Chiang Mai Organic Farm
Mala Dhara Chiang Mai Yoga Retreat Center Organic Farm supports sustainable community supported agricultural practices and a philosophy of living local and eating local by first supporting all of our annual organic rice needs for retreats at Mala Dhara from our farm. Our two resident farm companions overseeing everyting are Jai Dee (Good Heart) and Grati (Coconut Milk), the Mala Dhara rescue buffalo.
The Mala Dhara Organic Farm sits on several rai directly adjacent to the Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center and also serve as our the primary peanuts, and onions for our plant based restaurant. Each year Mala Dhara host two annual rice planting and rice harvest ceremonies where we invite friends, family and the local community to join in as we give thanks and give a helping hand. Afterwards Mala Dhara provides a home cooked meal, swim or herbal steam.
When joining us at the Mala Dhara for one of our Herbal Sauna and Swim evenings, you will also have an opportunity to enjoy the gardens as our herbal sauna and fire are located on the farmland.
Our regular crops primarily included organic peanuts and rice which has allowed Mala Dhara to be self sufficient in supplying our yoga retreats with rice, peanut sauce and peanut butter throughout the year.
Currently we are sourcing as much organic produce from local organic farms in and around Chiang Mai proper and even more closely right here in Doi Saket whenever possible to supply our kitchens. As we begin to realize our full vision for our adjacent organic farmland, we will take this model and passion to our additional 30 rai in the lush hills of Doi Saket behind Mala Dhara, near the local hot springs, where we currently cultivate less time intensive crops such as banana, papaya, pineapple and lime as well as limited amounts of organic rice and Thai herbs.
We have recently installed a solar powered water pumping station and deep well to irrigate the crops on this jungle land and supply electricity throughout the land. By 2022, we hope to have completed our third and largest jungle yoga shala.
We are excited to be members and supporters of the Chiang Mai Organic food community and look forward to the future when we can host a small organic farmers market with our excess produce as well as offering educational and volunteer opportunities to those who are interested.
Mala Dhara Eco Resort Organic Rice Harvest 2016
Chiang Mai Thailand
Mala Dhara Eco Resort and Yoga Retreat Center in Chiang Mai Thailand strives to present genuine, authentic experiences for all of our students, yoga retreat participants and guests. We are however also a fully functioning organic farm as well. During our 2016 Rice Harvest Party, we successful gathered enough organic rice to supply the Mala Dhara Kin Dee Organic Restaurant with organic rice to make your experience even more enjoyable. If you would like to join the party next year – subscribe to our newsletter for an announcement.