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Upcoming Programmes (22)

Skills & Crafts

Bamboo Furniture Workshop

Aug 18, 2020 . 4 Days

Bamboo grows all around the world and is abundant across Southeast Asia. It is the most sustainable material in the world; also it is affordable, easy to work with and has a very low carbon footprint. It is known to be a material of the people and can be used for basic self-construction projects or multi-storied structures with high engineering precision. Over the years the Auroville Bamboo Centre has aimed at teaching participants how to become experts at working with Bamboo. We offer basic trainings for beginners and offer advanced courses for professionals and enthusiasts working with Bamboo. Students have built bridges, storerooms, showrooms, workshops, houses, public toilets, domes and many fanciful structures using a variety of techniques which integrate bamboo, steel, jute, lime, and earth as their primary components. At Bamboo Centre you have an opportunity to work and live in a completely Bamboo styled community, to give you a thorough experience of Bamboo Lifestyle. OBJECTIVES Learning how to use bamboo as a material. Learning the Tools and Techniques. Interacting with Technicians and Faculties for Problem Solving. Learning to work and design with Bamboo. Complete Hands –On Experience. Learn and work with people all over the world. Learn site work set up Learn critical theory about Bamboo and its Uses Learn Cutting and joineries Learn Spliting Learn Bending and Straightening BENEFITS Students will receive knowledge and skills as well as awareness of and practice in utilizing technologies that use bamboo, possibly in combination with other materials, and that help to conserve the environment.To become expert craftsman, confident in manifesting your design and ideas using bamboo as a material. FOR WHOM This workshop is for designing students in particular, but also for anyone who would like to know more about bamboo furniture and to try it in practice. Students, Professionals, Artists, Architects, Designers of all fields and Hobbyist are invited. No previous experience required. Breaks; Same Schedule Every day of Workshop 10:30 – 10: 45 Tea Break 12:30 – 01:30 Lunch Break 03:30 – 03:45 Tea Break Things to bring for the workshop, (Optional) (If not, will be available at the Bamboo store) Working Gloves; Loose and comfortable clothes for Site Work; Pair of closed shoes or sandals; Air Mask; Ear plugs; A Cap; Eye Protective Goggles; A Book and a Pen * Includes: Workshop, Trainings & Materials Stationery Lunch Refreshments during 2 breaks Skill Certificate of Bamboo Craftsmanship


6 Months Ecological Horticulture Course

Oct 01, 2020 . 6 Months

Do you want to learn to effectively care for Mother Nature? Join the Auroville Ecological Horticulture Course for a 6 months program at the Auroville Botanical Gardens! The training goes into all aspects of plant biology and ecosystems and places an emphasis on practical hands-on experiences. You will also gain knowledge through site visits, ranging from Eco-restoration projects around India run by Auroville Botanical Gardens or the Eco-systems in Auroville and its surrounding bioregion. Objective and expected outcomes The purpose of the Ecological Horticulture Course is to train a new generation of professionals who are competent to lead teams in the field engaged in practical work. Certification is given at the end of the 6-months course assuming a commitment of time and effort. The participants may expect to find employment as project managers for Eco-restoration and conservation projects; as supervisors in commercial landscaping companies and horticultural departments, or be ready to set themselves up as independent businesses in either the world of conservation or commerce. Course teachings Our lecturers have many years of experience in the fields of horticulture, landscaping, forestry, biology and project management, as well as a deep concern for the conservation and restoration of natural habitats. Their aim is to impart the knowledge and experience that they have gained throughout a lifetime of working on the land. The participants will gain knowledge on plant maintenance, propagation and composting techniques; the proper care and use of tools and machinery; as well as landscaping, report writing, nursery management and fundamentals of Eco-restoration and afforestation. Requirements – A good level of English – Regular attendance with the active participation in the botanical work of the gardens and attendance to the lectures and fields trips – Keeping of a daily diary and pursuing a personal project Assessment At the end of the course each student will be free to choose their final form or assessment, it can be as a written project, something they have manifested during their time on the course or a practical demonstration of skills learnt, or a combination of both.

Arts & Culture

Intermodal Expressive Arts

Nov 01, 2020 . 21 Days

CERTIFICATE IN INTERMODAL EXPRESSIVE ARTS Expressive Arts is a field that places the Arts at the centre of change. Human beings are creative beings. In therapy, education or for self-discovery, engaging in creative expression can lead the way into unraveling the beauty, mystery and the transformative power of the Arts that we hold deep within our core as individuals and in the collective. How can we benefit from the Arts? Being with the Arts can open an understanding of the self, serve our ability to become present within ourselves and with others, lead us into our own creative power to heal, connect us to joy and enhance our well being. Today there is a great need for us to nourish our creative faculties, nurture our sensory experience of the world and grow in creative awareness to positively impact the way we perceive and act in the world. The Expressive Arts field invites you to explore multiple art forms such as painting, poetry, movement, music, theatre, photography and experience the interplay between these art forms to discover what unfolds in the creative process as a way of understanding the self and the human nature thereby using the creative act as a way of therapy and healing. The Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts is an education with an emphasis in art & expression-oriented intermodal methods in support of processes that support artistic growth, education, therapy or self awareness. The training enables professionals to expand their skills and integrate the artistic methodologies in their work. Course Presence time - 21 Days - 3 Intensive Week-long Modules in Nov - Jan - Mar - 160 hrs 9 am - 6 pm Supervision meetings - October through March in person or Skype (dates tbd) Work and Self Study Project - December through March

Archived Programmes (45)


Permaculture Design Course

Dec 07, 2019 . 12 Days

The Permaculture Design Course is an internationally recognized, 12 day resident course resulting in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Credit for this course is now accepted by a growing number of universities around the world. The course provides an introduction to Permaculture design as set forth by the movement’s founder, Bill Mollison in 1978. The word ‘Permaculture’ is a contraction of “Permanent Agriculture” and also of “Permanent Culture”. The aim of Permaculture is to create systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable and self sustaining. The premise of Permaculture is based on observation of natural systems, the wisdom found in traditional farming practices, entwined with modern technological and scientific know-how to create a conscious design and a cultivated ecology. It is a multidisciplinary toolbox that covers agriculture, water harvesting, renewable energy, natural building, agroforestry, waste management, animal systems, appropriate technology, economics and community development. WHO IS IT FOR? Permaculture offers a solution based approach to conscious design. It alters how one lives their life, their relationship with Mother Earth and all her life-forms. Therefore, this course is for anyone who would like to live an ecologically balanced life and contribute towards a sustainable future. We encourage participants from all walks of life, professions and countries, as more varied the batch, the richer the take-away. The PDC is a great way to meet and learn from a variety of individuals thus creating a community around people with similar interests. Students who attend PDC usually end up keeping in touch, building strong bonds where they support, encourage and celebrate each other. The PDC is conducted in English. Translation of tough/vernacular words are tackled with the help of students and the instructors. In case a local expert (farmer, healer) is invited for a session, translators are made available. WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER? The Permaculture Design Course is a detail oriented, enriching course that is a blend of practicals and theory. It will cover the following topics: 1. Introduction to applied Permaculture 2. Pattern understanding and broad site design 3. Farm infrastructures and farm home garden 4. Orchards, farm forestry and food crops 5. Animal husbandry and systems 6. Community interaction and strategies WHO WILL CONDUCT THE COURSE? Narsanna Koppula is India’s most renowned permaculture practitioner. Trained by Bill Mollison and Robyn Francis in the 1980s, Narsanna has worked tirelessly for the last three decades to bring ecological and sustainable agricultural to thousands of farmers across India. His permaculture begins with helping farmers develop water catchment systems that allow them to be self-sufficient with their water (Jala Swaraj). He teaches them to diversify their crops and to leave no ground fallow and to develop a self-sufficient farm. This allows for the formation of Mahatma Gandhi’s final goal of a self-sustainable community (Gram Swaraj). Guest teachers are often invited to share their expertise and experience in specific areas of Permaculture, thus diversifying the learning source. The PDC students are also encouraged to take sessions on subjects (pertinent to Permaculture) that they are confident in. WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE CONDUCTED? The course will be conducted in one of the following farms: Aranya Farm – The ideal learning ground for Permaculture, this 10-acre farm sits near Zaheerabad and has been developed following permaculture principles by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives’ founders to become a functional model. It is an oasis of green and an excellent example of rainfed agriculture in the dry lands. Indigenous perennials keep the farm supplied with tropical fruits 365 days a year. Aranya is the perfect location to learn about Indian Permaculture, water harvesting, plant identification and uses. It is a warm, welcoming, constantly evolving place with one motto: (almost) everything should come from the system and remain as long as possible within the system. Email us at aranyahyd@gmail.com to know more about the Introduction to Permaculture course. Like us on Facebook or subscribe to our news letter for updates and happenings in the world of Permaculture. STUDENT TESTIMONIALS: “Despite growing for 3 years on my roof top, I had a lot of gaps in my knowledge which this course was able to bridge. I am more confident about creating abundance via microclimate and managing rain water on my and my friends’s roof tops and balconies.” – Deepa, Sustainability life coach, Delhi “The content of the course and the way it was presented was definitely a big motivation. The entire experience of learning by doing was very enriching and holistic. I look forward to applying these learnings on my farm.” – Sampada, Content developer and teacher trainer, Pune “This was a very different but very good course. The practicals were very helpful and unique compared to other permaculture design courses. I will apply this learning first in my backyard and then in my future farm.” – Clare, Student, Australia. “15 days ago, I felt like a stranger to the soil and land but now there is more than just acquaintanceship, there is love! I am so glad that through this course, I’ve been able to connect and get a deeper understanding of the earth. I wish to start a farm soon.” – Ramya, Strategy Consultant, Hyderabad.


