SAMVAAD  began in 2010 to encourage authentic “dialogue” as colleagues. The emphasis in dialogue is listening with curiosity and asking questions of clarification. When we allow our curiosity to be greater than our criticality, we create a context for new ideas to emerge from within. Each of us brings the gift of our own inquiry and the spirit of deep listening as we will take time to reflect and to engage. 

Guiding Principles of Samvaad

SAMVAAD 2019: ON being human

Dialogues Exploring the Humanness Within

Linking us to Self, Others, our Purpose and the Environment

In our inter-connected world we are linked to so many people in multiple roles. What is the actual nature of these relationships and how do they connect with our essential being - our humanness? How aware are we of how we impact each other, our environment and our future as human beings. In the many relationships are we making sure that there is space for nourishment, love, creativity, trust? Invoking the ancient principle of Advaita (distinct but not separate), let us explore what we truly wish to create and accomplish in the relational world in which we live.

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SOME MUSINGS AND POINTS OF REFLECTION FOR THIS YEAR'S GATHERING

  • Being a part of multiple communities, how do I co-create authentic relationships that are nourishing and sustainable?

  • In a world increasingly dominated by machine intelligence and its rhythm, how do I conserve the intelligence and rhythms that are most human?

  • What is the connection between the relationship that I have with myself and my relationship with others and the environment?

  • What does it take to dance between the dimension of technology and the dimension of being human?

The Dialogues will be facilitated by:

Sadanand Ward Mailliard, Mount Madonna School, California, U.S.A. and Ravi Gulati, Manzil, New Delhi.

Date: 23rd - 24th March
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Navjivan Retreat Center, Civil Lines, Delhi

The Suggested Contribution is in the sliding scale of Rs. 800 - Rs. 1500 per day. Know more about our gift culture here

We are delighted to invite you for Samvaad 2019.

Some Musings and Points of Reflection from previous Samvaads:

Samvaad’18: Learning that Liberates

  •  What about the story of 'how learning happens' do we need to shift?

  •  What does liberation mean to you in the context of learning?

  • What effects do the relationships within the learning environment have on the nature of the human being in those environments?

  • How do we liberate ourselves from the things that hold us back or defeat us?

  • How can we develop the characteristics of resilience and reflection in life?

Samvaad’16: Learning & Leadership

  • How do we understand leadership in learning in these times?

  • Why are vulnerability and empathy  important qualities in leadership?

  • In a competitive and consumption oriented world, how do we develop the kind of discernment necessary to make choices that will lead to our personal well being and to the sustainability of our communities and the human experiment?

Samvaad’17: Education that liberates

  • What about the story of education do we need to shift?

  • What does liberation mean to you in the context of learning?

  • What effects do the relationships within the learning environment have on the nature of the human being in those environments?

  • How do we liberate ourselves from the things that hold us back or defeat us?

  • How can we develop the characteristics of resilience and reflection in education?

 

“The ability of the space to make us have deep conversations with strangers was something that I loved. Another thing that touched me was the question "Why we need education?". It made me reflect on why I need it and why I am again making my nephews and nieces go through the same system in which I suffered.” - Vibhuti, Team Member, YA


“The way Sadanand ji listened to my thoughts, pricked me constantly in his own beautiful ways to give expression to the myriad thoughts I kept bottled inside of me was amazing.
"Education that liberates" did liberate me in the sense that I now feel that yes I have a voice, some may not agree, some may agree but that doesn't diminish my choice!”'
- Priya Maria, GM’16

 

Read a reflection by one of our team members, Shashank: