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Visual Thinking
How do you express clearly without using conventional language? How do you ideate fearlessly, communicate concepts, and collaborate with others to solve problems in the most effective way? Visual thinking provides a new language to capture conversations, present your ideas, and convey relationships between complex ideas and information.

Most people develop a fear towards free form drawing and sketching as a means to express their ideas during their early years. But this can change. You don’t have to be an artist to take advantage of this tool.  If you are someone who likes to take rich notes, express ideas, develop concepts and communicate strategies, this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will learn the science behind visual memory, the basics of drawing, building your own visual library, ideating, creating a visual story, and collaboratively solving problems.

About the facilitator:
Atul Saraf is an architect and a user experience design professional with 20 years of collective industry experience. Atul is passionate about design that is strategic, delightful and meaningful. As a designer Atul has engaged with multinational organisations, NGOs, and educational institutes to create solutions for complex problems. His area of work includes space design, branding, visual communication and digital products and service design. His work at Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology includes leading UX and Innovation projects as well as teaching an Interaction design program. Currently as part of DesignFold Consulting, he designs experiences for digital systems and conducts training for Interaction Design.
When Atul is not creating delightful experiences for future forward organizations, he is farming in a Himalayan village (where he resides with his family), teaching in NGOs, and practicing mud architecture.

The Workshop:
This is a residential workshop hosted at Dharwad, Karnataka. The workshop is for mature learners (not for children), and the maximum number of participants in the workshop is limited to 20. The workshop has to be attended in its entirety. The workshop will begin at 10 am on 6th September and end by 6 pm on 7th September 2017. Participants may arrive on the evening of the 5th September, or early on the morning of the 6th September. They may leave by the evening of the 7th September, or on the morning of the 8th September.

The workshop is being organised pro bono by all those involved. The workshop fee of Rs.2000 covers boarding and lodging costs and all the materials used in the workshop.  A few partial waivers may be available for those unable to pay the full amount.

The arrangements for boarding and lodging of participants at the venue will be simple and ashram-like. Sleeping arrangements will be on the floor (on mattresses), and the toilets are only Indian-style (there is no western WC at the venue).
Food served during the workshop will be simple, vegetarian, mostly organic, local cuisine.
The workshop will be conducted in English.

To register for the workshop, please fill in the online form.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please call Vinish Gupta on +91.8762071817 or email him at

What to bring:
Bring personal clothing, a bed-sheet, umbrella, torch, water bottle, towel, toiletries, mosquito-net/repellent, and any interesting materials from your organisation to share and anything creative that you like to do to share with others.
(However, all materials needed for the workshop itself will be provided to the participants).

Your Support for this Workshop!
If you are unable to attend, but would like to support this kind of pro bono learning ecosystem by making a contribution towards this workshop, please click here. Your contribution will be used to directly assist the participation of those who cannot bear the cost of the workshop, and need to be given a waiver/scholarship to attend.

Dharwad Sukhi Jeevan Group

invites you to 
a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
Facilitated by Vinish Gupta 
from September 9-16, 2017
 at Dharwad, Karnataka

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 hosted at Dharwad, Karnataka. There is only room for about 30 participants, so please register as early 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 leads 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 personal clothing, a bed-sheet, umbrella, torch, water bottle, towel, toiletries, mosquito-net/repellent, and 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 organising the workshop which is approximately Rs.4000 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 people's participation. No one will be refused due to money constraints.

यह कार्यशाला हिंदी में होगी . (This workshop will be conducted in Hindi).

The arrangements for the boarding and lodging of participants at the venue will be simple and ashram-like. Sleeping arrangements will be on the floor (on mattresses), and the toilets are only Indian-style (there is no western WC at the venue).
Participants will also have opportunity to participate in cooking, farming and maintenance activities on the campus.

To register for the workshop, please fill in the online form.

Participants from Dharwad may contact any of the following to participate:

1. Dr Sanjeev Kulkarni - 9448143100 (7 pm to 9 pm only)

2. Shri Santosh Oswal - 9880139840

3. Shri Sanjeevkumar Patil - 9448231960 (Email: )

4. Smt Geeta Suresh - 9483757682

Please note that the workshop is of an integrated nature and has to be attended in its entirety. It may not be attended partially.

Here is how to reach Dharwad. It is ideal for participants to arrive by the evening of the 8th September itself; they may leave after lunch of 16th September 2017. If you intend to travel by train, please note that train bookings now open 4 months in advance of the travel date, so we advise you not to delay making the necessary bookings!

