Facts & Figures


Collaboration with Kagyu Monlam Animal Camp Vets and School Education.

Plastic Recycling & Plastic Block Making

  • India's First 2 Plastic Compression Machines built in Bodhgaya.
  • Plastic Recycling operation started in Bodhgaya, making plastic compressed blocks.
  • 300+ Blocks made using 750kg of Plastic Waste - Phase 1 test.

10 Schools given Environmental Education workshops

  • Development of Eco Clubs in schools.
  • Zero Waste workshops.

Healthy Food Program

  • 558 Trees planted.
  • 2000 Organic Seedlings provided to raise Health & Nutrition awareness.

Outreach Projects

  • Design & Landscape permaculture project, Himalayan Terraced Garden in Nepal.

Indian & International Organisation partnerships forged.



Fundraising & developing the new
Bodhgaya Plastic Recycling & Eco Training Centre.

Letters of Support from

New Projects for local and outreach areas.

  • Public Talks about work with SET….fireflies conference Bangalore
  • Permaculture Design for land at remote Ashram, Himachal Pradesh.

Leadership Training

  • 10 International and 6 Locals Trained with full internationally recognised certification on the 7 Stages of Sustainability and Permaculture Design Course in Bodhgaya.
  • Training for teachers from 12 schools around Bodhgaya on a Creative Learning & Peace Workshop.
  • Zero Waste site management for Kagyu Monlam
    Set up and training, waste water systems development, solution development: enzyme and compost making.



Saraswati Village Project

  • 45,000 Cloth Bags supplied to the Mahabodhi Temple for Buddha robes by the women's sewing enterprise.
  • 80 Local Village Women given Health & Hygiene workshops.

Plastic Pollution Reduction Campaign
and Enviro Education for locals and international visitors during largest Buddhist gatherings, Kagyu Monlam and Nyingma monlam reaching 40,000 visitors to Bodhgaya

1896 Fruit Trees planted in 16 Schools and surrounding villages in Bodhgaya 

Collaboration on the development and implementation of the Waste Water System in Bodhgaya - including grey, black water and constructed wetlands with 6 local water plant species.

Training Leaders

  • 11 International and 8 Local participants trained with full certification and scholarships provided on the Permaculture Design Course.

Environmental Education & Creative Learning

  • 70 BEd Students trained on environmental education at the Magadh University.
  • 42 Teachers from 16 Schools underwent Teacher Training for practical eco solutions.

Outreach Projects

  • 40 Local Students and youths engaged in environmental clean-up in Tashiding, Sikkim.
  • 20 Monks trained on practical compost and waste management in Shechen & Terger monasteries, Nepal.
  • Environmental Education Training for students at Ganyap school, Sikkim.
  • Tree planting & design of the Permaculture Education CentreArk Eden, Hong Kong.  
  • Plastic research & data collation in pearl river delta with scientists from Hong Kong.
  • Research and maintaining waste water systems- collating data



300+ volunteers over 4 days on the streets of Bodh Gaya and Naranjana river area, Village area, Kalachakra Ground.

Clean up activities engaging local , international and monastics of H H Karmapas environmental committee; Khoryug and government support.

16 schools and 36 teachers trained for the Green Schools Teacher Training Program.

Public awareness in collaboration with Nyingma Monlam on Environmental awareness and reducing plastic pollution with Environmental solutions

36,000 INR fund for tree planting from Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche

250+ Students given workshops - Sikkim March.
Engaging communities around Sacred Sites in Tashiding, and Gangyap school .

Plastic Ban in Bodhgaya - April 2011.
Agreed and passed by the Nagar Panchyat committee..

108 Trees Planted in Kalachakra grounds.
Working with Green Bodh Gaya and Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee.

40+ Women's Groups + 3 schools in villages and communities in Mexico - July.
Video making, making enzyme and water solutions; slow sand filter.

