Our mission is to create a special environment in which everyone who visits feels a deep sense of inspiration, connection and purpose. Since our beginning in 2009, we have hosted over 3,000 young adults in a variety of national, European and international projects.
A Space for all Cultures and Religions
At ASHA people from around the world come to experience the richness of each other’s cultures and to practice living together in a spirit of human unity; this often includes young people coming from places torn apart by conflict and war. The ASHA Centre is a place of safety and beauty, where all faiths are honoured and where people of different nationalities and religions live and work side by side. On many of our courses we explore the spiritual and philosophical wisdom of the world's cultures, and look at what they offer today to young adults facing their own unique challenges.
At ASHA we seek to cultivate a relationship with the earth that is both sustainable and harmonious. Here we use an organic system of agriculture called 'Biodynamics;' it aims to revitalize the earth, generating health and fertility, doing so through an approach to agriculture that is holistic, ecological and ethical. With a Biomass boiler, a Bio-bubble sewage system and solar panels, ASHA's energy systems are also ecological to a significant degree. Many of our courses focus on our relationship to the earth, exploring too the connection between this and personal and social well-being and development.
Using the arts as an educational tool is a key aspect of ASHA’s work. Through drama, music, voice training and performance young people gain self-confidence and are allowed a creative space to unlock and express the untapped potential within. It’s a way of learning that engages the emotions as well as mind and body, integrating all three and fostering a transformative learning environment. At ASHA, theatre is also used as a means to peace and social cohesion. Plays are produced with young people across cultural, religious and racial divides. These are performed in Britain as well as internationally.