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Auroville International Meeting 2002

When:
Friday July 19th - Wednesday July 24th, 2002

Where:

Sequoia Seminar, near Santa Cruz, California, USA

Conference Reports

You can download the final report in PDF format (130 kb, 40 pages), which includes more information than the individual reports below.

If you are only interested in a few sessions, you can look at the session summaries of each day, or of individual sessions by clicking on the links in the program below. Blue links are "live", grey links are not yet functional. Please check the final report (above), if you are interested in a greyed-out session below. Most of the documents require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free.

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Photos of AVI Conferences are available on the Auroville Website.

Auroville International Conference 2002 Program

 

 

 

Friday July 19th

 

The Gathering

 

 

AVI Board Meeting & General Arrivals

 

 

Facilitator: Wolfgang Schmidt-Reinecke

 

Keynote Address - Dr. Ananda Reddy

 

 

Who are we and what are we doing here? What role does the World have in the life of Auroville? How do Aurovilians and those outside form one community?

 

 

 

Saturday July 20th

 

Auroville Today: Spiritual and Material Aspects of Auroville and Auroville International

 

 

General Interest Topics

 

 

Facilitator: Julian Lines

 

Opening session/consecration/invocation - Bill Leon & Everyone

 

 

This is where we come together as a group, sharing our aspirations for the next few days (think about this beforehand), creating a harmonious working atmosphere for the rest of the conference

 

Securing the Land for Auroville - Guy Ryckaert

 

 

Securing the land for Auroville is not just another project in Auroville - it is the very basis for the realization of the Auroville township. Without the land, the City cannot be built and the greenbelt, which is necessary to maintain an ecological balance, cannot manifest. In the face of rampant speculation and inflation, Auroville is prioritizing certain areas for purchase and exploring ways to acquire the necessary funds.

 

The Tamils and Villages in Auroville - Bhavana Dee

 

 

Whether being employed by the community, or actually becoming Aurovilians, the local Tamils have played a key role in the development of the City of Dawn. What next?

 

Matrimandir - Michael Bonke

 

 

The construction of the Matrimandir is advancing rapidly. Michael will present a current slideshow report on the current state of affairs.

 

Influence of Integral Yoga on Western Thought - Wolfgang Schmidt-Reinecke & Dr. Ananda Reddy

 

 

Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga has influenced prominent thinkers in the West, and can be found at the foundation of these thinker's physical and literary creations.

 

Live Moroccan Music - Amarg

 

 

International Zone? Culture? Music? Africa? You bet!

 

 

 

Sunday July 21st

 

The International Zone - report with details on each session

 

 

Facilitator: Megan Thomas

 

Centers present their involvement in the International Zone - AVI Centers

 

 

What is the current IZ status? Those centers that have been working on their presence in the International Zone will give a brief report on their current status

 

Moderated Forum: Defining the International Zone - Panel Discussion

 

 

Ideally what should the IZ be? A panel discussion with Helmut, Jill, Tekeste, Peter, Ananda Reddy and Tine

 

Discussion: Role of AVIs in the International Zone & the Pavilions - Everyone

 

 

Follows from previous two discussions: Given the current involvement of the AVIs in the IZ, and given the ideals just discussed, what role should the AVIs and the World ideally play in the International Zone? What role does the International Zone play in the World?

 

Water Issues in Auroville and the International Zone - Jill Navarre

 

 

Auroville has important water issues, which need to be considered when planning a collective infrastructure for the International Zone

 

Dynamic Programming - To Be Arranged

 

 

You will be bringing new perspectives on the topics being discussed, and probably even new topics that are not included in the program. This time is available for us to discuss something important as a group, or for smaller breakout sessions focused on several topics.

 

Variety Show: Poetry, Music, Storytelling and More - Savitra, Amrit, Chandresh, Paula, Everyone

 

 

Savitra will bring back the old days with some songs, Amrit and others will read some of their poetry, and Paula will tell us a story. Maybe you'll also be inspired to share?

 

 

 

Monday July 22nd

 

Being Together Here and Now

 

 

Facilitator: Excursion day - facilitator not needed

 

Consensus Decision Making Workshop - Megan Thomas

 

 

This is a day of coming together. We will take one of the smaller unresolved topics discussed on Saturday or Sunday and use it as material for a consensus decision making workshop.

 

Expedition in Groups with Packed Lunch

 

 

Spend six hours building personal contacts, group-building and stretching your legs as you explore California. These are your expedition choices:
1) Big Basin to Waddell Beach Hike - 6 miles gently downhill along a creek and through several different habitats
2) Henry Cowell Redwoods Park and Natural Bridges Beach by Van - get the best of 1 above, but with a LOT less walking
3) Monterey Bay Aquarium - Explore the Monterey Bay's unique marine and coastal habitats at one of the nations finest aquaria. Limit of 30 participants. Approx 3 hours total driving (networking) time.

 

Ohlone Indian Storytelling & Chants/Devotional Music from India - Ohlone Elder Patrick Orozco & Amrita Banerji

 

 

We have just spent all day exploring the land, which has been home to the Ohlone Indians for over 10,000 years. Ohlone Elder Patrick Orozco will join us to share the story of his people and their culture. Amrita Banerji will continue the evening with chants and devotional music from India.

 

 

 

Tuesday July 23rd

 

The Work of Auroville International (Tue/Wed Report)

 

 

Facilitator: Bill Leon

 

Reports from Auroville International Centers - AVI Centers

 

 

The Auroville International Centers will report on their recent events/projects, current focus, and future outlook.

 

Best Practices of Auroville International - AVI Centers

 

 

The Auroville International Centers are all working for the same cause, and can learn from each other's success stories - share and grow.

 

Coordination of AVI with Auroville's Outreach - AVI Centers & Everyone

 

 

How can those who produce outreach materials (Aurovilians) such as videos, books, etc work more closely with Auroville's overseas network (the AVI Centers & others) to produce timely materials that help bring Auroville and the West together/in sych?

 

Changing Role of AVI & the Role of Auroville's Spirit in the AVI Organization - AVI Centers & Everyone

 

 

With the advent of the internet and communication technologies, the AVI Organization can respond to Auroville's developments more rapidly. With this change in communication, how has our role changed? How can we be more in tune with what's going on in Auroville? What are the potentials?

 

Dynamic Programming - To Be Arranged

 

 

You will be bringing new perspectives on the topics being discussed, and probably even new topics that are not included in the program. This time is available for us to discuss something important as a group, or for smaller breakout sessions focused on several topics. Do you still need to work on your skit that you're presenting after dinner?

 

AVI Follies - Everyone

 

 

Long, long time ago, on Friday or Saturday, you and a couple of others were given a topic around which to build a short performance. You've worked it out now, and are eager to share it with us all, eager to see what the others have come up with, and eager to have some fun!

 

 

 

Wednesday July 24th

 

Looking Forward (Tue/Wed Report)

 

 

Facilitator: Paula Murphy

 

Summarize concrete outcomes of meeting - Volunteers

 

 

What have we achieved? A three-minute summary of the concrete outcome, or a synthesis of the different perspectives, of each of the sessions will be presented by those individuals who volunteered on Saturday to do this. If time permits, start next session early.

 

Future Direction, Sharing, Closing Session - Everyone

 

 

Where do we go from here? Share revelations, new determinations and directions that resulted from this conference. We were undoubtedly all grateful to be here; let's refrain from lengthy outbursts to that effect :-)

Location Map
Location: under the giant redwoods in the hills of coastal California. Click image for a real roadmap.

 

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