" A little bit of simple
some rayes of joy
and a touch of wisdom
shared with all
who live under the sun
and breath with trees...
Is that not called
abundant life? "


Our Mission

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Tuinieren in de bergen


Is it a challenge or a chance to grow? That's the question.

Your answer will become your reality.

India has numerous traditional practices, crafts and knowledge at hand that encourage more sustainable and simple life. In rural places there is an emphasis on community life, too. This context offers great opportunities in responding to the challenges the world is currently facing. However, it is challenging for many to see how sustainable and traditional practices can maintain a good life standard. This loss in skills and knowledge makes communities less self-reliant and decreases the sense of well-being. At the same time, present (cultural) systems don't always allow for individual and communal growth in alternative ways to respond sustainably. But what if we would create an environment where people can flourish according to their qualities? Where all are empowered to care of themselves, others and nature? Yes.. it's possible, because it's our natural state.

It’s a good time to remember our true value and that of life.

So that we can live in transformative ways.


To change the world by inspiring people to move towards abundant, aware and simple life while empowering local community in India. We do this by offering an environment to work, learn and grow under an umbrella of programs related to self-reliance and empowerment.


A world where everyone is encouraged to live up to his or her fullest potential and where communities resonate with joy and care, inspiration, curiosity and awareness.

Berg uitzicht in Uttarakhand


We believe in unity, quality over quantity and nature-friendly living. We aspire to be a leading light by showing that we can be self-sufficient ánd live in harmony with ourselves and mother earth.

It is important to work together with local community, encouraging empowerment of underpriviliged children, women and men, offering programs for skill development that offer a meaningful and creative life while also help improve the living standard. It will be benefitting individuals, families and community all together.

By sharing our story and engaging in a broader conversation with global community, we intend to inspire people everywhere to realize their own potential and create a brighter world!


A loving environment for internationals and locals

Community empowerment

Improvement of living standard

Sustainable development in Himalayan area

Quality education

An inspirational place to grow, connect and exchange

Global sustainability

Oprichters van Adara Farmstay


Karan Juyal and Lieke Hulshof founded Adara in April 2021.

Karan grew up as a mountain boy in the house where we are starting Adara. As a boy he walked to school in his uniform, playing and running across the farms in his free time. Later he moved to the city Dehradun. He studied engineering and taught himself music, English and yoga. Later he performed as a solo-musician, organised hiking tours and worked in a homestay.

Lieke grew up as a Dutch girl with comfort around her. She has lived in a variety of countries, studied Social Geography in The Netherlands, explored painting and poetry, worked in Tanzania for Justdiggit (an NGO that restores landscapes to mitigate climate change) after which she decided to go to India for a course in organic farming in 2019.

Our different backgrounds and qualities help us form a team for our common dreams and visions. Within Adara, Karan is the main connector between our ideas and the local people. He handles all logistics and communications on the ground. He ensures that local skills, know-how and resources are well implemented as we collaborate with and support the community. Lieke takes up the international and organisational networking. She focuses on fundraise, promotion and collaboration on national and international levels. Together we work on long-term vision and plans, make decisions for the programs and look for opportunities to collaborate with people and partners.



We build this community together with the people of Adara. That is: all people involved with us, being overseas or present in Pauri. Currently we work closely together with a couple of Nepalese families, some residing at Adara in the side building. The position of many Nepalese in India has scope for improvement. We provide adults with work opportunities in the household and garden while their children receive tuition from us. We also connect with neighbours and skilled workers and build a global community through sharing stories, ideas and inspiration. We are looking to collaborate with other organisations and local government for our future programs.

Lokale gemeenschap project India

unity in diversity

A sense of togetherness through the activities we do and the joy we share,  while everyone feels free to be his or her most natural self.


It's important for us to create a place where people can be stimulated, as well as enables to encourage others to look for ways forward that make us content.


Supporting a shift to long-term benefits and benefits for the

whole is key. We want to help people see the joy and possibility of a more resilient and self-reliant life.


Believing in the goodness of people, working transparent and communicative, we can be a living example of an organisation that is alligned with values like equality and love.


Curiosity helps us to be open-minded for new ideas and connections. An eagerness to learn.. It leads us to creation in ways we would have never thought of.