Auroville Green Practices

Areas of Work: Sustainability Bamboo building and Construction

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

Construction

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Oct 29, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Construction

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Oct 29, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Oct 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 carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event, the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use a classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails, and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practicing professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at homes such as bookcases, cupboards, or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction to carpentry and woodwork.

Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Oct 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 carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event, the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use a classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails, and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practicing professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at homes such as bookcases, cupboards, or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction to carpentry and woodwork.

Construction

Building with Arches, Vaults and Domes for a Sustainable Future

Oct 21, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

Auroville Green Practices and Auroville Earth Institute(AVEI) brings you a 2-hr webinar with Ar.Satprem Maini, , the UNESCO chair Earthen Architecture. The webinar will be an immersive experience on overview of Arch, Vault and domes, followed by technical aspects in construction supported by various examples around the world. Summary of the presentation: Introduction to arches vaults and domes (AVD) Stability notions Stability calculations with graphical methods Building AVD with CSEB and the Auroville Earth Institute technique 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. When is the webinar? The webinar will be conducted on June 17th, 3:30 PM IST Who can join the webinar? The webinar is most beneficial for architects, architectural students, engineers, engineering students, interior designers due to the in-depth details of arch, vault and dome.

Construction

Building with Arches, Vaults and Domes for a Sustainable Future

Oct 21, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

Auroville Green Practices and Auroville Earth Institute(AVEI) brings you a 2-hr webinar with Ar.Satprem Maini, , the UNESCO chair Earthen Architecture. The webinar will be an immersive experience on overview of Arch, Vault and domes, followed by technical aspects in construction supported by various examples around the world. Summary of the presentation: Introduction to arches vaults and domes (AVD) Stability notions Stability calculations with graphical methods Building AVD with CSEB and the Auroville Earth Institute technique 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. When is the webinar? The webinar will be conducted on June 17th, 3:30 PM IST Who can join the webinar? The webinar is most beneficial for architects, architectural students, engineers, engineering students, interior designers due to the in-depth details of arch, vault and dome.

Construction

Exploring Auroville Architecture

Oct 20, 2021 . 3 Days

What? A 3-day guided tour of Auroville and about 12 diverse architectural projects led by architects and experts in the field. Where? Auroville, an international township in the South of India, dedicated to the goal of human unity. Why? Experience Auroville’s broad range of architecture in 3 short days - climate responsive design and planning, the use of ecological building materials, including other interdisciplinary components such as the use of renewable energy, Wastewater Treatment, and Waste Management. 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 insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as energy, water, and waste management and unique building techniques, materials, and designs.

Construction

Exploring Auroville Architecture

Oct 20, 2021 . 3 Days

What? A 3-day guided tour of Auroville and about 12 diverse architectural projects led by architects and experts in the field. Where? Auroville, an international township in the South of India, dedicated to the goal of human unity. Why? Experience Auroville’s broad range of architecture in 3 short days - climate responsive design and planning, the use of ecological building materials, including other interdisciplinary components such as the use of renewable energy, Wastewater Treatment, and Waste Management. 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 insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as energy, water, and waste management and unique building techniques, materials, and designs.

Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing

Solitude Farm - Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Oct 15, 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, Health & Wellbeing

Solitude Farm - Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Oct 15, 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

Construction, Skills & Crafts

Natural Building – Basics

Oct 06, 2021 . 3 Days

What? A 3-day hands-on experience on the basics of Natural Building. Where? Sacred Groves at Auroville, an international township in the South of India, dedicated to the goal of human unity. A group of 8 or more participants may choose a date as per their own convenience. Please inform us at least a week in advance. Why? 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 Rainwater Harvesting. 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. You 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 insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as Energy, Water, and Waste Management and Unique Building Techniques, Materials, and Designs.

Construction, Skills & Crafts

Natural Building – Basics

Oct 06, 2021 . 3 Days

What? A 3-day hands-on experience on the basics of Natural Building. Where? Sacred Groves at Auroville, an international township in the South of India, dedicated to the goal of human unity. A group of 8 or more participants may choose a date as per their own convenience. Please inform us at least a week in advance. Why? 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 Rainwater Harvesting. 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. You 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 insight into sustainable practices in Auroville in areas such as Energy, Water, and Waste Management and Unique Building Techniques, Materials, and Designs.

Sustainability

Sustainability or Extinction

Oct 05, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

What? The realization that change comes from an inner perceptual shift and global solutions are possible by starting locally, individually. Where? Online and in the comfort of your own home! Log on to the webinar at 3:30PM IST on the 5th of October. The Presentation will be for 1-hour followed by 30 mins Q&A. Why? The world faces a critical moment in tackling the multiple challenges of climate change, conservation of biodiversity, and responsible use of resources. However, transforming our world to a more sustainable future requires not only high-level dialogue but real actions in our daily lives. This webinar illustrates multiple examples that inspire. Sustainable living means understanding how our daily lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live lighter and better. A sustainable lifestyle takes into account what we eat, where we live, locomotion, socialization, energy use, waste disposal and more. Simply put, being sustainable means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What this essentially means is that we work towards lowering waste and negative impact as much as possible and achieving a cycle that can be repeated indefinitely without cumulative damage or harm to living things In a world stretched thin for resources and under the threat of global biodiversity loss and climate change, our lifestyle decisions are putting the planet at risk. What we need now, is targeted action. The webinar seeks to inspire individuals and communities into action and presents a lot of do-able examples and solutions from around the world, especially from the facilitator’s own experiences in Auroville. Who is your target audience? All those with an interest in sustainability and an awareness that each of us is responsible for the world we live in. What will be the outcome of the workshop? An inner evolutionary step by participants that will motivate each one to step up to a new level of becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Sustainability

