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Travelling Within Retreat


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A Study Abroad Program in Self-directed studies mode, by The Gnostic Centre, at its Delhi & Himalayan campuses, India. Travelling Within program provides an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the self and the journey of life within a living and dynamic backdrop of India and its multifaceted culture. Highly customisable to the participants' needs.

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Travelling Within Retreat

  1. 1. Travelling Within Study Abroad Program in India By The Gnostic Centre
  2. 2. The future looks out in front. A flaming jewel of quiet beauty Its blueprint beckoning us near. All of us driven blindly, all of us driven against our will We refuse to accept, yet have no choice But to follow the hidden secrets of our soul... Ameeta Mehra
  3. 3. 4 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India Contact Us;
  4. 4. 5 The Gnostic Centre Contents Travelling Within: Introduction 7 Program Overview 9 • Program Components • Special Features • Logistics • Fact Sheet Faculty Profiles 12 The Gnostic Centre: A Brief Introduction 17 FAQs 19 Himalayan Campus: The Monk’s Retreat 23 Delhi Campus: The Gnostic Centre 26
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  6. 6. 7 The Gnostic Centre Travelling Within Introduction “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent in the ideas of living.” (Mary Ritter Beard) Travelling Within, is a Study Abroad program designed by The Gnostic Centre to provide an opportunity to deepen an understanding of your self and your journey of life within the dynamic backdrop of India and its multifaceted culture. The Program, as all offerings of The Gnostic Centre, is inspired by the integral vision developed in India by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The Program will guide you in exploring the depths of your being and in beginning an inward journey of self-awareness. The Program will open you to the possibility of living an integral life that is conscious, authentic and meaningful. At the core of the Program is the practice of mindful, conscious living informed by the rich Indian spiritual traditions. The Program blends urban and rural immersions as well as academic and meditative workshops in order to heighten and deepen your self-awareness. Travelling Within is designed to provide all participants with an academic, emotional and intuitive understanding of their inner resources and strengths. India: the perfect setting Ancient wisdom and modern living India is a land of striking paradoxes. It’s not an easy place to be in. Once you get past the initial cultural shock and get used to its heat and dust, its sounds and colors, you begin to notice the vibrancy of existence, the magic in the air. You immediately notice that India is not just this or that — it is a bit of everything.
  7. 7. 8 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India It has a spiritual energy; you can almost breathe it in the air. It is a living collage of religions and beliefs, and yet you feel that subtle something which is above any religion or belief. India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism — three major religions in the world. This is the land on which extraordinary sages and masters walked several hundreds of years ago. And this is also the land where you’ll find contemporary living masters, new-age gurus, monks and sadhus (anchorites). But it is not all spiritual. India is also unashamedly material. You will find glitzy malls and supermarkets, state of the art airports and seven star hotels, big businesses competing with the best in the world. This is perhaps the only culture where materialism is as much celebrated as spirituality. India is also the birthplace of karma- yoga: the path to divinity through work and service. Indians, through the ages, have celebrated desire (Kama) and wealth (Artha) as much as the deeper laws and values of life (Dharma) and the final self-realization and freedom of being (Moksha). Yet India is not all about its cities and markets: most of India still lives in its villages. From the coasts of India to the forests of Madhya Pradesh, from the mighty Himalayan mountains to the dry desert of Rajasthan, no one village is like another. There are cultures within cultures, each unique. Every which way, India challenges and provokes. That is what makes the journey of the self so exciting, so relevant, and so immediate. That is the essence of India: every path will take you inward. As an Indian sage once said — Here in India, the only way out, is in.
