Category Archives: Integral 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

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

Project supporting collaborations

talk by kavita, josh, ganesh and participants

A chat with Anusuya Kumar Ph.D

Interviews with Ms Anusuya Kumar Ph.D. (School of Culture & Society, Aarhus University, Denmark) recently presented the fascinating and meticulous research work on Johannes Hohlenberg (1881-1960) encounter with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. (the actual presentation can be heard here http://www.aurovilleradio.org/close-encounters/).
..." It was as if he belonged to all worlds and cultures at once.... But this was only one side of his personality. Another seemed to live in infinity. I seemed to sometimes notice a slight hint of a smile on his face when he saw my amazement at his penetrating words. It was like I had been shot through the heart and mind." J Hohlenberg

Johannes Hohlenberg was a Danish artist and philosopher's journey during 1907-1915 from Paris to Pondicherry where he interviewed and painted Sri Aurobindo; and the resulting origins of Integral Yoga in early twentieth-century Scandinavia.

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

Vox Pop on Gaming

We drove around town and asked "random people" questions about gaming, they said:

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

Community Offering Skills

Proskills Launch Evnet last night at Visitor's Centre with showcase of many skills and opportunities that members, services, units can offer to one seeking for specialize knowledge.
Youth Link with Jesse has created a platform , network where booth sides - those who are offering as well as those who are seeking, can find different possibilities.

p.s. unfortunately due to technical problems you can hear only half of the event

The Integral Paradigm- Day 3

THE INTEGRAL PARADIGM OF KNOWLEDGE: Day 3

Guest Presenters:

Natalia Pavlovskaya -Science and Sociology
Ananta Giri -Philosophy and Psychology
Arnab Chowdhury- Music and Poetry
Tong Schraa-Liu -Business and Society
Matthew Rich-Tolsma- Metatheory and Educational Praxis


Final day presentations of a seminar on the integration of senses, the faculties, the individual, universal, and transcendent Self; the approaches and disciplines of knowledge -seeing, hearing , speaking, thinking.
An exploration in the light of Sri Aurobindo's interpretation of Upanishads and Vedas.

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