Come and discover all that the world of mahua and its forests represent during a three-day get-together in the heart of Bastar district, Chhattisgarh - where forest communities and indigenous people have given their all to preserve an amazing heritage.
Mahua trees and their surrounding forests are valuable bastions of an environmental legacy that the world needs to cherish and celebrate. This get-together is the starting point - a pre-festival event- that will brainstorm how best to celebrate this legacy in a festival that will take place later in the year. It works on the fact that the forests are inextricably tied to the lives of the indigenous communities who live in them and have preserved them to the best of their capacity. Today, when the world has realised more than ever the true value of this legacy, it's time for all of us to get-together and find a way to collaborate and keep it going.
Come - become part of the process and discover mahua either for the first time or re-discover it in a deeper way!
When: 16-19 March 2023
Where: Jagdalpur, Bastar, Chattisgarh
What: Jungle Walks, Food Foraging, Round tables, Tasting & Music. The get-together includes a welcome dinner on the 16th of March, Forest walks on the 17th, 18th and 19th followed by thematic explorations of a) Geographical Indicators for Mahua, b) Women and Preserving Mahua and c) Storytelling and Mahua in the Media - with each day and ending with local music, food and dance. There will be ample opportunity to meet with local communities throughout the event.
How: To reach the event venue, fly into Raipur or Hyderabad from where you can take another flight to Jagdalpur. Alternatively, you can take a taxi/bus/train from Raipur airport to Jagdalpur which is the closest city to the event venue.
Cost: Rs. 15000
(+ Rs 5000 donation if you'd like to support our work)
The cost includes sharing accommodation, meals, drinks, internal transport and access to the complete Discover Mahua Workshop Program. If you would specifically like a single room, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free for locals from Chhattisgarh. The event is limited to 20 attendees only on a first come first serve basis.
To register, please make a bank transfer of Rs. 15000 and/or more to the following bank account,
BASTAR BOTANICS PRIVATE LIMITED
Branch: BHILAI - CHHATTISGARH
OR make a payment through UPI to the following UPI id, shubhank.c-2@okhdfcbank. Make sure to add your full name in the payment remarks field so we can tally it against your registration.
After submitting this form you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. Package details, cost and travel arrangements will be sent in the last week of February along with final schedule of events.