The Samdhana Community

Samdhana, in Sanskrit, means a peaceful coming together, a giving back.

The Samdhana Institute's vision is for a region where natural, cultural and spiritual diversity are valued and environmental conflicts are resolved peacefully, with justice and equity for all parties.

Achieving this requires that communities who directly manage their local natural resources, local and indigenous peoples have clear rights, have ready recourse to justice, have strong and skilled leadership, as well as stable financial resources and access to appropriate technical support.

Samdhana is a community of fellows who after learning with farmers and indigenous peoples, are committed to inter-generational and universal values of nurturing people, nature and culture. It was formed in 2003 by a small group of rights, environment and development practitioners who share a commitment to 'giving back' what they have learned to the next generation with their knowledge, experiences, and extensive local and global networks.

The Samdhana Institute offers an institutional home and living community for those who wish to devote more of their time and energy to the work they are most passionate about.

Upcoming Activities



Rights and Resources Group Board Meeting

Location : Bern, Switzerland
Will participate Rights and Resources Group Board meeting. Held in Bern, (3rd October)



Conference From Rhetoric to Action : Scaling Up Community and Indigenous Land and Resource Rights

Location : Kursaal Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Samdhana will participate conference From Rhetoric to Action: Scaling Up Community and Indigenous Land and Resource Rights. It will be held at the Kursaal Bern, in Bern, Switzerland.



Training Technology Information and Communication KPHL Biak Numfor. Developing Web-Based System and Mobile Applications

Location : Biak Numfor
To increase the capacity of KPHL staffs in managing data and information system web based and mobile applications