If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India. – Max Mueller
We invite you on a very special trip as an edge event to the International Permaculture Convergence IPC13, in Hyderabad, India this year. Whilst the trip is open to absolutely anyone, including those who are not attending the convergence, the journey will have a special focus on re-imagining the dialogue around sustainable development and education through a permanent culture lens. The intention is to engage new thought processes, inspire new ideas and motivate us to bring better and more conscious practices into our lives, our work, our neighborhoods and the world in which we live. This trip is open to anyone interested in communities, the world around us and how we relate to them.
Mumbai: Dharavi Slums
We will stop briefly in Mumbai on our way from Hyderabad to Udaipur giving us the opportunity to visit and explore Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia and home to 1 million inhabitants. Although incredibly poor, Dharavi is also an amazingly industrious and vibrant place, sometimes called the beating heart of Mumbai. The visit will offer a unique glimpse into the chaotic beauty, and nuances, as well as the challenges and struggles of informal and unplanned spaces and life in the slums.
Udaipur Rajasthan: Shikshanter
All education is, on the one side a search for the truth, on the other a pursuit of social betterment. – Radhakrishnan
For the final stage of the trip we will head to the magical “white city” of Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan. The city has a romance of setting surrounded by shimmering lakes and stretching hills.
Here we visit and work with the inspiring organisation Shikshanter, an applied research institute dedicated to catalysing radical transformation of education in order to initiate swaji development in India.
Shikshantar, a Jeevan Andolan (life movement) was founded to challenge the culture of schooling and institutions of thought-control. They believe that it is necessary to engage communities in regenerative modes of lifelong societal learning which grow from a larger understanding of and respect for human potential and human dignity, dynamic learning processes and relationships, pluralistic identities, traditional knowledge systems and cultural contexts, the human spirit and its connection to the web of life.
For more information visit: www.shikshantar.org/
Swaraj (self-rule, rule over oneself, or rather, harmony of the self) is inspired by Gandhiji’s Hind Swaraj, a call for people to lead and create their own models of development that are holistic, pluralistic, ecologically regenerative, liberating, collaborative, socially just, and anticipatory. By highlighting and connecting the following three vectors into a framework of Lifelong Societal Learning, Shikshantar seek to create generative environments that empower communities in building their own visions of Swaraj-development.
Our time here will be spent attending workshops and learning sessions with Shikshantar as well as visiting local grass roots organisations that they work with, particularly in areas of Sustainable and traditional agriculture. This includes a village stay in one of the surrounding farming villages.
Depending on the skills of those who come with us, we have also been asked by Shikshantar if we can undertake a 2 day permablitz of their garden, aligning with CERES Global principles, bringing in an element of mutual exchange.
For more information visit: www.swarajuniversity.org
Travelling with CERES Global to India was a profound group experience. I felt privileged to witness and become part of the powerful community connections that CERES has created and nurtured over the years (Past ceres global participant 2011).
We are happy to help you with fundraising initiatives to make this experience a reality.
Photos from our India trip
Our next trip
2 Days Mumabi
8 Days Udaipur
How much will it cost?
10 days $1650
For further details contact Sophie
Phone: (03) 9389 0183
CERES Global are currently working alongside the Jamnya and Pal community in Tribal Maharashtra on the Jamnya Project. With funding from Environ, the project has been a great success in sustainable building, transfer of skills, women’s empowerment, and equity.
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