India - Tamil Nadu

3.1.2018. - 14.1.2018.

Duration: 12 days
Retreat price: 1190 €
Registration by 1.10.2018

Tamil Nadu


Auroville is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world.
A place where the needs of the spirit and the care for progress would get precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the seeking for pleasures and material enjoyments.
How did Auroville begin?
The concept of Auroville - an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity - came to the Mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid 1960s the Sri Aurobindo Society in Pondicherry proposed to Her that such a township should be started. She gave her blessings. The concept was then put before the Govt. of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.
Why Auroville?
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with - and practically researching into - sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
When did Auroville start?
On 28th February 1968 some 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the centre of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble- clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. At the same time the Mother gave Auroville its 4-point Charter.
Where is Auroville?
Auroville is located in south India, mostly in the State of Tamil Nadu (some parts are in the State of Puducherry), a few kilometres inland from the Coromandel Coast, approx. 150 km south of Chennai (previously Madras) and 10 km north of the town of Puducherry.
Who are the Aurovilians?
They come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing, but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx. one-third are Indian.

2 Jan. Flight from Zagreb
3 Jan. Overnight in Chennai (Madras)
4 Jan. Arrival to Auroville in the morning hours, rest time
17:00-19:00 Hatha- Raja yoga exercises
5 Jan. -13 Jan.
7:30 Breakfast
9:00-11:00 Yoga asanas
12:30 Lunch, rest time
17:00-18:00 Meditation, pranayamas (breathing techniques) Kriyas (cleansing techniques)
18:30 Dinner
14 Jan. Return or flight from Chennai to Pushkar

PRICE: 1190 €
The price includes:
• Accommodation
• 3 vegetarian meals/day
• All yoga hours, lessons
• Bicycles
• Wifi
• Laundry services

Not included in the price:
• Airline flights
• Cost of transport in India

Teacher team:

Ivana Dragaš (Ishwari)

Andres Acosta