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(City Life)
Mahakali Park
This morning at Conference Room in Town Hall four internship students of landscaping presented their vision of Mahakali Park - From forest to the public park in Revelation. All four of them are students of ENSP Versailles School of Landscape in France, and were under the supervision of landscape architect Marie. The Revelation Community was established years ago with the main purpose to extensively plant trees, but now they would like to share the beauties and responsibilities of it with visitors and wider community. Read more

Friday, 09 August 2013
(Spirituality)
Going Back to the Roots
Thiago came to Auroville seven years ago to fulfill his call to 'come out' from the western society. He and his partner Ana settled down in Sadhana Forest helping Yorit and Aviram in the reforestation project. Later they moved to Windarra - Terra Soul community. In the website of www.terrasoul.org the place is defined as " ... a learning community, our holistic approach embraces farming, arts, education and healing." Today Thiago is leaving Auroville. He's going back to his roots in Portugal. Listen to his experience, dreams and projects.

Friday, 03 May 2013
(Environment)
Bliss Forest Walk
Surrounding the Youth Centre and north of Town Hall is Bliss Forest, home to porcupines and many birds. Early on Sunday morning we were led by the Bliss steward Dominik on a walk through the forest. The area faces its own share of road controversies as Aurovilians work out how best to continue building the city. Which should take precedent of the galaxy plan, Master Plan, or existing features is a perennial question. As we walked we learned a bit about the biodiversity of the place, and efforts to clear the wood brought down by Cyclone Thane. Read more

Friday, 26 April 2013
(Environment)
ENERGY, HABITATS & LIFESTYLES
Herbert Girardet explores if large, modern cities can be viable and resilient homes for humanity. He describes the historical urban transformation from agropolis (an economic system that draws most of its resources from immediate bioregions) to petropolis (eco-predator which relies on petrol-based fuel and highly wasteful resource management). He shares that the future lies in ecopolis and regenerative cities. To download the presentation click here. Co-Founder, World Future Council - www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers Read more

Friday, 31 August 2012
(City Life)
Organizing the recovery
In this interview Sauro explains the plans and actions of the teams involved in the Thane cyclone recovery. The main priority is to supply power generators to fill up the communities' tanks scattered around Auroville. Generators has been rented and an order has been placed to buy 3 more of them. The Electrical Service is working from dawn to sunset preparing the installation of the main electrical lines which had been damage. There was no casualty in Auroville, all the guests are safe and the guest houses are open. Read more

Tuesday, 03 January 2012
(Economy)
Sadhana forest after cyclone
You can hear interviews and soundscapes from sadhana forest, recorded 2nd of january 2012, a couple of days after cyclone Thane hit the community. Aviram, founder of Sadhana forest, speaks about his experience and the consequences for his home. Also some of the volunteers active at Sadhana share their feelings about the storm passing by and what needs to be done now. Although the conditions are harsh, all the volunteers keep their spirits high. Sadhana forest, a forest in the making, will recover and keep on growing... Read more

Monday, 02 January 2012
(Environment)
Hope & Inspiration
8th birthday of Sadhana Forest was really and occasion to celebrate. In an interview with Aviram, co-founder of Sadhana Forest Community we can hear short overview of what was going on last eight years with this so successful project of aforesatation. The fact is that this self sustainable community is great inspiration to many on this planet, and as Aviram says"..be sure that everything is possible, believe in Grace and Divine will support you..." on Puja question what have been his plan of action. Many visitors celebrated with Sadhana. Read more

Monday, 26 December 2011
(City Life)
Presentation Achva & David Stein
In this talk the landscape architects Achva and David Stein from New York that were invited by the Auroville planning section L'Avenir to help to prepare a plan for the development of the Green Belt are presenting some of their works to explain their approaches to landscape planning. They have been involved in large scale projects all over the world including India, have won many awards with their work and have now spend more than a month in Auroville to study the local situation. Read more

