This centre with
its focus on supporting senior citizens and holistic wellness hosts classes, workshops & seminars in hatha
yoga, chi gong, pilates, Silambam & Kuthuvarisa (traditional Tamil
self-defence), and other modalities aimed at bringing harmony between body and
Arka is a research project of SAIIER (Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research). It is an innovative social project of Auroville which wants to redefine the concept of aging as described by the Mother and we have published a book on this subject called Eternal Youth.
Arka is a holistic centre creating an environment in which the seniors can dedicate themselves to the inner work pertaining to their particular stage in life, while sustaining a healthy, balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Arka aims to keep people healthy and active as long as possible. The project has chosen to address a particular facet of the total problem concerning the ageing process by providing means for postponing and preventing the need for the kind of care that can only be provided by a hospital, medical centre or hospice.
Goals & Objectives
We believe that keeping people active and healthy is one of the main keys to being well, and staying young:
- Health is the “art of wellness” (Feel
good, look great).
- Good health, physical and mental, is
essential for happiness.
- One should be healthy from doing Sadhana.
- Elders can be young.
These are some of the concepts we think need to be emphasized and encouraged when thinking about how to best assist and collaborate with elderly people in Auroville. We also believe that treating people medically is not always the proper or only solution to physical problems. We believe that integrating people of different ages is an answer also to the problem of loneliness that comes with old age.
Our Main Objectives
- To find out what people need when they are
growing old and based on what the needs are to then try to find responses to
meet them. It must be an individual flexible approach within a general
- To provide the space for programs that
will avoid isolation of senior Aurovilians by helping them to remain active.
- To create activities that assist in the
healing process, and to provide an atmosphere for creating a positive attitude
- To provide education opportunities for
the rural women and young adults employed by Arka.
- Self expression and creativity are
welcome as well as artistic and manual activities as they are sources of
enjoyment for the spirit and they are a stimulus for renewal.
- Concerts, video-programs and conferences
are regularly organized.
- The space is open to various classes,
workshops and seminars aimed to help the growth and the progress of each
individual. We are conducting workshops in Calligraphy, Reiki, Communication,
Health and Healing.
- The art & craft atelier has already
been present in Arka with various activities in the past years and will
continue its activity in the next few years with a new team.
Our Main Activities
- Seniors are able to mix with different
- We are providing convalescence facilities
to Aurovilians, including a special diet program.
- The communication center/internet is
operational since 2004. This facility is greatly appreciated by the community.
We have an average of about 1000 users monthly.
- The wellness center is catering for an
average of 125 people monthly (Aurovilians, newcomers & guests).
- Arka is a self-supporting project.