Sustainability or Extinction

Oct 05, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

What? The realization that change comes from an inner perceptual shift and global solutions are possible by starting locally, individually. Where? Online and in the comfort of your own home! Log on to the webinar at 3:30PM IST on the 5th of October. The Presentation will be for 1-hour followed by 30 mins Q&A. Why? The world faces a critical moment in tackling the multiple challenges of climate change, conservation of biodiversity, and responsible use of resources. However, transforming our world to a more sustainable future requires not only high-level dialogue but real actions in our daily lives. This webinar illustrates multiple examples that inspire. Sustainable living means understanding how our daily lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live lighter and better. A sustainable lifestyle takes into account what we eat, where we live, locomotion, socialization, energy use, waste disposal and more. Simply put, being sustainable means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What this essentially means is that we work towards lowering waste and negative impact as much as possible and achieving a cycle that can be repeated indefinitely without cumulative damage or harm to living things In a world stretched thin for resources and under the threat of global biodiversity loss and climate change, our lifestyle decisions are putting the planet at risk. What we need now, is targeted action. The webinar seeks to inspire individuals and communities into action and presents a lot of do-able examples and solutions from around the world, especially from the facilitator’s own experiences in Auroville. Who is your target audience? All those with an interest in sustainability and an awareness that each of us is responsible for the world we live in. What will be the outcome of the workshop? An inner evolutionary step by participants that will motivate each one to step up to a new level of becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Construction

Earth and Bamboo

Oct 04, 2021 . 4 Days

Overview: 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 experiential 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 Participants 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

Earth and Bamboo

Oct 04, 2021 . 4 Days

Overview: 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 experiential 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 Participants 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.

Sustainability

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Sep 29, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about Bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Sustainability

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Sep 29, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about Bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Skills & Crafts

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Sep 23, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Skills & Crafts

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Sep 23, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Skills & Crafts

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop | Solitude Farm

Sep 17, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context.

Skills & Crafts

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop | Solitude Farm

Sep 17, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context.

Sustainability

Knowledge Series On Sustainable Development Practices

Sep 17, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

A 1.5-hour Session on Sustainability which gives an overview of different aspects of sustainability like Sustainable Energy, AI and Sustainability, Resilient Urban Planning, and Climate Action. The session features prominent guest speakers and a panel discussion. Auroville Green Practices and CIT are coming together to launch a 4 part Knowledge series that includes multiple modules covering various aspects of Sustainability. This webinar serves as a great window into the most relevant areas of sustainability in the world today as well as provides a good primer for the series that follows. Our choices and actions have huge long-term impacts on future generations. Since sustainability has myriad aspects and angles which can be studied, CIT and Auroville Green Practices have joined hands to design a comprehensive Knowledge Series on Sustainability covering multiple themes in the area. This webinar provides an overview of these aspects of sustainability while also providing a peek into the knowledge series that follows. The webinar will feature prominent guest speakers and a panel discussion featuring: Introductory Session: Mr. V. Vijaykumar (Auroville Consulting) Dr. Basanna Patangudi (Professor and HoD-MBA, CiT) Chief Guest: Mr. Nakul Subramanyam (Head of Operations, Oxford Policy Management, New Delhi) Panel Members: Dr. Antony Louis Piriyakumar (Dean R&D, Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore) Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty (Independent expert in sustainable energy, Regional advisor for French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)) Prof. Arjendu K. Pattanayak (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College, USA) Ms. Suhasini Ayer Guigan (Founder and Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants) Who is this session for? This webinar is suitable for young professionals, students, or anyone else interested in getting an overview of the current themes in sustainability and interested in understanding it better. What will be the outcome of this webinar? Getting an overview of some of the current and emerging issues in sustainability like Sustainable Energy, AI and Sustainability, Resilient Urban Planning, and Climate Action. Getting an overview of the Sustainability Knowledge Series that follows.

Sustainability

Knowledge Series On Sustainable Development Practices

Sep 17, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

A 1.5-hour Session on Sustainability which gives an overview of different aspects of sustainability like Sustainable Energy, AI and Sustainability, Resilient Urban Planning, and Climate Action. The session features prominent guest speakers and a panel discussion. Auroville Green Practices and CIT are coming together to launch a 4 part Knowledge series that includes multiple modules covering various aspects of Sustainability. This webinar serves as a great window into the most relevant areas of sustainability in the world today as well as provides a good primer for the series that follows. Our choices and actions have huge long-term impacts on future generations. Since sustainability has myriad aspects and angles which can be studied, CIT and Auroville Green Practices have joined hands to design a comprehensive Knowledge Series on Sustainability covering multiple themes in the area. This webinar provides an overview of these aspects of sustainability while also providing a peek into the knowledge series that follows. The webinar will feature prominent guest speakers and a panel discussion featuring: Introductory Session: Mr. V. Vijaykumar (Auroville Consulting) Dr. Basanna Patangudi (Professor and HoD-MBA, CiT) Chief Guest: Mr. Nakul Subramanyam (Head of Operations, Oxford Policy Management, New Delhi) Panel Members: Dr. Antony Louis Piriyakumar (Dean R&D, Cambridge Institute of Technology, Bangalore) Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty (Independent expert in sustainable energy, Regional advisor for French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)) Prof. Arjendu K. Pattanayak (Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Carleton College, USA) Ms. Suhasini Ayer Guigan (Founder and Principal Architect, Auroville Design Consultants) Who is this session for? This webinar is suitable for young professionals, students, or anyone else interested in getting an overview of the current themes in sustainability and interested in understanding it better. What will be the outcome of this webinar? Getting an overview of some of the current and emerging issues in sustainability like Sustainable Energy, AI and Sustainability, Resilient Urban Planning, and Climate Action. Getting an overview of the Sustainability Knowledge Series that follows.

Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Sep 16, 2021 . 3 Days

Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Sep 16, 2021 . 3 Days

Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Sustainability

Bamboo Construction workshop

Sep 14, 2021 . 5 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; Earplugs; A-Cap; Eye Protective Goggles; A Book and a Pen Programme Rate: Rs. 12000 * Includes: Workshop, Training & Materials Stationery Lunch Refreshments during 2 breaks Skill Certificate of Bamboo Craftsmanship

Sustainability

Bamboo Construction workshop

Sep 14, 2021 . 5 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; Earplugs; A-Cap; Eye Protective Goggles; A Book and a Pen Programme Rate: Rs. 12000 * Includes: Workshop, Training & Materials Stationery Lunch Refreshments during 2 breaks Skill Certificate of Bamboo Craftsmanship

Sustainability

Sustainability or Extinction Webinar

Sep 13, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

Sustainable living means understanding how our daily lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live lighter and better. A sustainable lifestyle takes into account what we eat, where we live, locomotion, socialization, energy use, waste disposal and more. Simply put, being sustainable means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What this essentially means is that we work towards lowering waste and negative impact as much as possible and achieving a cycle that can be repeated indefinitely without cumulative damage or harm to living things In a world stretched thin for resources and under the threat of global biodiversity loss and climate change, our lifestyle decisions are putting the planet at risk. What we need now, is targeted action. The webinar seeks to inspire individuals and communities into action and presents a lot of do-able examples and solutions from around the world, especially from the facilitator’s own experiences in Auroville. Who is your target audience? All those with an interest in sustainability and an awareness that each of us is responsible for the world we live in. What will be the outcome of the workshop? An inner evolutionary step by participants that will motivate each one to step up to a new level of becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Sustainability

Sustainability or Extinction Webinar

Sep 13, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

Sustainable living means understanding how our daily lifestyle choices impact the world around us and finding ways for everyone to live lighter and better. A sustainable lifestyle takes into account what we eat, where we live, locomotion, socialization, energy use, waste disposal and more. Simply put, being sustainable means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. What this essentially means is that we work towards lowering waste and negative impact as much as possible and achieving a cycle that can be repeated indefinitely without cumulative damage or harm to living things In a world stretched thin for resources and under the threat of global biodiversity loss and climate change, our lifestyle decisions are putting the planet at risk. What we need now, is targeted action. The webinar seeks to inspire individuals and communities into action and presents a lot of do-able examples and solutions from around the world, especially from the facilitator’s own experiences in Auroville. Who is your target audience? All those with an interest in sustainability and an awareness that each of us is responsible for the world we live in. What will be the outcome of the workshop? An inner evolutionary step by participants that will motivate each one to step up to a new level of becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Sustainability

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Aug 27, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context.

Sustainability

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Aug 27, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context.

Construction

Natural Building – Basics

Aug 26, 2021 . 3 Days

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. —- You 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.

Construction

Natural Building – Basics

Aug 26, 2021 . 3 Days

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. —- You 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.

Construction

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Aug 24, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Construction

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Aug 24, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Sustainability

Bamboo Workshop in Nature Camp at Kodaikanal

Aug 24, 2021 . 5 Days

BENEFITS & WHO IS THIS FOR? The Bamboo Camp is perfect for anyone who wants to gain skills and hands-on experience working with bamboo, one of the most eco-friendly building material and also for those who would like to exploring various aspects of sustainable living and witness team spirit through team work. An essential aspect of building a more sustainable world is the quality of the consciousness we bring to it. Our outer environment – whether built or natural – reflects the state of our inner awareness. We work towards the team building activities and other such practices, as we understand – unity wins. PROGRAMME OUTLINE The Bamboo Camp will take place over 5 days, covering full day intensive sessions offered daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The sessions are offered according to two areas of focus, as follows: 1. NATURAL BUILDING WITH BAMBOO As a core component of the Camp, participants will gain the basic knowledge, skills and practice needed for bamboo construction, as well as technologies that use bamboo in combination with other local materials. Sessions include: Theory and practice of working with bamboo Bamboo carpentry: bending, cutting, joineries, split and weaving bamboo Bamboo construction After learning basic skills in bamboo technology, participants will help in making a bamboo structure and learn the know-how of building construction. 2. ABOUT KODAIKANAL Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5km Lake Road path around the shore. Elevation: 2,133 m Weather: 17°C, Wind W at 8 km/h, 70% Humidity Avg. summer temperature: 19.8 °C (67.6 °F) Avg. winter temperature: 8.3 °C (46.9 °F) Sex ratio: M 51% F 49% Things to bring for the workshop, Loose and comfortable clothes Air Mask and sanitizer A Cap, sunscreen lotion Eye Protective Goggles (optional) A notebook and a Pen Bed Sheet Toiletries and toilet paper Torch light / power bank Warm clothes (as nights are cold here) Basic medicines if you’re following any specific medications Your own Tent (optional) Raincoat or Umbrella Mosquito Repellent GENERAL INFORMATION Programme Rate: 17500 Rs. * Includes: Bamboo workshop with mentor Accommodation (tent) for 5 nights in Kodaikanal All food 5 days (3 vegetarian meals a day) Guides and escorts for trekking and camping Campfire and music in evenings Certificate of attendance Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking with balance payable prior to commencement of workshop. Cancellation: Up to 2 weeks before workshop commencement we retain 25% of total fee due. From 2 days to workshop commencement we retain the 50% total fee. On the onset of the camp or after that no refunds. (*T&C apply) Notes: All booking communication is completed in writing by email. 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. Facilities: Basic facilities and needs will be provided, as mentioned above. Accommodations: basic shared Tents (twin or triple sharing) Transportation: within Kodaikanal transport will be provided

