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(Environment)
Nina`s interview on her book

After her presentation at the Freeland bookshop Nina gave us a special interview on her book to explain where, how and why "Organic food marketing in urban centres of India". She is actually in Auroville working at Solitude farm to get some practical farming experience. She finds that Auroville could do with some help in order to more successfully manage to make organic food more readily available. She finds Auroville to be a great place to learn because of the amount of organic farms and the good eco system that the place offers. Read more

Monday, 20 January 2014
(City Life)
GM on MM executive Selection #2
Follow up on Matrimandir Executive Selection yesterday at Unity Pavilion in International Zone again hasn't brought clear solutions or resolvement. Many different proposal and suggestions were given on the table but none convincing enough to pass as a common consensus to call a Residents Assembly on it. And if the Matrimandir should represent the soul of Auroville, there should be peace and harmony amongst those who are offering service to care and develop Matrimandir with its surroundings. 50th anniversary of Auroville is approaching fast. Read more

Thursday, 29 August 2013
(Environment)
Medicinal Plants at Sapney Farm
Many of the plants growing naturally all around us have healing properties. As part of the Earth Day program of events we were invited to Sapney Farm to learn about using medicinal plants. Listen to Elumalai describe the properties of plants from brahmi to hibiscus. What natural preparations can we use for fever, wounds or insect bites? How can we plan and care for an herbal garden? Then hear Sara, long-term volunteer working on her Permaculture diploma, describe some of the Permaculture principles being practiced at Sapney Farm. Read more

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
(Arts & Culture)
Korean Garden
After outside visual and auditive exhibitions in the Unity Pavillon of AUROVILLE , Prof. Dr. Werner Sasse presents: Soswaewon, A Scholar's retreat Garden in Damyang-gun which is representative of Korean culture and Korean beauty. He explains how Korean Culture is a literary culture... Read more

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
(News)
Selection Process Deadline
From UK we have been informed that our good friend and fellow-Aurovilian Dianne Bowler (British) left her body on Friday 22^nd night, at the age of 73. We let her go with love and appreciation, while our heartfelt support and sympathy go out to her husband Norman, her children and close friends. Do we agree with the Study Group's l'Avenir/TDC Selection Proposal - Yes or No? We can Register our Preference Online, and deadline is Friday 29 June 3.30pm. The Center Field Kindergarten invites all parents to help clean on Saturday 1st of July. Read more

Monday, 25 June 2012
(City Life)
Pollution Free Area

Happy Parking, as Liugi named it , wish to be the first step toward pollution free area in the peace area in the center of the city. Architect's plan carries a dream of peaceful area connected to Matrimadir with its lake, where service parking area(the one which is now most in use) will serve as a repository for vehicles, and lead as trough the beauty walk with the view on the lake toward front entrance of municipality. New extension will be also in use of residents of the communities around Town Hall; structure follows the existing one. Read more

Thursday, 01 March 2012
(City Life)
Landscape as Spirit
Martin Mosko is a briefly visiting landscape architect, monk and author, currently participating in the Matri Mandir Garden Design Team. At his presentation on 22 Feb 2012 at Town Hall, Martin explored the underlying principles reflected in Japanese Garden Styles that express the essence of harmony and contemplative mind. He presented images of some spell-binding gardens that he has worked on and showed how gardens can be a manifestation of and also an inspiration for balance and harmony of the mind. Read more

Thursday, 23 February 2012
(Arts & Culture)
Flip - Flop in the gardens
This recording was created on February 21st, shortly after the morning concentration at the Amphiteater. My walk started at the Matrimandir's gate toward the Banyan and back through the peace area, where I recorded conversations, guests entering the Matrimandir, workers busy in their tasks, and the songs of many birds. All the while, the rhythm of my feet on the earth accompanies the diverse sounds of the recording. Soundscapes, to me, share the beauty of a space in a way that doesn't have to be communicated in words; nothing but pure sound.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012
(News)
On the Road Again
Today's news features a bit of the road story by Andrea and Alain Grandcola. Tomorrow: anniversary of the Mother’s birthday commemorated by meditation 5:45am, Matrimandir Amphitheatre. No More Pesticides campaign: spraying of Endosulfan temporally banned in India by Supreme Court; now awaiting the final decision. Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be... Abraham Lincoln. 'Landscape as Spirit - Creating Sacred Space by Martin Mosko visiting landscape architect, monk and author at Town Hall Conference Room Wednesday 4-6 pm. Read more

Monday, 20 February 2012
(News)
Wood and Hat Tournament
On February 4th and 5th at Certitude and Udavi sports ground we can witness Auroville Hat Tournament 2012 India Ultimate's. Two hundred players from all over will come and test their fitness and improve their skills with an 'Auroville' spirit . The Auroville Hat is the only 'hat' tournament in India, and reflects its spirit of Unity in Diversity. We feature interview with Kumaran about it. In today's news is also interview with Daniel updating us from Working Committee about work in progress on wood, fire hazards, effects of cyclone... Read more

