Auroville Green Practices

Auroville Green Practices aims to bring together various stakeholders to envision future townships that offer a habitat that is ecologically, socially and economically nurturing. Distinguished professionals in the field share their vision and experiences in the form of plenary talks, participatory sessions and a panel discussion addressing the key question concerning sustainable integrated human habitats. Auroville Green Practices is managed by Auroville Consulting, a unit under Auroville Foundation

Accepting Volunteers: Yes
Website: www.agpworkshops.com
Email: info@agpworkshops.com
Phone: 91 413 262 2571, 91 830 088 3945

Courses

Sustainability, Construction

3H Summer School | Design for Play

Jun 06, 2021 . 3 Weeks

A three-week program to design and build outdoor play spaces. The 3H Summer School program is an initiative that uses Auroville and its outstanding experience in sustainable living and cultural diversity as a platform for learning and personal growth. The 3H Summer School program designed for students from around the world serves as an experimental and cross-disciplinary design laboratory that connects core human values, design theory, ideation and hands-on application around the selected lead theme ‘Outdoor Play and Placemaking’. Students will engage in the design and implementation of a playground in order to enhance the learning of children through play. BENEFITS Learning transformative leadership principles Experiencing cross cultural learning Experiencing a project lifecycle Gaining design experience with locally available resources Hands-on site experience Learning to design projects, transform existing systems and build for sustainable change and human well-being TOPICS​ The theme for the program is Outdoor Play and Placemaking. Play is essential to the healthy development of children– not just their physical development, but their social and cognitive development too. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play is integral to the academic environment as it ensures that the school setting attends to the social and emotional development of children as well as their cognitive development. Creating spaces where children can play freely and which offer them experiences, they might remember for the rest of their lives, requires careful thought and imaginative design. Besides designing and building a play area, students will get exposure to the following subjects: transformative leadership principles, system thinking, climate responsive design, vernacular architecture, earth as a building material, biological waste water treatment, sustainable water management, ecological landscaping, renewable energy systems and energy efficiency, ecological sanitation, urban agriculture, organic farming, social entrepreneurship, sustainable waste management, alternative education, project planning and management. APPROACH The program is designed and based on the 3H (hands, head and heart) approach, which attempts to actualize participants’ inner strength, to activate critical system thinking and to work on students’ technical capacities of designing and implementing projects. Besides working on the design, implementation and documentation, each participating student will design and write a project of his/her choice, which aims at bringing environmental and social justice and wellbeing. The aim is to train a new generation of environmental and socially responsible leaders that are capable of connecting hands (capacity), head (system thinking) and heart (personal strength) while working on system change for a more socially and environmentally just future. WHO WILL ATTEND THE WORKSHOP Students and young professionals that have a strong commitment to social equity and sustainability. Participants may come from the following backgrounds: architecture, interior design, product design, engineering and related fields. The event is planned for a limited capacity of about 25 people. All participants must commit to participating in all the program components. No prior knowledge of sustainable building design is required. Come with an open mind and lots of enthusiasm!

Sustainability, Skills & Crafts, Construction

Earth and Bamboo

May 17, 2021 . 5 Days

A four and a half day awareness workshop: 2 days hands-on module with earth, 2 days hands-on module with bamboo and a half day comprised of site visits and presentations. Developing ecologically responsible solutions for the development of sustainable habitats are key for climate change mitigation. This workshop’s objectives is to try and counter that through a practical training on building with local materials that are climate appropriate and not energy intensive. Are earth and bamboo only materials of the past, or are they also materials for the construction of a sustainable future? EARTH AS A BUILDING MATERIAL This short workshop at the Auroville Earth Institute is intended as an experience workshop in earth construction with both traditional and modern earth techniques. Participants will learn the basic principles of soil identification and how different soils can be used for earthen construction. They will split into groups to build walls with both traditional raw earth construction (e.g. adobe and cob) and modern stabilized techniques (e.g. stabilized rammed earth and compressed stabilized earth block or CSEB). Construction with the traditional “waddle & daub” earth technique will be integrated into the workshop at the Bamboo Centre. This experience aims to give students a series of physical inputs – to ask a beginning set of questions about ecologically sensitive construction, use of local materials, climate appropriateness of buildings, and social aspects of labour in construction. Objectives: To offer hands-on experience building walls with earth To impart knowledge of traditional and modern earth techniques To give students a “material imagination” for design. BAMBOO AS A BUILDING MATERIAL The Auroville Bamboo Centre workshop aims at teaching the participants the basics of working with bamboo, a plant with amazing characteristics. First, the students will learn how to harvest, treat, and work with bamboo using both traditional and modern techniques. After the brief theory, they will split into groups to build structures which are intended for real use after the workshop ends. Over the years, 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. Objectives: Learning how to use bamboo as a building material Applying the proper construction methodologies for the task at hand Solving problems as they arise Setting priorities and keeping work on schedule We invite anyone with a sincere interest in earth and bamboo construction techniques. All skill levels are welcome to participate (e.g. engineers, architects, technicians, supervisors, masons, students and laymen). This is a limited capacity and a highly interactive workshop that requires the active participation of all attendees.

