The Germoglio Project , deposited for several years in the Emilia Romagna Region, envisages a series of initiatives aimed on the one hand at the recovery and enhancement of the 16 hectares of land on which the Centro Sri Aurobindo e Mère stands and on the other at the formation of an Integral Education Center which, making use of both the 'external' resources of the community (structures created for this purpose, activities already present and underway, didactic walkways built in the 'rural' area, etc.) and the 'internal' ones (the different knowledge and specializations of each, the study of themselves, of life and the environment and the inner experience on the basis of Sri Aurobindo's yoga), can transmit a new type of learning and knowledge that does not neglect the deeper parts of being.
True harmony cannot be limited only to inner states, to deep feelings, to propositions and ideals, but must encompass the whole external environment made of space, possibilities and material wealth. The environment is experienced as an integral part of a larger, collective, national and global self. The center is therefore committed to carrying out a series of interventions to recover its own area; all in the context of a project which, far from being strictly personal and therefore private, may involve the greatest number of people and interests.
Cultivations : Six hectares of hilly land have been recovered for our agriculture: fruit trees, cereals (especially wheat from which flour is obtained for the production of bread and sweets) and fruit and vegetables for internal consumption.
Safeguarding of wild and domestic animals : There are ducks, chickens, poultry and domestic animals. Numerous wooden nests have been built and placed in different places of the area to host and encourage the numerous variety of birds already naturally present in this area. An aviary was recently built where parakeets and doves coexist.
Environmental recovery and study : A part of the land on which the community lives and works consists of the presence of a vast badlands. The block of the 'calanchiva' expansion in marginal areas was one of the first objectives pursued, followed by reforestation works (the planting of maples, walnuts, ash trees, lime trees and other plants) as a means of stabilizing and recovering these difficult soils or to create shaded areas or rest areas. From this arose the idea of creating a walkway at the base of the calanco reservoir, for teaching and an opportunity to 'regime' the rainwater for the stability of the slopes.
Natural and alternative wellness center : the center organizes various initiatives and activities regarding:
Natural feeding courses
Health and well-being through yoga and gymnastics for the elderly
the activation of which would be part of the larger project of the Integral Education Center. In collaboration with a project of the Region that provides (in particular schools) the opportunity to visit various farms equipped for the purpose and create study and work groups, the Center offers the appropriate equipment and spaces for study and practice of some activities .
Project: building and management of of an hostel
Guests at the Italian embassy in New Delhi-India to talk about our projects
Project "Travelling and permanent exhibitions":
photo taken during our exhibition at Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, January 2019
Other projects ...
· Translations and sharing of works on existential themes: collaboration with Sri Aurobindo Ashram of Pondicherry and New Delhi (India) for artistic-cultural-educational purposes.
· Travelling and permanent exhibitions on existential themes: "The eternal questions", "The silent language of flowers", "Study of the Parts of Being", "The Evolution of Consciousness", "Savitri", "Essays of Sri Aurobindo" , etc .
. Building and management of an hostel: we wish permit to our visitors a "cheap way" to stay with us and so it would not be the "money" an obstacle to get in contact with the spiritual things.
· The science of living: Project of an integral education
“A life without purpose is a life without joy. Quality of life depends on the quality of purpose. " (the Mother)
The project of an integral education center was conceived from the beginning and always nourished and cultivated, as an attitude and dream that more than any other expresses the deep aspiration that animates the center. The first 'external' steps were taken towards schoolchildren who spent a period of 'active vacation' at our center.
It is in the continuous research and work of self-knowledge and self-perfection that each member of the center develops in himself that, probably, this project will find its basis. In order to be able to educate in a truly new and integral way, it is necessary first of all to know how to educate and to know oneself, to become aware of one's own different parts and personalities, one's own interior and depth, the interactions with life and with other beings, of the forces that they push evolution and our progress, etc. Only in this way can learn to recognize by identity the need and the profound attitude of another being or a growing child. The educator with this attitude continues to be educated and to learn from every circumstance and beings with whom he interacts: it is this work of self - knowledge and inner maturation that characterizes the very essence of the life and work of the Centro Sri Aurobindo e Mère.
In any case, the integral education project involves six phases:
· Prenatal education
· Physical education ( physical discipline, study of the body, its equilibrium, development of the ability to learn to listen to its signals and its inherent knowledge)
. Vital education (study of character, volitional power, desires and aspirations, sense organs and respective disciplines)
· Mental education (study of the mind, development of concentration and mental silence)
· A subliminal education (which leads to the knowledge and maturation not only of the interior, but above all of the depths of our being.
· A spiritual education that reveals the being's Reason of our earthly existence.