Itinerary

A Personal Adventure of Consciousness … An Inner Journey to External Excellence

5 Dec to 12 Dec 2014 at Puducherry India

Day1: FRIDAY, 5TH December 2014

Individual transfer from Chennai airport to Puducherry (approx. 3 hours).

There are some very interesting places to visit along the way. If you wish this can be organized for you at an additional charge as well as the transfer. Just enquire or indicate on the booking form.

As of 14:00hrs check into your accommodation (sea facing double room) at The Retreat which is the international guesthouse of Sri Aurobindo Society … perfectly comfortable, clean though basic … modern convenience such as air conditioning is included!).

You will be met by a ConsciousLab representative upon arrival who will be happily available to guide you throughout the week and answer any queries you may have.

The rest of the day is for you to settle in and explore Puducherry at your own leisure.

Welcome dinner to meet fellow travellers at the roof top terrace of a local hotel overlooking the Bay of Bengal.

Links: The Retreat  ; Trip Advisor

Day 2: SATURDAY, 6th DECEMBER 2014

Enjoy breakfast at The Retreat.

You will have the opportunity in the morning to explore the city and culture of Puducherry at your leisure and take advantage of the many boutiques or simply enjoy a walk on the Promenade. It is a perfect opportunity to ‘arrive’, get into a zone of presence and leave everything behind to prepare mentally for many unique and special experiences to unfold during the week ahead.

11. 45hrs official welcome at The Retreat followed by lunch

Leave for the Auroville visitor center for Matrimandir registration. Enjoy the special atmosphere at Auroville, the township of human unity. There is a great coffee place near the visitor center to relax and enjoy conversations with fellow travellers.

We will continue  our programme at Auroville at a special open air venue with a talk gaining insights about India – its past, present and future.

Return to Puducherry and meet our local host Mr Vijaybhai Poddar, senior member of the Sri Aurobindo Society to give us insights into life in Puducherry and the former French colony.

Evening: Dinner Palais de Mahi, a boutique hotel in the heart of Puducherry.

Links : Auroville ; Matrimandir

Day 3: SUNDAY, 7TH DECEMBER 2014

Morning: Early morning walk by the sea (as the locals do!) or personal reflection.

Workshop facilitated by Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), a Center of Excellence in Management, established by the Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. The Institute strives for an integral approach to management in all its multiple dimensions, based on a deeper vision of life.

— The tendency of a leader today is to rely more on externals like technology, management techniques, and consultants. Most of the modern management thinking on leadership is about this outer governance or “organizational transformation”.  But as the Indian thought repeatedly emphasized self-government, Swarajya is the foundation for governing the outer world.   As a result, much of the hidden human potentialities in the intuitive, moral, aesthetic and spiritual realms, which can lead to a higher quality of life as well as a better bottom-line, remain untapped in the corporate world. The main objective we are presenting here is to consciously activate these hidden potentialities of consciousness and manifest them in every activity of corporate life. But our approach will be very different from the traditional ones. Our approach is “within outward” relying mainly on the inner powers of consciousness to bring the outer result. It will explore the deeper sources of every need, function and activity and will seek to consciously fulfill the same in the outer activity.

We will be joined by two senior executives from the corporate world! More info to follow.

Lunch: Enjoy a delicious home made Indian lunch with a local host and meet Chitra Amit Shah, to find out her story. Debate, discuss and be inspired.

Evening: Dinner will be at Villa Shanti, a 19 century house located in the old French town – seasonal, fresh local and French cuisine

Links: SAFIM

Day 4: MONDAY, 8TH DECEMBER 2014

Morning: Early morning walk by the sea (as the locals do) or personal reflection. Yoga or Qing Gong.

After breakfast we will continue the workshop with SAFIM.

Drive to Conscious Farm, explore conscious farming in terms of both the agriculture and management. Walk through an amazing field of herbs and remedies and learn the plants stories and healing powers.

Lunch will be at the farm, deliciously fresh organic meal in a rural, peaceful setting totally immersed in nature.

Afternoon: The afternoon will be filled with an inspiring visit to the SARVAM village – an integral village development program that operates with the virtues of consciousness and sustainability at every step.

Evening: Discover the ancient martial arts with performance of Kalari, followed by dinner at the Adishkakti Theatre Complex.

Links: SARVAM

Day 5: TUESDAY, 9th DECEMBER 2014

Optional: Early morning meditation by the Samadhi as the 9th December is a special day at the Ashram.

The day will be spent in Auroville visiting various social enterprises.

