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  • 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 …

  • Back from Solo


    by: nickcanby

    created on: Jan 17, 2011 | Tarapoto, Peru

    Hello Everyone,I've just got back from my second home stay, this time in the village of Solo. I think everyone connected more to the community of their first stay. Solo was different because we had already had a really intense community immersion experience, and they were also much more used to outsiders. I think instead of focusing primarily on connecting to the indigenous community there, this time we learned more …

  • Just back from Shucshuyaku


    by: nickcanby

    created on: Jan 17, 2011 | Tarapoto, Peru

    Hello Everyone,You haven't heard from me in the last few days because I just got back from Shucshuyaku, our first community stay, where there was no electricity or way to contact the outside world. The course has been absolutely amazing so far. The first week, of which I missed half of, was a series of readings and discussions. It's really much more than just an anthropology class, the discussions 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 …

  • Pre-Semester Assignment

    journal photo

    by: ari716

    created on: Jan 14, 2011 | Auroville, India

    Hello, my name is Ariel. I am a twenty year old junior from the University of Vermont, studying English and Environmental Studies. In one week, I will be in Auroville, meeting the people I will live with for the next three months and beginning my immersion into an experience I am sure will be amazing, challenging, and life-changing. I am really excited to get to know the people and the …

  • Solo and Shucshuyacu and Ritual


    by: corbetta08

    created on: Jan 14, 2011 | Peru

    This past week has been really intense and amazing.  We visited two indigenous villages, Solo and Shucshuyacu.  Both were amazing communities and I learned so much from each one.  Solo was a beautiful place located on the banks of the river Mayo.  While there I learned so much have the environment and about the importance of terra preta.  It was nice to be able to use our hands and get …

  • Peru now


    by: ElizAdam

    created on: Jan 13, 2011 | Lamas, Peru

                    My experience here from the first moment has been has been variations of overwhelming.  After the horrifically rotten air ports entering the bubble of Case Sangapea came as a wave of dream like sensations. To stumble down the slope in the dappled shade from the trees all around and having just dropped my bags on my bed, a delicious lunch is served in a familiar potluck style. A fast …

  • in program


    by: melissahearns

    created on: Jan 12, 2011 | Amantani Island, Peru

    Peru has been an incredible whirlwind of an experience thus far. Both immersions are done and tonight is the shamanic ritual and flower bath, followed by a silent day of contemplation and fasting tomorrow.  This experience has flown by so fast, it is hard to believe that after the day of contemplation there are two days to prepare final projects and then we present and then go back to real …

  • Shushuyaku and Solo Communities


    by: Dnmartin

    created on: Jan 12, 2011 | Lamas, Peru

    We just got back from spending three days at Solo and three days at Shushuyaku. Both of these communities are native Kichwa-Lamista communities but are entirely different. Before arriving here, I had a idea of indigenous culture and that all the communities were similar in appearance as well as behaviors, but after spending three days in each community, interacting with the members, talking to the women, and playing with the …

  • Solo


    by: Julia_Bull

    created on: Jan 12, 2011 | Peru

    I am struggling to find words to describe my experiences in Peru.. The people I am with are absolutely amazing. I feel so lucky to have met each and every one of them. The first week was filled with seminars and wonderful conversations in and out of class. Sangapilla is beautiful, and all of the staff members are so kind and helpful.  We walked into town (Lamas) and …

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