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The Jeevan Vidya Workshop facilitated by Vinish Gupta and Karuna Morarji will be held from May 19-24, 2012 at the Swaraj University campus, Udaipur, Rajasthan. It is being organised by the  Swapathgami Network .

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 hosted at the Swaraj University campus (Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur). We only have room for 25 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 facilitators:

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.

Assisting Vinish in conducting the workshop will be 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 with you, 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, people are invited to contribute what they can (the cost of organizing the workshop is approximately Rs.1800 per person for food and stay); scholarships are available to those who need them. And if you can, your additional contribution will help to support other peoples’ participation.  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

Please feel free to forward this invitation to other youth.  Get in touch with us at <> or call 0294-245-1303 if you are interested in coming so that we can reserve your seat.

Manish Jain,Vinish, Karuna, Reva
Shikshantar: The Peoples’ Institute for Rethinking Education and Development
83 Adinath Nagar, Udaipur, Rajasthan, 313004 INDIA
Tel: 91-294-245-1303

Skype: manishjainudaipur

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26 Apr 2012

Jeevan Vidya Workshop

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About the book:

Dumbing Us Down: the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling, written by John Taylor Gatto comes down hard on the industrial one-size-fits-all schooling model. Gatto argues that not only are schools irrelevant to the lives of children, they are in fact damaging. His central thesis is that factory schooling is causing great harm to children and communities. It is an anti-learning, anti-social and anti-democratic activity. The book reveals the shocking reality of the present day’s school system and has become a beacon for parents seeking alternatives to it.

After teaching for years John Taylor Gatto reached the sad conclusion that schooling has nothing to do with learning but has the hidden agenda to teach young people to conform to the economic and social order.

About the author:

John Taylor Gatto has taught for over 30 years in Government Public Schools and is recipient of the New York City Teacher of the Year Award and New York State Teacher of the Year.  He is much sought after speaker on Education. Recently he has started Bartleby Project to peacefully refuse to take standardized tests or to participate in any preparation of these tests by simply writing “I would prefer not to take your test.” His other books are A Different Kind of Teacher, The Underground History of American Education and Weapons of Mass Instruction (Banyan Tree).

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19 Apr 2012


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Curriculum Development Workshop

From July 2-13, 2012 at Paro College of Education, Bhutan
On the Lhomon Education web page you will find information about the forthcoming Curriculum Development Workshop. Lhomon Education will work with six partner organizations to develop alternative project-based curricula that will be implemented in a wide variety of learning environments beginning 2013.

Contact for feedback and more details:

Noa Jones
Education Coordinator
Lhomon Society

Skype: noajones

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15 Apr 2012

Edu Alternatives for Bhutan

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