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About Us

BeAnimal Journey Foundation got founded in June 2017 with the mission to spread the message of holistic sustainability. We believe that sustainability is not only about the environment but it starts within ourselves. We're talking about holistic health - mental and physical, nutrition, financial sustainability as well as minimalism and how to switch to a more earth friendly life style in general.


Sustainability can be incorporated into every aspect of our life starting with permaculture and waste management and ranging all the way to sustainable time management to reduce stress.​


We are all part of Gaia, mother earth. In nature everything is created to live in balance and harmony. Plants and animals don't damage the planet only our human species does by bringing things out of balance! That's why we say: 'Be animal! Remember your roots and reconnect to nature. For a better planet, for a better future for all of us!'

Our Team


Vanessa Zwick

Co-founder | Vegan nutritionist | Designer 

Vanessa is the design and nutrition head at BeAnimal.  She's in charge of our plant based gourmet meals at the Happiness Café and Sunday Brunch Club. She is from southern Poland though she's spent her entire childhood growing up in Bavaria, Germany. An architect by profession, she has an eye for detail and will make sure that everything we do meets the highest quality standards. Her heart is in design and creative work of all kinds.  She's a lover of life and generally fun to hang out with. She likes painting abstract art, fruits, yoga, cooking, travel, fermenting foods and swimming in the ocean.


Lakshman Badami

Co-founder | Eco architect

Lakshman handles planning and operations at BeAnimal. A free-spirit and dreamer since birth, he is on a mission to revolutionise the way we humans live with the natural environment. With experience in the natural sciences and a degree in Architectural technology and construction planning from VIA University, Denmark, he is well prepared to design a new wave of sustainable buildings for the world.  He is interested in permaculture, sustainable technology, design, riding his road bike and almost everything in between.  You'll find him out in nature enjoying the bliss.



Hostel Manager 

Shahram joined BeAnimal in April 2022. He's passionate about sustainable living and consumption practices. Shahram is a true-blue Bangalorean with a penchant for people and experiences; feel free to reach out to him for food and travel recommendations!

With his people-centred approach to your needs, he ensures a smooth experience for our guests from all over the world.  In his free time, you will find Shahram pursuing interests like organic farming, collecting heavy metal and organica band T-shirts music, fine arts, and karate.



Café Manager

Samikshya is a bio-technology student and works in our Cafē lab to make sure you get the best caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks. She loves reading and organising everything around her. 

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