Monday, June 22, 2009

Become a member of Healing International

from Temple of Peace to
date 22 June 2009 17:45 subject Healing International

You are very warmly invited to become a member of the prestigious Healing International. There are now more than 6700 healers and/or therapists who have already become members of Healing International.

Healing International is an excellent way in which to exchange news, views and ideas on many healing and natural health subjects with like-minded people throughout the world. And, of course, to make many new friends!

To become a member of Healing International, please click below:-

One of the major challenges for us healers and therapists is that we are all much too fragmented on the internet; Healing International represents all healers and all therapists!!

I shall look forward to seeing you on Healing International With many healing blessings Geoffrey Keyte

Friday, June 19, 2009

A powerful maritime centre of Byzantium

Monemvasia A Byzantine City State
By Haris A. Kalligas

This lavishly illustrated book stands out in its field as the only book currently available on the best-preserved Byzantine city in the Peloponnese – Monemvasia. Haris A. Kalligas, a world authority on Monemvasia’s history and architecture, here explores the city’s foundation, its status as a powerful maritime centre of Byzantium, and its gradual decline after the fall of the Empire.

Founded on a rock off the eastern shore of the Morea in the late sixth century A.D, Monemvasia was populated by the inhabitants of Sparta and was to become an important port. The citizens retained their ancient institutions, while they developed maritime activities, both military and commercial. The eleventh and twelfth centuries were particularly prosperous for the city, and it remained a centre of commercial activity during the last Byzantine period. When the Turks seized Byzantium, Monemvasia came first under papal and then Venetian rule and changing conditions led to its gradual decline. The Venetians handed the city over to the Turks in 1540 and returned in 1690 for a period of 25 years. After a second Ottoman occupation, Monemvasia was the first city to be liberated by the Greeks during the War of Independence in 1821.

Using sources from all periods, along with original material based on research on the architectural and urban history of the city, Monemvasia is a comprehensive study of a unique city – a city within the Byzantine Empire which preserved institutions of municipal autonomy and self government originating from the Roman period. ISBN: 9780415248808 Published June 19 2009 by Routledge.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Donna Haraway's When Species Meet is a strange and frustrating book

The biopolitics of Michael Pollan and Donna Haraway
from Critical Animal by Scu
Most of you, by now, have seen this blog, which asks the question, Michael Pollan or Michel Foucault?

Michael Pollan goes on to contend that without humans eating animals, many domesticated species would die out. So, at the level of the population, we now have a moral imperative to eat and kill animals so that the population does not die. We have to kill in order to make life live (to steal a phrase from Michael Dillon and Julian Reid). However, one might be willing to let Pollan off the hook. He isn't a trained philosopher, and he probably couldn't care less about the question of the biopolitical. Let us turn our attention, now, to someone who should know better.

Donna Haraway's book When Species Meet is a strange and frustrating book for anyone who is serious about questions of animal ethics. It also contains several remarkable similarities to Pollan's An Omnivore's Dilemma (my brother likes to point out that the books end in exactly the same way, with a bunch of professors roasting a pig in California). It is exactly to this pig roast I would now like to turn. Before turning there, I guess I should stay that until her specific turn to discuss animals, Donna Haraway was an essential and keystone philosopher for much of my early theory days. I even sent her a fanboy email once. And I want to say, I still find her writing and style intoxicating.

Even so, let us look at her position on flesh eating in the "parting bites" of WSM. She describes how her friend Gary Lease is a hunter who is incredibly concerned with hunting in ecologically sustainable ways. She further describes "[h]is approach is resolutely tuned to ecological discourses, and he seems tone deaf to the demands individual animals might make as ventriloquized in rights idioms" (pp. 296-297).

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sustainable food growing classes; integral dance of the five elements; chant the rainbow

The Hindu Metro Plus Chennai Travel This is Auroville for you Weve all heard of the universal township Auroville which exists just three hours south of Chennai and celebrated its 40th birthday last year Cofounded by ...

