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EDE Auroville, India

Programme Description

YouthLink is in Progress, a community in Auroville, hidden behind a green batch of tropical nature, YouthLink’s harmonious office space appears. To enter, you must remove your shoes and step over the fish filled pond. Inside, a spacious and luminous setting with a colorful and Zen décor sets a relaxing atmosphere. Auroville is one of the world’s largest and oldest intentional communities. It was founded in 1968 by the Mother Mirra Alphassa, who was inspired by Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy on an integral yoga – the idea that “all life is yoga”. Auroville is a lush green campus located near the east coast, near Puducherry city and about 2-3 hours from Chennai metropolis. Auroville today has over 2700 residents and has reached its 50th anniversary in February 2018.

The course will use the Auroville campus for its many site visits and hands on activities. This course will be conducted mostly from the Prosperity Hall, which is located on the Humanscapes campus for young adults. This Hall can accommodate up to 50-70 audience and has a kitchenette at the back, bathroom, sit out area and kitchen garden. The hall is fitted with solar panels and built with poured-earth and recycled construction site materials. The hall is equipped with all the materials needed to conduct a comfortable lively course, including projector, cushions, tables and kitchen equipment. YouthLink Prosperity Hall and its central proximity will be used as the main exploratory ground for this course, hosting introspective and theoretical activities.

The participants will also visit sites like the Youth Center workshop for hands on construction and utilize other hall venues in Auroville such as farms, forests and pavilions depending on the activity – so that students can experience a wide range of speakers, and venues. The participants will have an option to choose between 2-4 communities in Auroville in which they would like to live during the duration of this course. YouthLink has arranged several ecological living options for accommodation choices that are usually preferred by young adults that include a common kitchen, green area and shared spaces to experience the collective spirit.

Programme Details


Current & Future EDE Programmes

What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?

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Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in more than 48 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slum to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes are around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when they are taken. The EDEs provide students of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills on how to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.

How to run an EDE

Run a EDE Programme

Several of our EDE graduates have carried on organising EDE programmes in their local areas, and you are warmly encouraged to do so after completing your course.

The recommended time frame of an EDE is four weeks, however this is not fixed and varies with each individual programme.

The material can be condensed into smaller workshops, spread out over a longer period, or distributed in blocks at different times and locations.