Experiencing Architecture

Dec 09, 2019 . 2 Weeks

Experiencing Architecture, a 2-week long workshop will focus on the sensorial phenomenological aspects of architecture. In a design studio environment, students will define suitable meanings and feelings to express, then undergo the challenge of crafting and composing architectural spaces with unique ambiances—atmospheres that reflect apparent and subtle characteristics of its environment and function, expressing the defined meanings and feelings— through a sensitive understanding and the use of elements like solid & void, scale & proportion, rhythm, color, light, sound, and air. The studio work will consist of these components: 1. Theoretical Discussions: Through lectures and discussions, selected examples of expressive spatial experiences—from the primordial to the modern—will be first sensed, then analyzed, discussed, and critically examined. 2. Site Experience: On site, participants will observe, analyze, and reflect on the elements and characteristics defining the site’s personality to conceptualize initial abstract ideas and feelings through drawing, painting, and/or writing. 3. Experimental Design: In the studio, students will experience the challenging process of transforming and evolving such initial thoughts, objectives, and feelings into expressive architecture. 4. Field Trips: While visiting major selected architecture in Auroville, we will refine our senses while experiencing complexities of different interacting elements; ex. light with texture, rhythm with proportion, or air with sound. 5. Mock-ups: When the design concept demands, eager students will be encouraged to innovate architectural components and details experimenting with constructional materials, and sometimes in 1:1 scale. Open to all, architecture students and professionals, the 2-week long workshop is scheduled to start on 9th Dec, 2019. Write to : unitarydesignstudio@gmail.com for more information regarding the registration process and fee.


