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To Heal Skin Problems

Sarah arrived in Auroville as one of many Weltwaerts volunteers from Germany, and has decided to work with plants, since that is her passion, and maybe her future line of work with environmental science. Most of time here she spent at Botanical Garden continuing with the work of a garden someone started last year., and as she mentions, some one will continue after her …

Sarah compiled booklet, which supposed to be the first one in the series, on Local Medicinal Plants in Tamil Nadu. That one is focused on healing skin problems with local plants.
So many possibilities, and freedom to chose , would be high on the list of things Sarah like about Auroville, followed by her good relationship with Makachi, a Tamil woman with an enormous knowledge on plants and their uses, who generously shared her knowledge with Sarah…..

'Accessible Puducherry'- Workshop

Satya Special School organized a Workshop on “ACCESSIBLE PUDUCHERRY – A STEP TOWARDS AN INCLUSION” on 21st October 2016 at Convention cum Cultural Center, Pondicherry University (A Central Univeristy). Department of Social Work has taken a profound initiative by hosting the event.

India has an estimated 70 million disabled people. Most of them remain confined to their homes due to complete lack of accessible infrastructure. Any attempt to travel, enter buildings, parks, shops etc can be impossible, unsafe or humiliating. They, therefore remain unseen, unheard, unaccounted and are rightly called – an invisible minority.
Accessibility has been one of the most neglected issues in the disability sector in India and is probably one of the crucial factors that can free up the potential and availability of opportunities for disabled people.

The Disability Act (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) was passed by the Indian Parliament in 1995. The Act mandates non-discrimination in transportation and the built environment. However, there has not been much progress so far on these aspects, in India.

Access and Accessible refer to the freedom of choice to enter approach, communicate or make use of a situation or environment without assistance and undue difficulties.
Keeping the above, the following objectives were focused at the workshop:

1. Create awareness on accessibility among various stake-holders
2. Current status on accessibility in Puducherry
3. Road map towards an inclusive Puducherry

And the distinguished Speakers for Accessibility workshop are:

Dr. Chdambaram for the topic ‘Accessibility in Educational institutions – Pondicherry University’ ; Mr. Alkahj for ‘African Perspective on Accessibility – CIAI Pondicherry’ ; Mr. Sudhakar for ‘Accessibility Aids and its Importance – Mobility India’; Dr. Srinivas Murthy for ‘Accessibility for persons with mental disability’ ; Ms. Susmita for Accessible Auroville and Dr. Gulam for ‘Accessibility in Developed countries’ – Pondicherry university

Election Day

The Working Committee informs us that the Legislative assembly election of Tamil Nadu will be held on Monday, 16th May 2016. It is mandatory that all units and services of Auroville are closed as per government rules.

World Café on Monday, 16th May 2016 at 7pm at Joy Guest House

On 21st of May at 10am Talk and Question & Answer Session on Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being

Sensing Feeling Knowing A retreat to experience the real world
A workshop at SLI, by Jinan KB on 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

..Know then your self; know your true self to be God and one with the self of all others; know your soul to be a portion of God. Live in what you know; live in the self, live in your supreme spiritual nature, be united with God and Godlike. Offer, first, all your actions as a sacrifice to the Highest and the One in you and to the Highest and the One in the world; deliver last all you are and do into his hands for the supreme and universal spirit to do through you his own will and works in the world.
Sri Aurobindo
( from The Esasays on The Gita )

One year of SLI

Tranquil sunny ambient of the courtyard of Sustainable Livleihood Institute facilitated the graceful occasion of celebration for one year of existence. And indeed in one year SLI came to life with full force, fresh energy which truly empowered over 1000 participants through numerous programs. Further a strong bridge between rural Tamil Nadu and Auroville is being built with all of that.
Young team of 14 young members energeticaly managing all the programs while they grow as well.

The Mother’s Birthday

As every year, Aurovilians gathered at the Amphitheatre besides the Matrimandir at dawn for a collective meditation, in honor and memory of The Mother, the founder of Auroville.