Sustainability

Bamboo Workshop in Nature Camp at Kodaikanal

Aug 24, 2021 . 5 Days

BENEFITS & WHO IS THIS FOR? The Bamboo Camp is perfect for anyone who wants to gain skills and hands-on experience working with bamboo, one of the most eco-friendly building material and also for those who would like to exploring various aspects of sustainable living and witness team spirit through team work. An essential aspect of building a more sustainable world is the quality of the consciousness we bring to it. Our outer environment – whether built or natural – reflects the state of our inner awareness. We work towards the team building activities and other such practices, as we understand – unity wins. PROGRAMME OUTLINE The Bamboo Camp will take place over 5 days, covering full day intensive sessions offered daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The sessions are offered according to two areas of focus, as follows: 1. NATURAL BUILDING WITH BAMBOO As a core component of the Camp, participants will gain the basic knowledge, skills and practice needed for bamboo construction, as well as technologies that use bamboo in combination with other local materials. Sessions include: Theory and practice of working with bamboo Bamboo carpentry: bending, cutting, joineries, split and weaving bamboo Bamboo construction After learning basic skills in bamboo technology, participants will help in making a bamboo structure and learn the know-how of building construction. 2. ABOUT KODAIKANAL Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5km Lake Road path around the shore. Elevation: 2,133 m Weather: 17°C, Wind W at 8 km/h, 70% Humidity Avg. summer temperature: 19.8 °C (67.6 °F) Avg. winter temperature: 8.3 °C (46.9 °F) Sex ratio: M 51% F 49% Things to bring for the workshop, Loose and comfortable clothes Air Mask and sanitizer A Cap, sunscreen lotion Eye Protective Goggles (optional) A notebook and a Pen Bed Sheet Toiletries and toilet paper Torch light / power bank Warm clothes (as nights are cold here) Basic medicines if you’re following any specific medications Your own Tent (optional) Raincoat or Umbrella Mosquito Repellent GENERAL INFORMATION Programme Rate: 17500 Rs. * Includes: Bamboo workshop with mentor Accommodation (tent) for 5 nights in Kodaikanal All food 5 days (3 vegetarian meals a day) Guides and escorts for trekking and camping Campfire and music in evenings Certificate of attendance Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking with balance payable prior to commencement of workshop. Cancellation: Up to 2 weeks before workshop commencement we retain 25% of total fee due. From 2 days to workshop commencement we retain the 50% total fee. On the onset of the camp or after that no refunds. (*T&C apply) Notes: All booking communication is completed in writing by email. 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. Facilities: Basic facilities and needs will be provided, as mentioned above. Accommodations: basic shared Tents (twin or triple sharing) Transportation: within Kodaikanal transport will be provided

Skills & Crafts

Natural Soap Making Workshop | Solitude Farm

Aug 20, 2021 . 1 Days

Here at Solitude Farm we teach how to make natural soap and Bio-Enzyme – not only because the natural soap is better for our bodies, especially for people with sensitive skin, and not only because it makes good use of our auxiliary farm produce – such as hibiscus flowers, papaya seeds, neem flowers, soursop leaves, amla seeds etc. but also, and crucially so, because by making our own soap, we are in the position to actually recycle ALL of our grey water for irrigation! This workshop covers how to make a natural hand and body soap from start to finish, where the participant actually takes the soap home with them. It will also teach how to make Bio-Enzyme, a natural liquid soap using lemon peels and jaggery whose cleaning action is effected by natural enzymes as opposed to harsh chemicals, and is ideal even for floors, toilets, clothes, vessels and the likes. This workshop is an essential step on YOUR Road Back to Nature, teaching you how to honour the very foundation of all life on Earth – Water! You will leave empowered to start making soap with your colleagues, neighbours, friends, at work, at school, and so on, thereby bringing change to your society simply through your own everyday actions, – as regular as bathing and washing your hand. Learn the technicalities of making natural soap, the proportions and temperature of lye and oils etc. We will walk around the farm and harvest a diversity of local ingredients – leaves, seeds & flowers etc. Understanding the treasure trove of Mother Nature. An integral part of the workshop is also to demonstrate the simplicity and value of bio-enzyme and to show in practice how we recycle all the grey water from the cafe into the field. Timings of the workshop are 10:30AM – 12:30PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Skills & Crafts

Natural Soap Making Workshop | Solitude Farm

Aug 20, 2021 . 1 Days

Here at Solitude Farm we teach how to make natural soap and Bio-Enzyme – not only because the natural soap is better for our bodies, especially for people with sensitive skin, and not only because it makes good use of our auxiliary farm produce – such as hibiscus flowers, papaya seeds, neem flowers, soursop leaves, amla seeds etc. but also, and crucially so, because by making our own soap, we are in the position to actually recycle ALL of our grey water for irrigation! This workshop covers how to make a natural hand and body soap from start to finish, where the participant actually takes the soap home with them. It will also teach how to make Bio-Enzyme, a natural liquid soap using lemon peels and jaggery whose cleaning action is effected by natural enzymes as opposed to harsh chemicals, and is ideal even for floors, toilets, clothes, vessels and the likes. This workshop is an essential step on YOUR Road Back to Nature, teaching you how to honour the very foundation of all life on Earth – Water! You will leave empowered to start making soap with your colleagues, neighbours, friends, at work, at school, and so on, thereby bringing change to your society simply through your own everyday actions, – as regular as bathing and washing your hand. Learn the technicalities of making natural soap, the proportions and temperature of lye and oils etc. We will walk around the farm and harvest a diversity of local ingredients – leaves, seeds & flowers etc. Understanding the treasure trove of Mother Nature. An integral part of the workshop is also to demonstrate the simplicity and value of bio-enzyme and to show in practice how we recycle all the grey water from the cafe into the field. Timings of the workshop are 10:30AM – 12:30PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Sustainability

The Zero Impact Traveller

Aug 20, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

The Zero Impact Traveller webinar focuses on two of our most common everyday choices – the way we choose to travel and the goods and services we choose to buy. Different modes of transport, such as airplane, train, bus, or car, release different amounts of greenhouse gases. These emissions warm our planet and contribute to climate change. Choosing smart modes of travel can help reduce emissions (and cost!) The production and delivery of goods and services also release greenhouse gases in addition to creating waste. Waste, if not managed properly, is toxic to the environment and to all living beings. Understanding and learning about these consumption choices can also help reduce our impact on the planet. What will I learn in this webinar? Participants will be able to address the following key questions: What is my impact on the environment? How does each mode of transport compare to one another? How do I reduce my impact? How do I create a positive impact on the planet? While we work towards reducing our negative impacts, we can also create positive impacts! Learn how to become a zero impact traveller today! The webinar is for everyone, especially those who are keen on participating in climate action.

Sustainability

The Zero Impact Traveller

Aug 20, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

The Zero Impact Traveller webinar focuses on two of our most common everyday choices – the way we choose to travel and the goods and services we choose to buy. Different modes of transport, such as airplane, train, bus, or car, release different amounts of greenhouse gases. These emissions warm our planet and contribute to climate change. Choosing smart modes of travel can help reduce emissions (and cost!) The production and delivery of goods and services also release greenhouse gases in addition to creating waste. Waste, if not managed properly, is toxic to the environment and to all living beings. Understanding and learning about these consumption choices can also help reduce our impact on the planet. What will I learn in this webinar? Participants will be able to address the following key questions: What is my impact on the environment? How does each mode of transport compare to one another? How do I reduce my impact? How do I create a positive impact on the planet? While we work towards reducing our negative impacts, we can also create positive impacts! Learn how to become a zero impact traveller today! The webinar is for everyone, especially those who are keen on participating in climate action.

