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Govardhan School of Sustainability (GSOS) is an education initiative based in Govardhan Ecovillage, an eco-community located around 90 kms from Mumbai. With its 250 residents, Govardhan Ecovillage is striving to set up a role model village, nested in an ecological infrastructure amidst a picturesque landscape of the Sahyadri mountains.The ecovillage is composed of farms, animal shelter, yoga school, ayurveda center, community area and geo-tourism site, all nested in the setting of an ashram. Now GEV has broadened its outreach by being host for the GSOS, a learning center oriented towards studies of ecology and transformation of self and society.

The backbone of GSOS is to inspire transformative change towards sustainability. This is accomplished by bringing forth new modes of thinking, acting, living and being in the world. Students who come to GSOS are encouraged to engage not only in theories of sustainability, but also in hands-on activities, workshops, outdoor classes, cultural activities, art and spirituality.

Education of Sustainable Development
Pillars of GSOS

Education for sustainable development

Our Courses

Study Abroad Programs

7, 14 or 30 days dynamic programs based on experiential learning and activities that inspire transformative change

Academic Courses

Credited academic courses run with different partnering universities.

Cultural Immersions

21 days residential program aimed at giving a wide range of cultural and spiritual experiences.

Awards and Recognition

We have been recognized for our innovative & consistent sustainability efforts. These awards reflect the things our dedicated team does to make a difference in the communities around.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY TEAM

GSOS is led by an international team with diverse backgrounds, a global outlook and is setting partnerships with several international universities, promoting increased cultural and academic exchange.

Mr. Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer, ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007.

Nimai lila Das
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER AND FACULTY MEMBER

Iris Kühnlein has a BA of honors in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Maastricht University (Netherlands) and was awarded with distinction a MA in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London (UK). She is a Sustainability Specialist and Faculty Member of the Govardhan School of Sustainability.

Iris Kühnlein
SUSTAINABILITY SPECIALIST AND FACULTY MEMBER

Diego França has graduated in Biological Sciences from Integrated Regional University in Brazil. He is specialized in restoration of degraded areas through agroflorestry systems (food forest), sustainable agriculture, waste management, wastewater treatment, bioconstruction, low impact technologies and rescue of ancestral knowledge. He acted in several projects in Southern Brazil with schools, universities, social movements, indigenous tribes and ecovillages. He manages one of the largest urban spaces of permaculture and agroforestry in Brazil.

Diego França
PERMACULTURIST, BIOCONSTRUCTOR AND FACULTY MEMBER

GSOS: All your questions answered


● What is sustainability?

In the simplest terms, sustainability refers to the practice of living within one’s limits. It is the ability to understand the environment and what it offers and constructively use that information to preserve something for future generations. Sustainability is ultimately a holistic approach to living, where all other ancient forms such as Yoga and Ayurveda come under. Over the years, the theory of sustainability has evolved and changed, however, one universal thread has been that sustainability is an attempt to live in sync with nature rather than destroy it.


● Why is sustainability important?

The core practice of sustainability is the understanding of one’s existence in relation to other flora and fauna that surround us. This is important as it paves the way for a more peaceful and harmonic livelihood; one that is devoid of internal struggles such as stress and external troubles like diseases. What is our purpose in the universe? How do we contribute as a species to make the environment as we know it better for every other living being around us? Why are we the way we are and how do we improve? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by understanding sustainability.

● How can I practice sustainability?

Achieving harmony with your inner selves as well as your surroundings forms the basis of the culture of sustainability. For this, it is essential to return to your roots and practice the traditional way of life. First, you must let go of materialistic desires and instead work towards finding happiness and peace in everyday life. Next, focus on building inner strength, which can be achieved through the consistent practice of yoga, meditation, and ayurvedic techniques. And last, is to be open and respectful to the natural order, by pushing for better ecological development. For more in depth understanding of how we can lead more sustainable lives, sign up for our sustainability program at GSOS.

● Why should I choose Govardhan School of Sustainability?

Govardhan School of Sustainability (GSOS) provides you with a complete understanding of how sustainability works and how you can best implement it in your life. Be it for a more sustainable work culture or an improved standard of living. We have formulated four pillars that are key to bringing about a holistic approach to sustainability, while also giving you the ideal environment to practice it - The Govardhan Eco Village Resort. GSOS is one of the most critically acclaimed sustainability programs worldwide with a focus on applying India traditional practices such as Ayurveda and Yoga towards sustainability. We also have an award winning roster of international faculty to help guide you on the path to sustainability.

● What are the courses offered at GSOS?

At GSOS you can enroll for any one of our three unique types of sustainability training programs, including Study Abroad program, Academic courses or Cultural immersion programs. Our multi-award winning initiatives have earned recognition worldwide, which gives students of our programs excellent career prospects in the sustainability sector. The various concepts of education for sustainable development include a week or month-long courses on spiritual and cultural immersion as well as activities that inspire transformative change.

 

Eco Resort Stay

Accomodation at Govardhan Ecovillage is equipped to provide you the mesmerising experience of living in nature without compromising the basic comforts of modern life. The stay here is characterised by healthy living amidst serene natural environment to heighten your journey to explore the inner peace. Eco-living being the cornerstone of all our programs, your time here will also educate you how to exist in perfect harmony with nature even in your city life.