This course is a continuation of the EDE in Iran and a collaborative programme between Youth Link in Auroville and Trees for Hope to offer training to Farsi speaking participants from Iran and Afghanistan as well as internationally. Our curriculum covers all the four dimensions of the EDE training in an integrated day-to-day schedule. The setting of the training, Auroville one of the world’s largest and oldest intentional communities, offers us a direct experience of living in an ecovillage. We will visit organic farms, reforested landscape of dry evergreen forests, and community enterprises. We will have opportunities to speak with Auroville residents directly and learn from their experiences as well as share our own knowledge and wisdom.
Auroville was founded in 1968 by the Mother Mirra Alphassa, who was inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy on an integral yoga – the idea that “all life is yoga”. Auroville is a lush green campus located near the east coast, near Puducherry city and about 2-3 hours from Chennai metropolis. Auroville today has over 2700 residents and has reached its 50th anniversary in February 2018.
The participants of this course will have opportunities to interact with the unique gifts Auroville has to offer, such as the Ayurvedic and herbal medicine, rammed earth buildings, zero waste projects, while eating at the solar kitchen and working at the tree nursery. One of the design studios of this course will be on Soil Alchemy, or how to create a nation-wide compost making project. We welcome lively interactions between the participants, trainers, local community members, nature spirits, and all concerned for our sustainable planet.