Construction

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Aug 19, 2021 . 3 Days

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. Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Construction

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Aug 19, 2021 . 3 Days

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. Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Construction

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Aug 18, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Construction

Designing and Building with Bamboo

Aug 18, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

After working with students and professionals who are curious about bamboo and want to learn about it, some important relevant information about Bamboo has been incorporated in this basic presentation. This is the introduction to the material(Bamboo) for everyone who feels the need to learn about Bamboo, be it designers who want to include this material in their palette or somebody who is passionate about sustainability or renewable energy. This webinar will talk about the physical qualities of Bamboo, the advantages, challenges one faces while working with it, the ways to overcome those shortcomings, how to design with this material. We will also discuss how physical models help with the designing and construction process and talk about one project which was built in Auroville during a workshop in detail, starting from the designing process to the finishing stage. What you will learn? Should We Learn About Bamboo What Is Bamboo How Can Designers Use It What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Designing With Bamboo – Construction Techniques Low-Cost Structures – Case Studies Who can join the webinar Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking insight into bamboo construction. The webinar is open to people of all ages!

Sustainability

Mini Introduction to Permaculture through Local Food

Aug 18, 2021 . 1 Days

Surely the main incentive to initiate permaculture would be to eat our OWN food. As a first step, rather than exploring the myriad techniques to GROW food such as rotations, inter-cropping, we ought to explore the food that ALREADY grows naturally, easily, and immediately around us. These foods have high nutritional and medicinal values, they are very tasty, they grow well with less water, they require no expertise to cultivate, nor machinery, or synthetic chemicals; and they undermine the destructive industrialization that has eroded well-being on EVERY level of our lives. In this workshop, we will explore Solitude Farm, and harvest up to 30, or even 40 different plants and parts of plants, such as flowers, roots, leaves, fruits, vegetables, etc. We will then return to the farm Café, wash and prepare all the produce we’ve harvested and create salad, chutney, and juices. This is added to our lunch and the participants sit down eating together, – exploring this food on the palate is where the true learning takes place! The timings of the workshop are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Sustainability

Mini Introduction to Permaculture through Local Food

Aug 18, 2021 . 1 Days

Surely the main incentive to initiate permaculture would be to eat our OWN food. As a first step, rather than exploring the myriad techniques to GROW food such as rotations, inter-cropping, we ought to explore the food that ALREADY grows naturally, easily, and immediately around us. These foods have high nutritional and medicinal values, they are very tasty, they grow well with less water, they require no expertise to cultivate, nor machinery, or synthetic chemicals; and they undermine the destructive industrialization that has eroded well-being on EVERY level of our lives. In this workshop, we will explore Solitude Farm, and harvest up to 30, or even 40 different plants and parts of plants, such as flowers, roots, leaves, fruits, vegetables, etc. We will then return to the farm Café, wash and prepare all the produce we’ve harvested and create salad, chutney, and juices. This is added to our lunch and the participants sit down eating together, – exploring this food on the palate is where the true learning takes place! The timings of the workshop are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Sustainability

Manage Your Waste

Aug 16, 2021 . 3 Days

Manage Your Waste workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with experts with a profound knowledge of waste management from Auroville, and shared with the outside world. During the 3-day workshop participants will experience various types and methods of waste management, and sustainable waste reduction in Auroville. The program will be facilitated by subject experts and will include hands-on work to gain first-hand practical knowledge. ISSUES How can we avoid, reuse and recycle waste? What can we do with the waste we produce? How can we reduce water consumption and recycle wastewater? How do we measure our carbon footprint on earth? What steps can we take in pursuit of carbon abatement? BENEFITS Learn cutting-edge approaches from practicing professionals. Experience Auroville, a developing city with a soul that strives towards a greener and sustainable future. Partake in a new paradigm that can open up new opportunities and re-energize the no-waste movement. Learn to completely manage your waste. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable waste management.

Sustainability

Manage Your Waste

Aug 16, 2021 . 3 Days

Manage Your Waste workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with experts with a profound knowledge of waste management from Auroville, and shared with the outside world. During the 3-day workshop participants will experience various types and methods of waste management, and sustainable waste reduction in Auroville. The program will be facilitated by subject experts and will include hands-on work to gain first-hand practical knowledge. ISSUES How can we avoid, reuse and recycle waste? What can we do with the waste we produce? How can we reduce water consumption and recycle wastewater? How do we measure our carbon footprint on earth? What steps can we take in pursuit of carbon abatement? BENEFITS Learn cutting-edge approaches from practicing professionals. Experience Auroville, a developing city with a soul that strives towards a greener and sustainable future. Partake in a new paradigm that can open up new opportunities and re-energize the no-waste movement. Learn to completely manage your waste. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable waste management.

Skills & Crafts

Natural Soap Making Workshop | Solitude Farm

Aug 13, 2021 . 1 Days

Here at Solitude Farm we teach how to make natural soap and Bio-Enzyme – not only because the natural soap is better for our bodies, especially for people with sensitive skin, and not only because it makes good use of our auxiliary farm produce – such as hibiscus flowers, papaya seeds, neem flowers, soursop leaves, amla seeds etc. but also, and crucially so, because by making our own soap, we are in the position to actually recycle ALL of our grey water for irrigation! This workshop covers how to make a natural hand and body soap from start to finish, where the participant actually takes the soap home with them. It will also teach how to make Bio-Enzyme, a natural liquid soap using lemon peels and jaggery whose cleaning action is effected by natural enzymes as opposed to harsh chemicals, and is ideal even for floors, toilets, clothes, vessels and the likes. This workshop is an essential step on YOUR Road Back to Nature, teaching you how to honour the very foundation of all life on Earth – Water! You will leave empowered to start making soap with your colleagues, neighbours, friends, at work, at school, and so on, thereby bringing change to your society simply through your own everyday actions, – as regular as bathing and washing your hand. Learn the technicalities of making natural soap, the proportions and temperature of lye and oils etc. We will walk around the farm and harvest a diversity of local ingredients – leaves, seeds & flowers etc. Understanding the treasure trove of Mother Nature. An integral part of the workshop is also to demonstrate the simplicity and value of bio-enzyme and to show in practice how we recycle all the grey water from the cafe into the field. Timings of the workshop are 10:30AM – 12:30PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Skills & Crafts