Arches, Vaults & Domes – Intensive

Dec 09, 2019 . 6 Days

The Auroville Earth Institute attempts to revive these forms, techniques and craftsmen skills with the following aims: To increase global awareness of the low-cost, low-carbon possibilities of masonry flooring and roofing. To research and develop constructive techniques with the aim to integrate 21st century technologies with age-old building techniques, such as those developed in ancient Egypt or medieval Europe. To design large-span structures, with structurally optimized thickness and integrated construction methods. COURSE CONTENT: ​The AVD Intensive course is a combination of our two, one-week programs on AVD Theory and AVD Masonry. It is a “sweetened-condensed” and simplified course combining theory and practice; not all of the sessions of the two week course can be taught in one week. This course covers the structural design of vaulted masonry along with integrated principles of construction, and includes hands-on sessions on the construction of arches, vaults and domes. The course focuses on the use of Compressed Stabilised Earth Block (CSEB) as a building material and vault construction methods developed by AVEI (e.g. the Free-spanning technique). The first four days are spent learning structural basics and performing stability studies of vaults/ dome sections (carried out as personal work, with instructor´s supervision and feedback). This part of the course is more theoretical with lectures, presentations, case studies and practical exercises: – Diversity and typologies of arches, vaults and domes – Basic structural principles of arches and vaults – Evaluation of the stability of domes – Neutralisation of the thrust – Various details about AVD (acoustic formulas) – Catenary method (theory only) – Funicular method (theory and practice) – Optimisation method (theory and practice) – Case studies The two remaining days are practical, hands-on sessions in which trainees study constructive principles and build various types of arches, vaults and domes: – Masonry pattern for an optimised arch – Construction principles, building techniques, binder quality – Building various types and spans of arches on centrings – Building various types of vaults and domes without centring PARTICIPANTS: Recommended only for engineers, architects or students. DURATION: Six-day course; Classes from 8:30am to 6:15pm. (As it is named, this course is really intensive!) OTHER INFORMATION: All classes are held in English. Manuals and other training materials are distributed to students. A certificate is given at the end of the course. For more details, please visit the Auroville Earth Institute website or contact us.