Wednesday, 03 August 2011
(Environment)
Life in AV Forest
We've met Catherine the Green Group coordinator, and Martanda from the Forest Group to find out about life in the wild. These modern day foresters may live off the main grid but by producing their own energy they maintain an up-to-date lifestyle. In this podcast, they also talk about the beauty and the difficulties of maintaining and protecting the surrounding forest. Read more

Monday, 20 June 2011
(Environment)
Grateful
"The Divine plan is always there, all we have to do is open up, and take a next step...keep going..." told us B in an interview about his life, passion for waste management and other projects he's involved in. He came to Auroville in 1974, in its early beginning when town was is the survival mode; saw all the changes and transitions, and yet he feels extremely grateful that he was born at the right time to go trough this incredible adventure, as he named it. B is strongly convinced that Zero Waste Management is and achievable goal, because is something that people can understand. Up to today we managed to come to the point that we recycle 60 percents of the garbage, the rest 40 percents can be slowly chipped away by technology which is already available today.

Friday, 15 April 2011
(Economy)
Awareness, concern and Love
Found in the forests of Auroville are the basis of the products created at Shraddanjali: flowers, leaves, seeds and seedpods. And love and appreciation for the treasures of Nature. Abha, creatrix of Shraddanjali, puts it this way: to showcase the marvelous miracles of Nature so that viewers get a different perspective, an awareness and concern for this planet is the idea, more than selling... she says that's the tiny attempt they do in their work at Shraddanjali. Those who work with her also share and foster the ideal for a win-win situation: that businesses and education on a world level will aspire to make a paradigm change, in recognizing the simplicity and beauty of Nature. Read more

Monday, 11 April 2011
(City Life)
The Common Goal
In a short interview with some Living Routes students and volunteers from USA, Andi found out a few things. They were all exposed to some new ideas, met many different people from all over the world, tried new techniques on themselves - like awareness through the body or meditation. But as one of the students emphasized, she admires most the strength of the community to follow the common goal, although they all come from different backgrounds, different cultures... www.livingroutes.org/programs/p_auroville.htm

Friday, 04 February 2011
(News)
Fresh air to AurovilleRadio

From the Republic day we are starting one more AurovilleNews. Today, we have an interview with Gijs, a volunteer from Holland that has decided to spend his time in Auroville getting involved with the community and its projects, in his case Buddha Garden and AurovilleRadio. Gijs shares with us a bit of his story and perspective for his visit in Auroville. In the announcements we have two important information from L'Avenir: the new road between Arka and Surrender is going to start to be built and they have purchase a Survey Monkey tool to the community. And as today is Republic Day a few services are closed! Check the news to know each one. Read more

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
(News)
World recognition to Sadhana Forest
The interview today is with Aviram that shares with us the happiness and joy for the fact that Sadhana Forest was awarded the 3rd place in the Humanitarian Water and Food Award ceremony that took place in the University of Copenhagen. He also shares with us the importance of this award and also how is the daily life at Sadhana's at this moment, with the guest season coming. For those interested on Odissi and Gotipua, Bharat Nivas is bringing a great opportunity! UHU on going courses and also the announce of two exhibitions that are finishing in the next week.

Wednesday, 08 December 2010
(Environment)
Rebuilding a wasteland

Another speaker at the Green Practice workshop held in August was Bhavana Dee, who founded the Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG) in 1983. When Bhavana arrived at Auroville in 1971 it was a barren wasteland and “it was not anything like a city”. She went on to describe how they all worked together, along with the local villagers to help, to build Auroville. Calling it a very colourful time, she said the community was a happy one despite the lack of many basic facilities. Bhavana said if people take up the cause many such barren lands can be restored to their past glory as “mother nature is right there, ready to cooperate”.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010
(News)
What is more Lovely than a Tree?
The news today features the lively laughter and profound sentiments of Aurovilian Martanda, enthusiastic about water work but also the life of the forest, the trees. Martanda is proficient in water work, awaiting the actual birth of Aquatica to occur as he works in earnest in the forests surrounding this city. Also in the news an excerpt from a sample newsletter, which is given each week to the community by those who support agriculture, from the Auroville Green Center, reminding one and all that sustainability is one of Auroville's dreams, its objectives.