Natural Soap Making Workshop | Solitude Farm

Aug 13, 2021 . 1 Days

Here at Solitude Farm we teach how to make natural soap and Bio-Enzyme – not only because the natural soap is better for our bodies, especially for people with sensitive skin, and not only because it makes good use of our auxiliary farm produce – such as hibiscus flowers, papaya seeds, neem flowers, soursop leaves, amla seeds etc. but also, and crucially so, because by making our own soap, we are in the position to actually recycle ALL of our grey water for irrigation! This workshop covers how to make a natural hand and body soap from start to finish, where the participant actually takes the soap home with them. It will also teach how to make Bio-Enzyme, a natural liquid soap using lemon peels and jaggery whose cleaning action is effected by natural enzymes as opposed to harsh chemicals, and is ideal even for floors, toilets, clothes, vessels and the likes. This workshop is an essential step on YOUR Road Back to Nature, teaching you how to honour the very foundation of all life on Earth – Water! You will leave empowered to start making soap with your colleagues, neighbours, friends, at work, at school, and so on, thereby bringing change to your society simply through your own everyday actions, – as regular as bathing and washing your hand. Learn the technicalities of making natural soap, the proportions and temperature of lye and oils etc. We will walk around the farm and harvest a diversity of local ingredients – leaves, seeds & flowers etc. Understanding the treasure trove of Mother Nature. An integral part of the workshop is also to demonstrate the simplicity and value of bio-enzyme and to show in practice how we recycle all the grey water from the cafe into the field. Timings of the workshop are 10:30AM – 12:30PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Construction

Carpentry Workshop Basics and Intermediate

Aug 11, 2021 . 4 Days

Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 4-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques along with some advanced skills in order to make their own stool and stuss. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to build basic tools like stool and truss? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build simple furniture. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Construction

Carpentry Workshop Basics and Intermediate

Aug 11, 2021 . 4 Days

Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 4-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques along with some advanced skills in order to make their own stool and stuss. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. ISSUES What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to build basic tools like stool and truss? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build simple furniture. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate. WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE WORKSHOP? Expected participants are professionals, students, and beginners looking to get an introduction into carpentry and woodwork.

Sustainability

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Aug 06, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context. Take a look at our videos from past workshops!

Sustainability

3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Aug 06, 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. 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 Revolutionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6QskgmiM8 Social Permaculture- The Importance of Celebration 7 meals and refreshments All modules are taught within an actual context. Take a look at our videos from past workshops!

Sustainability

Permaculture through Local Food

Aug 04, 2021 . 1 Days

Surely the main incentive to initiate permaculture would be to eat our OWN food. As a first step, rather than exploring the myriad techniques to GROW food such as rotations, inter-cropping, we ought to explore the food that ALREADY grows naturally, easily, and immediately around us. These foods have high nutritional and medicinal values, they are very tasty, they grow well with less water, they require no expertise to cultivate, nor machinery, or synthetic chemicals; and they undermine the destructive industrialization that has eroded well-being on EVERY level of our lives. In this workshop, we will explore Solitude Farm, and harvest up to 30, or even 40 different plants and parts of plants, such as flowers, roots, leaves, fruits, vegetables, etc. We will then return to the farm Café, wash and prepare all the produce we’ve harvested and create salad, chutney, and juices. This is added to our lunch and the participants sit down eating together, – exploring this food on the palate is where the true learning takes place! The timings of the workshop are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Sustainability

Permaculture through Local Food

Aug 04, 2021 . 1 Days

Surely the main incentive to initiate permaculture would be to eat our OWN food. As a first step, rather than exploring the myriad techniques to GROW food such as rotations, inter-cropping, we ought to explore the food that ALREADY grows naturally, easily, and immediately around us. These foods have high nutritional and medicinal values, they are very tasty, they grow well with less water, they require no expertise to cultivate, nor machinery, or synthetic chemicals; and they undermine the destructive industrialization that has eroded well-being on EVERY level of our lives. In this workshop, we will explore Solitude Farm, and harvest up to 30, or even 40 different plants and parts of plants, such as flowers, roots, leaves, fruits, vegetables, etc. We will then return to the farm Café, wash and prepare all the produce we’ve harvested and create salad, chutney, and juices. This is added to our lunch and the participants sit down eating together, – exploring this food on the palate is where the true learning takes place! The timings of the workshop are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM followed by lunch at Solitude farm café.

Sustainability

Solitude Farm - 3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Jul 09, 2021 . 3 Days . Remote

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.

Sustainability

Solitude Farm - 3-Day Intensive Permaculture Workshop

Jul 09, 2021 . 3 Days . Remote

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.

