Re-thinking Development began 5 years ago as an in-house workshop for Khojis (learners at Swaraj University) with an aim to understand the whole idea of Development through the lenses of ecological sustainability and to weave together a larger and clearer picture of the aftershock the implementation of this idea creates.
This year, the 8-day long, intense open-house workshop will take us through a journey of questioning our lifestyles, our consumption patterns, our standards to measure success, happiness and of course ourselves.
A mix of field visits, film screenings, participative discussions, interactive activities, and sharing of personal experiences, this workshop at length, would take us through different stages of development – extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal – to aspects we are many a times unaware of. The workshop also intends to demonstrate how these processes have subtly seeped into our patterns of thinking. Most importantly, this workshop aims to offer opportunities to co-create spaces where we can rekindle our once lost connection with nature.
This invitation extends to
· Those nature lovers looking for reasons to live a more responsible, conscious and holistic life
· Those seekers willing to understand the big picture and figure out where they are placed in it
· Those searching for roles other than those of the mindless consumer
· Those struggling to find happiness or success in standards set up for them by the society, media, market and education system
· And to those small groups of ‘thoughtful committed citizens’ who think they can change the world around them.
This workshop will be facilitated by Reva Dandage, Rahul Hasija and Sameer Dandage. Here’s a brief introduction to their journey so far.
Reva Dandage has been passionately involved with alternative education since 2001. Alongside her search for the best way of education began her search for the best way of living. While visiting few conscious communities, she began to connect to her roots to find ways of leading a low impact life. Having realized that learning is not very different from living, Reva has been trying to live sustainably in a village for the past 5 years. She is passionate about vegetable gardening, designing and constructing eco- friendly buildings and engaging youth in dialogues to challenge their ideas of success and inspire in them a spirit of compassion and social responsibility.
A writer and storyteller, Rahul Hasija has been studying consumer psychology and sharing his understanding of it through his writings and mono-acts for the past 6 years. Community building, gardening, bird watching, making herbal products, theatre and dance are areas of his interest and engagement. Growing and cooking his own food help him in his efforts to live a simple and less consumption-oriented life. Inspired by the sustainable and indigenous practices and lifestyles of our ancestors, Rahul envisions spaces where stories of people, places and nature travel into our hearts, thereby nurturing and sustaining a more harmonious earth.
Sameer Dandage has long been on a journey of enquiring, discovering and understanding the self and its existence in this world. Sameer left his IT career 7 years ago to dedicate time to his longing for inner work and inner re-engineering which he practices through silent retreats, meditation, reading, and spending time with his self, doing nothing. A guide, friend and mentor to several seekers at Swaraj University, Sameer facilitates sessions on critical thinking, research, unlearning and rethinking development.
Duration: This is an 8 day residential workshop from the 20th to 27th December, 2015.
Venue: Swaraj University campus, Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur. More details will be sent to you once you register. Make sure you read them carefully.
Like many spaces across India and around the world, Swaraj University and the Swapathgami Network are experimenting with rethinking our lifestyles and our relationship with our work, our resources, our communities and ourselves.
We are questioning, challenging and experimenting with our set notions of money and we welcome you to join our experiment and explore your relationship with money.
By participating in such workshops you are in a non-monetary way, supporting and encouraging such learning spaces to thrive and stay alive. You are also taking forward the larger movement of reclaiming our learning. However, it is important that we all contribute to take care of the needs of the facilitators and meet the actual expenses of hosting such a workshop.
The suggested contribution for this workshop is ₹ 6000.
Your contribution will support to pay for the local, seasonal and organic (as much as possible) food that you will be served and for your stay at Swaraj University. You would also, partly, be helping those who find it hard to access these spaces due to financial constraints.
We would like to accommodate everyone who is interested in this field of work and we understand that some of us might find it challenging to contribute the suggested amount. If so, please feel free to speak or write to us so that we can together look for ways through which we can support each other.
If you think this workshop is for you then please go ahead and register by clicking this link.
For further queries and in case you are unable to register through this link, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on 08764279302.
Looking forward to your presence,
Swaraj University and the Swapathgami Network