Newsletter, August 2002
Dear Auroville- and AVI-friends,
Auroville International presently consists
of a network of centers and liaisons in about 20 countries. All of
them are sharing the aim and vision of the Auroville community and
budding township in South India. Some of these centers are supporting
Auroville quite substantially.
Every year, all the worldwide AVI representatives
meet each other. This year the AVI General Assembly took place in
the Bay Area in California. The meeting turned out to be more than
just another wonderful opportunity to feel and sense the human unity
dimension and 'internationalness' of the Auroville project.
This year's focus was on the development of Auroville's International
Zone, that quarter of the future township which is envisaged to manifest
special pavilions designed to express the genius and soul qualities
of the respective nations and cultures they represent. Details and
outcomes of this year's meeting you can find at
Sample of 'Soul Pavilion'
In case you would wish to see an example of
a concept of a 'soul pavilion', go to the section of
AVI Germany on the AVI site where you will find the English version
of a brochure describing the German pavilion.
AVI Meetings in coming years
Another outcome of the AVI meeting was the
decision to alternate henceforward the yearly meetings between Auroville
and a meeting place in an AVI country. Last year it was St. Petersburg
in Russia, next year, 2003, will exceptionally even see two AVI meetings:
one at the end of January in Auroville (for Auroville's 35th anniversary)
and one in June in Paris.
For 2004 we have decided to go the Belo Horizonte in Brasil.
Join the AVI family! (- better than the army..)
We use this opportunity to invite all of Auroville's
friends, especially those who live in countries which aren't yet part
of the Auroville International network, to join us at these meetings
and in our involvement with the Auroville project!
In order to start a new AVI liaison, just one person is enough. At
a later stage, when a group has formed and contact with AVI and Auroville
been established, we encourage the creation of an AVI center as a
corporate body, with more members involved.
By the way: it is the experience of most
people active in the AVI world that this 'work' doesn't only imply
a wonderful chance to achieve results and meaningful development for
Auroville and AVI, but that it is also directly instrumental for one's
own personal development and growth..
Worldwide translation service
As a last note: you will find several updates
on the national AVI sections on our
AVI site. Recently the sections of the Netherlands, Brasil and
Spain have been updated; and basic information on Auroville and the
Integral Yoga has been integrated on some national sites in their
respective national language. These translations are done by the
AVITRA service in Auroville, which can be used by everyone at
very fair rates. See also
If you want to get in contact with AVI, either
directly contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
or our secretary Tine in Auroville via
With love and warm regards from Berlin,