Skills & Crafts

Paper Making Workshop

Jun 25, 2021 . 2 Days . Remote

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

Skills & Crafts

Paper Making Workshop

Jun 25, 2021 . 2 Days . Remote

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

Urban Forestry: An architect’s guide to the canopy- 4 modules Online Course

Jun 14, 2021 . 4 Days . Remote

The life of urban trees is not all corporate offices and skyline views: it’s actually a lot of stress and struggle! Auroville Green Practices and Auroville’s TreeCare offer you a 4 -module course on Urban Forestry, designed to not only to give you an insight into the biology, relevance, and struggle of urban trees, but to equip you with knowledge in order to incorporate the health and wellbeing of trees into urban landscapes. This course will give you a basic understanding of trees, their needs, how they grow and react in urban environments, as well as the difficulties trees face when their needs are not met and the unintentional damage caused by our lack of knowledge. We highlight the steps and methods you can take to integrate trees into your next development project or future city infrastructure: An informed outlook can minimize long term issues and avoid unnecessary costs and tree catastrophes! Finally, we will explore the issues of proper after care, to ensure your trees have everything they need to grow into strong and healthy specimens. It’s never too late to learn more about trees and their needs, it turns out that we need them more than they need us! What can you expect from this course? Module 1 (14th June @ 3:30 PM IST This first module covers Tree Biology: Introduction to trees – tree biology, symbiotic relationships, and an introduction to Urban Forestry. What is a tree, how it grows, what is an arborist and why hire one, the difference between urban forestry and forestry Safety and tree health. How to differentiate between landscaper, botanist, arborist, and forester. Course overview and introduction to module 2. Module 2 (21th June @ 3:30 PM IST) The second modules dives into urban forestry: The importance of trees and their value, Tree study, tourism, mental health, and wildlife. Detailed view of urban forestry, covering the environmental, social and economical benefits of trees in cities. Choosing the right trees for different locations and how to incorporate them into the plan. Detailed method for pre-development planning with the benefits outlined. Proper post-development care Maintenance strategies Risk assessment and mitigation. Module 3 (28th June @ 3:30 PM IST) The third modules covers: Detailed pre-development planning Technical tree mapping Site planning Root protection Calculation of the monetary value of a tree, along with different methods for different purposes, and the CFT vs living value. Module 4: (5th July @ 3:30 PM IST) The fourth and last module looks at: Post development, maintenance and risk mitigation Tree risk assessment How and when to prune Maintenance Who can join the webinar? Anyone! But of particular interest to architect students, sustainability enthusiasts, changemakers with a passion for addressing sustainability issues pertaining to their local areas, students in environmental disciplines, engineering, and town planners. If you sign up for the entire course you will receive a certificate of completion from TreeCare Auroville and be equipped with the knowledge you need to join a physical workshop upon your next visit to Auroville (with a 10% discount!) as well as have basic knowledge of tree care and urban planning around trees. Check out a TEDx by one of the founders of Treecare to get a glimpse of the material: https://youtu.be/uYiOKPKlTZk And more info on: http://treecareindia.com/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_jonas/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_anadi/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_bagira/?hl=en

Sustainability

Urban Forestry: An architect’s guide to the canopy- 4 modules Online Course

Jun 14, 2021 . 4 Days . Remote

The life of urban trees is not all corporate offices and skyline views: it’s actually a lot of stress and struggle! Auroville Green Practices and Auroville’s TreeCare offer you a 4 -module course on Urban Forestry, designed to not only to give you an insight into the biology, relevance, and struggle of urban trees, but to equip you with knowledge in order to incorporate the health and wellbeing of trees into urban landscapes. This course will give you a basic understanding of trees, their needs, how they grow and react in urban environments, as well as the difficulties trees face when their needs are not met and the unintentional damage caused by our lack of knowledge. We highlight the steps and methods you can take to integrate trees into your next development project or future city infrastructure: An informed outlook can minimize long term issues and avoid unnecessary costs and tree catastrophes! Finally, we will explore the issues of proper after care, to ensure your trees have everything they need to grow into strong and healthy specimens. It’s never too late to learn more about trees and their needs, it turns out that we need them more than they need us! What can you expect from this course? Module 1 (14th June @ 3:30 PM IST This first module covers Tree Biology: Introduction to trees – tree biology, symbiotic relationships, and an introduction to Urban Forestry. What is a tree, how it grows, what is an arborist and why hire one, the difference between urban forestry and forestry Safety and tree health. How to differentiate between landscaper, botanist, arborist, and forester. Course overview and introduction to module 2. Module 2 (21th June @ 3:30 PM IST) The second modules dives into urban forestry: The importance of trees and their value, Tree study, tourism, mental health, and wildlife. Detailed view of urban forestry, covering the environmental, social and economical benefits of trees in cities. Choosing the right trees for different locations and how to incorporate them into the plan. Detailed method for pre-development planning with the benefits outlined. Proper post-development care Maintenance strategies Risk assessment and mitigation. Module 3 (28th June @ 3:30 PM IST) The third modules covers: Detailed pre-development planning Technical tree mapping Site planning Root protection Calculation of the monetary value of a tree, along with different methods for different purposes, and the CFT vs living value. Module 4: (5th July @ 3:30 PM IST) The fourth and last module looks at: Post development, maintenance and risk mitigation Tree risk assessment How and when to prune Maintenance Who can join the webinar? Anyone! But of particular interest to architect students, sustainability enthusiasts, changemakers with a passion for addressing sustainability issues pertaining to their local areas, students in environmental disciplines, engineering, and town planners. If you sign up for the entire course you will receive a certificate of completion from TreeCare Auroville and be equipped with the knowledge you need to join a physical workshop upon your next visit to Auroville (with a 10% discount!) as well as have basic knowledge of tree care and urban planning around trees. Check out a TEDx by one of the founders of Treecare to get a glimpse of the material: https://youtu.be/uYiOKPKlTZk And more info on: http://treecareindia.com/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_jonas/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_anadi/ https://www.instagram.com/treecareindia_bagira/?hl=en

Construction, Sustainability

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!

Construction, Sustainability

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!

Skills & Crafts, Sustainability, 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.

Skills & Crafts, Sustainability, 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.

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

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, Construction

Exploring Auroville Architecture

Apr 21, 2021 . 3 Days

A 3-day guided tour of Auroville and about 12 diverse architectural projects led by architects and experts in the field. Experience Auroville’s broad range of architecture in 3 short days - climate responsive design and planning, the use of ecological building materials, including other interdisciplinary components such as the use of renewable energy, waste water treatment and waste management. 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.

Sustainability, Construction

Exploring Auroville Architecture

Apr 21, 2021 . 3 Days

A 3-day guided tour of Auroville and about 12 diverse architectural projects led by architects and experts in the field. Experience Auroville’s broad range of architecture in 3 short days - climate responsive design and planning, the use of ecological building materials, including other interdisciplinary components such as the use of renewable energy, waste water treatment and waste management. 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.

