Sustainability Immersion Fellowship

Idea and Action Program

June 2018

This unique Sustainability Immersion program, offered by Anaadi Foundation at the serene foothills of Aivarmalai, will empower young people with the principles of sustainability, knowledge, and skills to lead a self reliant and sustainable life.Insights on Indian sustainability practices coupled with experiential and hands on sessions will deepen the commitment of the participants to sustainability and enable them to take initiatives, inspire others and be a champion for sustainable development.


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Focus Areas

~Psychology of Sustainability
~Sustainable Food and Health
~Organic Farming
~Clean Energy
~Urban Resilience
~Eco Architecture

Career Guidance

Get guidance from successful organizations on creating farm to market solutions and products


When: June 2018
Where: Aivar Malai, Near Palani, Tamilnadu
Track 1: 18 Days : Fast-Track Immersion Program
Track 2: 48 Days: In-depth exploration and implementation
Batch Size: 30 | Selection: Application ~ Interview ~fcfs

The Program

Learn from Experts

Fellows will get opportunities to interact with and learn from experts in the areas of sustainable architecture, agriculture, energy, businesses.

Experience Self-Reliance

Get a taste of self-reliant and eco-friendly living by personally engaging in sustainable practices. 50 Hrs of Hands-on: Organic Farming, earth-based construction, waste management and sustainable health

Co-Create Solutions

Work on real-world rural problems specific to the setting and draft local solutions. Get empowered with tools to take forward your inspiration to your networks.


# Course Lecture Hrs Practical Hrs Topics
1 Psychology of Sustainability 6
  • Developing a Vision for Sustainability
  • Self and Sustainability
  • Personal transformation for societal well being
2 UN Sustainable Development Goals 8
  • History of Economic Development
  • Growth within Planetary Boundaries: Energy, Food, Population
  • From MDGs to SDGs
3 Organic Farming 4 12
  • Soil Quality and Preparation
  • Seed Preparation
  • Pest Management
  • Organic Fertilizers
4 Sustainable Health 8 8
  • Personalised diet
  • Food-Energy nexus
  • Medicinal Garden
  • Ayurvedic cooking
5 Renewable Energy 5 10
  • Global Energy Scenario
  • Renewable and Green Energy Installation Training
6 Eco-Architecture 5 11
  • Green Designs
  • Eco Friendly Construction Materials
    7 Smart Cities and Urban Planning 8
    • Patterns of Urbanisation
    • Urban Resilience
    • Smart Infrastructure
    8 Data Anlytics 3 13
    • Data Analytics Methods
    • Real World data sets
    • Including uni-variate hypotheses testing
    • Linear regression
    • Logistic regression
    • Text analytics and clustering
    8 Sustainable Business Practices 8
    • Frameworks for Sustainable Business Decisions
    • Ethical Businesses and Sustainability
    9 Indian ecological Worldview 8
    • Indian Ecological Practices,Sacred Nature
    • Communities and Sustainability Best Practices
    • Nature in Indian Philosophy
    • Sacred Geography
    • Integrated Worldview
    • Relating to Nature - Worship, Care and ecological ethics
    • Pancha Maha Yajna
    10 Sustainable Agri Businesses 8
    • Organic-Food Sourcing
    • Creating Viable Businesses
    10 Yoga and Meditation 10 20
    • Self-Reflection
    • Self-Awareness
    • Yogic Postures and Breathing
    • Meditation

    Workshops and Field Visits

    # Course Credit Hrs
    1 Eco-Activism 3
    2 Organic Soap Making 3
    3 Education for Sustainable Development 3 + 5 Hrs Field Visit
    3 Ayurvedic Cooking 3
    3 Earthen Made: Pottery 3

    Resource Persons


    Vijay Rajmohan

    Director (Trade)

    Agricultural Trade Policy Division,
    Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare,
    Government of India

    Dr. Ove Jakobsen

    Professor of Ecological Economics

    Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
    University of Nordland, Norway

    Vivi Storsletten


    Nord University,

    Dr. Sharda Nandram

    Associate Professor

    Nyenrode Business Universiteit

    Joerg Altekruse

    Film Producer, Co-Founder


    Heiner Benking

    Independent Journalist and Science Writer

    Padma Shri. Dr. PR Krishnakumar

    Founder and MD

    Arya Vaidya Pharmacy

    Dr. Subrat Sahoo


    ABB Corporate Research

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    Project and Term Paper

    Participants will get the opportunity to work in teams on rural sustainability project in real world setting. 20 Hrs has been exclusively alloted for project work. The teams will also be guided on communicating their findings through working papers, newspaper articles etc. The working paper/term paper will extend beyond the duration the fellowship program, thereby giving participants more time to reflect on the issue and bring out well-researched solutions.

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