Wednesday, 01 February 2012
(News)
Saraswati Puja
"May Goddess Saraswati, fair as the moon, with pure white garland, in radiant white, on whose arm rests the veena, throned on a white lotus, may She protect me, remove my lethargy, sluggishness, and ignorance." Mia Berden, 97, of AVI Netherlands and Stichting de Zaaier, will soon transit into the Light; with full trust in the Mother she sends greetings to all. Doctor Tatiana, 47, left her body yesterday about 6 pm in a road accident cycling home after duty in Kailash Clinic. Love and support to Tatiana's husband Dr. Igor and their children. Read more

Wednesday, 05 October 2011
(City Life)
Common Vision
Auroville still has lot to learn about important issues like housing. Practicing diversity in unity is not easy but as Renu noted in the interview, one of the thing common to us all is that each one of us is attached to the development of Auroville. Common agreement has to come partially from people being sensitized and understanding as to why the land is used and why is there a certain density. And maybe by all of us actively searching for solutions will bear more fruits than criticizing.

Thursday, 15 September 2011
(City Life)
Mahalakshmi Park

Adrien, Elsa and Sophie, interms from the National School of Landscaping of Versailles in France have been working with Tow Development Council / L'Avenir d'Auroville, Road Service and Marie since June on a design for the Mahalakshmi Park. On thursday 18th of August in Conference Room in Town Hall we had a chance to see the presentation of their work. Fresh and interesting concept they presented was warmly welcomed by the audience, and presentation itself was followed by lively discussion. Posters are on display at Town Hall . Read more

Friday, 19 August 2011
(News)
Lawns or Vegetable Gardens?

Featured is Krishna of Solitude Farm with the concept of replacing lawns and ornamental landscapes with gardens and orchards to provide food, as the question of our food security cannot be left to big farms alone nor planning groups to decide. Auroville's 2nd Triathlon takes place 11 September, get ready! There will be two categories: contact mike AT auroville.org.in or sourya.sercomanens AT gmail.co Why play Bridge? It stimulates both the sides of the brain. Introduction to Bridge: amaresh.deshpande AT gmail.com Read more

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
(News)
Weekend in Tango
Mango and Tango are words for this weekend, which, weather wise might be dry and hot. Dance, not only tango lovers, can join the workshop for tango at Arka on Saturday as Sunday, morning and afternoon, since it doesn't require partners but just socks. Both days will end by milonga - tango party. About workshop we talked with Aurevan. On the other side Solitude Farm invites us all to MANGO Saturday. Beside delicious mangoes they would like to share with us also knowledge on permaculture gardening, and inspire us to start thinking to grown our own food at our homes. Read more

Thursday, 23 June 2011
(News)
Roads and Flowers
L'Avenir d'Auroville communication platform informs us that the first stretch of the Vikas radial road has just be opened. The second stretch, up to Arati, is planned to open by mid-July. The stretch of the Crown Road, between Arka and Surrender, will be completed by the end of this month. L'Avenir is now planning to build another stretch of the Crown Road, from Kailash up to the Pour Tous Distribution Centre. The building of the road will start in July but the clearing for the road is planned to start by the middle of June. The presence of flowers at Matrimandir Gardens are meant to help build the Consciousness of the Gardens so as to be a tool for the growth of human consciousness - for those individuals who come to visit the Gardens and Matrimandir, and for the Earth as a whole. Matrimandir Garden Team asks all of us - guests and Aurovillians alike to stop picking up flowers in the Gardens. Read more

Tuesday, 07 June 2011
(Environment)
Njal, Environmental Activist
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which started in Geneva at the beginning of the week is about to end. Decisions regarding the Endosulfan pesticide ban are still pending. Njal, who has been raising awareness regarding Endosulfan's impact on the environment and health in Auroville/bio-region, revealed the arguments from the side of the chemical industries. Plus how it's difficult for farmers to understand the impact of Endosulfan. Njal hopes the 1000 signatures he gathered for the petition (sent to Geneva) against Endosulfan will result in a change for the best. Read more

Thursday, 28 April 2011
(News)
Transformation at Shraddanjali
Today's news features Abha speaking from might sound an unusual perspective for someone in business, but what she expresses is from her depths, as a long-time Aurovilian, seeing beyond the ordinary vision, as flowers, leaves, seeds and seedpods are transformed into useful objects, beautiful to behold. Also in the news a few announcements: 100,000 Tsunamikas wish to be in Japan as a Symbol of Hope from India. And, an opportunity to look at how car-free cities have grown up and evolved around the world, and reflect on how that might be planned for the future of Auroville, the City the Earth Needs: a Mobility Management presentation tonight at Town Hall. And finally, 'White Peacock' clay studio invites all clay lovers and all those who don't care for clay yet to an Open House cum Exhibition on Sunday 27 March at 10 a.m. in their corner of the Kindergarten compound. Read more

