Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word meaning "without harm or violence" which captures the sort of intentional living that Ahimsa Acres strives to promote.
Located in the countryside outside Cottage Grove, Oregon, Ahimsa Acres is devoted to helping people learn to cope with difficult personal and economic issues, resource depletion, climate change, and the rush and complexity of day-to-day life. This is done through teaching about lowering personal consumption, permaculture principles to grow food at one's own residence, renewable energy and other sustainable technologies, conservation, and achieving a more peaceful inner state through the practice of meditation, drawing on the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh as well as the Buddhist vipassana tradition.
The Center offers classes, lectures, workshops, personal consulting, and tours of the grounds of Ahimsa Acres. Part of the mission of the Center is to serve as a working model for displaying practices and technologies which further a healing personal and environmental lifestyle. Ahimsa Acres seeks to put people in touch with educational resources-books, articles, DVD's, mentors-and to provide internships and scholarships for those who are interested in making a strong commitment to living simply and peacefully and teaching others how to do the same.
Ahimsa Acres is a nonprofit educational organization established in 1995.
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