Category Archives: City Life
Derek Hook, a brilliant story teller, offered a performance accompanied with music and mysterious sounds on Sunday night at Solitude Farm for children and adults.
Humility, love, identity quest, dreams and death were the central themes of the tales. We had an opportunity to interview Derek where he explains the meaning of his tales and gives information for those who wish to follow him.
He also recites "Stand Still", a poem that he finds particularly inspiring.
On 18th of Juanary Aromar Revi had an interaction with the Auroville community regarding the Auroville Retreat happening on 12th and 13th of March 2015.
Below an extract of text posed on Auronet by the Residents Assembly Service (RAS).
Dear Residents of Auroville,
We are happy to update you on the preparations for the retreat planned in March 2015.
The Governing Board (GB) and the International Advisory Council (IAC) of the Auroville Foundation had proposed during their last meeting in August 2014 that a two-day retreat be organized in Auroville which would be an occasion for the Governing Board and the IAC to engage with Auroville residents on issues relating to the future development of Auroville.
When: 12th and 13th of March 2015
Where: Unity Pavilion (tentative location)
Main facilitator: Aromar Revi (Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, who has been closely associated with Auroville for many years), Assisting facilitators will be chosen from the Auroville community.
Participation: About 150 200 participants comprising members of the GB, the IAC and residents of Auroville including members of working and study groups.
Organisation: The conceptualisation and organisation of the Retreat thus far is an effort with the participation of the International Advisory Council (IAC: Vishakha N. Desai, Kabir Shaikh, Julian Lines), the Vision Task Force (VTF: Alain Bernard, Ameeta Mehra, Aster Patel, Hemant L., Sanjeev, Srinivasamurty and Toine), the Auroville Campus Initiative team (ACI: Lalit, Michael H, Min), the Residents Assembly Service (RAS: Inge) and a representative of the Working Committee.
Main objective: To reconnect and engage with the Auroville vision and its manifestation.
This will be done by: Reflecting on Mothers vision for Auroville; Introspection and reflection on the spiritual growth of individuals and the collective; Examining the present realities of Auroville; Setting action plans for where Auroville wants to be on its 50th anniversary in 2018 and in 10 years.
The focus during the Retreat would be on the following aspects of Aurovilles development:
- Organisation (governance)
- Land and Town Planning & Development
- Population growth
See the full text here http://www.auroville.org.in/article/46389
Christian F is here in Auroville completing some of the tasks with regard to the International Zone- These Including fencing and connecting water to the site around the Inuksuk for plants and protection.
Seemingly simple steps are not always so easy to achieve since visions have to align themselves and the need for both planning and flexibility have to be found. AVI Canada's has also taken the initiative to help the Youth with small grants for housing.
The Auroville Council shared:
" We, the Auroville Council, are holding an interactive General meeting to update you on our work and to listen to the communitys concerns and feedback. Together with our sharing, we have also invited the Chennai festival organizers to share a short presentation of their work with the community. One of the main tasks of the Auroville Council today is find new members to join the Entry Service team. As you are aware, the Entry Service members are quite overloaded with their work and some of them have carried this responsibility for several years. There is an urgent need to find new committed members for the Entry Service. We, together with the Study Group and Entry Service, are organizing a workshop on this topic on the 31st of January 2015. We would like to share more information regarding this workshop in this GM. ".
The co-ordinator of SAVI, concerned Aurovilians, and volunteers discuss the implications of the financial contribution required of volunteers coming to Auroville, the role volunteers play in the life and functioning of Auroville, as well as broader issues concerning the interconnectedness of Auroville's working groups and methods of decision-making.
A key issue raised was the contrast between financial contribution and contribution in the form of work, and whether or not the one contradicts the other.