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WANAKASET IN SRI LANKA

Wanakaset in Sri Lanka, "your forest retreat with a sense of purpose", is located in the sacred rain forest of Kitulgala on the banks of Kilani River, Wanakaset in Sri Lanka will offer a breathtaking view of the Kitulgala valley, its magnificent tea plantation and astonishing highlands. The exclusive environment of the forest provides a haven for people in need of privacy and serenity.

WANAKASET IN FRANCE

Wanakaset Pyrenees Orientales, "your forest retreat with a sense of purpose", is located on the hills of the Albere mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea of the “Côte Vermeille”, nested at the western flank of the Pyrenees Mountain chain. The exclusive environment of the forest provides a haven for people in need of privacy and serenity.

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WHAT WE DO...

At Wanakaset, we are doing our best to help the forest generate a healthy soil by embracing the traditional farming techniques within a forest akin to Permaculture, Agroforestry or Perma Forest. A place where humans and other living organisms can find shelter and food in a natural habitat. We preserve and enhance the symbiotic relationships between microbes, fungi, insects, plants and animals.

Wanakaset in Thai means Forest Agriculture or Agroforestry- Wana (forest)  Kaset (Agriculture) both words are of Sanskrit origin and have synonyms in Singala.

SOME HISTORY ...

There is evidence that the forest we are looking after in France’s Pyrenees has been supplying food for humans long before the rise of the Roman Empire. People developed terraces that survived hundreds of years to produce vegetable gardens and other crops in the middle of the wild forest. The war efforts and the extensive use of wood overran the area with fast growing trees. Louis XIV's warships were born! Soon after, Cork Oak and Oak were introduced along with other wood trees for charcoal production to fuel the local forges, making use of the abundant iron ore of the Mount Canigou.

Finally, a complex climate, a few forest fires and a changing economy, slowly transformed the landscape and the forest was left alone for 70 years.

LIFECYCLE...

No matter how painful or dramatic change may sound, such is the story of almost every piece of land on earth. In some cases, overgrazing and farming turned hundreds of square kilometres into empty deserts for a couple of hundred years, but sooner or later, life takes over again. Just like the rebirth following Ice Age or a Volcano eruption. Our focus today is on accelerating the restauration of soil through biodiversity, by planting thousands of different kinds of fruit trees, edible leaf trees, flowers and other plants. We are experimenting with Phytosociology without altering nor blocking the rest of the forest’s inhabitants. In a couple of decades, assuming Wild Bores, Deer and Porcupines show kindness and a collaborative spirit, it might become a healthy place attracting a diverse suite of living creatures and generating a healthy soil.