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Facilitated by Vinish Gupta 
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.
 
The facilitators:
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 <manish@swaraj.org> or call 0294-245-1303 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your seat. 
 
Best wishes,
Manish, Vinish, Karuna, Rahul, Sumi
 
 
Here’s an opportunity to review why we communicate the way we do - An invitation to unlearn the conditioned modes of communication and re-establish our natural and heart-centred way of connecting with self and others.
Are you curious about any of the following questions? Are you seeking some alternate ways of being?How would it be to connect with what is alive within and respond from there rather than react from a confused or disconnected space?

Is it possible to listen without judgement and communicate with authenticity and ease to strengthen relationships and establish trust between individuals?

How can we transform our communication from blame, criticism and conflict into compassionate communication and co-operative problem solving?

How can I empower myself to establish a process where all stakeholders’ 'needs' may be met or at least acknowledged in a harmonious and satisfactory manner instead of managing with our usual approach to opt for a compromise.

If yes, then please join us for the NVC explorations at Tapovan, Udaipur from 21st to 25th September ‘13

We will try to cover the following in the workshop:

  • An introduction to the principles of 'Compassionate Communication & Non Violent Communication' and the key distinctions
  • Ways to create a learning environment in which all have an opportunity to thrive
  • Techniques to cultivate emotional safety, respect and compassion
  • Explore possibilities to resolve conflicts and transform pain
 
Date, Timing and Venue: Saturday 21st Sept 12 Noon to 25th Sept 2 pm – At Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur (How to reach Tapovan - http://www.tapovanashram.com/directions.htm )

Requested Contribution: This event is run on gift culture. Participants are invited to contribute what they can (the cost of organizing the workshop is approximately Rs.2800 per person for the 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.

About Reena Ginwala:

Reena was initiated into Nonviolent Communication when she met the founder, Dr Marshall Rosenberg at the 'Nonviolent Communication International Intensive Training' 2006 in Pune. Since then she has explored it and learnt different aspects of NVC from many trainers. Her keen interest to understand how humans function in groups and how they relate to themselves was further enriched through training in Process Work, Vipassana, Kabir and The Artist’s Way. She supports individuals to review, redefine and redesign their adult life from a deeper understanding of self. She believes, this empowers individuals to engage creatively and meaningfully with the multiple realities in their life spaces. She initiated SOUL SPACES, to reach out to parents, corporate executives, NGO volunteers, teachers, students, youth and homeschoolers; since the past 15 years.

For further details: 
Contact: Email: swarajuni@gmail.com  Cell No: 08764279302
reenaginwala@gmail.com  Cell: 09823034544 

 

 
 
Admission process - 2013


1. If you are interested in joining Swaraj University as a khoji, please fill out the below declaration of intent form and send it to us at swarajuni@gmail.com 

2. To join the program, you would have to attend one of the orientation meets:
Upcoming orientation meet:
a) Udaipur - 3rd - 5th August 2013
Tapovan Ashram, Nayakheda gaon, Udaipur
From 10am on 3rd August to 6pm on 5th August

* This orientation also includes the second round of orientation for people who have already attended previous orientations and who are willing to join. This orientation will be followed by a 5-day event called 'OASIS' which the new khojis need to attend. The Khoji meet for this session will start on 12th August.

* You need to attend this orientation meet if you haven't already in case you want to join. Please let us know if you want to attend in advance and then we can mail you the details.

Contact for any other questions at swarajuni@gmail.com or
call Rahul at : 08764279302

Note: To know about the concept of fee and money at swaraj CLICK HERE
 
 
 
 
What have we been up to lately? See our newsletter for February 2013!
 
 
TEDx Talk by Rahul Hasija from Swaraj U's first batch. Please see it and share it!
What would happen if we went about pursuing education outside the walls of an institution; what can we learn from just travelling, writing, dancing, meeting new people? Shouldn't we be following our dreams instead of following societal norms? Rahul Hasija, in this engaging talk says "Let's step outside our circles of comfort. Learning can happen simply through living."
Rahul comes from Indore and is interested in writing, self-expression, travelling and dancing & is currently working with Swaraj University coordinating with mentors and also designing his project on stories.
 
 


                    THE SWAPATHGAMI NETWORK invites you to 
                                     a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
                                       Facilitated by Vinish Gupta

                                            from March 2-8, 2013 
                                                                              at
                          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.

The facilitators:
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 with you, 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, people are invited to contribute what they can (the cost of organizing the workshop is approximately Rs.2100 per person for food and stay); scholarships are available to those who need them. And if you can, your additional contribution will help to support other peoples’ participation.  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 . 

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other youth.  Please get in touch with us at <manish@swaraj.org> or call 0294-245-1303 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your seat
 
 
Swaraj University featured in 'School Re-Formed' blog. Take a look...
https://schoolreformed.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/profile-shikshantar-and-swaraj/
 
 
Great talk on self-designed learning by Sakhi, Swaraj U's khoji from the very first batch. Please check it out and share!
 
 
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The third batch comes together for their second meet after 2.5 months of self-designed mentorship period. Meet starts on the 19th November. What follows will be a series of presentations by khojis, learning exchanges and a deeper introspection into the realms of sustainability and social justice.  For more updates, visit our facebook page.