"And somewhere there are engineers
Helping others fly faster than sound.
But, where are the engineers
Helping those who must live on the ground?"

   --   Young Oxfam Poster

 








 

SWARAJ UNIVERSITY AND THE SWAPATHGAMI NETWORK 

invites you to 
 
a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya
 
Facilitated by Vinish Gupta 
from 26th March to 2nd April, 2015 
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. 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 the Swaraj University campus (Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur). We only have room for 30 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 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.
 
Vinish is assisted in his explorations 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 a bedsheet/sleeping bag with you, 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 which is approximately Rs.3200 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).
 
[Note that all places in the workshop are now full. However, there is a waiting list for those keenly interested. With several weeks to go before the workshop, there are likely to be some cancellations. Please fill in the online form if you are interested in being placed on the waiting list].

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other people.  Please fill in the online application form to apply for participation. Or get in touch with us at <swarajuni.events@gmail.com> or call +91.8764279302 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your seat. 
 
Best wishes,
Manish, Vinish, Karuna, Rahul, Dhaval

Some more information about the workshop:
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Here's what Arpita Bohra, a past participant of this workshop had to say about the experience.


About the Workshop

Evaluating a Philosophy