Our Native Village Philosophy
C. B. Ramkumar
Founder and Managing Director of Our Native Village. Ram returned to India after a 17 year stint abroad in 2006 to follow his dream and passion and started Our Native Village. Prior to this, Ram worked in the corporate world for two decades in advertising and marketing. Having set up Our Native Village – a 100% eco retreat, Ram is now a regular speaker on Sustainability.
CB Ramkumar is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and an entrepreneur. ram is passionate about sustainability and has over the years acquired application knowledge in sustainable living concepts. Several life events took Ram on this remarkable journey; to explore energy healing sciences, past life regression and rebirthing breath work therapies, Pranic and Reiki healing. Ram is now a lifestyle specialist with a specific focus on food & nutrition.
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Co-founder and Director Lalitha is in charge of finance and sales at Our Native Village. Lalitha began her career in sales at Hindustan Reprographics Limited in Bangalore. She went onto specialize in shipping and logistics over the years. After a three year stint as an entrepreneur, Lalitha has taken on the mantle of the finance and sales portfolio for Our Native Village.
While staying abroad, Lalitha started a Fertility Support Group along with her husband in Dubai, after having gone through fertility treatment herself. Subsequently she also became an active participant in an informal adoption support group, after adopting her second child.
The 100% Eco Approach
Our Native Village community is committed to living in harmony with the environment. Our eco sensitive practices have received accolades at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2008, and featured in the Asian Geographic Passport magazine (Feb-Mar 2010) as No.1 among the top 10 eco-friendly places to stay in India.
Here’s how we live in harmony with our environment -
Electricity: We generate 70 to 80 % of our electricity using a wind mill, solar panels and bio gas plants. All the electricity we generate is stored in a huge bank of batteries, and the retreat is connected to this mini-powerhouse.
Water: Most of the water we use is rain water harvested from a channeling system on the roofs of resort’s buildings. The water is filtered, and then stored in a large underground tank.
Construction Material: The bricks used in the buildings were made on site using soil we dug out from the foundation. These bricks are sunbaked. Mud bricks are proven natural air conditioners as they insulate the interiors from extreme heat or cold.
Zero Waste: All waste except plastics is processed and reused appropriately, the plastics are sent out to a recycling unit. Organic wastage is used in the bio gas plant and for composting, paper wastage is used for the bon fires and Gujarat Boilers. Similarly there are provision for black and grey water wastage as well.
Organic Food: Most of the vegetables are home-grown. We have a 12 acre organic farm where we grow a large variety of vegetables and fruits for you to enjoy.
Natural Personal Care Products: All the soaps and shampoo in the rooms are 100% natural, chemical free and handmade exclusively for Our Native Village. The cleaning products we use on the retreat too are chemical free.
Swimming Pool: We have the regions first 100% natural and chemical-free swimming pool. This pond-style pool has aquatic plants, carbon filters and oxygenators to keep the water clean, fresh and circulating.
Water Heating: Hot water for the bathrooms is provided using solar panels and Gujarat boilers. While mostly solar panels are used, on days when there is insufficient sunlight water is heated using Gujarat boilers which efficiently use a very small amount of waste wood to generate steam which in turn heats the water.
Herbal & Medicinal Plants: We grow a wide variety of herbal and medicinal plants on the retreat. These find frequent use in our kitchen and spa. Growing these ancient flora is part of our aim to revive indigenous traditions and to protect the surrounding eco system.