Delivering environmental awareness through Art Science and technology School projects, Cine En La Campo, Baja California Sur, UNESCO links and Zero waste workshops:


  • 70+ Village Women sewing 80,000 cloth bags
  • Zero waste workshops for women, youths and monastics
  • Environmental information table and Youth training



2010 Saraswati Village Project:
  • Health, Hygiene and Nutrition
  • Reducing plastic pollution
  • Reducing domestic carbon emissions

79 Women & 2 villages- sewing project; training opportunities, sustainable income and a product

Training Sessions
Workshops and training sessions for youths and women on:

  • Solar power
  • Sustainability
  • Health, hygiene and nutrition
  • Zero waste
  • Water issues

International Cooperation:

300+ volunteers participated in the winter clean up activities in Bodhgaya at the Kalachakra ground and surrounding area, main market areas, riverside, and main road areas.

Reducing plastic pollution in Bodhgaya.....

52,500 cloth bags made and this many plastic bags reduced from being dumped and polluting the land.

40,000R Start of the Tree planting fund donated to Tergar Monastery and 500 trees planted at the Gaya airport.



120 trees planted involving 2 schools and a monastery

7000+ signatures collected in support for banning plastic in Bodhgaya

11 days Clean up of landfill, involving all of the tractors of Bodhgaya, local government cooperation, providing local employment, 100 of HH Karmapa's monks, and international volunteers. The clean up operation was supported by Administrative Office of HH Gyalwang Karmapa.

The formation of Sacred Earth Trust [SET].

International Advisory Board

Under construction, please come back soon.

About Us

Sacred Earth Trust has branches based in UK and India. It is a not for profit organisation set up since 2009 to support and to encourage the sustainable development and environmental protection of Sacred sites and UNESCO world heritage sites around the world, through working in co-operation with the local, indigenous people and international groups.

  • To find practical solutions on environmental issues, working within the diverse communities and connecting with the wider network.
  •  Together, working towards the transformation of consciousness to enable the maximum potential and growth for human development. 
  • Using the environmental awareness and our relation to the planet as a tool for reflection.

Aims and objectives:

  • Working together with local and international organisations to tackle environmental issues
  • Identifying and developing sustainable solutions
  • Implementing practical solutions through engaging local community participation
  • Empowerment through knowledge and transference of skills
  • A platform for dialogue and support from the wider context.
  • Demonstrating initiatives, co-operation and successful ways of working together
  • Exhibit richness of humanity and culture, through social, economic and environmental change. 
  • Working together with government bodies and local management committees.
  • To develop a practical, ecological and sustainable methodology that can be replicated in other states/ districts.

Supportive of projects in the areas of:

Sustainable development in developing countries-

  • Zero/ Neutral Waste Initiatives
  • Water management/ solutions
  • Energy- renewable energy and micro- generation systems
  • Carbon zero transport
  • Land regeneration and protection

Forging cultural links:

These can be concerning-

  • Open dialogues on topics, concerning the global and regional environmental issues.
  • Voice of the children/ youth of the world
  • Forging links between rural communities 
  • Bio diversity, information and seed exchange 
  • Environmental education projects using/ exploring Arts, science and technology.

Advice in:

  • Setting up social enterprise
  • Social corporate responsibility
  • Sustainable solutions


For additional information about Sacred Earth Trust please see the following links.

Facts & Figures



Sacred Earth Trust is proud to work in partnership and collaboration with many great organisations. We couldn't do our work without their help and we are very grateful for their support.




Partnership for developing plastic up-cycling and eco-learning centre in Bodhgaya.






Foundation for Gaia, UK

The Foundation for Gaia supported SET through its initial stages of set-up, mainly through research and networking.

Public Event: Spirituality and the Environment, Geneva Buddhism Conference Center, Switzerland

During 11th Session of the Human Rights Council, attendance at side-event on Environment and economic, social and cultural rights

Attendance at 11th Session Human Rights Council, UN, Geneva, Switzerland

Website: www.foundation-for-gaia.org



Cine en el Campo, Mexico

The partnership is to develop the network for workshops in rural and urban communities in Mexico and to distribute the environmental information to the small towns via media and video resources.

