Welcome to Sacred Groves!

Sacred Groves is a community in Auroville, India. We strive continually to bring down the barriers between the earth and the now toxic building processes employed in modern times. We believe in an ecologically balanced and sustainable model of construction and have been researching on the endless possiblities in ecological development since our conception. Sacred Groves has a unique perspective to look at any problems faced by us during construction, we strive to achieve the perfect balance between the building and its ecological surroundings. The work at Sacred groves is majorly powered by volunteers and Architectural interns and some hired labour from the neighbouring villages. While creating jobs for the locals, we also help Architects and students of Architecture better understand the materials we work with and empower them to be able to bring their wonderful ideas to life.

We offer hands-on Workshops on varied construction techniques taught by our experienced faculty. All our Workshops are open to all (for now) and do not require for the participants to have construction training before-hand. look at the Workshops section for more details.

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Upcoming Workshops:

10 Day Intensive residential Workshop in Natural Building right from foundation to walls and plastering and Flooring.

Sacred Groves is organizing a 10 day intensive Natural building Summer School workshop from 21st to 31st May 2019 open to all Students and professionals/Non-professionals.

This 10 day intensive Workshop focuses on building with cost efficient, environment-friendly and sustainable building materials, especially appropriate for our climate with the world’s oldest and widely used building material,mud,locally available and reclaimed materials

You can learn how to identify different properties of earth,lime, how to procure it, prepare it and learn different ways of using it right from the foundation to plastering

There would be site visits in and around Auroville and interactive sessions with field experts. Inferences from such experiences can strengthen your confidence in building with Natural Materials.

Day 01- Tuesday May 21,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-11:30 Introduction to the works,philosophy and site tour of Sacred Groves
11:30-13:30 Design and Technical discussion of the Community Kitchen
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-15:30 Demonstration of Rubble Trench Foundation at Sep and Yoko’s House
15:30-16:30 Random Rubble Masonry at the Community Kitchen

Day 02- Wednesday May 22,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-11:30 Introduction to Mud.Analyzing various soil types,tests and Soil behaviour,choosing the right mix
11:30-13:30 Hands-on Training on building with Cob
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Presentation by Ar. Manu Gopalan on the importance of building with Natural and Reclaimed Materials and
towards a zero carbon Building technology.

Day 03- Thursday May 23,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Introduction to Earthcreting ,Preparation of the mix and Making in-built furnitures in the community Kitchen
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:30 Earthcreting Continued

Day 04- Friday May 24,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Hands-on Training on building with Cob and Adobe
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Presentation by Rene Janssen on building Biology and how we can avoid Sick Building Syndromes

Day 05- Saturday May 25,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Hands-on Training on earthen flooring in the community Kitchen,Preparation of Cob and Laying
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Introduction to Natural Plasters

Day 06- Monday May 27,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Preparation of Plastering and Flooring mixture
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Adobe Laying for the seating area

Day 07- Tuesday May 28,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Introduction to Lime Chakki and preparation of the Lime mortar
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Presentation on building with Lime

Day 08- Wednesday May 29,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Hands-on training on Plastering with Mud and Base coat Lime Plastering
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Site Visits

Day 09- Thursday May 30,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Plastering with Mud and Final coat Lime Plastering.Demonstration on Final coat layer of Floor finish
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Site visits

Day 10 – Friday May 31,2019

09:30-10:30 Breakfast
10:30-13:30 Continuation of building walls with Cob,Adobe followed by observation of works and Interactive Session
13:30-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 -16:00 Site visits and Sharing Circle followed by Certificate Distribution

List of Tasks during the workshop

1 Making Adobe Bricks and Laying
2 Building with Cob and Application on Walls
3 Mud Plastering
4 Lime Plastering
5 Preparation of lime mortar
6 Lime Flooring
7 Rubble Trench Foundations
8 Rubble Masonry
9 Interactive sessions and Presentations
10 Site visits

Please carry a copy of your ID proof and a recent photograph for registration purposes.

for local commute in Auroville,you may hire a bicycle from the visitor’s Centre Cycle Kiosk or rent mopeds or Scooters from Local vendors.

Itinerary is subject to change based on bookings /availabilities/weather conditions.we shall keep you informed.

Cost of the Workshop: Rs.16,000 inclusive of GST at 18%
(Inclusive of Workshop Cost,Breakfast,Lunch and dormitory Accomodation,Auroville contributions and Guided Tour)

click here for the  REGISTRATION FORM

incase of any queries,please feel to contact us at 7845362068 or email us at sacredgroves@auroville.org.in


Reach Us:

Feel free to contact us – for work,Internships & volunteering,Workshop enquiries or to share any ideas or information with the Sacred Groves Project in any way you want!

We can also arrange customized workshops for large groups and institutions.We could teach you the different earth Building techniques and natural plasters

Or just email us at – sacredgroves@auroville.org.in