Category Archives: International Programs

Amazing Progress

Nine girls from different parts of India participating past three weeks in Auroville Green Practices Summer School 2015 this morning presented their work at the Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture in International Zone. Within that they have been working on the site itself helping with the construction of the community hall and compost toilet, and developed desing concepts for the volunteer/students spaces and rooms. Aim of those structures which are temporary, is to create the awareness on Africa in the community on one side, and on the other create the awareness back to Africa on Auroville, and start the proper fundraising for the building of the pavilion itself, which plan was made by Brook Teklehaimanot from Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia.
High energy and enthusiasms of girls while being exposed to ideals of Auroville is seen on their work and interaction with different groups and people.

At the end - a plea from Africa House team - since the girls are leaving hands are needed on the construction site to finish the roof. All welcome!



Comments: 0 Date: 01 Aug 2015

Conference a Paris le 26 Mai

Quelle Nouvelles sociétés a construire ensemble? Avec Gilles Boeuf (Biologiste) et Patrick Viveret (Philosoph) animee par Nadia Loury (Ecologue) Le 26 Mai Salle des Glycines, 104 rue de Vaugirad, Paris (Mont St Placides ou Montparnasse).
Organiser par Auroville International et le Pavilion de France, ecouter l'introduction sur l'evenment avec Gilles et Nadia.



Comments: 0 Date: 12 May 2015

Auroville Festival in Chennai

Featuring two short interviews - one with Krishna from AV Art Service, and one with Samvit, participating at Ethical Market. On 1st of March the Auroville Festival in Chennai was officially inaugurated by Dr. K. Rosaiah, His Excellency the Gorvernor of Tamil Nadu, and until 21st of March different aspect of Auroville life and creation will be exposed to habitat of Chennai either with cultural events, talks, exhibitions or through various market presenting our production. Yesterday concert of Aruoville Choirs was warmly accepted. Words of Wisdom The Mother The discipline of Art has at its centre the same principle as the discipline of Yoga. In both the aim is to become more and more conscious; in both you have to learn to see and feel something that is beyond the ordinary vision and feeling, to go within and bring out from there deeper things. 28 Jul 1929, Pg 105, Vol 3, CWM If art is to manifest something in the divine Life, there also a vast and luminous peace must express itself. A mere intellectual, ethical and aesthetic culture does not go back to the inmost truth of the spirit; it is still an Ignorance, an incomplete, outward and superficial knowledge. To have made the discovery of our deepest being and hidden spiritual nature is the first necessity and to have erected the living of an inmost spiritual life into the aim of existence is the characteristic sign of a spiritual culture. Pg 197, Vol 20, CWSA Sri Aurobindo

Skyping with AVI UK

Vikas of AVI UK dialogues with Renu and Andrea on his involvement and work with AVI UK.
He shares memories from the time he lived here, and his insights to some of the hopes and difficulties he sees, the International Zone, as well as the need for a different relationship with the Planning body and the residents of Auroville. A creative and energetic collaboration can evolve, which he believes is of greater importance than the actual constructions on the ground. http://aviuk.org/ Auroville Radio is looking forward to further AVI interviews and interactions in the future.
Music Frangments by Auroville  Musician Nadaka 1996, Album-Celebration, Song Inner dawn part 1





Comments: 0 Date: 10 Feb 2015

New Experiences and Africa

Nine students of architecture in Delhi have came to Auroviile to get hands on practical experience, and are currently volunteering at Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture in International Zone on the temporary structures of community and event space, compost toilet and shower.
Asta, Anushka, Prithika, Pashita and Pradhya are saying that this is for them different experience not just in architecture but also on the aspect of the life style, exposure to different cultures .... and are very much grateful for it. The batch came to Auroville as a part of Summer workshop with Auroville Consulting. Lavanya, an architect who works with Fabian O. is also giving a hand in the project of Africa House, and she sees the future of bamboo in construction. Eric, an active member of Africa house updates us on the progress of present construction and invites us all to participate in any way we feel inspired. .... although right now helping hands are needed ...



