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 have clear rights, ready recourse
to justice, strong and skilled leadership, stable financial resources and
access to appropriate technical support.
Samdhana is a community of practitioners. It
was formed in 2003 by a small group of individuals: conservationist,
development practitioners and human rights activist – the first Samdhana
fellows. They share a commitment of “giving back” what they have learned to the
following generations, bringing together skills, knowledge and experience and
extensive local and global networks. The Samdhana Institute is a non profit
organization for insular and mainland Southeast Asia, with offices in Indonesia
and the Philippines. Samdhana has retreat and meeting centers in Bali,
Indonesia and Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
Samdhana offers an institutional home and
living community for those who wish to devote more of their time and energy to
the work they are committed to and to mentor the next generation.