AVI meeting report from Paris
meeting in Auroville
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AVI meeting in Paris
AVI meeting June 2003: 'Under the sign of Human Unity'
Aurovilian Tine reports from France:
The birth city of Mother has been chosen for this
year's Auroville International meeting. AVI France is hosting the meeting,
which is the first one in France since the meeting in Le Kleebach in 1997.
Around 50 people from all over the world have come together here for 4
days to discuss and explore the concept, and practice, of 'Human Unity',
despite a general strike which is presently paralyzing parts of France,
especially the service sector, including public transport.
The choice of venue by AVI France this year is really
beautiful: the meeting takes place in a gorgeous castle, 'MERIDON', 35
kms away from Paris, complete with a castle park, marble statue in the
garden, and a small lake. A dedicated organizing team takes good care
of us, foodwise and otherwise, which makes our stay here a memorable experience.
The food comes, in typical French manner, in various courses -- and the
closing of the meal is always with fruits and delicious cheese.
Intensive board meeting
Tuesday the 10th of June was the arrival day for most
participants, and the board members of the Auroville International Association
had their meeting all day long. We had big topics on the agenda, like
changes in the AVI statutes and new election of board members, preparation
for the AVI 2004 meeting in Brazil, an update on the growing partnership
between UNESCO and Auroville, new budgeting for AVI, how to improve the
AVI websites and general communication, etc.
International Zone report
On Wednesday June 11th the General Assembly meeting
itself started -after relaxation and meditation on Indian classical music-
with a power-point presentation by members of the International Zone group
in Auroville. They showed photos of the Unity pavilion, of the construction
site as well as the model of the Unity pavilion, of the American pavilion,
and photos of the International Zone group, and provided the audience
with a comprehensive summary and update of all the activities and various
concepts of the International Zone and the various national, cultural
pavilions. Although a full morning had been reserved for this presentation,
the team could only touch superficially on the issues, and could not go
much into the depths of it. Interesting questions and discussions came
Discussions on deeper meanings
After lunch, we broke up into smaller groups in the
garden. It was fantastic weather, sunny and not hot, so we enjoyed sitting
in the shade under trees in a circle. One group discussed human unity
& society & Auroville, while another continued the discussion
on the International Zone, and here the participants had the chance to
get more into details and discuss the deeper meaning of 'Human Unity'
and why Mother wanted an International Zone in Auroville.
Workshop on awareness in the cells
Later in the afternoon, longtime Aurovilian Bhaga,
researcher and founder of Auroville's 'Laboratory of Evolution' gave a
workshop to the participants before dinner, creating awareness in the
cells. A recharging culmination of a full and rich first meeting day..