Centre for Holistic Learning

invites you to a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
Facilitated by Vinish Gupta from January 9, 2016 to January 16, 2016 at Madurai, Tamil Nadu

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. It is a process of guided introspection, of doing philosophy rather than studying it. 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 collaboratively organised by Centre for Holistic Learning hosted at CESCI, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. We only have room for a maximum of about 30 participants, 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.

The facilitator:
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. In his youth, he spent over a decade as a Buddhist monk, exploring traditional Indian systems of thought and living. His current interests include value education, and design of environmentally sound systems and technologies.

What to bring?
Bring an umbrella, water bottle, towel, torch, mosquito repellent, a light sweater/jacket, personal clothes and toiletries, any interesting materials from your organization to share and anything creative that you like to do to share with others.

This event is run entirely on gift culture, with participants collectively sharing the costs. Participants are invited to contribute what they can (towards the cost of organizing this workshop which is over Rs.4500 per person for food and stay); learning scholarships are available to those who need them. If you are able to contribute more, your additional contribution will help to support other peoples’ participation. The facilitator receives no payment for facilitation. And no one is refused due to money constraints.

This particular workshop will be conducted in English; participants are expected to be proficient in the language.

Please fill in the online application form here for registration.

Here is how to reach the venue. Participants are required to arrive by the evening of 8th January, 2016; they may leave after lunch on 16th January, 2016.