The Curriculum, Internship and Assessment

The Curriculum, Internship and Assessment

The Curriculum

The curriculum for the Fellowship is organised in 8 modules:

1.  Connecting with Self, Land and Community

This module is designed with the belief that the first lesson of sustainable living is for us to own up a sense of belonging and stewardship to the eco-systems we are a part of. It will include the following:

  • Activities on the Land & Community Living: Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the land through the Bhoomi garden as they observe, work on and grow food as a community. They also dwell on understanding the significance of commons and community.
  • Holistic Enquiry: This includes understanding how reductionist science and linear logic impacts our perception. Looking at Gaia Theory, Systems Thinking and Complexity Theory enables participants to engage with the holistic approach.
  • Inner and Outer Ecology: This is a five day residential programme to learn from principles of Nature and focus on our patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour. Facilitators and the group participate in a journey of holistic enquiry in Nature, within oneself and with each other.

2.  Food and Wellness

This module focuses on building awareness about conscious eating and health. Connections are drawn between chemical free food and ecological living, also how food affects climate change. Participants will be involved in hands on sessions to learn recipes for healthy and safe food and commit to it as a way of life.

3.  Perspectives on Chemical Free Farming

This module will focus on understanding and building perspectives on the need for chemical free agriculture and the link between chemical agriculture and climate change. The different approaches to ecological agriculture will be introduced. Through reading, discussions, interactions with a few experts and hands on work participants will engage with possibilities in the field.

4.  Ecological Living in Urban Area

This module examines the issues of relentless urbanization and whether the concept of regenerative cities can be made a practical reality; other areas that we will focus on are water and waste management.

5.  Holistic Design for Living

This module focuses on looking at design through the lens of ecological sustainability. Participants reflect on the direction they wish to take and design their living accordingly. They work on a project proposal integrating the learnings from this module.

6.  Equity and Economics

This module brings to focus the connection between the current economic model, environmental degradation and marked social inequalities. Experience of legal issues for environmentalism, human justice and equity as well as political process governance, is shared by activists and experts.

The social entrepreneurship module looks at making connections between individuals’ intent, strengths and possibilities for meaningful social action.

7.  Life Space Design

In this session we will explore the transition from Bhoomi back to real-world where you may want to start your own enterprise or sustain as an individual freelancer. We will explore how to design your life in a way that you are able to find your ikigai, how to design your offering / business and how to bring it into the world.

8.  Communication and Expression

The fellows will learn from experts and practitioners the significance of various means of expression and communication. The module will give hands on experience of film making and writing as means of communicating stories in depth.

Electives offered are:

Our Educational institutions need to see their purpose not as training personnel for exploiting the Earth but as guiding students toward an intimate relationship with the Earth. For it is the planet itself that brings us into being, sustains us in life and delights us with its wonders.

– Thomas Berry

  1. Holistic Education
  2. Livelihoods for a Sustainable World

After completing the Foundation Module fellows can choose one of the electives.

Holistic Education

  • Do you think Education needs to be transformed to make it holistic, joyful and include hands-on learning that fosters sustainable living?
  • Are you searching for meaningful ways to inspire children and adults to live wisely on planet Earth?

During the elective you will encounter possibilities to explore and learn about these and more:

  • What is Education for? Questioning Macaulian Education
  • Theories and Philosophies on Education by Indian Thinkers
  • Holistic Learning – Nature’s Principles
  • Sustainable Processes & Practices in a Learning Space
  • Education for Well being
  • Place Based Education
  • How Craft supports sustainable living – working with hands
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Learning to be an effective facilitator 

Livelihoods for a Sustainable World

  • Are you searching for a meaningful career path that is good for you and good for the planet?
  • Given the ecological disasters we face, are you looking for ways to be part of the solution and work with a sense of purpose?

You will have opportunities to delve deeper into these themes for transformative learning during the elective:

  • Building on your strengths and discovering your vision for yourself.
  • Social Entrepreneurship and careers that nurture wisdom.
  • Scanning possibilities to contribute to sustainability.
  • The importance of Localisation to deal with the Global Economic System.
  • Connecting with Communities - and how ‘Giving’ fosters your wellbeing.
  • Field Trips for Experiential Learning
  • Learning to align your strengths with career path to contribute to a sustainable world
  • Projects & Proposal writing for fundraising.

Internship

Participants need to take up an internship in areas that they wish to explore, with alternative schools, educational initiatives, NGOs, organisations, farmers or others engaged in meaningful activities working towards ecological living and holistic education.

Assessment and Feedback

  • The soul of assessment we believe, ought to be the wish for the other to learn and grow. Participants are invited to make presentations, documentaries or reports for certain modules, on topics of their choice. The rest of the group including the facilitators may offer feedback and suggestions.
  • Sincere effort, maintaining structure and boundaries, keeping the deadlines and regularity is desired and appreciated.