Comments: 1 Date: 21 Jul 2015

Hungarian Caravan

Bogi, active member of Hungarian Pavilion and International Zone Coordination Team talks about her involvement and relationship to the development of International Zone. International Zone, as one of four zones (residental, cultural, industrial) of Auroville is poorly developed, apart from Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India; and few residents live there. With generous donation from a private person for the well, which was drilled last year, possibilities to start intensive development of the area became a reality. International Zone, a window and an active bridge between inside to outside, gives also a platform whereby the souls of the nations and continents could come forward, be expressed in many ways, and finally merge into human unity.

The aim of Hungarian Caravan is to bring forward a piece of material manifestation of European area, and would serve for many purposes - from exhibitions, gathering, workshops to temporary housing of possible volunteer. Over 20 Hungarian artist contributed their creative energy in decorations of the caravan.

When Seeds are Sprouting

Within the events of International Zone this week - birthdays week, yesterday the team Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture presented their progress in work at temporary structures and farming, presented their future plans, dreams and wishes. It all started with drumming from east and west parts of Africa which set the energetic meditative mood of participants supported by rhythms of life. Some of the team members of Africa House presented themselves, and each was talking from his / hers point of view to create a diverse yet united picture of the project striving toward manifestation of the pavilion itself which should be the bridge between the pavilion and the continent itself. Soon the smell of Ethiopian Coffee, along with incense flew into nostrils, and while children were listening to the story about origin of all stories from Zulu tribe, adults were sipping coffee....

Auroville presentation in Mexico

Anandi presents Auroville, featured by the local radio in Casa Plena, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas - Mexico.
With thanks to www.SanCrisTV.com - La televisión cultural, alternativa e independiente en San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico for sharing the interview with the Auroville Radio.



Comments: 0 Date: 10 Jun 2015

IZ Pavilion Groups Meeting

The International Zone Coordination Team has members of many nations in Auroville. They plan for the physical development of the IZ but also for the development of advanced research e.g. "Research of the Soul/Genius of the Nation", events and activities.
With the coming 50th Anniversary of Auroville in 2018, the IZ Coordination Team would like to start a 3 year development plan for the IZ which has been presented and discussed at 
The Pavilion Groups meeting / IZ Team general meeting of Wednesday, March 11th  chaired by Linda-Grace.
The topics of the meeting were: Securing part of the IZ with a fence; Habitat development, temporary housing / -pavilions / -cluster of pavilions / -continental centers and Activities along the Crown road e.g. the Russian Cafe project, Internet cafe, International Guest House, etc.and development of the infrastructure. (Loop road and Integral Water management)
Additionally, a proposal to start a study group to determine the definition of nations and geo-cultural groupings was introduced.
Active new members are welcome.
 


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Mar 2015

European Ceremony for Peace

Yeasterday's European Festive Ceremony of planting tree was the first one in the series of events of International Zone at the occasion of The Mother's week, and Auroville's birthday.
Frederike, amongst others, while addressing the gathered, emphasized that the planted tree - Alstonia scholaris, which was recommended by the Botanical Garden for the climate in Auroville representing the oak tree, should united, and bring peace under the shade of the wide canopy of people hailing from Euorpean countries.
In joyful and relax atmosphere on sunny afternoon soil of 44 countries, along with samadhi ash and ash from The Mother's room was mixed in Tibetian bowl and placed under the planted tree to feed it.

From Wikipedia: Alstonia scholaris (Apocynaceae, commonly called Blackboard tree, Indian devil tree, Ditabark, Milkwood pine, White cheesewood and Pulai (Bengali:?????; Assamese:???????); syn. Echites scholaris L. Mant., Pala scholaris L. Roberty) is an evergreen, tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Indomalaya, Malesia and Australasia. 
The Alstonia scholaris is a glabrous tree and grows up to 40 m tall, its mature bark is grayish and its young branches are copiously marked with lenticels. Flowers bloom in the month October. The flowers are very fragrant similar to the flower of Cestrum nocturnum.



Comments: 1 Date: 22 Feb 2015
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