India 2011 Winter Travel Journals And Articles

  • Concluding the J term at Sadhana forest

    India 2011 Winter

    by: India 2011 Winter

    created on: Jan 18, 2011 | Pondicherry, India

     The 2011 Winter J term program at Sadhana Forest has come to an end. I feel privileged that I got to know all the students that took part with vigour and brought their unique perspectives to the projects and the class discussions. The students managed to achieve significant milestones in their projects while working in the forest in the mornings, participating in class discussions, blogging and writing their papers. They were …

  • Last Week at Sadhana Forest


    by: mailinplagge

    created on: Jan 15, 2011 | Auroville, India

    It is the second to last day of the program, which means it’s time for the obligatory self-reflective journal entry. It has been a week of people scurrying to get their projects and papers finished, but we managed to squeeze in some discussions. I’m glad that we left the discussion on happiness until the last week here. I don’t think it would’ve been nearly as influential otherwise. I’ve heard many …

  • Choice and decision


    by: Tanada_Feli

    created on: Jan 12, 2011 | Auroville, India

    The other day we had an interesting discussion about choices and decision making, which come after a tricky situation which we are put in position to choose on both the available choices and on whom the decision making role lies. It became profound when reflecting on the experience that we just pass through with the discussion follow just right up. In the complex society we are now in, we often find …

  • Too many choices...


    by: beckym

    created on: Jan 11, 2011 | Auroville, India

    As my second week at Sadhana Forest ends, the reality of leaving soon is starting to hit me. Many questions are flooding me right now. The one I keep on coming back to is what will it be like to return to my “normal” life after experiencing Sadhana. I think back to the discussion we had the other day about the role choice plays in our lives. I have always …

  • Musing about equality


    by: Tanada_Feli

    created on: Jan 11, 2011 | Auroville, India

    We were having discussion about equality and how it affect life in general and broad term. About how material possession affect big partial of a person life's well being, and how about focusing only on single aspect cause imbalance which make everything else crumble. Before I start murmuring further, I have to apologize on how this journal is not very structured, and what I have is various pondering that end …

  • Interacting with village children at Children’s Land in Sadhana Forest


    by: MinjahAmeen

    created on: Jan 10, 2011 | Pondicherry, India

    The project: One of the projects the Living Routes students are involved in is to create new structures for children at the Children’s Land. Unschooling method: The Sadhana Community subscribes to the idea of un-schooling where children are not forced to learn. Instead they are allowed to learn at their own pace through exploration and life experience . Making choices: Keeping this in mind, it was decided that the children will decide …

  • Equality Discussion


    by: cmoles

    created on: Jan 09, 2011 | Auroville, India

    "Sometimes in life all things are not equal, so what does it mean to have justice when there is no equality? A parent can be just towards a child, even though they’re not equal. I think this is often misunderstood in the West, where people feel that there can be no justice unless everything is the same." -bell hooks A child and a parent are not equal because they have different …

  • The western economy


    by: erickak

    created on: Jan 04, 2011 | Afghanistan

      Our discussion on the economy was a very heavy subject and was difficult to follow but gave me a desire to look more into the problems and the positives of our western model.  We watched a clip by Ha-Joon Change the author of 23 things they don't tell you about capitalism.  He believes that there is no free market and that they are controlled by trade sanctions and regulations.  I'm …

  • Economy Discussion


    by: mailinplagge

    created on: Jan 04, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Usually when I hear the word economy my brain stops absorbing information and my mind instead turns to what I’ll be eating for my next meal. And because of this, I’m not in very good shape to come up with any philosophical musings over our discussion yesterday. However, our discussion was far from the banality of econ 101 and what truly struck me were two things: the inefficacy of free …

  • Special fings.

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    by: KellyLehmann

    created on: Jan 03, 2011 | Auroville, India

    FRIIIEEEEEENNNNNDDDDDSSSSS! Hey He-aay :)  I was hoping to buy all my xmas gifties here. For this year and next year... all my cousins and nephews and such. We'll see. We've gone into Auroville once so far for a workshop. This workshop (dadada-da!) is called Peas vs Pills, and it was about how we can adjust our diet to cure our health issues. The vegan diet is based on whole, plant-based foods, with … is shutting down to focus on other projects. We are no longer accepting new user registrations and will be deleting all user data in about a month. If you would like to download your information, please send a request to