Upcoming Events


invite you to 
a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
Facilitated by Vinish Gupta 
from June 22-29, 2014 
 at Sambhaavnaa campus, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
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 collaboratively organised by Sambhaavnaa InstituteSwaraj University and the Swapathgami Network, hosted at the campus of Sambhaavnaa Institute in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. We only have room for 30 people, 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 have an opportunity to participate in cooking, farming and other activities on the campus. There will also be some nature hikes.
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. 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. 
Vinish is assisted in his work by 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 warm clothes, umbrella, 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.
This event is run on gift culture. Participants are invited to contribute what they can (towards the cost of organizing the workshop which is approximately Rs.3000 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. 

यह कार्यशाला हिंदी में होगी . (This workshop will be conducted in Hindi).
Please feel free to forward this invitation to others.  Please get in touch with us at < or call Ira Saxena on +91-88942-27954 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your place. 
Here is how to reach Sambhaavnaa. It is ideal for participants to arrive by the evening of 21st June itself; they may leave after lunch of 29th June 2014. If you intend to travel by train, please note that train bookings open 2 months in advance, and trains fill up fast in the summer, so we advise you not to delay making the necessary bookings!
Best wishes,
Ravinder, Manish, Vinish, Karuna

Other Events: (Organised by our friends/associates)

Have an idea and want to MAKE A FILM?
Want to explore filmmaking as a career?
Do you love watching & discussing films endlessly?

A camera in hand & laptop on your desk – WHAT else do you need to get started?

How to get the MOST out of the MINIMUM you have

 watch films | tell stories | learn to Script - Shoot - Edit 



Tuning Fork Films announces its upcoming FILM WORKSHOP in the MOUNTAINS 


at the Himalayan Film School

Deer Park Institute, Bir, Himachal Pradesh

9th October - 13th October 2013

Learn to shoot on handy-cams & DSLRs | Understand visual composition & aesthetics

Edit on professional software | Understand digital video technology

Script – Shoot – Edit & Export  -  leave the workshop with YOUR OWN FILM.

An intense hands-on workshop to experience every aspect of filmmaking

     NO special skills required, camera & laptop NOT mandatory

                  WORKSHOP COST: Rs 8000/- (incl. taxes) 


1. Fill up the registration and email it back to us

              2. Deposit registration fee of Rs 1000/-                              

Attached are Workshop Details & Registration Form

Feel free to call us or email us for any queries.

 Swati Khanna: 9953688480, Pulkita Parsai: 9818365155

Tuning Fork Films

Registration Form

Workshop Details (pdf)

Nayi Dishaayein

​Winter School for Rethinking Development

​25th - 31st December, 2013
(Palampur, Himachal Pradesh)

You know that we need changes in our society and politics, but cannot really figure how and where to start? If you are young and searching for a path for the future; if you are looking for answers or just figuring out how to frame the questions; or you are looking to understand the interconnections between different problems facing society; here is an opportunity for you.

Join our ​​Winter School at Sambhaavnaa​, which aim​s​ at providing you a fresh window/lens to viewing development, economics, society, policy and politics. I​t is a week-long residential program that attempts to critically engage the participant to rethink the current concepts of 'Development' that pervade society and public policy.

Through lectures, discussions, interactive sessions, debates, film screenings and book discussions an attempt would be made to re-examine our current understanding of economic policies, inequities in society, democracy, environmental issues. We would also try and give a glimpse of the various kinds of alternatives to 'development' - both at the grassroots and policy level - that are being experimented with in different parts of India and the world.

Discussion Topics:

​1. ​Historical Background of our Development Model
​2. ​Understanding India's Economic Policies
​3. ​Democracy and Decision-Making: Who Controls Public Policy?
​4. ​Ecological Consequences of Development
​5. ​Social Context of Development: Caste and Gender
​6. ​Alternatives to Development
7. Social Movements in India

Resource Persons:

1. Manshi Asher
2. Vimal Bhai
3. Prashant Bhushan
4. Ashish Kothari
5. Madhuresh Kumar
6. Kulbhushan Upamanyu

Cost: Rs. 3500; this includes program fee, food and stay

Need-based fee waivers​ are ​available. Do not let your inability to pay, be the reason for not applying
​ But the number of​ fee waivers we can give are limited, so please apply for
​ financial support if you really need it. Do remember, there may be others who need it more than you!]

Eligibility - You may preferably belong to the age group of 18

​to 25 with ​
any academic background; you may have volunteered with action groups in your area; may have worked briefly with organizations working for change
Application Timeline: An application form is attached with this email; please fill the form and send it before October​ 31, 2013
[Preference will be given to early applicants]

 completed application forms to​:

​For more information on Sambhaavnaa Institute, see


​नई दिशाएँ
विकास पर विचार की बोधशाला

25 - 31 दिसम्बर, 2013
(पालमपुर, हिमाचल प्रदेश)

आपको लगता है कि हमें अपने समाज और राजनीति में बदलाव की ज़रूरत है, पर कुछ समझ नहीं आता - क्या करें और कहाँ से शुरु करें? अगर आप एक जागरुक युवा हैं, सवालों और जवाबों से जूझ रहे हैं, या फिर इस जंजाल को गहराई से समझने की इच्छा हो रही है, तो फिर ये मौका आप के लिए है।

हमारी बोधशाला में आप पाएंगे एक नया नज़रिया - देश के विकास, आर्थिक, समाज, नीति और राजनीति मामलों को समझने का। यह समय आप बिताएंगे देश के विद्वानों, गुरुजनों और दार्शनिकों की संगत में। इस कार्यक्रम में आप पाएंगे दोनों - विद्या और प्रयोग, यानी के इल्म भी और अमल भी, कुछ ऐसी संस्थाओं के साथ जो समाज की जड़ों से जुड़ी हैं।

बात-चीत की रूप-रेखा:

1. विकास प्रारूप की भूमिका

2. हिन्दुस्तान की आर्थिक नीतियाँ

3. लोकतंत्र में निश्चय कैसे? लोक नीति पर किसका बस है?

4. विकास का सामाजिक प्रसंग - जाति और लिंग भेद

5. विकास का परिवेश और पर्यावरण पर असर

6. हिन्दुस्तान के सामाजिक आन्दोलन

7. विकास के विकल्प

बात-चीत में हमसफ़र:

1. मानशी अशर

2. विमल भाई

3. प्रशांत भूषण

4. आशीष कोठारी

5. मधुरेश कुमार

6. कुलभूषण उपमन्यु

कार्यशाला फ़ीस: रु 3500/-, इसमें कार्यशाला का खर्च, रहना व खाना शामिल है। [ज़रूरतमंदों के लिए आर्थिक सहयोग भी उपलब्ध है।]

योग्य पात्र: अगर आप 18-25 की उम्र के हैं, जो कि समाज में बदलाव लाना चाहते हैं हो यह अवसर आपके लिए है

आखरी तारीख: आवेदन प्रपत्र संलग्न है, उसे भर कर 31 अक्तूबर 2013 तक पर हमें ई-मेल करें।

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Environmentalism in India
Building Perspectives and Sharing Strategies
Sep 28-Oct 3 ,2013

Nayi Dishaayein : Reflecting on Social Change
A Retreat for Social Activists
Oct 20-Oct 30 ,2013