Born 13 September, 1943 in upstate New York, Bhavana (then Dee) left the USA in the mid-1960s for what she called “the university of the road”, arriving in Auroville in 1971.
In 1983, Bhavana founded Auroville Village Action Group, pioneering the development work that, for her, was essential to manifesting the dream of Auroville. Besides fundraising and administrative work, Bhavana helped many young Tamilians develop their skills, remaining available to them for counsel throughout her life. Shifting to Vérité in 1993, she helped develop the Integral Learning Center, cheerfully attended to guests, and held daily meditation and Savitri reading. She also introduced manyo Vipassana through organizing retreats.
Over the years, Bhavana represented Auroville in India and abroad, and served in various working groups. She was a trustee of Village Action and Animal Care and executive of AIP and Vérité Guest House. Diagnosed with cancer in January, Bhavana accepted it as Yoga, exploring conventional and alternative treatments while preparing for a conscious transition. Bhavana died on 11 May, 2011 in the community she loved and served joyfully for 40 years, and was buried in Vérité’s “wisdom tope”.
Started her association with the development field when she was a student. In college, she was on the editorial board for a women’s empowerment magazine, served as President of the Anti-Dowry Association, and served as a human resource trainer for NGO’s. She worked for the Village Reconstruction Organization (VRO) before finishing her Masters in Social Work with a specialisation in Community Development and then joined AVAG in 1988. Anbu continues to attend regular Trainer’s Trainings on Participatory Rural Appraisal, gender issues, social analysis, somatic Experiencing, and enterprise development.
Jerald Moris has his master’s degree in sociology and public administration and served as president of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF), at the college and later zonal level. After graduating, he joined Village Reconstruction Organization and through VRO Director Father Windy, Moris attributes much of his practical education on implementing social programmes. In 1988, he joined AVAG and he is a member or an office bearer of different networks for development. He continues to advocate people’s participation in all his initiatives.
Kavery Subramanian B
Has been working in AVAG since March, 2005 after the Tsunami. He manages all financial tasks of the organisation and also looks after several other units in Auroville in the field of Finance MIS (Management Information Systems). Among other things, his responsibilities include payroll and budget preparation, project management accounting and risk management.
She lives and works in Auroville, co-founded Thamarai projects in 2006 , which are informal educational platforms for the villagers of Edyanchavadi. She was involved in development aid in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide and in many community projects in Ireland, where she is originally from. She has run her own business and worked in marketing positions for over 20 years.
A graduate in psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She joined Auroville in June 1978. Worked in La Ferme (The Farm). Started Shradhanjali in 1980. She is also executive of Mira Boutique, the sales outlet in Visitors Center. Simultaneously in the 1980s, worked jointly on correcting the first 3 volumes of the translation of the Mother’s Agenda from French into Hindi.In 1997, she went on training to Pune (under B.K.S. Iyengar) and started teaching Yogasanas at Pitanga for 15 years. She also gave yoga classes at Last School and for a short time in Nadukuppam village
Our strength is our team; We have a group of dedicated individuals from Auroville and the Bio-region, who contribute their time and expertise to the upliftment of local communities.