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. Here we visit and work with the inspiring organisation Shikshanter. Also known as the institute of unlearning, Shikshantar is a life movement and 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 dignity, dynamic learning processes and relationships, pluralistic identities, traditional knowledge systems, cultural contexts, the human spirit and connection to the web of life.
They have many projects that they work on in their local region all of which we will have the opportunity to explore.
Our activities with them will include:
- 2 day village visit to learn about the ancient food and farming traditions. This will involve spending one night out in the village where our group can work in the farm with farmers and learn about the local seed trail. Whilst there we will also visit the tribal forest community to understand relations between forest dwellers and forest.
- Meet Swaraj University youth learners at Tapovan Ashram. Learn about natural farming and naturopathy.
- Illegal mining and local economy village visit.
- Wisdom Walk (to explore traditional knowledge) in the old city of Udaipur.
- Visit to the local dump site and engagements with the community who live and make a living off there.
- Up-cycling Waste Workshops, Herbal Soap Making Workshop and Slow Food Cooking Workshops @ Shikshantar and EcoHut
- Visit to different organizations around Udaipur working on solutions (traditional water, traditional healers, gift culture projects, organic food).
- Visit to local artisans and traditional communities (potter, bamboo, miniature painter, broom maker, etc.).
- Dinner at family homes.
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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