Sankalan Internship

Sankalan Internship

16 Apr 2019 to 21 Apr 2019
Bhoomi College Campus, Off Sarjapura Road, Bangalore

The Sankalan Internship will help you become a facilitator to foster learning and wellbeing in groups, class rooms, organisations and communities.

On learning to be a facilitator - for self, community and leadership processes

Welcome to Sankalan!

Sankalan means ‘joining’ or ‘bringing together’. We believe that ‘bringing together’ is what we need to do to co-create communities for wellbeing. We need to bring together traditional and modern ways of learning and doing, nature’s wisdom as well as human wisdom and inner and outer explorations - to find our own path that is meaningful to us and gives us an opportunity to make our offerings to the world.

The Sankalan Internship will help you become a facilitator to foster learning and wellbeing in groups, class rooms, organisations and communities.

During the Sankalan Events we learn and live in a vibrant community. Explorations in small groups will include sharing concerns and stories, deep delving into the emotive realm , reviewing our lenses and filters, experiential and conceptual understanding of principles of Nature and how we can apply them in our lives. Learning at Sankalan will also include Nature meditation, spaces for reflection, looking at multiple perspectives, being part of a community, walks in the garden and enjoying delicious and nutritious organic food…

The small group would consist of 10-12 participants per group. Each group will have 2-3 trained and experienced facilitators who would anchor sessions at the Sankalan events.

Explore new possibilities…

The Sankalan events as well as other Bhoomi activities are focused on the same vision – of moving towards greater wellbeing and ecologically wise living for all beings on our planet. To work towards this vision, we need new kinds of leaders and facilitators who respond positively and holistically to emergent situations.

Sankalan programmes open up possibilities to interweave and synthesize learning from the principles of Nature, the wisdom of the group members as well as of ancient Indian spiritual tenets; from human psychology and behavioral science, from our understanding of modern science as well as of individual and global realities of the man-made world today.

Sankalan Programmes – for whom?

  • For anyone who wishes to be a holistic leader/ facilitator in schools, NGOs or in any organization or informal community.
  • For anyone who wishes to explore transformative learning processes, deeper aspects of inner and outer ecology and the dynamic relationship between the two.
  • Some Sankalan events will also include programmes for children and youth.

When and where are these programmes held?

The Sankalan programmes are offered every year during Summer (April-May). They are usually of 6 days duration and are residential programmes held at the Bhoomi Campus, Bangalore or other venues.

The Five Programmes offered during the Summer Event - 16 to 21 April 2019

This event will be held at the Bhoomi-Prakriya campus and will include about 15 to 20 children, 40 adult participants and about 14 facilitators. The following five programmes are offered this year:

1. Inner and Outer Ecology

This is an introductory 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 well being. But the programme is not only about physical nature of the earth or our bodies, although they are major realities.

Significantly, aligning with Nature’s principles can help us discover fresh ways of looking at ourselves, our emotive/psychic -spiritual selves, our relationships, work, philosophy of living and our direction in life;  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 Well being

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 explore the importance of these processes, especially through one’s psychological roles and identities that are usually held unconsciously. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn experientially to anchor such processes of learning in the group.

3. Wholistic 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. Tuning in to Nature – Within and Around (for children aged 10 to 15 years)

This is a programme designed for children to enjoy themselves as they learn about Nature’s secrets as well as about their own behavior, strengths and interests. Discussions and sharing, various outdoor activities, games and theatre exercises makes learning a lot of fun! Living in a community is also an experience in adapting and relating to friends as well as strangers.

Admin Information


The fees for a six day residential programme for adults is Rs. 9000/- and for children Rs. 6500/-, inclusive of stay at the Bhoomi Hostel, healthy, nutritious food  and reading and other materials. The above mentioned fee is applicable to educators, students and those working in the social sector.

A differential fee is applicable to foreign nationals and people belonging to the corporate sector.


Nomination / Registration

You can register for a programme by email, giving basic details of name, age, gender, occupation, name of organization if relevant. You may request for a form if you wish to. Please send details of payment along with registration.

Payment of Fees

You can pay online through or through bank transfer. Please call for details.

Summer Event info

Check in: All participants are requested to check in at the Bhoomi Hostel latest by 06.30pm 15th April 2019.

Please arrange for your check-out on 21st April 2019 after 4.30 pm. Please make sure that you remain with the programme from 15th April evening to 21st April evening and strictly avoid forays into the city.

For further enquiry:

Contact: the Coordinator, Sankalan 2019
Phone: 080 2844 1173 and +91 94498 53834

About the Venue : The Bhoomi Campus

Located in the outskirts of Bangalore, Bhoomi provides a green and serene ambience for self-enquiry, reflection, meditation and also work related to ecological living. The Bhoomi and neighboring Prakriya School campuses with over 200 trees offer plenty of pathways for evening walks and introspection. The eco-friendly  buildings, the library, the Prakriya school grounds and the organic garden offers ample opportunities for evening activities.

During the programme, vegetarian food will be served and will include eco-friendly, healthful and delicious millets, fruits and salads.

Please Note: You are requested to kindly not use chemical soaps, shampoos, toothpastes etc., and instead use the organic substitutes that will be provided by us. Your cooperation will help us recycle the grey water which will be used to grow the vegetables you eat!

Casual ware for floor seating and sandals/slippers for regular footware is advisable.

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