Construction

Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks – Intensive

Apr 26, 2021 . 6 Days

COURSE CONTENT: The CSEB Intensive course is a combination of our two, one-week programs on CSEB Production and CSEB 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 theory of CSEB with basics on soil characteristics, design, calculation, etc., and includes practical sessions on block production, quality control, masonry bond patterns and other stabilised earth techniques which have been developed and mastered by the Earth Institute. The two first days are more theoretical with lectures, presentations and individual exercises: – Auroville Earth Institute presentation – Building with earth in Auroville – Sustainability and environmental friendliness – Resource management – Basic data on CSEB – Raw material and soil identification – Soil stabilisation (Stabilisers, Principles, Calculation and exercises) – Products & equipment – Blockyard organisation & Production line – Quality control principles – Improving and stabilising soils – Cost analysis & Economic feasibility study – Bonds for various walls (straight, corner, T & X) – Tests for mortar – Mortar quality The four following days are practical in nature, with demonstrations and hands-on sessions: – Handling, adjustments and maintenance of the presses – Safety and demonstration – Testing typical soils with a press – Sites visit by trainees – Production of blocks: acquisition of know-how – Production of various blocks (round, interlocking, hollow, etc.) – Production of special blocks (U, pipe inserts, chamfer, flashing, coping, tile, etc.) – Production of blocks: optimisation of production = 100 Blocks per hour – Quality control with the field block tester – Stabilised rammed earth foundations – Building a basement – Ramming stabilised rammed earth walls and building a CSEB wall – Building composite columns of 24 cm and 29 cm diameter – Pre-casting composite lintels – Building arches Identification of typical soils with sensitive analysis is taught 4 times during the week. Through practice, trainees will feel more and more confident to carry out soil analysis independently. PARTICIPANTS: All skill levels are welcome (e.g. engineers, architects, technicians, supervisors, masons, students and laymen). DURATION: Six day course; Classes from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 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.

Skills & Crafts

PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP

Apr 23, 2021 . 2 Days

This workshop is a learning experience and a creative one for people who like to experiment in a state of calm and sense of well being. Workshop objectives include instructing participants on how to make paper at home using garden plants and producing a collection of handmade papers which participants will keep. All materials and equipment will be supplied during the workshop and certificates will be presented to participants upon completion. Auroville Papers has been producing beautiful hand-made paper in Auroville since 1998. Over the years we have explored and experimented with many paper making techniques. Apart from the classic stationery items, we make decorative and useful household products, jewellery and unique works of art from paper and paper- mache. The participants should be aware that the making of paper is a bit akin to cooking. Please dress accordingly, with clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Please note that the drying of paper can take from 2 to 3 days, so the participants will have to come back later to collect their finished work or make arrangements with our office to have it shipped to them. Fee: Rs. 6,000.00 (Rupees six thousand) for two days. The fee includes everything described here, plus we invite you to join the staff for morning and afternoon refreshments. Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking, with the balance payable at least one week before the start of the workshop. Auroville has a strict no alcohol or drugs policy. Anyone disregarding these rules will be requested to leave the community immediately and no refunds will apply. Please email a copy of electronic transfer data and/or the deposit slip as proof of payment and include the name of the city/ town that you are transferring the funds from. Cancellation: Up to 2 days before workshop commencement we retain 10% of the total fee. From 2 days to workshop commencement we retain 50% of the total fee. Notes: All booking communication is completed in writing by email. The workshop covers two days. Mornings from 9:30 to 12:00 and afternoons from 13:30 to 16:00

