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About Shillim Institute

The Shillim Institute, a private, not-for-profit educational facility in the Western Ghats of India is dedicated to conservation, sustainable development and healing. It seeks to understand the relationship between human civilization and ecology and provides programs to translate that knowledge for use by academics, businesses and policy makers alike.

Our Upcoming Programs

The Shillim Collective

Bringing together researchers from a wide range of disciplines, the Shillim Institute works closely with One Landscape to cultivate Shillim Collective. Committed to sustaining new forms of artistic practice and scholarship, Shillim Collective aims to host artists, architects, and designers, alongside policymakers, scholars, writers, and scientists from all around the world to create spaces for transdisciplinary research, enabling them to work collaboratively on ecological investigations affecting the region at large. Co-creating new pathways to address systemic issues, these collaborations are locally addressed while remaining globally specific, as the Institute aims to find shared concerns between communities, internationally.

One Landscape - our global sister organisation

A not-for-profit organisation, its a collective of performance and studio artists, scientists, architects, landscape architects, policymakers, and entrepreneurs that promotes the conservation of wild places around the globe, forwarding a new understanding of conservation as a creative practice. It is the global sister organisation of the Shillim Institute, which is located at the heart of the Sahyadri Range.

Led by Margie Ruddick, landscape planner/designer, winner of the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in landscape architecture; & Martin Brody, composer, Wellesley College Professor (Emeritus) & 2007-10 Arts Director, American Academy in Rome.

Mission

  • To promote the conservation of wild landscapes by integrating science, art, policy, and community.
  • To develop sustainable conservation road maps through collaborative, creative, local, and international partnerships.
  • To shift the culture of conservation from one that objectifies nature to one that understands humans as integral to natural systems.

For me Shillim is also a concept, a practice, and a promise. It has been for me a place of restoration, renewal, as well as struggle and frustration. Often Shillim is a place that I can venture to physically, or simply in my mind, when I feel I am losing myself.
- Margie Ruddick

Martin Brody

Martin Brody is Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music (Emeritus) at Wellesley College. He served as the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome from 2007-10 and as Fromm Resident in Musical Composition at the Academy in 2001.

He has received numerous awards for his musical compositions, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fromm Foundation, and numerous ensembles.

He has written extensively about post-war modernism in music and currently serves on the editorial board of Perspectives of New Music and as President of the Stefan Wolpe Society.

The Shillim Quartet by Erin Gee for Kronos Quartet, San Francisco

We all have our Shillims – those precious landscapes that have formed us, nurtured us and possibly saved us. We need to safeguard not only the landscapes, but the role all our Shillims play in the lives of the human species. We are increasingly distanced from wild places, where we connect with who we are as part of a larger natural system. Shillim as a concept is that place where we can reconnect. As a practice it is the ability to move beyond the chatter and exhaustion of our everyday lives, to tap into the deep sense of renewal that a place like Shillim provides and come back to ourselves. As a promise it is this: that for our children and our grandchildren landscapes like Shillim will still exist. – Margie Ruddick 

What We Do

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The Shillim Institute has planted more than 110,000 native trees and conserved over a million in the Shillim area since 1999.

Address

Shillim Institute —
The Shillim Estate
Village Shillimb, Pawana Nagar
Taluka Maval, Pune
Maharashtra – 410 406, India

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