Auroville International USA (AVI USA) is very excited to share with you the new online home of AVI USA! And we are profoundly grateful for the many hours of loving care given by Govinda of Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham, who took our ideas and translated them into a beautiful, user-friendly website. Some features that we hope you enjoy are the News section, which will be kept updated with fresh news and online events from Auroville, and the About Auroville section, which shares the wide range of innovative projects that have been born in the City of Dawn. Please take a look, stay tuned, and send us your feedback. We love hearing from you!
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Nakashima Foundation for Peace Awards Ceremony – Online May 23rd
You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd Nakashima Foundation for Peace Award Ceremony on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 at 4 PM via Zoom. Pre-register at Learn more and Register Now
The honorees this year are Scott and Hella McVay, among the first of George Nakashima’s devoted friends to learn of his Dream of Peace Altars for the World in 1983, Nakashima’s kindred spirits in the realms of integrating art, poetry, and science.
Presenters include Julian Lines, from the AVIUSA Board, Miriam Belov who also serves on the Nakashima Foundation Board of Advisors and Gordon Korstange, Auroville pioneer and editor of Connect, whose flute provides background music. The Nakashima Peace Table for Asia is housed in the Hall of Peace section of the Unity Pavilion in Auroville.
Africa Pavilion Looks Toward The Future
Auroville honors the diverse beauty manifested by the cultures of the world. African Pavilion is a space to manifest the spirit and true genius of Africa through collective learning, creative projects and cultural exchanges. It symbolizes the spiritual realization of an actual “United States of Africa” – a call to the present & future African generations from allover to make a bold and quick move towards unification.
During the past year of contraction and limitation, the African Pavilion team has taken the opportunity of less outward work to build their foundation for the future. They have been engaged in team building and visioning, connecting to a global audience through a new website and Facebook page, and developing their revenue streams to increase financial sustainability.
Habari Guest House is a new on-campus duplex dormitory which sleeps 14 guests and doubles as an event space. And Taste of Africa is an on-campus vegan cafe serving the only African food in the surrounding 3 states. Their future plans include hosting theatrical performances, cinema nights, visitor tours, children’s programs, art exhibitions, hair care services, festivals, marketplaces, botanical studies, and fashion shows. Visit the Africa Pavilion Website
Our Cashew Story – A Fascinating Film
In a world where we are increasingly disconnected from our food, this short film (42 minutes) titled “Our Cashew Story” explores the cashew industry – the growing, harvesting and processing of cashews, the seasonal pesticide spraying and its environmental and health effects, and the alternatives to pesticides using Auroville and its bio region in India as a case study.
Suryamayi’s PhD on Auroville
A social scientist born and raised in Auroville, Suryamayi was curious to explore whether and how Aurovile was engaging with its ideals, and what sustained this process. Auroville Radio recently produced a multi-part podcast interview about her work.Click to Listen
Swadharma: The Soul of Action
5 Week Intensive Online Learning Journey For young seekers ages 18 – 30 yearsJuly 5th – August 7th, 2021Whether you are thinking of a gap year, are currently in college, or find yourself at a crossroads, we invite you to follow the call. You will be immersed in a transformative learning journey. Together, we will explore how to align your personal quest with working for a more awakened world. Learn More About Swadharma
Check Out These Newly Released Videos!
A new short video showing the diversity and scope of Auroville’s experiments in human unity, Earth Stewardship, and Divine co-creation.
An adaptation of the Katha Upanishad, inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s translation and Kireet Joshi’s commentary, performed in Auroville in March
How You Can Help AVI-USA is growing, and we’d love to hear from you about events you’d like to see or other ways that you would like to contribute to our mission. Just send us an email and we’ll set up a time to connect!
Are you interested in leaving a legacy gift to Auroville or creating a memorial fund to support an Auroville project? Send us an email and let’s set up a time to talk!
The Auroville International USA Board
Matthew Andrews, President
Maggie Greer, Vice President
Mary Alexander, Treasurer
Bill Leon, Secretary