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Mawun is a true learning hub which brings together philosophy and practice to enrich your mind, body, and spirit. Our approach is to not only provide you with a fun experience, but to foster a transformative ethos that you carry through to your life outside of the village.


Daily Courses

Workshops are usually half days and take place year-round. They are recommended for short-term visitors who are on holiday and wish to spend some time learning or enriching a particular practice.



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As a planet we have practical and present solutions on how to live in harmony with the earth. Here at Mawun mud village we are exploring and implementing these solutions. Be part of this journey!



Ecological House Design

This workshop is an introduction to ecological house design. It is theory-based, giving you a background in eco-design, but is applied in practice. By walking you through the water, energy, waste and food systems in place at Mawun Mud Village, you will learn how to develop a systemic house plan. The course covers:

• Natural building materials

• Passive heating and cooling

• Bio composting toilets

• Roof water harvesting and grey water recycling

• Vegetable growing and fruit forests


Soil Building

Focusing on the importance of nutrient-rich soil, this workshop helps you to discover necessary skills in nurturing the soils in your garden to ensure successful yields. The course includes:

• How to make an 18-day Berkeley compost
• How to make compost tea
• Introduction to bio composting toilets


Mindful Gardening

This workshop is an introduction to chemical-free gardening, helping you to develop a mindful approach to growing your own fruits and vegetables. It is appropriate for people living in cities with small spaces as well as those with larger garden plots. The course covers:

• How to build different garden beds

• Ways to water your garden most efficiently

• Companion planting


Mud Brick Building

In this workshop we cover the basics of earthen brick development and explain the benefits of building with adobe, or mud construction. It includes:

• Making a mud brick

• Building a mud wall


Mud Plastering

This workshop is an introduction to natural plasters. The practical work includes:

• How to make a simple clay and sand plaster



This workshop will instruct you on how to make kambucha and kimchi, and discuss general fermentation techniques.

Sunday 9am

Urban Gardening

In this workshop we focus on gardening for urban environments and small spaces such as window boxes, and balconies. We can put you on a path toward designing the most aesthetically pleasing garden for your space and guide you through the choices of deciding what plants and herbs will grow best in your location.

Sunday 2pm

Super-foods Gardening

In this workshop we work through the process of growing super foods such as wheat-grass, chlorella, aloe vera, and morniga. It applys well for those in urban environments.


For full-immersion, guests are welcome to stay for a 3-month program consisting of 3 workshops in a row with intermittent relaxation periods. Please inquire for discounted rates.

The immersive nature of our residencies provides a truly life-changing experience. It is unique in that every day you are living what you learn. Being present for an extended time will endow you with the language, understanding, and practice to carry forth into the next stage of your life. For this reason, residencies require a brief mission statement stating one’s background and what one wishes to gain from the program. Residencies are particularly suited to those who find themselves at a crossroads in their work—whether it is art, education, or career—and who wish to bring ecological principles to their chosen field.


Residencies occur in fixed “terms,” which run anywhere from 12 days to five weeks in morning classes. This leaves your afternoons free for relaxing, surfing, going to the beach, reading, writing, or whatever you wish to do on the island.

Residencies offer the opportunity to immerse oneself in a field of study to gain real-world knowledge in deep ecology and permaculture. Residencies are designed to shift your thinking and being toward a new space that discusses the relations of consciousness, body, earth, and society.

Ecological house design and bio-pool construction


Deep Ecology, self healing, and shamanic journeys


Permaculture design course


Our consultants

We have many visiting consultants as well as our in-house team. If you would like to participate as a consultant with us, please contact us.

Jennifer Newton


Jennifer is the founder of both Mawun Mud Village and Wild Sensoria, (www.wildsensoria.com)


which focuses on architectural design and landscaping in synergy with nature. She has studied permaculture design, eco village design and deep ecology and prior to building this retreat and learning centre has 10 years experience as a project manager and interior designer, working in Asia, specifically Hong Kong and Singapore. Her interiors have been published in Vogue Living, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal, Elle decoration, Home Journal among others. After becoming disillusioned with the prolific degree of green washing within the mainstream she shifted focus to natural building and holistic living which led to the development of Mawun Mud Village.


Saubhagya belongs to a farmer family in the central Himalayan ranges of India. He is a hill-development practitioner and architect and has been practising in the remote Himalayas,


working in ecological and social infrastructure, skill development and affordable architecture. He is also a part time resident of Auroville community in India. (www.auroville.org) His interests relate to Ghost Villages and migration/reverse-migration extensively happening in the central Himalayan region. He has a keen interest in farming and is known specifically for introducing bio-engineered river bank restoration, willow architecture/agro-forestry, growing naturally decaffeinated ‘Arabica/Robusta’ Coffee, and direct seeded rice for the very first time in South Asia. He has helped introduce these technologies with effective training, to small-scale farmers helping to save more than a million liters of water per 10-acre farm each year. He is also the part of Urban Fellows Program at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

James Batcho


James Batcho, PhD, is a writer, teacher and lecturer on a variety of subjects, including storytelling, cinema, philosophy,


ecology and media. In 2015, James earned summa cum laude honors for his dissertation Logos of Cinema: Memory and the Audibility of Unseeing at the European Graduate School. He is the author of the book Sound for Independent Audiovisual Storytelling and has written for Media Culture & Society, Journal of Sonic Studies, The New Soundtrack and Atropos Press. He is currently wrapping up his second book, Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema, which explores relations of audibility, time and memory through Malick’s films. His academic interests focus on “unseeing” relations, sound and hearing, deep ecology and various aspects of spirituality. At Mawun, James teaches the Philosophy of Deep Ecology course. It is informed by his ongoing research in “process philosophy,” which emphasizes “becoming” and the interrelations of environment and consciousness through readings of ancient Greek and Buddhist philosophy and more contemporary writers such as William James, Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. James has taught at universities in China, South Korea and the United States and has given lectures and readings additionally in Singapore, Australia and Denmark. His most recent essay is on the connections of hearing, listening and ecology titled “Deep Listenings, Deeper Soundings.” More information is available at www.jimbatcho.com.

Shruti Pandit

Shruti Pandit studied Architecture at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and has a Masters in Architecture in Urban Design from Mumbai university, Kamla Raheja Institute for Architecture


and Environmental studies, Mumbai. She is deeply interested in sustainable urbanism. She is qualified in sustainable development for both residential and urban levels and works with Green Angle, a firm that provides integrated environmental design solutions. She has worked on sustainable site development for campus, passive solar designs, daylight analysis, energy and water efficiency. She is a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture, Mumbai and is currently working on a low footprint project called ‘Aranya’ in Western ghats, Maharashtra, India; which is developed on the concept of holistic Living.

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