Community building in Auroville..

Concept Art

Joy of Impermanence (JOI) is a project started by youth which initially aims to provide affordable housing for anyone interested to build themselves. The idea came from a training organised by YouthLink and the GEN Desk (Global Ecovillage network) given during 5 weeks in December 2016 to 35 students. JOI embraces the idea of impermanence as a spiritual concept of detachment from possession. JOI hopes to build a sense of trust and abundance in simplicity for Auroville. It will ideally provide a space to experiment on self sufficiency, closed loop system, low technology, post monetary system and collective intelligence. JOI would become a platform to provide and protect space in Auroville to create impermanent communities until more permanent structure would be ready to be started.

The JOI team currently has 7 members, who have been working on collective consciousness and the human element. The team has had guidance and support form many knowledge carriers. JOI is now ready to begin designing the physical community space, to manifest in the physical.


JOI has located a plot in Auroville, and the Site Application has been approved. One of JOI’s hope is to harvest and exhibit the wisdom and research of Auroville, rather than re-inventing the wheel. Right now, the process of design continues, and JOI hopes to inaugurate the project officially on the land around March 2018.

Five Inner Principles

Impermanence: As a spiritual concept and way of life, including living in temporary experimental buildings, on a land located for 5-7 years.


Community Spirit: As a way of functioning in order to enhance a true sense of community and experiment the most collaborative and fulfilling ways of managing a community.

Self Sufficiency: As a way to sustain ourselves in terms of basic needs, by using what we can produce  and benefit from the resources the reassures of Auroville, while support and promoting them, as well as developing low technologies to achieve this aim.

Sustainability: As an approach of reducing our impact on our environment by developing closed loop systems, waste management and conscious use of resources.


Do It Yourself: As a discipline to involve the members of the community in each development of the place and to prefer the use of exchange and sharing instead of money for workforce.

Five Missions to Serve Auroville

Preserving the Lands of Auroville from any kind of damages or use which could prevent the project of Auroville to achieve its goal.


Deepening the Relations with the Locals by establishing true contacts and exchanges with the villages and sharing the outcome of the experiments with them.


Enriching the Land by bringing positive energy, life, nature, plantations and activities to unused land, and managing to keep water there.


Stimulating Creativity by using impermanence as a space for research and experiments with fast developments.


Showcasing Technologies building techniques and research solutions from Auroville and around the world, as well as ancient wisdom. Each development of the community will be an opportunity for research and sharing with the broader community thorough workshops.

The Team

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