Archive for September, 2011

Vidya Ashram, Varanasi

Vidya Ashram at Sarnath, Varanasi is looking for interns, young men and women, who want to situate themselves in a social intervention and critical thinking niche for a short period of time. To know more about Vidya Ashram please visit our website and/or the and

In brief we are both a place and a network for social intervention through an intervention in the world of knowledge.

We work among peasants to organize them, not for development, but against the oppressive and dispossessing policies of the government, be it displacement, low prices of agricultural produce or the very uneven distribution of national resources.

We work among artisans and with their organizations to spread and explain the idea that not only their labor is underpaid but their knowledge remains unpaid too.

Our thinking revolves around the idea that peasants, artisans, women, adivasis and small retailers are knowledgeable people. Their knowledge is called lokavidya and that lokavidyamust emerge as the greatest source of strength of the people to bring about a radical transformation of society.

We believe that in this Information Age the paths of social change traverse through the world of knowledge, in particular the world of people’s knowledge, lokavidya. Lokavidya is the basis of a world outlook which is totally different from what is cultivated by modern education.

We carry out local, national and international dialogue, both online and through actual conferences and meetings. In November 2011 we are planning an international conference onLokavidya Jan Andolan to be held at Vidya Ashram in Sarnath, Varanasi.

We are engaged in production and publication of literature relating to lokavidya. This includes mainly booklets and a periodical.

We are a network of social activists and professionals spread through out India, some being abroad.

At Varanasi we are about 15 persons, some of us live in the Ashram.

The Ashram is financed by individual friendly contributions.

Sunil Sahasrabudhey

22 June, 2011

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25 Sep 2011

Search for Interns

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Self-Healing Workshops at Mamoni (Baran, Rajasthan) and Bajwada (Dewas, MP)

We are happy to inform you that we have planned 2 Swapathgami workshops on Self-Healing – specifically on Jin Shin Do (Body-Mind Acupressure).

We are pleased to announce its dates and locations.


1. November 16 to 21, 2011 – SANKALP Sanstha, Village Mamoni, Dist. Baran, Rajasthan

2. November 25 to 30, 2011 – KRISHI TEERTH, Village Bajwada, Dist. Dewas, MP Read the rest of this entry »

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23 Sep 2011

Self-Healing Workshops

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The website – – containing the work and books by John Holt has been completely revised. All the back issues of ‘Growing Without Schooling’ are now available as free downloads. The site has articles, videos, and recordings by and about John Holt. It also offers books, research and support for unschooling teenagers and children.

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17 Sep 2011

John Holt: Books and Online Resources

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This is an announcement to all our friends and associates that a winter/spring programme along the lines of the Landscapes and Lifeskills Course will be offered by Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in the Western Ghats, and Himal Prakriti in the Himalaya. After a two year break we are delighted to be able to conduct it again; the course was much appreciated by all participants, organizers included!

Please refer to the brochure and application form.

The programme will begin in the last week of December 2011, and run at GBS till the last week of March, then at Himal Prakriti from first week of April for 2 months. The duration is a full 5 months.

For logistical reason, the GBS and Himal Prakriti segments will be organized independently. Participants are recommended to do both, but have the option of doing either one. They are also required to register separately with the two host organizations.

We are already starting to recruit students, and hope to take on 8-12 this time.  So far, one is confirmed  and two are interested.

Last time many of our friends put the word out in their own circles and helped to find interested candidates. We hope you will do the same this time. We are looking for persons between 18 and 25 (though exceptions can be considered), priority given to Indian nationals, from adivasi, rural and urban backgrounds. There will be some kind  of an interview process, and we will require references. Candidates need to be know some English, sufficient to live in an international group and to be able to discuss broad range of topics.

Admissions should end by October 30th.

We will soon send further information, as well as a new introduction to this year’s programme and an application form. Meanwhile let us start finding participants!

Suprabha Seshan
(on behalf of the L&L coordinators)

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2 Sep 2011

Fantastic Indian Life-skills Course

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