As a reminder: “Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.”

We start the day with breakfast on the way to Auroville at the Auroville Bakery, which is run by a French led team from Auroville. The pains au chocolate are as good as in any Paris boulangerie.  It’s a very special atmosphere starting the day amongst the local Aurovillians.

We will enjoy the day with a local Aurovillian, our ‘guide’ who will provide us with insights living and working in Auroville and what makes life so unique and very different.

During the day we will be visiting several social and conscious businesses such as Upasana, a design studio which was founded in 1997 by Uma Haimavati in Auroville. Upasana  uses fashion as a design for change. We touch the lives of farmers, weavers, dyers and countless families through our work in the area of textiles. Apply fashion to tie threads to larger issues of sustainability.

Auroville Collaborative is an Activity Unit of Auroville formed to develop innovative solutions for transportation, communications, housing and other areas for Auroville township through an open collaborative model with internal and external experts. It was founded in 2009 and  currently managed by Auroville Consulting.  It’s founder Chandresh came to Auroville in 2006 and has started Saracon, an incubator facility for Auroville start-ups. He was based in Silicon Valley previously and co-founded VeriFlow Technologies and CAESIUM.

We will enjoy a special lunch at the Solar Kitchen, a local, sustainable restaurant that is a collective kitchen for the Auroville community. We have secured special entry for the group. Visit Solar Bowl.

Afternoon: the group will take part in a workshop – ‘Expanding your consciousness through meditative practices’.

Late afternoon: We will take a peaceful walk in the Matrimandir Gardens, and learn about the significance of the flowers. The sanctity and atmosphere allows some time to reflect. We have obtained special permission for the group normally only available for Aurovillians.

Evening: Casual dinner at Tanto Pizzeria, mingle with local Aurovillians. It’s a very busy place! It’s packed out due to the superb pizza using ingredients grown from the Auroville farms and owned by an Italian.

Links: Upasana ; Saracon

Day 6: WEDNESDAY, 10TH DECEMBER 2014

Morning: Early morning walk by the sea (do as the locals do) or personal reflection.

Reflection and discussion facilitated by SAFIM.

Drive to Aravind Eye Hospital. Aravind Eye Hospital was founded in 1976, by Dr. G. Venkataswamy, a man known to most of us simply as Dr. V. In an 11-bed hospital manned by 4 medical officers, he saw the potential for what is today, one of the largest facilities in the world for eye care. With an alternative health care model, it is completely self-supporting. Over the years, this organization has evolved into a sophisticated system dedicated to compassionate service for sight, and now serves as a model for India, and the rest of the world. Aravind’s model has been written about in Harvard Business Review.

Lunch with the Head of Hospital Dr. Venkatswamy.

After lunch the group will have some free time to rest.

Afternoon: Attend a workshop by SWARAM which is a social development project and vocational training center which develops innovative musical instruments.

Drummers at Kalari (Indian martial arts) where delegates will be offered a hands-on experience.

Evening: Dinner at Maison Perumal, a fusion of French and Indian flavours.

Links : Swaram

Day 7: THURSDAY, 11TH DECEMBER 2014

Morning: Early breakfast at 7am!

Travel to Auroville for concentration in the Inner Chamber at Matrimandir. What is Matrimandir? “A place… for trying to find one’s consciousness.

***** It is like the Force, the central Force of Auroville, 
the cohesive Force of Auroville. 
- The Mother.

No words can describe this experience!

Lunch at a local family.

Afternoon: Late afternoon drive to a 7th Century Temple ruins on a hill. Be prepared for a short walk. Reflective session at the temple whilst observing the sunset contemplating on the ‘bigger ‘questions of life!

Evening: Dinner at the heritage Del l’Orient-Neemrana

Links : Del l’Orient-Neemrana

Day 8: FRIDAY, 12th DECEMBER:

Morning: Early morning walk by the sea (do as the locals do) or personal reflection.

Wrap up morning session with SAFIM.

We will have our last lunch together at the Ashram Dining room, where the local Ashramites dine, a very unique experience! It’s simple food but very nutritious.

Lunch will be followed by-a-hands on social media workshop session by the founder of The Blue Yonder and social entrepreneur & activist Gopi Parayilg ‘How to create social change through social media’. Learn tips & tricks in social media.

Closing session with Claudia Roth, Co-founder ConsciousLab … Programme ends at 17:00 hrs.

Enjoy free time to revisit favorite spots or simple enjoy a massage.

Overnight at The Retreat. Dinner arrangement not included.

 

“Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

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