Arts & Culture

Mise-en-scene: From Idea to Film

Dec 19, 2019 . 25 Days

Course Type Master Class Series – with Sudipto Acharyya (Direction and Screen Writing) Shanti Bhushan (Cinematography) Amitabh Chakravarty (Editing) Madhu Apsara/Vipin Bhati (Sound Design) Course Overview Mise-en-Scene is central to the art of Cinema. It begins with the moment a Director starts toying with an idea. From there on, it evolves with a series of directorial decisions to visualise the idea as a screenplay and then to actualize it as a film. This Mise-en-Scene workshop will expose the participants to the various intricate thought processes, elements of craft, necessary conditions of cinematic art form and hands-on practice in Writing-Directing-Cinematography-Editing-Sound Design. Each of these areas will be tutored by ace film makers who are also renowned film academicians. A ‘Mise-en-scene’ is naturally anchored in a space and determined by a central theme. This Mise-en-Scene workshop will be anchored in the exciting multi-dimensional space of Auroville; and determined by a central theme ‘Time Travel’. The participants will learn the fundamentals of direction, storytelling and screenwriting; and apply them in writing their short film scripts. A script will be collaboratively worked out for production; the production will be based in Auroville, thus rendering it an interesting Auroville dimension. The production will be a part of the cinematography master class; followed by an editing and then sound post production master class – thus we will have a final short film ready through a series of master classes. The short film will be screened on 12th January 2020 as a part of closing ceremony of the 6th Auroville Film Festival. The participants will have access to the festival – during the evenings after class hours (from 7th to 12th January 2020). Deliverables of the workshop i. Short film scripts to be written by each participant (mentored by the faculty) ii. Mise-en-scene productions (participants will observe and assist in groups the Masters of Direction, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Thus a workshop film will be produced with the participants. iii. Additional to the master-production, the participants will have an orientation of the art and craft with the masters and practical sessions on screen writing, cinematography, editing and sound design. Venue -Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall, Auroville -Auroville Timelines, 1st Floor, Archives Building, Near AVFoundation, Auroville -Aurofilm, Kalabhumi, Auroville Total No. of Seats 24. Additionally 3 seats reserved for Volunteers. Participant Profile Age: 18+ Nationality: Indians, Foreign Nationals who are Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers & Registered Guests at Auroville. Course Fees Rs 42000/- per participant (inclusive of all taxes) Additional hostel fee of Rs. 8000/- per participant – in case the participant wants to avail hostel facility in Auroville. Hostel will be on twin sharing basis including breakfast (for 27 days). Mode of Payment Fees may be paid via online transfer to : Bank Name : STATE BANK OF INDIA Account Name : AV ART SERVICE Account Number : 37357794312 Branch : AUROVILLE INTERNATIONAL TOWNSHIP IFS Code : SBIN0003160 MICR Code : 605002007 After payment, the transaction i.d generated must be filled up in application form linked below. Admission will be confirmed via email within 4 days of receiving application form and verifying the online payment of fees. Applications with incomplete or incorrect details will be rejected. Cancellation terms In case of cancellation of admission by the applicant after receiving confirmation of participation, no refund will be possible. In case the application is rejected by AVFI or the course itself is cancelled, full refund will be facilitated. Last date to apply 6th December 2019 Selection Criteria Participants will be selected in first –come- first – served basis. Those having prior orientation / experience in film making, also, those having attended Film Appreciation and Basic Film Orientation Courses in Auroville will be given preference. Faculty Screenwriting & Direction: Prof. Sudipto Acharyya Sudipto Acharyya has studied cinema at FTII, Pune, with specialization in Direction and Screenplay Writing; and Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sudipto has a long engagement with teaching Cinema in various institutions like Film and Television Institute Of India – Pune, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – Kolkata, Roop Kala Kendro, Kolkata Film & Television Institute and Centre for Film & Television – Allahabad University. He is currently a Senior Faculty at Whistling Woods International – Mumbai. He has presented academic papers on cinema at film schools like Lithuania Music and Theatre Academy – Vilnius, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts – Chapman University, Witwatersrand University – Johannesburg and Bilgi University – Istanbul. He is part of an Artistic Research project involving BRICS nation that looks at social interstices with the help of cinematic practices. He has directed several short films & one feature length film for television and other institutions. His film ‘Harbour Line’ and ‘Weekend Chill’ has traveled widely to national and international festivals. Cinematography: Shanti Bhushan Roy Mr Shanti Bhushan Roy is a respected Indian Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Educator and Motion Picture Consultant. A former software engineer, He is an alumnus of prestigious Film and Television Institute of India-Pune. He has more than a decade of experience in Film, Television, Documentary and Digital Audio Visual medium. He has worked on almost a dozen of Fiction Feature Films, equal number of Non Fiction Films and Television programs along with programs for National and International Television Channels and TV commercials. His wide range of filmography includes fiction films like Oscar shortlisted Ballad of Rustom, Wedding Anniversary, Shuttlecock Boys & Humne Gandhi Ko Maar Diya but also Non Fiction films like Rubaru Roshni, Partners Crime etc. He has worked on the milestone TV program “Satyamev Jayate” hosted by megastar Mr Aamir Khan. He has also shot documentaries for many International foundations like Bill & Melida Gates Foundation, UNDP & Godrej Foundation. Also have worked on many TV commercials & TV programs like 24 Season 2, Incredible India etc for many National and International Television Channels. He is amongst very few Filmmakers in India to be exploring the VR, 3D-360, AR. His, Crackle’ happens to be India’s first horror VR film which has been screened widely across the various VR International festivals. Since 2011 he has been working with young students of various government and private institutions like Symbiosis International University & Mumbai University. His work has been appreciated by many film critics as poetic & evocative and got featured in film and trade magazines. Editing : Amitabha Chakravarty Amitabha Chakravarty is an ace editor and a National Award Winning Film Maker. He is an alumnus of FTII, Pune who is respected for his Art-house cult films like Kaal Abhirati, Bishar Blues and Cosmic Sex which has been critically acclaimed in India as well as other countries. He has been on jury of several internationally reputed film festivals. Amitabha has also conducted classes and workshops in the prime film schools of the country over more than two decades. He has been a revered mentor for several generations of film students. Sound Design :Madhu Apsara / Vipin Bhati Sound Design :Madhu Apsara / Vipin Bhati Madhu Apsara is one of the most prominent sound designers in the industry. He has a long and highly impressive list of films to his credit starting from Hawa Hawai where he worked as On Location Sound Recording to the recently acclaimed Andhadhun where he worked as Sound Designer. The Dhoom Series, Ab Tak Chappan, Ek Hasina Thi, Hazaron Khwaishen Aise… are few of his many notable works. He is a Filmfare and National award winner. Not only an ace industry professional, he is an inspiring and much loved teacher. Currently he is teaching Sound in Film and Television Institute of India. Medium of Instruction: English Certificates All participants will be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory. Accommodation We have standard, clean and centrally located accommodation available at Mitra Youth Hostel @8000/- for the full course tenure (28 days) including breakfast on twin sharing basis. We can reserve accommodation upon request after selectionof applicant and confirmation of participation. Alternatively, there are a range of guest house options available in Auroville. The participants may book their own accommodation in Auroville via Auroville Guest House Service. For guest house bookings refer to: https://guesthouses.auroville.org/ for guest house bookings. For mobility within Auroville, we recommend the participants rent bicycle / moped / 2-wheeler. Rent starts from Rs. 50 to Rs.200 /- a day. Please visit http://www.auroville.org for orientation and additional information on Auroville. Queries For queries, if any, please write to Mrs. Richa Hushing on filminstitute@auroville.org.in /timelines@auroville.org.in / +919969879319