This year, a reading was given from Mother’s meditation; an event which took place between 2-3 in the afternoon, and in which she saw an undisturbed vision of the supramental consciousness, and how people travelled to and from that land on a great city-sized ship.
The dawn chorus accompanied the subsequent concentration, and the daylight seemed to appear as if from nowhere.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Feb 2016

Possibility for AV Youth

Yesterday’s presentation at Futures school on apprenticeship and internship for Auroville Youth brought up quite some of interesting options. Presentation was made in a joint effort by Auroville Youth, Units and Schools of Auroville, and the Auroville Campus Initiative.
Aurevan, Michael, Suryamayi as an Apprenticeship Program Team introduced efforts to design a core program. Lilith Fashion School, Saddhana Forest, Coffee ideas, Unlimited Tamil Nadu, AIAT shortly presented their apprenticeship programs.
Auroville as a hub of many skillful and professorial individuals does offers many options which could be harvested for the benefit of young generation.

Reviving Tradition

Within the orientation to Auroville and Sustainable Livelihood Institute two day program we managed to talk with one of the participants Sreelekha from Tamindrenvan. With Sustainable Livelihood Institute  Sreelekha feels that rural areas of Tamil Nadu are supported by government but her biggest inspiration in past two days came through the message of Auroville to go back, and respect local tradition in many ways, and organic farming with healthy  food, which is widely served around here. She is looking forward to share with  people her insights and continue with livelihood programs and consultations.


Comments: 0 Date: 26 Jun 2015

Protection of Auroville Land

Yesterday afternoon was held in Unity Pavilion International Zone, a very well attended first general meeting to present to the community the various options identified by the Study Group and its recommendations for the protection of Auroville’s land. So please listen to what they had to say on the legal and non legal options the community is facing. It is a crucial matter as everyone can see the frenetic development Auroville is being exposed to. It looks like we cannot afford to postponed the decision one more time.


Comments: 0 Date: 29 Jan 2014

Tibetan Dances, GM on WMS

The Residents Assembly Service invites us tomorrow at 4.30pm, to the Unity Pavilion (International Zone), for a General Meeting on the Water Maintenance Service. The Entry Service invites us on Saturday at 3pm, also to the Unity Pavilion, for a brainstorming / work session on the different possible ways of being associated with Auroville. Today, the 8th Festival of Tibetan Culture starts, at 6.45pm, at the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture (International Zone), with a film on Milarepa. Tomorrow, at 7pm, TSAM will share a Cultural Dance performance with us. Also, Happy Pongal to all, from AurovilleRadio!

Our research will not be a search effected by’mystic means. It is in life that we wish to find the’divine." Mothers Agenda,


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jan 2014

Sadhana Forest Kabir Music 1

Last Saturday was quite a memorable day for the Sadhana Forest community and all its guests. Having welcomed everyone to celebrate their ten years of existence, they served up numerous activities during the day and late into the night. The place was crowded, especially waiting for the Kabir Music performance. AurovilleRadio was there, of course, recording this great event for you. The concert started with Prahladji Singh Tipaniya, had people celebrate, in a great spirit of freedom and unity, and only ended at 3am on the Sunday morning,

We thank everyone that made this event possible. For those not familiar with the Kabir project, Prahlad Singh Tipaniya is an Indian folk singer who performs Kabir bhajans in the Malwi folk style of Madhya Pradesh. He was born in a Dalit family on September 7th, 1954, in Luniakhedi, Tarana, Malwa, Madhya Pradesh. Prahlad Singh Tipaniya has toured the U.K., the U.S., and India, and his music has been played on all of the Indian radio stations. Having received several awards, including the Padma Shri in 2011, Tipaniya also performed at the annual Sufi music festival, Ruhaniyat. At Sadhana Forest, he performed together with a group of skilled and passionate khartal, dholak, harmonium, timki and violin players.


Comments: 0 Date: 04 Jan 2014
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