Sustainability

Exploring Auroville Architecture

Apr 21, 2021 . 3 Days

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT All workshops and events hosted by Auroville Green Practices will follow Tamil Nadu COVID19 protocols and relevant SOPs. All participants’ temperatures will be monitored. Face masks shall be worn at all times. Social distancing shall be respected. AGP may require proof of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test for program admission. The internal Auroville guidelines are subject to change at Auroville’s discretion. — The gradual development of Auroville created a unique environment. For instance, vernacular habitats that have survived the test of time as a response to site, context and climate as well as contemporary buildings with modern technology, design and services. This combination, together with the diversity of experts makes Auroville’s architecture unique in every aspect. BENEFITS The interaction with each expert creates a fast learning environment that covers theory and a first-hand look into what challenged and inspired them. Participants get an opportunity to ask questions and get involved in discussions. Additionally, the diversity of site visits give participants a rich tapestry of different approaches and styles of building, along with an experience of Auroville, a city with a soul, in development. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as energy, water and waste management and unique building techniques, materials and designs. Day 1: Experimental 07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast at Guesthouse 09:30 – 10:00 Introduction to Auroville, Visitors Centre (film and exhibition) 10:00 – 10:45 Visit Matrimandir Viewing Point 11:15 – 12:15 Site Visit: Solar PV Installations 12:30 – 13:00 Lunch at Annam 13:30 – 14:30 Site Visit: Sacred Groves 15:30 – 16:30 Site Visit: Upcycling Studio 18:30 – 19:30 African Drums Circle 19:30 Dinner at African Pavilion Day 2: Public Buildings 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast at Guesthouse 09:30 – 10:30 Site Visit: Unity Pavilion 11:00 – 12:00 Site Visit: Tibetan Pavilion 12:15 – 12:45 Site Visit: Solar Kitchen 12:45 – 13:45 Lunch at: Solar Kitchen 14:00 – 15:00 Site Visit: Savitri Bhavan 15:00 – 16:00 Site Visit: International House 19:30 Dinner at Guesthouse Day 3: Educational 07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast at Guesthouse 09:30 -10:30 Site Visit: Auroville Earth Institute 11:00 – 12:00 Site Visit: Auroville Bamboo Centre 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch at Visitor Centre 14:00 – 15:00 Nandanam School 15:30 – 16:30 Last School 19:30 Dinner at Guesthouse

Skills & Crafts

Paper Making Workshop

Mar 26, 2021 . 2 Days

This workshop is a learning experience and a creative one for people who like to experiment in a state of calm and sense of well being. Workshop objectives include instructing participants on how to make paper at home using garden plants and producing a collection of handmade papers which participants will keep. All materials and equipment will be supplied during the workshop and certificates will be presented to participants upon completion. Auroville Papers has been producing beautiful hand-made paper in Auroville since 1998. Over the years we have explored and experimented with many paper making techniques. Apart from the classic stationery items, we make decorative and useful household products, jewellery and unique works of art from paper and paper- mache. The participants should be aware that the making of paper is a bit akin to cooking. Please dress accordingly, with clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Please note that the drying of paper can take from 2 to 3 days, so the participants will have to come back later to collect their finished work or make arrangements with our office to have it shipped to them. Fee: Rs. 6,000.00 (Rupees six thousand) for two days. The fee includes everything described here, plus we invite you to join the staff for morning and afternoon refreshments. Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking, with the balance payable at least one week before the start of the workshop. Auroville has a strict no alcohol or drugs policy. Anyone disregarding these rules will be requested to leave the community immediately and no refunds will apply. Please email a copy of electronic transfer data and/or the deposit slip as proof of payment and include the name of the city/ town that you are transferring the funds from. Cancellation: Up to 2 days before workshop commencement we retain 10% of the total fee. From 2 days to workshop commencement we retain 50% of the total fee. Notes: All booking communication is completed in writing by email. The workshop covers two days. Mornings from 9:30 to 12:00 and afternoons from 13:30 to 16:00

