This weekend I'm dodging cows, dogs, and goats on my moped through the streets of Tamil Nadu. The engine lets out a constant scream as I ride full-throttle at 40 kph. My usual preference for a cycle is impractical for this weekend's agenda--I'm attending a Bamboo workshop at the Bamboo Center in Auroville.
This weekend I'm dodging cows, dogs, and goats on my moped through the streets of Tamil Nadu. The engine lets out a constant scream as I ride full-throttle at 40 kph.
On my 4-day weekend break from work, I took a 7-hour bus ride from Bangalore in Karnataka to Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu. Auroville is an incredible community with more wisdom per-capita than I've ever experienced in any town or city. Any traveler should land here with the intention to stay a few weeks, and the will to stay a few months. There's volunteer opportunities at every corner, with immense potential for useful knowledge in permaculture, sustainable architecture, community, and spirituality.
This weekend I'm learning how to build furniture purely out of bamboo--even the joints are made from bamboo pins & bamboo nails. Next weekend I'm learning bamboo construction: flooring, roofing, walls. I've already made many great friends in Auroville, and I plan to return for many weekend trips in the future. Next I hope to learn to visit Sacred Groves, where they're building dirt-cheap homes from cob.
Compare the above cob construction method to the typical steel-reinforced-concrete construction method in India:
I also stumbled on this screw mill at Auroville:
And watched in wonder as this local climbed my couch surfing host's coconut tree for our breakfast: