I heard about Auroville in 1972 from Robert Lawlor, founder of Forecomers, and spent that summer at Omega Station a community of students and teachers on the farm of Andre and goldian Vanden Broeck in South Otselic, NY. Majorie Spalding, Robert McDermott, Jehangir Chubb, Zena Daysh and Udar Pinto, who toured the US for Sri Aurobindo’s Birth Centenary were early influences.
I first visited Auroville in 1974, staying for four months and studied with Arabinda Basu at the Ashram. Back in New York, I volunteered at the Sri Aurobindo Center and later became a member of the Lindisfarne Association where William Irwin Thompson invited speakers from the Ashram and Auroville to give talks. I cofounded the ALL USA Meetings, an annual gathering for those interested in the vision of Sri Aurobindo and Mother. I serve on the Boards of AVI USA, AVI and in 2009 was appointed to Auroville’s International Advisory Council. I also serve as President of Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center and on the board of Nakashima Foundation for Peace. I sing in a choir called Prana and together with my wife, Wendy, own a boutique called Pondicherry in Woodstock, NY.