Date: December 14-20, 2013
Venue: Swaraj University campus, Udaipur, Rajasthan
About the workshop:
A Jeevan Vidya workshop is an intensive 40-hour learning experience that seeks to bring one’s attention to neglected and subtle facets of life; issues related to interpersonal relations, education, society, environment, aspirations, success are discussed and participants are provided critical tools to help them explore the rich web of connections between seemingly disparate aspects of life. There is no sermonizing; the facilitator presents sets of proposals, and helps participants bring their attention to bear on the inner workings of their thoughts, fears and aspirations. Gradually one begins to interrogate hidden assumptions and get a sharper, clearer view of the whole intricate fabric of life; one begins to see new possibilities for positive human action. The idea is to trigger an empowering, self-critical inner dialogue that begins with the workshop, but doesn’t end with it…
This is a residential workshop hosted at the Swaraj University campus (Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur). We only have room for 25 people this year, so please register as soon as possible. It is important that you attend the whole workshop from start to finish as each day builds on the previous one. Participants will also be asked to participate in cooking and farming activities on the campus. There will also be some nature treks.
This workshop will be facilitated by Vinish Gupta, who heads the Centre for Holistic Learning. He has been involved with various social and environmental movements in the past. Until a few years ago, when he took formal permission and left the order, he was a monk in a Buddhist monastic order for over a decade, during which time he also had opportunity to explore traditional Indian systems of thought and living.
Assisting Vinish at the workshop will be his wife, Karuna Morarji. Karuna has a long-standing concern with understanding relationships between education and visions of human possibility and development. Her other current interests include food, film, processual/historical analysis and collaborative ways of teaching, learning and living.
What to bring?
Bring a bedsheet/sleeping bag with you, warm clothes, water bottle, towel, hat, toiletries, any interesting materials from your organization to share and anything creative that you like to do to share with others.
As with all Swapathgami events, this event is run on gift culture. Participants are invited to contribute what they can (towards the cost of organizing the workshop is approximately Rs.2600 per person for food and stay); learning scholarships are available to those who need them. And if you can, your additional contribution will help to support other peoples’ participation. No one will be refused due to money constraints. We are proud to say that the Swapathgami Network does not take any funding, but rather is financed by its own members. For more info on the swapathgami network, check out http://www.swaraj.org/shikshantar/walkoutsnetwork.htm
यह कार्यशाला हिंदी में होगी . (This workshop will be conducted in Hindi).
Please feel free to forward this invitation to other youth. Please get in touch with us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 0294-245-1303 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your seat.
Manish, Vinish, Karuna, Rahul, Sumi