Experiencing Auroville as a volunteer is much different from just being a visitor. Post quitting my job, I joined Auroville as a volunteer to learn and experience something new. It is one of the best multicultural townships to consider for a spiritual and social conscious living. I volunteered at an integral design studio called "Upasana" in Auroville to learn about India's traditional textiles and sustainable fashion. The director of Upasana Ms. Uma Prajapathi was kind enough to provide me the accomodation and food at her place during my stay for about a month. Also she had given me her bicycle to explore the places - A perfect way to burn stress and calories, also an attempt to save fuel. The design studio is situated at Auroshilpam inside the Auroville premises. A beautiful and green workplace with perfect tea and lunch breaks, I enjoyed the healthy lunch cooked from the Auroville's solar kitchen.
On sundays, either I used to visit and relax at the beach or Pondy town.
Things I like and appreciate at Auroville -
*Eco friendly and sustainable products
*Proper energy and waste management
*Organized and disciplined living
*A smile and a hello from most of the people you meet
Things to shop -
*Handmade soaps and skincare products
*Organic cotton clothes
*Organic food products (especially jams)
Best places to eat -
Auroville units I visited -
Also Sadhana Forest is worth the visit. You may also join them to volunteer.
"Learning is continuous"