Skills & Crafts

FILMMAKING; PHOTOGRAPHY; STORY-TELLING! For children between 8 to 14 years of age!!!

Jul 27, 2020 . 8 Days

For children, we can simply call it filmmaking, photography and story-telling workshop. However, parents would like to note that any artistic production requires an engagement of the self with the surrounding, from where the understanding, or in other words, stories are born, which can be expressed through any medium of one’s choice. Born in the information age, growing up with incessant streams of media from the computers and smartphones, the children of today are automatic inheritors of the digital practices from the parent world – invariably inhabiting another dimension of virtual surroundings that overlaps their real world. In post covid era of online education that brings child-computer interaction in critical focus, we propose a workshop, a creative rendezvous of sorts with the computers and cameras to bring back in focus the child’s lived-in environment. Through various child-friendly and exciting exercises, and through a play of various media tools, the workshop will facilitate dynamic interaction between the virtual and the real – such that the child, while being creative with media, will learn to ‘discern’ media; and use media to analyse his/her real world. The online time can be optimised to connect with the real world, to guide an exploration of sorts of the actual surroundings made up of nations and neighbours and family and friends and pets and projects and ideas and inventions! Academic skills will improve as children research on various topics and develop their own media. Communication skills too will be enhanced as they learn to organize their ideas, ask questions, express opinions and construct narratives while interacting with others and computers. The workshop being process-oriented, rather than product-oriented, can potentially develop beyond the stipulated 10 days, into a weekend cyber-club where enthusiastic children can produce media artefacts and even collaborate with peers across borders. The workshop is designed for children. However, it’s open for all. Young and old, also the differently abled are welcome to explore and experiment with the media. The exercises are fundamental. How each participant exercises will depend on each ones’ lived-in reality and level of understanding. The mentorship will be individualised and the potential of the workshop will grow with the diversity of participants.

Arts & Culture

Workshop for Art Educators

Aug 06, 2020 . 5 Days

FICA and Asia Art Archive Learning & Participation Programme invite applications for a workshop for art educators titled ‘Learning Paradigms Today’. The specially designed, four-day intensive workshop will bring together young artists and educators who are passionate and invested in learning about contemporary art and education. Using AAA’s Learning at Home series, creative exercises contributed by artist-educators to inspire teachers, as a springboard, the workshop will focus on helping participants develop their own modules, while becoming cognisant of learners’ needs. Noting the sudden shift towards digital as the primary mode of learning from a socially distanced standpoint, the workshop aims to address some of the questions and challenges that educators are facing currently, looking at the medium of technology and understanding the current contexts of learners with a special emphasis on emotional well-being and systems of support. It will provide a collective forum to think through various components that inform the classroom today via lectures, presentations, exercises, sharing and writing sessions. We look forward to working collectively towards building expertise and resources together! Last date to register: 30 July 2020 To register, please send us your CV with special emphasis on educator related experiences as well as a short Statement of Interest on why you want to be part of the workshop (200 words). Send the documents to info@ficart.org. Visit this link for more information: https://aaa.org.hk/…/learning-paradigms-today-workshop-for-…