WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Bamboo Summer School is perfect for anyone who wants to gain skills and hands-on experience working with bamboo, one of the most eco-friendly building materials, while also exploring various aspects of sustainable living. It is for anyone who is concerned about building a more environmentally sustainable world.
An essential aspect of building a more sustainable world is the quality of the consciousness we bring to it. Our outer environment – whether built or natural – reflects the state of our inner awareness. For that reason, part of this programme will also focus on expanding awareness, exploring how “inner” space relates to the world we construct “outside.”
The Bamboo Summer School will take place over 14 days, covering full day intensive sessions offered daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The sessions are offered according to two areas of focus, as follows:
1. NATURAL BUILDING WITH BAMBOO
Bamboo is an eco-friendly natural resource known for its rapid growth.As a core component of the Camp, participants will gain the basic knowledge, skills and practice needed for bamboo construction, as well as technologies that use bamboo in combination with other materials. Sessions include:
Theory and practice of working with bamboo
Harvesting bamboo and working in a bamboo forest
Treating bamboo against insects
Bamboo carpentry: bending, cutting, joineries, split and weave bamboo
After learning basic skills in bamboo technology, participants will help in making a bamboo structure and learn the know-how of building construction.
2. BASICS OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING
As one of the largest and most well-established eco-communities in the world, Auroville offers many learning opportunities for people interested in sustainable living. As part of the Bamboo Summer Camp, we will explore some of the most inspiring projects and communities in Auroville, including:
Sadhana Forest – reforestation project and vegan community –http://sadhanaforest.org/
Sacred Groves – natural building project– http://sacredgroves.in/
Auroville Botanical Garden– http://www.auroville-botanical-gardens.org/
Topics to be covered include:
Overview of sustainability issues and the Auroville context
Permaculture and local food systems
Local ecology and reading the landscape
Programme Rate: 33000Rs. * Includes:
Accommodation for 14 nights in Auroville
All food for 14 days (3 vegetarian meals a day)
Costs of all excursions within Auroville and the bioregion
Use of a bicycle within Auroville
Cultural evening in one of the villages near Auroville
Certificate of attendance
Terms: 50% deposit of workshop fee required on booking with balance payable prior to commencement of workshop.
Cancellation: Up to 2 weeks before workshop commencement we retain 25% of total fee due.
From 2 days to workshop commencement we retain the 50% total fee.
Notes: All booking communication is completed in writing by email.
Auroville has a strict no alcohol or drugs policy. Anyone disregarding these rules will be
requested to leave the community immediately and no refunds will apply.
Facilities: Interns should not expect much comfort. Basic facilities and needs will be provided for.
Accommodations: basic shared rooms (3-4 per room)
Transportation within Auroville will be by bicycle, which is included in the programme rate. (Motorbikes can be rented at an extra cost)
Internet: Internet facilities are available in the accommodation.
Our Bamboo Centre is situated in the international community of Auroville in Tamil Nadu, South India. Auroville has become well-known worldwide for its aim to realize human unity and its ecological achievements. The community presents an alternative lifestyle in a multi-cultural environment. For more about Auroville, see www.auroville.org
ABOUT AUROVILLE BAMBOO CENTRE
The Auroville Bamboo Centre offers transfer of knowledge, skills and technologies all centered around Bamboo. Training programs are scheduled on a regular basis, and individualized courses can also be organized upon request. These courses can cover particular aspects of bamboo construction and technology based on the students wish. For more about Auroville Bamboo Centre, see www.aurovillebamboocentre.org