FAQ

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Select the workshop that you are interested in by clicking on the ‘learn more’. At the bottom of the page on the right, select the date of the workshop and click on ‘book now’. You will be asked to fill up a registration form.

Once you submit the form you can proceed to pay:

  • for online payments – select the option and you will be redirected to the payment gateway where you can pay by a debit/credit card,
  • for bank transfers or payments by cheque – an email will be sent to you with bank details; every organizing unit also has bank details listed on their page
  • for workshops without the listing of any payments, please contact the organizer after registering.

Auroville is situated 150 km south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu and 10 km north of Pondicherry. For details on transport options, please click here.

The accommodation, if provided, is mostly provided in an Auroville guest house. The rooms are very basic and simple and are shared gender-wise by 3-4 participants. You can check-in to the guest house one day before the workshop commences, either in the afternoon or in the evening, unless mentioned otherwise

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Unless mentioned otherwise, no preparatory work is necessary in advance. It is not mandatory to bring a laptop, and tools will be provided at the workshop for hands-on work.

The workshops typically start around 08:30 – 09:00 and end around 17:00. Participants often choose to explore Auroville/Pondicherry on their own. It is advisable to go out in groups and to keep the guest house management informed about when you are likely to return.

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Weather:

Auroville is typically hot and humid through the year. It rains between November to December and the weather is relatively pleasant in January. It is advised to wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring sun glasses, cap, sandals and a water bottle that you can refill.

 

Mobile network connectivity

In most areas of Auroville, BSNL and Vodafone reception is relatively good but a few zones have poor reception. Internet access is available at all Auroville guest houses and a few public hot spots such Visitor’s Centre, Solar Kitchen and Town Hall.

 

Power outage

There are frequent power cuts in Auroville and some buildings have solar power and are equipped with batteries or generators. Some guests often carry a torch.

 

Wildlife

Auroville, with the tropical climate and TDEF forest cover has a variety of wildlife like snakes, termites, ants, mongoose, mosquitoes, scorpions, and many migratory birds. Snake and scorpion bites are not common as they shy away from humans. Many tend to walk bare feet to enjoy the sand between their toes, please avoid this, as this may lead to infections of many sorts.

You can plan a visit to Matrimandir either before or after the workshop.

There is an exhibition and video screening at the Visitor’s Centre to know more about Matrimandir. Passes to see Matrimandir from the outside are also issued here.

If you would like to visit the Inner Chamber, you can visit the booking office at the Visitor’s Centre. A pass will be given to you based on availability. Visitors and guests should bear in mind that the Matrimandir is not a ‘tourist’ site; it is a place for silent concentration.

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