Sustainability

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop | Solitude Farm

Mar 26, 2021 . 3 Days

An intensive 3 days permaculture workshop to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature. Takes place in Solitude Farm Cafe, founded 26 years ago in the international township of Auroville. Solitude is dedicated to natural farming, permaculture and demonstrating the value of local food and the bounty of mother nature. This workshop is to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature. Founded 26 years ago in the international township of Auroville, Solitude is dedicated to natural farming, permaculture and demonstrating the value of local food and the bounty of mother nature. The modules in this workshop will empower you to grow your own food; urban gardening, circle garden with enormous social implications & a larger field module for those starting their own farms. We will explore soil, seeds, local foods, medicinal plants, recycling water, enzyme & hand soaps and the importance of celebration in permaculture. This workshop aims to empower you to start growing your own food and to gain an insight into knowing where our food comes from. As a participant you will also discover – – Harvesting and preparing local food; Secrets of Our Salads & Tribal Booster Juice. – Circle garden Module: The circle garden is your first permaculture garden. It is a simple module that incorporates many aspects of the philosophy of the natural farming and permaculture practices and the garden is easy to replicate in schools, public spaces, offices, hospitals etc. This module has a huge social and economical value by reconnecting us to essential values such as nutrition, medicinal plants, community and our relationship with mother nature. The nursery is a heart of the farm. Learning how to create a healthy soil, how to propagate seedlings and cuttings, Sowing seeds (fruits & vegetables) and transplanting seedlings. Urban gardening and the extension of this work with children and schools. – Understand the principles behind water recycling, and how to make your own enzyme & hand soap! – Learn about how to cook local foods that have been eclipsed by industrialised agriculture and reintegrate them into your diet. ​- Learn and implement permaculture design, physiological difference and time duration between the plants, understanding rotations, intercropping, intense mulching. – Exploring the economic viability of natural farming, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), education, festivals, eco tourism, involving the community in the farm. The evenings with localicious dinner and reading from ‘One Straw Revolution’ by Masanobu Fukuoka & Music by Krishna from his Band ‘Emergence’. Accommodation Solitude Farm is a sustainable farming community with simple yet charming bamboo huts and a few treehouses for guests. There are compost toilets, western toilets and showers are open to the sky. We are by no means a resort but the authenticity of the farm, the food and the closeness to nature will touch your heart. Here are some images of our accommodation and space – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KdoAENCdjZVi0Tp4pR25FHq1TOJxXK00?usp=sharing This is an intensive workshop and it requires you to have energy, enthusiasm, and an inquiring mind. What will be covered in the workshop: 20 hours of direct teaching by Krishna and team Learn Principles of Natural Farming and Permaculture Soil Regeneration Mulching Intercropping and Crop Rotation How to create an Edible Perennial Hedge Urban Gardening Setting up a nursery Circle Garden Hands-on Creating a Community Garden Experience Recycling Water Creating Natural Soap Creating Bio-enzymes How to create secondary income using medicinal plants Creating a sustainable economic model with a community basket service model. Reading of One-Straw Revolution Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context.

Health & Wellbeing , Sustainability

Solitude Farm - Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Mar 26, 2021 . 3 Days

