Lives in Auroville since 2000. Born in France, in 1974. Astrological sign: Libra – Chinese: Tiger. She was trained as an agricultural Engineer (M.Sc. Environmental Sciences), and worked in France as an adult trainer in organic farming, and farm manager. When she came to Auroville, she started to work with children, as that was much closer to her heart. She developed a “magic garden class” (learning through nature) for children with a team of educators, and worked in a kindergarten for 7 years. There she took children with special needs age 3 to 7 in individual Play sessions, an activity she developed by herself. She is also trained in story-telling, and would like to go deeper into this activity in Lilaloka. Creating a center of education, based on Joy, creativity and the participation of all, has been her dream for a long time.
Lives in Auroville since 1987. Born in Holland in 1951. Astrological sign: Taurus – Chinese: Rabbit. Anna studied Art and Education and is a teacher and teacher trainer by profession. In Holland, she worked in experimental schools and schools for children with learning and behaviour difficulties. When she came to Auroville in 1985, she became one of the project holders of an indigenous coastal reforestation project. Within this setting, she raised her 5 children. They took her on a magical journey through the realms of nature, reconnecting her with her inner child. Through the years, she played in this forest with children, adults and families from all over the world. She developed stories, activities and games trough which we reconnect with nature, listening and becoming aware of the sacred life cycle we share. She got inspired to look deeper into the ‘magic underlying simple shapes”, their character, their function, their relation to us and all what is around us. She just loves to play with geometry. We measure, we draw, we sing dance and create, we become, let each being discover its space and place in the world, towards each other and our surrounding. She found in Lilaloka an atmosphere of joy and stimulation to discover and develop her own talents.
Lives in Auroville since 1993. Born in Switzerland, in 1962. Astrological sign: Capricorn – Chinese: Tiger. Marianne studied psychology and is a teacher by profession. Before coming to Auroville, she worked for the ICRC 5 years (International Committee of the Red Cross) mainly in Africa, in the Relief department (administration, coordination and distribution of goods). In Auroville, she has been teaching “Arts and Crafts” and French, and has been an Individual Tutor for children with special needs age 8-12. In 2005 she created a project called “Persian sky” aimed at children with different capacities at Red Earth Riding School where she was one of the project holders, in charge of the accounts, lessons and all others activities related to running a riding school comprising of 25 horses for 50 clients. Establishing a center offering all types of activities in a joyful and concentrated atmosphere is her dream for a long time.
Born in Holland, in 1983. Astrological sign: Pisces – Chinese: Pig. Text in the making but shortly Jitta, who started a teacher training in the Netherlands and worked for many years with children, is passionate about working with children individually and in small groups, using Nature, Medicinal plants, as her medium while listening to the needs of the moment so that each child can be / find him/herself.
Lives in Auroville since 2001. Born in France in 1963. Astrological sign: Aquarius – Chinese: Cat. Veronique’s involvement with the world of children started at the age of 21 years old, as she worked as an activity leader in outdoor centres, holiday camps and schools. 12 years later, she founded Créalom, an organization which aim was to offer workshops dedicated to free creativity. Then she felt a call to come to and live in Auroville. Today, Véronique creates board games, as well as transforms existing games, letting war rules evolve into joyful and collaborative games. She understood very quickly that creativity and imagination combined perfectly with education and that children loved it. She naturally developed these qualities and, thanks to the children, discovered infinite possibilities. Playing is for her the most serious thing in the world, the most important also, as it allows a harmonious development of the creative and imaginative potential divinely hidden in the depths of each one of us. In the same spirit, Véronique gives workshops of self-expression through clown and Improvisation Theater. She found in Lilaloka the magic garden she needed to plant these seeds of joy and sharing.
Lives in Auroville since 2016. Born in Germany, in 1973. Astrological sign: Sagittarius – Chinese: Ox, Metal wood. I’m a graduate in English and trained later as a pre-primary and primary teacher. I started my career at age 21 working as a banking assistant and then officer, in a multinational bank. After 3 years I left my job as it was not giving me creative fulfillment. I subsequently did my teacher’s training but decided to be a full time mom to my 3 daughters. Storytelling was an integral part of our lives. I now see how deep an impact stories have had on their lives, on their values and also in their faith system. I would now like to share my stories with other children and have lively philosophical discussions with them 🙂. I’m presently studying healing through personal storytelling.
Born in Pondicherry, India, in 1992. Astrological sign: Libra – Chinese: Monkey. Jegan is Lilaloka’s care-taker. He is originated from the village of Bommayapalayam near Auroville and was working there from a very young age. He learned to appreciate the mixed culture of Auroville and always wanted to deepen his connection with Auroville and Aurovilians. Jegan is a very enthusiastic, social, responsible, promising young man who helps us with administration, accounts, errands and assists in the running of the activities. He joined Lilaloka in October 2017 and we are so happy he works with us!