Community

GBS, more often referred to as the Sanctuary, is hard to define.

Part of the reason for this is that different people, including those of us who live here, value different aspects of it. Part of the reason for this is that the Sanctuary is, in every sense, a community of humans and non-humans which has grown slowly over 40 years (more if you count the ages of some of the trees); a community at the edge of an endangered forest in an endangered biome in the Western Ghat mountains of India.

By community is meant simply this: organisms (life forms) voluntarily sharing a space together, dependant on each other, each one making it possible for another to live a life-in-community: all together dependent upon and informing the surrounding earthly terrain, including the winds and waters that flow through this terrain.

Depending on your perspective and interest, this community could appear to you as any of these: a plant sanctuary or a half-way home for rare and threatened plants; an animal sanctuary; a botanic garden (not the same as a plant sanctuary); a human sanctuary; a place of retreat and learning, a wonderland of adventures and mysteries (in the eyes of some kids); an infant eco-village. The Sanctuary, to some, is also an elaborate inter-species communal alliance in response to eco-cide and hubris.

Learn about Sanctuary plants here(to be uploaded)

Learn about Sanctuary animals here(to be uploaded)

Here are some pictures of the Sanctuary working crew here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's botanical associations here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's educational connections here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's spiritual and philosophical connections here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's artist and writer connections here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's ecosystem gardener connections here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's wildlife conservation connections here.(to be uploaded)

Here are some pictures of our neighbourhood and people we've known a long time.

Learn about the Sanctuary' s Western Ghat connections here.(to be uploaded)

Learn about the Sanctuary's photographer friends here.(to be uploaded)

Here is our board of Trustees.


And here are our website designers : Ananth Chari, Radhika Neelakantan.