Category Archives: Education

Heidi Watts: Democratic Classroom

Heidi Watts taught in different settings in the United States for decades. Once she was the head teacher of a small alternative school in the US in which she intensively encouraged democractic decision making processes among her students. In democratic schools students make decisions with varying importance and varying methods, depending on the setting and their experience. Group discussions sometimes include the use of talking sticks and exceed the classic majority rule by far. Limits for students' decision were usually around topics of health and safety as well as academic issues.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jan 2017

Integral Psychology with Aster

The students from The Institute of Integral Studies were having a discussion with Aster on various aspects of integral psychology. The common pool of knowledge within the group was incredible and great insights in store.


Comments: 0 Date: 09 Jan 2017

Divyanshi on Intergral Psychology

A presentation on Integral Psychology by Divyanshi Chugh. Divyanshi a Psycholigist by degree has conducted a presentation, to create dialogue in the direction of Psychology prevailing all other science. She suggests, the psychic of a person is potent enough, has enough data and more than sufficient computing capability to fundamentally solve each and every issue of life. She presents integral psychology as presented by Sri Aurobindo, and how by performing our intrinsic yoga we can accomplish all our extrinsic circumstances as well. To end the presentation she chose to a visually marvelous video , created by Manoj Pavitran to drive in her point and to fill any gaps in theory, if so. Next week she is planning for a workshop on 'Daily habits'.


Comments: 0 Date: 28 Dec 2016

Love for AV, Trees, Patience

David from Aurodan has visited us this morning in our studio, and shared with us some aspects of his life and work in Auroville. He has dedicated it to karma yoga, to work for the community, to the trees and afforestation. Long term Aurovilian, known by most of us as somebody who work with the Froest Group; older might still remember that he was providing lunch for children in early days. Along with him cam as well Rene, a young volunteer from Chennai.


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Nov 2016

Exploring Democratic Classrooms

Heidi Watts and Chris Sperry explored the concept of democratic classrooms over decades in different types of schools in the United States. Democratic schools encourage students to make their own decisions as a student community. This practice cultivates student ownership and student responsibility. In Auroville's Teacher Center both, teachers and parents discussed the chances and challenges as well as opportunities and limits to student decisions. The final conclusion: Let's meet again on that topic!


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Jan 2017

Ideals for Human Unity with CIIS

Welcome to students from California Institute of integral Studies to a discussion with Aurovillians and guests on 'Ideals for Human Unity'. The gathering at this open discussion forum was quite unique and diverse which in itself was a hallmark of human nity. A space to speak your mind and offer patient listening must definitely be counted as a core ideal to achieve human unity, for that part, Auroville is definitely the right canvas. A topic which could have very easily become just a philosophical or a psychological stimuli, grew rather a practical and rational exchange of thoughts. Auroville which is playing a crucial role in world history by reasoning to become a cradle for human unity, the topic was right at home with everyone participating. Aurovillians gave quite a frank and honest sharing about their present state both physically and spiritually. A common premise that human unity is a goal to be achieved, a lot of the group had interesting inputs which could suggest, human unity is not a target but rather an eventual state of life, lead by the divine and the supramental force. In any case, it is sharing of such quality that strengthens ones hope in aspiring the unknown, as 'everything seems possible'.


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Jan 2017

CAT on Our City and Planning


Yesterday we had a chance to participate in first CAT - Create Auroville Goether initiative by RAS.
CAT supposed to be is a collaborative space to move together from a relative stagnant system to a culture that unleashes our creative energies.
CAT is a springboard for the future and let Auroville build us.
CAT is a Space to respond with discernment, respect and in a spirit of collaboration instead of reacting to issues based on likes, dislikes.

Yesterday's topics were
THE CITY WE FORGOT...
Auroville is a dream for all humanity. It does not look like other cities, has different priorities. It was designed to change us and change life. How did the city happen and why does it wait to be realized? - An exploration with Anu
and
THE CITY WE DIDN’T FORGET!
Reflections – subjective & objective & practical – in ways the city is pushing to manifest itself, despite us - With Tim, Judith, Helmut, Toine

Synthesis of Yoga Part 1 Chap 4

This chapter 4: The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, starting on page 106, is long enough to divide into 4 readings. In this first part, Sri Aurobindo begins to explain what sacrifice truly in its highest aspect: " ... we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-givng to the Eternal. All our actions, ..... our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice. "

Man is a transitional being

Students from California Institute of Integral Studies, are visiting Auroville to learn and share more about Sri Aurobindo, Integral yoga and overall development of Auroville as a center of Integral studies. Aster hosted the students to a knowledge sharing session at Bhavishyate Hall, Bharat Nivas. The group of students were presented with lot of vital writings by Sri Aurobindo and the mother, to enable them to get an insight into deep philosophical and fundamental theories. The group had quite a good sharing of ideas and showed keen interest to resolve pondering questions of their own. Auroville welcomes the group and looks forward to more cultural sharing opportunities.


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Jan 2017

The Journey on Ganga

GANGA - THE JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY

A group of of students and facilitators from Auroville undertook an adventurous journey, "A river trail - Ganga Yatra as a part of an Experiential Learning course.

Yesterday they has shared their experience at large with the community.

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