"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



Dharwad Sukhi Jeevan Group

invites you to 

a Workshop on Jeevan Vidya


Facilitated by Vinish Gupta 

from April 27 to May 4, 2024

 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 25 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.

The Venue:

The venue for this workshop will be Suman Sangam forest-farm, Dharwad.

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.

(If you possess a tent, or are able to procure one, we urge you to bring it along as it will  offer you a safe and private living space; we will have sufficient space and assistance available for rigging up tents. There will be adequate other shared facilities). 

This event is run on gift culture. The workshop is shared as a gift and the facilitator does not receive any payment for facilitation. The costs (for food and stay)  of your participation have already been paid by those who attended the workshop before you and found it beneficial; should you find the workshop beneficial, you may pay forward for the participation of future participants. Money is never a consideration for participation in this workshop.

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

 Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in cooking, farming and maintenance activities on the campus.

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

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

We encourage participants to travel to the venue for this program by means other than air travel.

Here is how to reach Dharwad. It is ideal for participants to arrive by the evening of the 26th April itself; they may leave after lunch of 4th May, 2024. 

Best wishes,

Dharwad Sukhi Jeevan Group


[If you have benefitted from attending one of our Jeevan Vidya workshops in the past and have wondered what you could do to help such workshops happen more often, here is how you can help.]


Some more information about the workshop:

Is Another World Truly Possible?

About the Workshop

Evaluating a Philosophy