Khula Dharma is a farm situated 10kms inland from the Haga Haga coastal resort in the Eastern Cape of South Africa within a sub-tropical climate zone which allows for year round cultivation. The farm is 180 hectares, most of which is covered in dense black wattle & blue gum forest and lantana due to unhelpful farming practices in the past. There are a few patches of indigenous riverine forest and grasslands, which we are now in the process of regenerating.
The name Khula Dharma combines the Xhosa word Khula, which means "grow", with the Sanskrit word Dharma, which is generally interpreted simply as "the right way of living". In both Hinduism and Buddhism philosophy, Dharma is also defined as "the eternal law/principle governing the universe" or "the path of awakening". The name embodies our intention to create a create an environment that nurtures compassion and mindfulness, that promotes a peaceful coexistence among diverse people, and that helps restore our conscious interconnection with Nature.
Our vision is to grow into a spiritually and ecologically sound Eco-village which is supportive, connected, multi-generational and family-friendly and which finds meaning and enjoyment in living in harmony with each other and nature. We offer community members and visitors a chance to experience the joys and challenges of living in community and it is our hope that by creating a mindful intentional community, that it will inspire and support others to do the same.
Presently, we are a small group of people in the pioneering stage of developing a land-based community on this farm.
We are serious and we are not going anywhere!
As we explore conscious, co-creative living, may we become a vibrant village, a beacon of light for the benefit of future generations and all life on Earth.