Cine en El Campo Festival 2011

Website: www.cinecampo.org



Khoryug, India

Monastic environmental committee belonging under the Kagyu sect of 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. Co-operation in town clean ups and environmental education in Bodhgaya during winter seasons.

Website: www.khoryug.com


Chakthar Rinpoche Foundation, Sikkim

Organisation based in Sikkim working on local rural  and tribal development for youths, and lepcha groups.

Outreach workshops started from March 2011 and continue.



Living Mandala, California USA

The mission of Living Mandala is to increase awareness, to create educational opportunities, and to catalyze project activities that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices of human beings living in harmony with each other and their environment.

Living Mandala designs, facilitates and produces courses, workshops and events as well as offers consultation services that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices within a diverse set of fields.

Website: www.livingmandala.com



Metatron Evolution

Vision: Evolution of happiness.
Mission: We are connecting unique actions with unique people.

We are a non-profit organisation that fundraises for, donates to, and promotes altruistic initiatives. We focus on key projects that relate to the fields of spiritual development, reduction of suffering and the preservation of ancient knowledge and related culture.   

Website: www.metatronevolution.net



Green Bodhgaya

Green Bodhgaya is an international initiative for reforestation, preservation of bio-diversity and ecological sustainable development. Tree planting project to plant trees in Bodhgaya. Sacred Earth Trust is collaborating with GB to maintain their projects on the ground.

Website : www.greenbodhgaya.org 



The Drop Inn, Derbyshire UK

Youth development program on environmental awareness and practical action and solutions- engaging in arts, science and technologies for delivering environmental awareness- giving youths a voice, connecting them to youths around the globe.

August 2010 pollution awareness and clean up campaign

Website: www.thedropinn.org



Bluefabric Multimedia Ltd

Bluefabric has been supporting Sacred Earth Trust since its inception and provides all the IT services and technical support needed to function in the digital environment.

Specialising in graphic design, web and computer software, and with over 18 years experience, Bluefabric Multimedia is committed to the production of high quality software services.

Website: www.bluefabric.net



Liberation Arts, USA

Liberation Arts mission is to preserve and create traditional Himalayan art, to educate people about Himalayan arts and culture and to preserve the environment.

Website : liberation-arts.org



Association for Biological *Cultural Diversity  -ABCD- Geneva

Support with justice, diversity, and global climate change policies. Assistance with implementation of projects through funds and eco-technology.








There are a number of organisations who continue to support Sacred Earth Trust for which we are very grateful.


Antioch University

Antioch group provides support to us  through their students visits to Bodhgaya each year.

Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

Website : www.antioch.edu



Kagyu Monlam

Nyingma Monlam

Light of Buddha Dharma Foundation

Website: www.kagyumonlam.org Website: on facebook  

Kagya Monlam, Nyinigma Monlam, Light of Buddha Dharma Foundation have provide support to reduce plastic pollution by buying made to order cloth bags from village women for reducing their plastic consumption during their events in Bodhgaya.




Root Institute

Website: www.karuna.org Website: www.rootinstitute.com

Karuna and Root Institute have provided support for our plastic up-cycling project.



Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee

The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee. have given their generous long term support since the beginning of the reducing palstic pollution by working towards banning disposable plastic within the temple grounds and local village women's sewing project by making bags to order which are used by the visiting pilgrims.

Website : www.mahabodhi.com



Terger International

The mission of the Tergar Meditation Community is to make the ancient practice of meditation accessible to the modern world. For centuries, the practice of meditation has been used by countless individuals to transform suffering into joy and confusion into wisdom.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has been hugely supportive of environmental projects and offered funds for tree planting within the Bodhgaya community.

Website : terger.org



Buddhist Door

Sharing and promoting Buddhist teachings, cultural exchange, and personal growth.

Regular news articles of Sacred Earth Trust projects on website.

Website : www.buddhistdoor.com



Tsurphu Bookstore

Website : facebook


Echo Asia

Echo Asia provides us with free seeds from their seed bank.

Website : www.echocommunity.org



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