enriching the taste and flavour of food. Again, we believe this traditional knowledge forms an essential part of becoming a skilled cook.

The Traditional Blacksmith’s Forge
Understanding why certain knives and cutting utensils are necessary for particular purposes focuses the mind very precisely on good food preparation. We believe students gain a much deeper understanding and passion for cooking when equipped with a knowledge of traditional culinary manufacturing techniques.

1. Teashop Session
2. Farm Market
3. Jaggery Making
4. Oil Making
5. Utensils
6. Black Smith

Learn as stories are shared

Traditional or village life in India is all about experiences. And experiences are all about stories. Stories are all about people and stories is what teach us about life. This is a Rasa Gurukul philosophy. Be it the forge of Blacksmith, the wheel of the potter or the Churn of the jiggery maker, the traditional artisans share their experience to teach at the Gurukul and that in itself is an immensely enjoyable learning experience.

Cultural Activities

Every evening, the Gurukul plays host to a cultural entertainment event, and invites both visiting artists and students of the Gurukul to take part. Togetherness is everything every traditional life and the truth of that sentiment is sustained by the Rasa philosophy. Live, work and celebrate together is the spirit of the Gurukul and that is what makes the experience a transformative one.

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