Friday, 25 March 2011
(Environment)
Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan
In this last interview of the series on the 'History and Future of Farming' we talk with Toine. Toine's talents lie not so much in the practical aspects of farming, but more in the organizational structuring of Auroville's greenbelt. Having a history as former director for two multi national companies on wind and solar energy, he currently working in the Town Hall. Toine is asked to help out on the organizational aspects of the five year plan called ASAP. While each has his or her own knowledge of the local climate and soil, Toine contributes to the management and creation of a integrated approach among all the individual approaches. This talk will uncover some of the main aspects of the five year plan and its expected developments in the upcoming months. Read more

Saturday, 19 March 2011
(Environment)
Expectations of ASAP
In this tenth interview Murti (Ayar Padi) gives us an audio tour through his farm and the issues linked to it. Born in the local village Kottakari, Murti had to finance his farm on loans. Slowly it transforms to the farm that it is today. A farm with many varaities of vegetables and volunteers who pay to help out. Murti freely talks about his expectations of the five year plan called ASAP. As ASAP comes to existence, Ayar Padi Farm really gets the change to develop, says Murti. Read more

Thursday, 17 March 2011
(Environment)
From Pebbles to Seed Preservation
As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville's greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?... Read more

Sunday, 13 March 2011
(News)
Hladina

Featured today is an excerpt from an interview with Soleil and Wolfgang talking about Hladina and 'Aligning One's Soul with the Soul of One's Nation' which was the topic of their recently presented workshop; the interview in its entirety can be heard next week. Also there's an announcement from Matrimandir's present Design Team, welcoming those who feel called to come forward with creative input regarding the planning and realization of its gardens. And from Greenwaves: evidence that cell phones can be hazardous to health is getting stronger. Read more

Friday, 11 March 2011
(Environment)
A City Full Food
As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville's greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?... Read more

Friday, 11 March 2011
(Environment)
Auroville`s Organic Outreach
As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville's greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?.... Read more

Wednesday, 09 March 2011
(News)
Practical Changes
Today's news brings some important information on changes that are going to be made to improve the virtual life of the aurovilians. Starting with email, auronet announces the next steps to the Google Migration. From telephone service the effort on creating more effectiveness and a more clean environment with the paperless bills. If you are looking for some activities to get engaged, Social Homecare Service is looking for caregivers. For those who want to become aurovilians: next week we have the Orientation Week. And tomorrow: Buddha Garden open house! All are welcome Read more

Wednesday, 09 March 2011
(Environment)
Water and Transformation
Amongst other talks at Mutation II was also Joss presentation of enormous project in Chennai on the banks of Adyar Poonga. Huge work of Joss and many Aurovilians there for last four years was completed just a month ago. It is tremendous transformation of something that used to be a sewer back to river, by sunlit paths next to it. With their work they didn't only expressed lots of creativity but it was also a journey in relation to water which we insulted and degraded that we got sewers instead of rivers. And as Joss mentioned they couldn't have done it if Auroville with what is stands for, wouldn't be behind it... if there wouldn't be an experience of transformation in reality. To download the presentation as pdf click here.

Monday, 07 March 2011
(News)
Housing, Health, Gardening
Today's news offers a variety of announcements starting with Auroville's Housing Service, about to launch an Auroville Housing needs and resources survey which will provide information necessary for accurate planning for future housing., to be launched at the Housing meeting on 10 March. Next a reminder from Auroville Vehicle Service, followed by an invitation for Open House at Buddha Garden on Thursday and finally, also on 10 March, a powerpoint presentation by Sigrid will be made on New Classical Homoeopathy. Read more

Monday, 07 March 2011
(Environment)
From Dust to Forest

As a kick-off for the presentation of the Auroville Sustainable Agriculture Plan (ASAP), within the next few months, Auroville Radio presents a series of eleven interviews concerning the foods we eat in Auroville. What were the ideas in the old days of Auroville regarding agriculture and sustainable foods? Which agricultural developments did Auroville been through since the first Aurovillians started to change the dusty plains into the forest it is today? How is the present situation in Auroville's greenbelt and what is it capable of? And, perhaps most important, what are the challenges for the future?... Read more

Wednesday, 23 February 2011
(News)
An Answer to Sustainability
Today's news features an interview with Dr. Karen Litfin talking about a book she is preparing on the eco-village, as an answer to the need for sustainability. Announcements include a musical vening at Kala Kendra in Bharat Nivas this evening, concluding Celestine's Photo Exhibition and Installation. And, 29th Jan. 'Lively Up Your Earth' Festival: help is still, at this late date, needed: volunteers welcome. The final meeting to get involved on Monday 24th January, 5 pm at Solitude. And, a talk and tour of Pebble Garden which is about sustainable horticulture, cultivating difficult land, maintaining and generating biodiversity. Read more

Friday, 21 January 2011
(Environment)
Bringing the elements together

Priya Vincent one of the coordinators of Buddha Garden spoke in detail about organic farming. The basic elements of farming – soil, water, plants, animals, and pests and diseases – are universal to any farming method that’s adapted. Priya, who was presenting at the Green Practices Workshop, said understanding each of these elements is the key to sustainability. She spoke in depth about each of them and related it to her experiences with the Buddha Garden. Priya remarked that farming can never be a mechanical process but is more of dance between all these elements. Download presentation

Tuesday, 07 December 2010
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