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Sankalan Internship 2017

Sankalan Internship 2017

17 April 2017 to 22 April 2017
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, 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, singing, dancing, walks in the garden and enjoying delicious and nutritious organic food…

There will be about 10 facilitators with 10 to 35 years experience in such programmes who will anchor sessions during the Sankalan event.

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 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) and Winter (October–December). They are usually of 6 days duration and are residential programmes held at the Bhoomi campus, Bangalore or other venues.

The Four Programmes offered during the Summer Event - 17 to 22 April 2017

This event will be held at the Bhoomi-Prakriya campus and will include about 15 children, 40 adult participants and about 12 facilitators. The following four programmes are offered:

Programme for children (aged 10 to 13)

The Sankalan Internship programmes:

"Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom.But it will be an oceanic circle whose centre will be the Individuals" - Mahatma Gandhi

1. Tuning in to Nature – Within and Around (17 to 20 April 2017)

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. Various outdoor activities and games, theatre exercises as well as discussions and sharing make the learning a lot of fun! Living in a community is also an experience in adapting and relating to friends as well as strangers.

2. Inner and Outer Ecology

This is an introductory programme, necessary as a first step to participate in any other Sankalan Internship programmes, including 3 and 4 mentioned below. This programme emphasises the many ways in which becoming conscious of Nature within and outside ourselves can contribute to our wellbeing. 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 and 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.

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 wellbeing as well as struggles and challenges that come with a new paradigm of learning from ecological prinicples. 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. Spiritual Sutras and Facilitation

Sutras or aphorisms have been used by various spiritual traditions to facilitate spiritual growth and enlightenment. Zen masters use koans and sutras are used in various Indian systems and especially the Buddhist and the Hindu. In this programme, we will look at some of the Upanishadic Mahavakyas and how they can help a facilitator develop qualities that would be valuable in anchoring groups and communities and connecting with individuals with varying backgrounds and orientation. Participants have the opportunity to experientially explore their habits of perception through some of these Mahavakyas or any other aphorisms that are suitable and appeal to them.

Admin Information


The fees for a six day residential programme is Rs. 8000/- inclusive of stay at the Bhoomi Hostel, organic food and reading and other materials. The above fees cover the cost of hospitality and infrastructure. However we will try and accommodate a few scholarships / concessional fees if you need it, and if you are working in NGOs, government schools, etc.

Nomination / Registration

You can register for a programme by email, giving basic details of name, age, gender, occupation, name of organization if relevant and the name of the programme you wish to attend. 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 during the evening of 16th April 2017.

Please arrange for your check-out on 22th April 2017 after 3.30 pm. Please make sure that you remain with the programme from 16th April evening to 22nd April evening and strictly avoid forays into the city.

For further enquiry:

Contact: the Coordinator, Sankalan 2017
Phone: 080 2844 1173 and +91 9449853834

About the Venue : The Bhoomi Campus

Located in the outskirts of Bangalore, Bhoomi provides a green and serene ambience for meditation, self-enquiry 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 buildings are eco-friendly and the library, the Prakriya school grounds and organic garden offer opportunities for evening activities.

The food will be vegetarian 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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