This workshop is to empower you to explore your relationship with mother nature and take the first steps on your road back to nature. Founded 26 years ago in the international township of Auroville, Solitude is dedicated to natural farming, permaculture and demonstrating the value of local food and the bounty of mother nature. The modules in this workshop will empower you to grow your own food; urban gardening, circle garden with enormous social implications & a larger field module for those starting their own farms. We will explore soil, seeds, local foods, medicinal plants, recycling water, enzyme & hand soaps and the importance of celebration in permaculture. This workshop aims to empower you to start growing your own food and to gain an insight into knowing where our food comes from. As a participant you will also discover – – Harvesting and preparing local food; Secrets of Our Salads & Tribal Booster Juice. – Circle garden Module: The circle garden is your first permaculture garden. It is a simple module that incorporates many aspects of the philosophy of the natural farming and permaculture practices and the garden is easy to replicate in schools, public spaces, offices, hospitals etc. This module has a huge social and economical value by reconnecting us to essential values such as nutrition, medicinal plants, community and our relationship with mother nature. The nursery is a heart of the farm. Learning how to create a healthy soil, how to propagate seedlings and cuttings, Sowing seeds (fruits & vegetables) and transplanting seedlings. Urban gardening and the extension of this work with children and schools. – Understand the principles behind water recycling, and how to make your own enzyme & hand soap! – Learn about how to cook local foods that have been eclipsed by industrialised agriculture and reintegrate them into your diet. ​- Learn and implement permaculture design, physiological difference and time duration between the plants, understanding rotations, intercropping, intense mulching. – Exploring the economic viability of natural farming, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), education, festivals, eco tourism, involving the community in the farm. The evenings with localicious dinner and reading from ‘One Straw Revolution’ by Masanobu Fukuoka & Music by Krishna from his Band ‘Emergence’. Accommodation Solitude Farm is a sustainable farming community with simple yet charming bamboo huts and a few treehouses for guests. There are compost toilets, western toilets and showers are open to the sky. We are by no means a resort but the authenticity of the farm, the food and the closeness to nature will touch your heart. Here are some images of our accommodation and space – https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1KdoAENCdjZVi0Tp4pR25FHq1TOJxXK00?usp=sharing This is an intensive workshop and it requires you to have energy, enthusiasm, and an inquiring mind. What will be covered in the workshop: 20 hours of direct teaching by Krishna and team Learn Principles of Natural Farming and Permaculture Soil Regeneration Mulching Intercropping and Crop Rotation How to create an Edible Perennial Hedge Urban Gardening Setting up a nursery Circle Garden Hands-on Creating a Community Garden Experience Recycling Water Creating Natural Soap Creating Bio-enzymes How to create secondary income using medicinal plants Creating a sustainable economic model with a community basket service model. Reading of One-Straw Revolution Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments

Sustainability, Construction

Natural Building – Basics

Mar 25, 2021 . 3 Days

Experience Auroville’s broad range of architecture through hands-on work, understanding the use of Natural building materials, including other interdisciplinary components such as the use of renewable energy, dry compost toilets, waste management and rain water harvesting. A 3 day hands-on experience on the basics of Natural Building. ou can learn how to identify different properties of earth,lime, how to procure it, prepare it and learn different ways of using it in your building. The interactive sessions will create a fast learning environment that covers theory and practical hands-on sessions. Participants get an opportunity to ask questions and get involved in discussions. Additionally, the diversity of site visits give participants a rich tapestry of different approaches and styles of building, along with an experience of Auroville, a city with a soul, in development. Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as energy, water and waste management and unique building techniques, materials and designs. Testimonials Being part of a life that teaches you how to live better is mandatory and you are spreading that. It was an amazing experience and I leave certainly enriched from this. -Apoorv Champavat Doctor I loved the practical work we did. Things taught in a cohesive way. Everything was truly sustainable as told. -Panguluri Hema

Sustainability

Sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management

Mar 01, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

Water management encompasses a wide range of specialisations and goes beyond water distribution to users: it is a discipline considering the natural territory and its history, available resources, the water cycle, the already-existing possibilities as well as those yet to be created. Water Management in Auroville Five decades ago, after many years of deforestation of valuable tropical woods, the landscape of Auroville region was a barren plateau largely stripped of vegetation. As a result, monsoon storms eroded its topsoil. When a drop of rain fell from the sky, it slammed into a clay surface and, without any absorptive top soil, flowed down into the Bay of Bengal, carving canyons and ravines on its way. In the years that followed, the landscape has been transformed. Early planting of trees created a fledgling forest, regenerating the topsoil and creating a sponge-like top layer for rain to fall. Bunds were constructed to stop the flow of rainwater to the sea and instead let it percolate to layers below. An extensive network of calculated check-dams were built to stop the torrential flow of storm rains to the sea and allow water to percolate into the aquifers. Today, Auroville is renowned for its successful reforestation work, for rainwater harvesting, for the construction of check-dams and waste-water treatment plants, and for programmes of tank rehabilitation in the Auroville bio-region. Auroville has come a long way in terms of sustainable water management and it now also continues to focus on appropriate building technologies with emphasis on renewable energy, community awareness, and data gathering. What will I learn in this webinar? Participants will learn about planning, developing, distributing, and managing the optimum use of this precious resource, by following the journey of Auroville as a case study for sustainable water management. Building on the learnings from decades of sustainable water management in the Auroville area, in Southern India, this workshop gives insights on what has been achieved in terms of sustainable water management, and what still needs to be done; highlighting areas of improvement to ensure water safety in the future. When is the webinar? The webinar will be held on 1st March,,2021, 3:30 PM IST