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

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

Sustainability, Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Apr 05, 2021 . 3 Days

A three-day carpentry workshop covering the basics of carpentry. This workshop’s objective is to teach participants basic methods and also to cultivate an appreciation and love for carpentry and wood working. Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate.

Sustainability, Skills & Crafts

Carpentry Workshop Basics

Apr 05, 2021 . 3 Days

A three-day carpentry workshop covering the basics of carpentry. This workshop’s objective is to teach participants basic methods and also to cultivate an appreciation and love for carpentry and wood working. Carpentry workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with Woodwork, a carpentry unit in Auroville. During the 3-day event the participants will get introduced to the basic methods and techniques such as woodcarving and woodturning. You will also be introduced to interesting concepts like tensegrity and joinery. The wood that is being used in this workshop is waste wood collected from the trees that fell during the cyclone Thane in 2011. The program will be facilitated by Walter Van Asshe, a woodsmith and a master carpenter by profession. What are the basic concepts in carpentry? How to use basic carpentry tools? How to use classic set of techniques such as constructing joints, dovetails and simple frames? How to use waste wood better? BENEFITS Learn the joy of woodwork from an experienced and practising professional. Work and stay in the beautiful, quiet world of Auroville. Skills learned here can then be used to build further projects at home such as bookcases, cupboards or tables. Learn how to upcycle wood. Receive a participation certificate.

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.

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

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

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

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

Construction, Sustainability

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

Construction, Sustainability

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

Solid Waste Management

Mar 22, 2021 . 3 Days

A three-day awareness workshop comprised of site visits, presentation and hands-on modules regarding waste management. Solid Waste Management workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with experts with a profound knowledge of waste management from Auroville, and shared with the outside world. During the 3-day workshop participants will experience various types and methods of waste management, and sustainable waste reduction in Auroville. The program will be facilitated by subject experts and will include hands-on work to gain first-hand practical knowledge. How can we avoid, reuse and recycle waste? What can we do with the waste we produce? How can we reduce water consumption and recycle wastewater? How do we measure our carbon footprint on earth? What steps can we take in pursuit of carbon abatement? Learn cutting-edge approaches from practicing professionals. Experience Auroville, a developing city with a soul that strives towards a greener and sustainable future. Partake in a new paradigm that can open up new opportunities and re-energize the no-waste movement. Learn to completely manage your waste. Receive a participation certificate.

Sustainability

Solid Waste Management

Mar 22, 2021 . 3 Days

A three-day awareness workshop comprised of site visits, presentation and hands-on modules regarding waste management. Solid Waste Management workshop is developed by Auroville Consulting by partnering with experts with a profound knowledge of waste management from Auroville, and shared with the outside world. During the 3-day workshop participants will experience various types and methods of waste management, and sustainable waste reduction in Auroville. The program will be facilitated by subject experts and will include hands-on work to gain first-hand practical knowledge. How can we avoid, reuse and recycle waste? What can we do with the waste we produce? How can we reduce water consumption and recycle wastewater? How do we measure our carbon footprint on earth? What steps can we take in pursuit of carbon abatement? Learn cutting-edge approaches from practicing professionals. Experience Auroville, a developing city with a soul that strives towards a greener and sustainable future. Partake in a new paradigm that can open up new opportunities and re-energize the no-waste movement. Learn to completely manage your waste. Receive a participation certificate.

Construction, Sustainability

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Mar 17, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

A one-hour webinar and half an hour Q&A Session on the "Build-free Collective" explaining how simple it is to build a home for practically no money. This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Construction, Sustainability

How To Build Your Home With Net-Zero Investment

Mar 17, 2021 . 1 Days . Remote

A one-hour webinar and half an hour Q&A Session on the "Build-free Collective" explaining how simple it is to build a home for practically no money. This webinar will help people inspired to build a small, simple and low-cost home for themselves along with their community. As the world stares at the prospect of a global recession this approach to housing releases people from undue financial pressures typically imposed by banks and other financial institutions. The materials used have the lowest carbon footprint in the building palette. The processes & technologies used are simple and easy to learn for all people. In short, the message is: anyone can build themselves a cozy low-cost home; although not a commonplace idea, those who choose to build this way free their life up to enjoy its simple pleasures! Who can attend the webinar ? Expected participants are professionals, students, homeowners and sustainability enthusiasts seeking an insight into sustainable practices. The webinar is open to people of all ages! Timings This will be a live webinar at 3:30 PM IST on the selected date. The content of the webinar is part of our recurring workshop series “Natural Building”. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we are conducting webinars instead of physical workshops, so that the learning never stops!

Skills & Crafts

Paper Making Workshop

Mar 13, 2021 . 1 Days

In this workshop you will learn how to transform cotton rag pulp into paper and create both plain and decorative sheets, using flowers and leaves to make inclusions and other different decorative methods. Participants will go home with several sample sheets of paper. You will also visit the Auroville Papers factory and will have an introduction to the medium allowing you to take your paper making further using various methods, enabling you to set up your own studio. TOPICS: Use of vat, mould and deckle. Sheet forming using cotton rag and other fibers. Build other materials into the paper. Press and dry the sheets. Please Note All materials and equipment will be supplied during the workshop. Fee: Rs. 3000 Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking, with the balance payable at least one week before the start of the workshop. 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 one day. Morning from 9:30 to 12:00 and afternoon from 13:30 to 16:00

Skills & Crafts

Paper Making Workshop

Mar 13, 2021 . 1 Days

In this workshop you will learn how to transform cotton rag pulp into paper and create both plain and decorative sheets, using flowers and leaves to make inclusions and other different decorative methods. Participants will go home with several sample sheets of paper. You will also visit the Auroville Papers factory and will have an introduction to the medium allowing you to take your paper making further using various methods, enabling you to set up your own studio. TOPICS: Use of vat, mould and deckle. Sheet forming using cotton rag and other fibers. Build other materials into the paper. Press and dry the sheets. Please Note All materials and equipment will be supplied during the workshop. Fee: Rs. 3000 Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking, with the balance payable at least one week before the start of the workshop. 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 one day. Morning from 9:30 to 12:00 and afternoon from 13:30 to 16:00

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

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