The event will be held at the Bhoomi - Prakriya campus.
The following Six programmes are offered this year:
1. The Inner and Outer Ecology
This is a foundation programme, necessary as a first step to participate in any other Sankalan Internship Programme. This programme emphasises the many ways in which becoming conscious of Nature within and outside of us can contribute to our wellbeing.
The focus in this process is to explore the inner landscape of individuals in a group setting. Spaces are created for participants to look deeply within, ask unasked questions, relook at assumptions, review meaning making processes, become aware of unconscious patterns and connect with earth experientially through time spent in nature. Nature’s principles of diversity, interdependence, seeing the whole picture and cyclical processes is the backdrop for exploration.
Understanding the ways in which our unconscious is programmed by man-made meanings can help us discover our deeper selves and find pathways to meaningful living.
2. Role and Identity for Wellbeing
This is the second level programme to continue the journey of self-exploration. Our commitment to well being depends not only on our conscious understanding or choice making. A large part of our behaviour and decision making is determined by our unconscious ways of perceiving situations, the world around us and ourselves. This programme helps participants get in touch with these processes. The exploration is in the realm of identity patterns (propensities of thinking, feeling and acting) and the psychological life roles one takes. Re-examining these life roles one takes, offers possibilities for more choices and a greater sense of wellbeing.
3. Holistic Leadership and Wellbeing
We are used to ideas and patterns of leadership in a patriarchal, pyramidal system. What can leadership be like if we think like members of an ecosystem? Many of us get daunted with the notion of being leaders or even active participants and avoid living and working to our optimum potential.
This programme will help participants look at inner shifts, new perspectives, opportunities for well being as well as struggles and challenges that come with a new paradigm of learning from ecological principles. It also offers opportunities to participants to review their patterns of thought, feeling and action (often unconsciously held) that determine their relationships and roles.
4. Co-creating Eco-wise Communities
Eco-wisdom can go beyond renewable energy, recycling resources and reducing our consumption. Eco-wisdom becomes an integral part of the culture of a group or community when principles of ecosystems are embedded in it. Acceptance of diversity, collaborative and cooperative practices, multi-layered leadership, understanding of how we shape others responses to us and many other connections can help us co-create enlivening communities.
5. Oughts of Being a Process Worker
The major resources that one has to draw from as a facilitator include:
- frameworks and methods of understanding underlying processes and patterns in ourselves.
- one's own feelings, thoughts, experiences, and the meanings one makes of them and of many aspects of life.
Yet on embarking on the journey of being a facilitator it helps if the person is acutely in touch of one’s own responses, reactions and dilemmas, as one 'works' with others in the group.
This programme provides opportunities for participants to engage with these and discover their own insights and own up their strengths to make a shift to the role of a facilitator.
6. Being Empowered, Finding Joy (for children aged 13 – 16 years)
Children today are flooded with information and what is considered entertainment – social media, TV, addictive games and more. Yet we find that children do not get a sense of joyousness from them. Learning to enjoy life deeply can only happen as they engage with involvement in many activities while they discover meaningful relationships, value their connect with the world around them and discover more and more of their potential. In other words in a more holistic learning environment – which is what this Sankalan programme offers children.Read More
In their early adolescent years, children also need to share their questions and dilemmas which often don’t get expression in other spaces. During this programme, children work on small projects with a sense of purpose and have fun with various games and exercises which have rich learning possibilities for them on small projects with a sense of purpose and have fun with various games and exercises which have rich learning possibilities for them. They also have many discussions and share their responses to these activities and to each other - and often such open-ended learning can be very meaningful and even transformative for them.
The Bhoomi campus supports many enjoyable activities like bird-watching, identifying trees, observing the lake nearby, learning to make healthy and tasty food and more. Finally, the Sankalan facilitators not only love working with children, they have many years of experience in evoking the creativity and sense of responsibility in children; they focus (without lectures!) on every child getting a sense of positivity and uniqueness – and being enlivened and empowered.
We are offering the children's programme this year.