What? A free spirit hostel/ community, a home away from home to all thinkers, travelers, artists, readers, writers, backpackers and freedom seekers
When? The first check-in has taken place on the 5th October 2016
Where? Keri, 8 km North of Arambol, Goa, Índia
Who? Everybody makes part of the project, regardless nation, religion, gender or any other thing
Why? The idea of being a free hostel where it is possible to gather different people from all around the globe, with something to share, exchange, give.
The reason why I am posting an article about the No Name Free Hostel is exactly because I also feel a no name entity, free, happy and without the need of having an ‘identity’ or a status. And thus I share it with you.
Elissa is a tall, charismatic French woman, with a gentle smile always ready to warm your mornings and Ankit (Kit is how everyone calls him) is a deep-soul guy, naturally from Delhi, that, together with Alfy, decided to start giving shape to a very meaningful dream.
Money was never a problem to set off with the free hostel/ community project, since what would be truly necessary has always been there: the conviction and belief for the essence of the project and the vision behind.
In the moment I am amidst these beautiful people, January is just about to turn into February and I can see how in 5 months this haven has grown and evolved so efficiently. And, you know, nature is so perfect that it provides you with everything that you need to build, construct, decorate, make up things. One just needs to be creative.
No name free hostel was an idea arising from the conviction that we are all human beings whose powers and strengths can be much more positively taken to an end, once together.
Quoting them «This free hostel came from the dream of creating a free spirit community, a home away from home to all thinkers, travelers, artists, readers, writers, backpackers and freedom seekers, a home for all beings who enjoy living together».
A small piece of land was everything the couple and friend would need to make it become the life-changing free hostel for everyone to be, to get inspired, share and exchange.
From the moment they decided to move ahead with the idea, 4 days were how much they needed to clear out minds and put forces into action, being the first official check-in on the 5th October 2016.
«The No Name Free Hostel has two dorms with 10 beds each one, one being free and the other one not really», said Kit when I just got here. The fact is that most part of the people I have been talking to are not giving money, neither on one, nor on the other.
What means the effort has been being done in the way that it can actually be the most free possible, so the criteria relies on time of stay, dedication and contribute.
Furthermore, the hostel has some private rooms, «where we normally host our Indian friends from Delhi», Kit says while we wander along the small perimeter with inspiring accessories all spread out around the place, hanged on the trees or at the reception balcony.
Quotes, paintings, sketches and poems are the content that mainly occupies the walls, as the result of volunteers’ inspiration and freedom to create.
The very ending of the year was time when the trio managing the hostel gathered all strengths and opened the Café that now supports the No name free hostel residents, providing them with very nice food.
The menu has very delicious and cheap snacks that go from wraps, nachos and rice dishes to fresh fruit juices and homemade teas. The community food is not based on local Indian cuisine only, since the idea is to be open to other different tastes and likes from all around the World and volunteers interested in cooking are also welcome to gather their skills with the kitchen responsible crew.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, at a very low price, being the main idea to bring people together and put people in interaction with each other, instead of making them leave the place to eat outside.
Some volunteers, depending on the hours of work, but especially the dedication put in each task, are provided with free meals, beyond the free accommodation itself, what is always attractive to the majority part of residents.
On the same building where the Café is, there is a massage studio started by Ruslan, where residents but mainly people from outside come enjoy different kinds of massage or other therapies. Volunteers with massage or other body treatment skills are allowed to use the studio for their own treatments, always based on donation. Tiago is the current volunteer, specialized in osteopathy and doing massages that not only will make you feel extremely well and relaxed, but will also help healing your injuries and other possible pains.
While I put these words into the blog, your curiosity for the No Name Free hostel must be growing inside of you. You know, there is only one way to find it out: come to Goa, spend some time around, get involved, connect yourself with others, share your dreams and ideas and enjoy as much as you can. Even the rules have not a specific name. It comes from heart, and everything is truly supported by the notion that «creative minds do, think and transform better, when together».
And so it grows, and so people evolve, and so dreams come true… dreams with No Name from No Name dreamers.
If we want to make sure we give important steps to support projects like these, first thing is to help them growing. Please, be generous to the No Name Free community, by funding the project in https://www.gofundme.com/nonamehostel.