India 2019-03-28T15:22:38+00:00


We invite you on a journey through some of the most beautiful and iconic parts of India re-imagining the dialogue around community development, sustainability and education on a trip to coincide with the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Festival in Goa.

The intention is to challenge ourselves to think about the world differently, to engage new thought processes, inspire new ideas and motivate us to bring better and more conscious practices into our lives, our work, our neighbourhoods and the world in which we live.

Immersed in the vibrant culture and traditions of the sub-continent, we will participate in gift culture workshops, ‘wisdom walks’, learn about ancient crafts and farming practices and discover what it means to work towards a ‘heart vision’.

This trip is open to anyone interested in communities, the world around us and how we relate to them.

 Goa – Asset Based Community Development Festival:  

The trip will begin with 5 days at the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Festival in historic beach side Goa providing a great background and start to the rest of the trip.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a global movement committed to strengths focused, place based and community driven development. ABCD builds on the assets that are already found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build on those assets rather than concentrating on their needs.

Goa will also provide the perfect “gentle” introduction to India.  The region stands out from the rest of India with its laid back vibe, extraordinary Portuguese influenced architectural and colonial heritage, palm tree lined beaches and beautiful spice filled vibrant street scenes.

More information on the festival program visit:

Optional Master class (Goa) Asset Based Community Development – 2 days before the trip

On the two days leading up to the trip there is the option to arrive early and attend a series of optional Master classes at the commencement of the festival. The cost of each Master class will be US$99 plus around $60 – $80 per day for food and accommodation.  For more information on the master classes to choose from visit

 Mumbai – Dharavi Slums
We will stop briefly in Mumbai on our way from Goa 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.

We will take a tour of the slums with Reality Tours where 80% of the funds go directly back into community development and social enterprise projects.

For more information visit:

From Mumbai we will catch another overnight sleeper train to Udaipur.

Udaipur – 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.

Our activities with them will include:

  • Village visit to learn about the ancient food and farming traditions. This will involve working in the farm with farmers and learning 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.

The trip will end in Udaipur on the last day of the trip

For more information visit:

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

Payment plans available on request
This price includes all festival tickets, internal transport, most meals, accommodation, the purchase of carbon credits to offset airline travel, administration, facilitator support, community contributions and project running costs. This price does not include flights to and from India and occasional meals during free time (around 1 – 3 meals over the 10 days). Participants can expect to spend just a few more rupees on items of a personal nature.

We are happy to help you with fundraising initiatives to make this experience a reality.

Testimonials from those that travelled with us on our previous trip to India

I want to express my gratitude for the amazing experience with CERES Global in India. Long ago I dreamed to take this trip but I couldn’t have imagined how incredible it could be. Inspiring organizations and people, beautiful locations, and an amazing crew of facilitators and travelers. (Sebastian, India Dec 2017 traveller).

Due to their connections and values CERES is able to immerse you in actives and take you to places where you feel a connection to the country you are visiting. That’s how I want to travel. It wasn’t necessarily one activity but the way in which we were able to connect with the heart and soul of the country and it’s people. It was the conversations and observations in the tiny village. The invites into strangers homes. The impromptu yoga session on the top bunk of the sleeper train given by a young lady travelling to finish her masters in yoga. Playing games in the tip with a group of young boys. Walking the streets and observing everyday life. (Helen, India Dec 2017 traveller).

The 10 days moved me, I had to sit in spaces that felt uncomfortable, I realised that my frame of reference was very Western and the power imbalance in the way I work with community was apparent. I experienced the joy of being vulnerable, the importance of sharing and starting with the strengths in any situation, how essential it is to change my language and question my motivation and intentions and most of all it confirmed that I will always be inspired by community and it is a place that I want to be….. I consider this as a gift given to me and I will share it in many different ways to be able to keep the spirit of what was given to me alive. (Nalika Peiris, Unit Manager Community Development and Social Policy at Moreland City Council and India Trip, Jan 2017 traveller)

I feel very privileged and blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in the CERES Global tour. The best thing is knowing that you are travelling with facilitators and other people who also care deeply about environmental and social issues/ sustainability, and that the program is focused on learning exchange rather than destination tourism. Sophie and Maddi (the facilitators) managed to strike a beautiful balance between being ‘present’ and contributing to the group’s learnings as opposed to being ‘tour guides… I am still reflecting on my experiences and learnings and their ongoing influences on my thinking and practice. Even so, I know my learnings have been deep and enduring… Go with an open heart and mind and both will be filled to an extent far greater than you ever could have anticipated. (Deb, India Trip, Jan 2017).

An outstanding journey (Chris, India Trip, Jan 2017).

Our travels with Ceres have been amazing, thank you for all your support, help, and especially your quiet, gentle presence through all our adventures. (Toni, India Trip, Jan 2017).

The best thing about travelling with CERES is being with people, who although different, all had a certain unity of purpose. I like working within a framework of things to do and CERES created that for me and facilitated it lovingly (Terry, India Trip,  Jan 2017).

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, India 2011).

Newsletter Sign-up

Our next trip

Trip dates for next trip are yet to be determined

How much will it cost?

Price includes festival costs, accommodation, transport and most meals. 
For Further details contact CERES Global
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.
In Mumbai, we are building a friendship of support with our partner organisation ApneAap. An incredible grass roots organisation working with children whose mother’s are currently working in the red light district in Mumbai. In Mumbai we’re also learning about waste management, and building relations with BK Soni and Reduce Reuse Recycle. In Pal and Tamil Nadu we have relationships with communities going back over 10 years whom we are now proud to call friends.

News from India

1202, 2018

Unlearning in India – Day 9: Unlearning at Swaraj University

By | February 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest Post by Dr. Ben Habib From 2nd-12th December 2017 I co-facilitated a CERES Global tour to India, themed around sustainable development, permanent culture and un-learning. My focus for the tour was to collect data for my [...]

502, 2018

Unlearning in India – Day 7 & 8: Learning From a Wise Man and Visioning Permaculture at Shikshantar

By | February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest Post by Dr. Ben Habib From 2nd-12th December 2017 I co-facilitated a CERES Global tour to India, themed around sustainable development, permanent culture and un-learning. My focus for the tour was to collect data for [...]