About & Around Us
After traveling much of the world and living abroad several years, we've chosen to call the Himalayas home. We left an Indian metropolis for the mountains in 2015, and love our life here.
The better half of the two is a US licensed Clinical Psychologist, and the author of the book “ Parenting in the age of Sexposure”. You can learn more about her here. The worse half – by deduction – is also a published author and a former business type who blogs about living in the mountains here. Together we conduct and host many events of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. We live at the Quiet Place with our two kids, two dogs, some hens and broadband.
We don't live here in isolation. In fact, we are part of a vibrant community of thoughtful NGOs, companies and people. 5 km down the road from us is Aarohi, an NGO with a strong focus on healthcare. They run a small hospital, and do much to provide good healthcare in many part of Kumaon. Chirag is another NGO which also runs the fabulous Chirag School, and does much work for greening the place, maintaining our limited water resources and much more. A younger organization is Alaap which works on afforestation. B2R is a social enterprise and also our neighbour. B2R questions the paradigm of urban migration by creating jobs and opportunities in the villages around. We try and use as many products as possible from these organizations and promote the wonderful work they do. Many of our guests also graciously support many of these organizations in a variety of ways.
We source our bread from Pao, a local enterprise which makes awesome, preservative free breads from locally sourced grains. Our cheese comes from Indian Mountain Foods, a local enterprise making "no artificial anything" cheese. Finding good eggs here is difficult so we have just put in our own chicken coop. Next in line is our own honey.