Monday, 22 November 2010
(City Life)
Forecomers Community 1968
The earliest settlers on the land of Auroville: Debora and Bob. Listen to Debora reminisce about those days, back in 1968....Forecomers is the name Mother gave to that area and Debora and Bob were those pioneers to come first. Under primitive conditions they built a basic strructure on an arid plain overlooking a canyon, chosen for its beauty. Water was delivered daily by truck which meant boiling it for drinking as well as learning to bathe with perhaps two cups of the precious commodity, until a bore well was prepared. Debora, visiting Auroville today, finds the present living conditions indeed luxurious compared to 40 years ago. She also describes meeting the Mother.

Thursday, 18 November 2010
(News)
More Awareness on Land and Sea

The news today features land and sea and the sand connecting them: the beaches. A second beach erosion meeting held at Quiet last week focused on the urgent need for action and for joining forces, beginning with re-constitiuting an Auroville Coastal Group. Secondly to establish clear facts, and long-term as well as short-term objectives, beginning with the fact that the sea-erosion of Tamil Nadu's beaches is caused by the Breakwater of Pondicherry's harbour, which is due to the constructing of the many groynes in the Pondy territory, all of which block the natural flow of sand. See: www.slideshare.net/Pondycan/pondicherry-tamil-nadu-beach-erosion-presentation.Read more

Friday, 12 November 2010
(News)
Adventurous Forecomer
Featured in the news today is Deborah, an adventurous early Aurovilian, recalling her pioneer days as one of the founders of what we know today as the Forecomers Community as well as her first meeting with the Mother. Also in the news a reminder of Sanskrit Vedic chants with Nadaka and Gopika, an opportunity to join a study group around the book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and the coming Deepavali celebration at Upasana.

Monday, 01 November 2010
(News)
Entry Service Insights

Ross of the Entry Service is featured in today's news in an excerpt from a presentation he made last Saturday, offering insights on what the work is in serving in this crucial group. Also in the news there's an announcement about the upcoming data-collection to begin in the work of updating the records of Aurovilians, a census in fact. Also information from the Auroville Forest Group on the planting of TDEF (Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest) as they planted 18,000 seedlings, restoring the habitat ,waging the good battle against unconscious tree cutting.

Monday, 11 October 2010
(Environment)
Bamboo Bicycle Rides

Auroville joined the world on 18 September 2010 for the first annual celebration of bamboo to increase the awareness of bamboo's glory globally. Tune-in for an interview with Dominic, as co-designer of Auroville's first bamboo bicycle! “The World Bamboo Organization aims to bring the potential of bamboo to a more elevated exposure – to protect natural resources and the environment, to ensure sustainable utilization, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for new industries in regions around the world, as well as promote traditional uses locally for community economic development.” See http://worldbambooday.org/ for more details.

Monday, 20 September 2010
(Environment)
Welcome to Sadhana Haiti

After 12th of January when earthquake of catastrophic magnitude stroke Haiti, the whole world react on it with different ways of help. Sadhana Forest Group left for Haiti in April to offer help and introduce the model of reforestation project with environmental leadership program. On the South West corner of Haiti, on the border with Dominican Republic, in the poorest area of Anse-a-Pitre the piece of land was offered to them to work on it. Sadhana Forest group wants to share a strong vision, and experience of Auroville with the people of Anse-a-Pitre, which would lead to a different kind of consciousness and different attitude.

http://sadhanaforest.org

Go to READ MORE for more information and photos. Read more

Tuesday, 20 July 2010
(Arts & Culture)
The Purpose
The Purpose, is a radio play about Simmy and her Grandfather tree....a Grandfather tree? Something is not clear here, is it? To get it clear click on to hear this extraordinary conversation about love, seeking and The Purpose of everything between this confused girl and her Grandfather tree and for why that, it is the coolest thing to be a tree of all living creatures. what is the purpose of you? find out.

