India

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: www.abcdfestivalgoa.com/about-abcd/

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 www.abcdfestivalgoa.com/masterclasses/

 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:  http://realitytoursandtravel.com/dharavi-tour.php

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 th