Handicraft Village Participants
Sunita and her girls - Widowed Village Home Representative
Neelam, Poonam, Rajoo, Tulsi & Laxmi
Koteshwar village Participants
Dungri Village head - Sataishweri Devi
Neelam - Home Stay Care Taker
Satya - Transport and Activity Operator
Shailaj - Operations Head
Pushi - Forest house & Adventure sports head
Our team is consisting of our whole community.
Below are some of them.
Traveller Performer Encourager Change-maker Dreamer Humanitarian Environmentalist Permaculturist
Poonam is born explorer, she has lived, traveled and worked in many countries following her passion of travelling, architecture, culture, languages, food, adventure and nature. Her first solo travel was at the age of 14. She has always loved going to off the beaten path spending time with locals, discovering the nature, learning about authentic cuisine and culture of the country, never stayed longer then 3 years at one place since she is born. She worked in corporate world doe many years and since 2007 Poonam has been involved in Fair Trade projects in Australia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and has always been inclined towards social help projects. Her passion of social help and traveling gave birth to her dream project Fernweh Fair Travel- Uplifting Communities - a Responsible Eco Travel project in the rural part of Indian Himalayas by empowering the underprivileged women and communities. She is a certified Parmaculturist, natural builder and Firefighter. Her energy and joie de vivre is positively infectious. Currently she lives between India and Germany
She strongly believes in respecting social and environmental responsibilities.
Tulsi along with women from our women shelter look after the Home stay. She is a wife of a retired army officer. She has lived in many different places and has traveled nationally and internationally to various destinations. She has experienced beautiful cosy home-stays all over the world, she is using her travelling knowledge to support and promote our locals. She overlooks all the ground work. She loves gardening, spending time with her family and cooking.
Laxmi a very strong lady who started her life in very humble conditions and is now supporting locals along with her sister Tulsi. She will be your guide to the rural life of Garwhal (our village and handicraft programs) She is an amazing story teller and full of local wisdom.
Rural Program Manager
A product of Army Public School Delhi, Pushpendra Singh Rawat or Pushi as he is better known, is a guy with a mission. Leaving behind a career in security management in Delhi, he moved to his hometown in Gopeshwar 17 years back in the hills, to work for the local communities in the realm of sustainable development & Eco-tourism. A passionate biker, adventure freak, para-glider & white water specialist and a professional mountain guide. He has an extensive knowledge of Garwhal Himalayas plus he is known for his amazing adventurous and fun filled treks. He loves travelling, trekking, eating and just getting lost in the nature.
Adventure Travel Head
Born in the coal mining town of Jharia in the eastern state of Jharkhand, the climate crisis was a childhood reality for Sumanto (long before the world noticed the dangers of unsustainable human endeavours). He migrated to the capital city Delhi to pursue his interest in English literature. The idyllic world of fiction was a far cry from the lived reality of a world in flux. He travelled solo through the country, realising that a nation is a story of its land.
Co-founded online art portal (RumbleArt) and publishing house (Vigilante), worked as wordsmith for digital artists (Brainpan Studio) and moved again to build a nature campsite in Himachal called Chronotope.
Permaculture came naturally to him. He loved to play in dirt with insects and birds. The biology of soil attracted him and he built his own gardens alone on borrowed land. Then the universe conspired to make him join forces with Fernweh and he found his way to Gopeshwar. And thus began a journey of sustainability and alignment with nature.