Tuesday, 01 June 2010
(Education)
Auroville s`installe en Afrique

Dans le sillage d'Auroville, d'autres initiatives bourgeonnent... En pleine savane africaine, au milieu d'une végétation sahélienne clairsemée, sur des sols pauvres, voici le premier Aurovillage... Hassan est venu pour la première fois à Auroville il y a 25 ans. Après avoir passé quelques mois à Auroville, il  rentre en France pour faire une formation en pépinière et arboriculture avec l'idée en tête de revenir s'installer à Auroville. Mais le destin en a décidé autrement. En effet son chemin à croisé celui de Pierre Rabih qui à l'époque montait un projet en agro-écologie au Burkina Faso. Il passa un vingtaine d'année en Afrique de l'Ouest et créa Durant toute ces ann?

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010
(Arts & Culture)
Brazilian Night at Sadhana Forest

Last Friday, the 5th of February 2010, the residents of Sadhana Forest invited numerous guests to their Brazilian Night. A very interesting film about the art of Capoeira and its development was shown, delicious vegan organic Feijoada was served and finally the audience could listen to and watch an amazing play by the Sadhana Forest Band. With a lot of wonderful Brazilian rhythms like Samba and Axé, the band offered a humorous understanding of Brazil´s past, including the story of the slaves, colonization, and the indigenous people from the Amazon.

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Monday, 08 February 2010
(City Life)
Regional Planning

Presented by l'Avenir d'Auroville: an 'Open Meeting' at Town Hall Conference Room, 10 a.m. - 12 noon Friday 4 December 2009. Topic: Regional Planning Presented by Prashant, Coordinator for Regional Planning.L'Avenir members present: Sauro, Lalit, Pino,Toby, Tine and approximately 20 Aurovilians. L'Avenir d'Auroville has expressed its willingness and thanks to make use of AurovilleRadio's offer to record and broadcast its 'Open Friday' meetings. The 10 a.m. timing of these Friday meetings does not, unfortunately, allow but a handful of participants, as that time of day finds most people at work...

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Tuesday, 08 December 2009
(Environment)
Forty Years of Biodiversity

Maya, Srishti and Smiti will be representing Auroville at the Second International Youth Symposium on Biodiversity, in Ottawa, Canada (July 5th - 8th). They have prepared a short delivery especially for the Auroville audience. These girls have conducted a six month research in Auroville canyon areas, to explore and learn more about the local Biodiversity. They have come together to present the products of their exploration and share their unique perception of what they have perceived.

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Monday, 13 July 2009
(Environment)
LIVE: Earth Week 2009

Each year Earth Day is commemorated in Auroville with a week of celebration and learning. One highlight of the week was the Saturday festival outside of the Solar Kitchen. Many Aurovillians, Units and Guests hosted booths where they sold, gave away or educated on what they are doing to make Auroville a more sustainable place to live. The following is a walk-around interview with the various representatives of the booths. See more pics in READ MORE. Click here to listen and join in on the excitement of Auroville's Earth Day festivities!

Read more

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Friday, 24 April 2009
(Environment)
Nadukuppam

A major component of Pitchandikulam Forest’s work involves working with communities to empower them towards self-sustainability and involve them in the process of eco-restoration. Currently the Pitchandikulam team works in 25 villages throughout the Kaliveli Bio-Region. Giving the example of Nadukuppam village, Joss talks about planting of Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest, environmental education, establishment of womens; Self Help Groups, awareness programmes, income generation initiatives. The team from Auroville is also involved in the protection and development of local traditional health medicine through the use of indigenous medicinal plants and conducts health camps for people and cattle.

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Monday, 30 March 2009
(City Life)
Newcomer Reception #3

As usual about 40 people attended the Newcomer Reception at Pitchandikulam forest. Joss, the founder of the community talked about his life experiences and the early days of Auroville. He made a presentation of the Nadakuppam environmental education centre which he initiated and is now fully operational. We also saw a short video of the Adayar Poonga ecological preservation project which is being directed by Joss and in development stage. Click play to listen, or download this program.

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Saturday, 21 March 2009
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