Report from AVI Meeting
It is Wednesday evening and we have been meeting for 3 days at Spa Eastman a beautiful resort offered at a special rate to the AVI association for this meeting by the owner, Jocelyna, who was part of Aux Petites Oiseaux in Montreal and visited the Ashram and Auroville between 19711973. In her own words, she expressed wanting to do something in her life that carried forth the vision that inspired her during these times and Spa Eastman is that creation. She was utterly delighted to have the chance to host this meeting and it has been very nourishing (in every possible way): www.spa-eastman.com
As is often the case, this meeting has been pretty jam packed with dynamic discussions hence the infrequency of reports for which I apologize. To give a quick overview this is what we have been up to:
After this Yanne Dimay gave a stimulating presentation on the preparation of the UNESCO event planned for next year Auroville¹s 40th at UNESCO headquarters Paris which will coincide with the UNESCO general assembly meeting. This event will be facilitated at the highest level by Dr. Karan Singh. Dr. Doudou Dienne, Dr. Kashyip Desiraju (HRD ministry) and Enzo Fazzino in UNESCO will also be involved.
In the evening a film was shown made in France showing the remarkable role one bone in the base of the head may have played. It is shaped like a butterfly!!:
The rest of the morning was spent in a "workshop" to try and gain more clarity on how to develop the "soil ceremony" idea which has been drafted in concept but needs much more detailed elaboration. Surbhi facilitated this session including small group brainstorming and an attempt to synthesize the different ideas. In the end a committee agreed to work further to try and present a more coherent proposal in order to help manifest this idea.
In the afternoon, a few more topic points relating to Auroville's 40th were mentioned a summary of events known till now, mention of the possibility for a youth conference in collaboration with Dena Merriam from the Women's World Peace Initiative.
This was followed by Auroville presentations including on ACCESS, Isai Amabalam and NCBS, mediation service, Auroville transport initiatives, open source software proposal, Auroville Industrial school and a brief report from South Africa Liaison (as Jasmin and Aravinda had to leave again). At the end of the presentations, the group adjourned to watch the short film "listening to our children" and the new Matrimandir video which was appreciated by everyone tremendously.
In the evening, we had a cultural program with Devasmita and Paolo both dancing for the group and then we all participated in folk and Sufi dances led by 2 of our Canadian hosts Stephan and Marie Jose.
Day 3 (today):
We also spent some time in a sharing circle speaking of the impact of the films on his life and work as we were personally touched.
In the afternoon, Monique began with a detailed update about the land situation in Auroville some recent history leading to the proposal of exchange of lands and discussion followed which highlighted the complexity of the problem that appears not to have any easy human solution. This presentation was followed by centre reports from all centres except Netherlands as we ran out of time.
Tomorrow is last day. After a 14 km morning hike (first time some of us have really been outside for more than getting from bed to meals to meeting!) we will gather in the afternoon to complete unfinished topics, work a bit more on the 40th birthday proposal and the new board will meet.
In the evening we will have a round for closing reflections.
We have all been greatly appreciating the detailed organization of Christian and the Canadian team and especially the beauty of this current location.
September 28 at 5:30pm
Rainbow over Plateau Mont-Royal while most of the AVI
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