This is Auroville for you
Here’s a beginners’ guide to discovering Auroville
PHOTOS: SEEMA SANGHI FARM STORY Visitors looking around Solitude
We’ve all heard of the universal township, Auroville, which exists just three hours south of Chennai and celebrated its 40th birthday last year. Co-founded by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, with the purpose of “creating a place where men and women of all countries can live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities”, Auroville’s population consists of 2,000 people from 40 nations.
What we might not know is what one can actually do there, to be a part of this experiment of human unity, without actually moving in. The Auroville website ( is as bewildering as the place itself, so here’s a brief guide to discover Auroville. Be warned though, that Auroville doesn’t encourage indiscriminate tourism; the Outreach Centre states clearly: “Only people who are genuinely interested in its ideals and projects and willing to participate in the community life are most welcome.”

Getting introduced
A three-day seminar conducted by an Aurovilian during the guest season (November to April) provides a comprehensive first insight into Auroville. The seminar takes you to different communities to meet Aurovilians and presents the ideals and reality of Auroville. Those intending to join Auroville can attend a more in-depth one-week to three-week seminar. Phone: 0413-2623019
Guest Service
Located upstairs at the Solar Kitchen, it offers a wide range of information and guidance. Open from Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone: 0413-262 2704

The Visitors Information and Reception Centre Usually the first stop if you’re visiting Auroville. The architecturally brilliant buildings house photographic exhibitions and the Charter. Shop at the various boutiques and bookshops and try delicious home-grown, organic food at the cafĂ©/restaurant. Get tickets here for the Matrimandir. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Matrimandir The spiritual and physical centre of Auroville contains the meditation chamber and houses a solid crystal, 70 cm in diameter (supposedly the world’s biggest). The inner chamber is open to visitors only on Sundays, but the tickets (free) must be collected between Monday and Friday. The Solar Kitchen, the popular, inexpensive collective kitchen for Auroville with a solar bowl on its roof, provides energy for cooking. About 600 meals are prepared daily for the community and guests, largely made from vegetables and grains grown organically in and around Auroville.

Convergence This innovative environmental education centre offers experiential environmental programmes for anyone interested in making their world a better place. Visit:
LEAP The Learning Experience Auroville Program offers a range of courses - sustainable food growing classes; integral dance of the five elements; chant the rainbow, and many others. Visit:

There are about 40 guesthouses of varying comfort; some have a minimum-stay requirement.
Quiet Healing Centre A “special kind of hotel” on the beach envisioned by The Mother where people could ‘recharge and heal’. Therapies used here ‘honour and strive to work in harmony with the body’s own deep wisdom’. Phone: 0413-2622329
Gaia’s Garden Focusses on ecology and education. It is a well-maintained guesthouse with an ‘aspiration for beauty.’ Phone: 0413-2622739
Youth Camp For people of all ages, with an easygoing multi-cultural atmosphere. Orients guests on the activities of Auroville and interacts with neighbouring villages. Phone: 0413-2622357

Only for those with a serious interest in experiencing farm life and learning skills. Accommodation varies from capsules (pyramid-shaped hut raised on pillars) to brick rooms. Often, the payment is respect, a lot of hard work and a small donation.
Annapurna The largest Auroville farm of 135 acres, grows rice, varagu, rosella, millet, firewood crops and uses solar and diesel power. Also an active research centre for ecological farming and has a local seed stock. Basic accommodation for volunteer farm workers. Contact:
Buddha Garden Has vegetables, orchards, forest and 65 chickens. Guiding principles: health and well-being and to grow food with love and awareness. Provides a place where people can share this process and learn what it means to tread lightly on the earth. Visit:
Solitude Farm Restaurant Founded by Krishna in 1996, Solitude tries to be wholly sustainable through its food production. Says Krishna: “Solitude is about harmony, both environmental and social, and sustainability in all facets of life.” Experience organic food, lovingly grown, harvested and prepared. You can taste the freshness of the grains, vegetables and fruits with each bite. American chef Cody creates a global menu of Italian, Mexican, Thai and Israeli food, including a unique pasta made from traditional millets, vegetable wraps and ragi dosa (staple food in this area before the introduction of rice). Relax under trees and enjoy the peaceful, green farm atmosphere. Reservation is a must. Phone: 0413-2622068