Best wishes,

Dharwad Sukhi Jeevan Group

धारवाड़ सुखी जीवन समूह ,

द्वारा आयोजित   

धारवाड़, कर्णाटक


जीवन विद्या शिविर

9-16 सितम्बर 2017

शिविर के बारे में:

जीवन विद्या शिविर (करीब 40 घंटे की अवधि की) एक गहरे अध्ययन की प्रक्रिया है, जिसमे जीवन के मौलिक परन्तु प्रायः उपेक्षित पहलुओं पर ध्यान केंद्रित किया जाता है। आपसी सम्बन्ध, शिक्षा, समाज, प्रकृति, लक्ष्य, सफलता आदि पर एक गहरा संवाद होता है जिसके द्वारा प्रतिभागियों को ज़िन्दगी के भिन्न प्रतीत होने वाले पहलुओं के बीच की कड़ियाँ पहचानने व समझने का अवसर मिलता है। कोई प्रवचन या उपदेश नही होता। प्रबोधक द्वारा कुछ प्रस्ताव प्रस्तुत किये जाते हैं, और प्रतिभागियों को उनके आतंरिक विचारों, भयों, सम्भ्राँतियों, आकांक्षाओं आदि को जांचने में सहयोग किया जाता है।  क्रमशः ढेर सारी छिपी मान्यताएं उजागर होने लगती हैं और व्यक्ति को ज़िन्दगी के सूक्ष्म ताने बाने का एक नयी स्पष्टता से दर्शन होने लगता है; मानव में सकारात्मक सृजनशक्ति की नयी संभावनाओं का बोध होने लगता है।  एक सशक्त चिंतन-यात्रा का शिविर में प्रारम्भ तो होता है पर अंत नही …

यह 8-दिवसीय पूर्णकालिक आवासीय शिविर है। धारवाड़, कर्णाटक में आयोजित इस शिविर में कुल 30 प्रतिभागियों के लिए स्थान हैं, इस लिए पूर्व पंजीकरण करें।  

शिविर में पूर्णकालिक प्रतिभागिता अनिवार्य है, आंशिक प्रतिभागिता की अनुमति नही है।

शिविर के दौरान स्वैच्छिक श्रमदान करने का व व्यक्तिगत हुनरों के आदान-प्रदान का भी अवसर रहेगा।


इस शिविर में प्रबोधन श्री विनीश गुप्ता करेंगे। वे लम्बे समय से विभिन्न सामाजिक व पर्यावरणीय अभियानों से जुड़े रहे हैं। करीब दस वर्ष तक वे बौद्ध परंपरा में भिक्षु भी रहे, जिस दौरान उन्हें भारतीय विचारधाराओं व तौर तरीकों को समझने का अवसर मिला।

साथ लाएं:

निजी वस्त्र, चादर, पानी की बोतल, टॉर्च, तौलिया, साबुन आदि निजी उपयोग का सामान, आपके संस्था / कार्य से सम्बंधित सामग्री, व कुछ भी रचनात्मक जो आप को दूसरों के साथ करना / बांटना अच्छा लगता है।

यह शिविर ‘उपहार संस्कृति’ पर आधारित है। यानि इस शिविर के लिए कोई निश्चित अनिवार्य शुल्क नही है।  हर प्रतिभागी पर करीब रुपए 4000 का खर्च आता है।  जिन्हे आवश्यकता हो उनके लिए छात्रवृत्तियां/सहयोग उपलब्ध हैं।  आप अधिक योगदान का सामर्थ्य रखते हों तो आपके योगदान से अन्य लोगों की प्रतिभागिता सुनिश्चित होने में सहयोग रहेगा।  

आर्थिक असमर्थता के कारण किसी की प्रतिभागिता बाधित नही होने दी जाएगी।  

शिविर स्थली पर रहने वह खाने की व्यवस्थाएं सादी व आश्रम सद्रश होंगी।  सोने की व्यवस्था ज़मीन पर लगे गद्दों पर होगी, व शौचालय केवल भारतीय पद्धति के होंगे। शिविर स्थली पर पाश्चात्य पद्धति के शौचालय (western WC) उपलब्ध नही हैं। शिविरार्थिओं के लिए शिविर स्थली के रख रखाव, भोजन पाचन, श्रमदान आदि में योगदान के भी अवसर उपलब्ध रहेंगे। 

इस शिविर में भाग लेने के लिए यह ऑनलाइन फॉर्म भरें। 

धारवाड़ से प्रतिभागी पंजीकरण हेतु इन से भी संपर्क कर सकते हैं:

1. डॉ. संजीव कुलकर्णी - 9448143100 (सायं 7 से 9 बजे )
2. श्री संतोष ओसवाल - 9880139840
3. श्री संजीवकुमार पाटिल - 9448231960 (इ-मेल : )
4. श्रीमति गीता सुरेश - 9483757682

धारवाड़  पहुँचने के बारे में जानकारी यहाँ है। उत्तम होगा यदि प्रतिभागी 8 सितम्बर की शाम तक ही पहुँच पाएं। वे 16 सितम्बर को दोपहर के भोजन उपरांत वापस लौट सकते हैं।  यदि आप रेल से यात्रा करने वाले हैं तो ध्यान रहे कि टिकटें यात्रा तिथि के 4 महीने पूर्व मिलनी शुरू हो जाती हैं, इस लिए अपनी यात्रा की टिकटें बुक करवाने में विलम्ब न करें !

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