  8. 8. 9 The Gnostic Centre Program Overview Towards an Integral Science of Living “Essentially there is but one single true reason for living: it is to know oneself. We are here to learn — to learn what we are, why we are here, and what we have to do. And if we don’t know that, our life is altogether empty — for ourselves and others.” (The Mother) Travelling Within draws on the Indian concept of an Integral Science of Living. The Travelling Within program has a powerful and transformative design, innovative and individualised, where the participant is facilitated to come in touch with her/ his mission and goals, and develops an individualised theme to work on as a project which is presented at the end of the retreat to the group. The project provides a valuable tool to continue Travelling within after the program. There are both group and individual sessions with the facilitators and special topics and themes are taken up to enhance the themes chosen by the participants. Travelling Within is a flexible program as it can be offered as a one- to three-week program as per the group’s need. Program Components* • Developing a mission statement and goals that can serve as guiding principles for one’s day to day life • The nature of the mind and its unlimited potential • Five powerful practices to transform one’s life • The practice of the present moment - living fully now • Learning to listen to oneself and others * The Program will contain a selection from these Components, based on participants’ needs, interests and program duration.
  9. 9. 10 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India • Mindful and joyful living – conscious eating, conscious sleeping and conscious work • Gaining energy and doing more in less time • Understanding the Secrets of delight in work • What is Love? Relationship with oneself, others and the divine • Understanding Money - the power of wealth and how to live in abundance • Listening to Music - appreciation of local music and spiritual traditions • Best Practices to live your best life • Practising a Living Silence - equanimity of mind and heart • Awareness in the Body - hathayoga, pranayama, and body work • Understanding and dealing with Death • Other themes of discussion based on the groups needs Special Features • Critical Thinking applied to Existential Questions, such as Celebrating Diversity, The importance of Beauty, the problem of Pain, the difference between Religion and Spirituality, the meaning and understanding of Death, Wealth and Love etc. • Mindful nature walks in the oak forested hills of the Himalayas. You will walk consciously, with controlled breathing while being fully aware of every aspect of the walk. • The Joy of Giving - the Art of Local Cuisine - walking in the woods and collecting local herbs and preparing fresh food together. You will enjoy the benefits of collaboration through group cooking with indigenous spices and herbs. On special request • Cultivating Presence through the Integral Way of the Horse. As the Delhi Campus is located on Usha, India’s premier thoroughbred stud farm* , you will see the Integral vision * Both The Gnostic Centre and Usha Stud farm are led by Ameeta as Chairperson.
  10. 10. 11 The Gnostic Centre applied to the business of horse breeding. • Glimpses and tastes of Delhi. You will have a day-long excursion to historic places in Delhi that includes a heritage walk and sampling of traditional Indian dishes. Logistics Travelling Within program is held at both the campuses of The Gnostic Centre: at the Delhi campus and at The Monk’s Retreat, which is the Centre’s Himalayan campus. A detailed itinerary will be provided when participants sign up for this program, based on their needs, interests and program duration. Meals: Participants will be served three wholesome vegetarian meals a day, and coffee/tea twice a day. Fact Sheet Duration 5-9 days. Can be shorter or longer, based on the group’s needs. The program is self-directed and flexible. Where The Gnostic Centre, New Delhi; & The Monk’s Retreat, in the Himalayas (Uttarakhand). Format Primarily experiential: workshops, self-reflections, readings, introspective activities, interactive discussions, guided meditations, individual sessions with the facilitator, hathayoga/pranayama, communing with nature, mindful walks, cultural visits and more. Religious basis None. The program has a spiritual orientation. Language English. Availability April to November. Health & safety Adequate measures for ensuring the health, safety and well-being of participants, for example, filtered drinking water. For Program Fee & Other details, contact
  11. 11. 12 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India Faculty Profiles Ameeta Mehra Founding Trustee & Chairperson, The Gnostic Centre & ICIS • Equine Management (Irish National Stud, Ireland) (gold medalist) • Management Education Programme (IIM, Ahmedabad) • BA Hons: English Literature (Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi) Since the age of fourteen Ameeta had one dream — to change the education system of India. It is this quest that started her off on the road of Integral Yoga, Psychology and Education in 1986. Over the years Ameeta has conducted growth of consciousness courses and workshops such as ‘Explorations towards a New Creation of the Self and Society’, ‘Foundation Course for Facilitators’, ‘The Science of Living’, ‘Meditation for Inner Growth & Cultivating Presence’. Ameeta’s published works include self-discovery books such as ‘Dhyana (Meditation for Inner Growth)’, ‘Abhaya (Fear: Its Cause and Cure)’, ‘Karmayoga (Perfection in Work)’ and ‘Sadhana (A Guide to Self-Mastery)’. She is also the editor of The Gnostic Centre’s journal ‘The Awakening Ray’. Ameeta heads India’s leading stud farm, Usha Stud. Anuradha Founding Trustee & Secretary, The Gnostic Centre & ICIS • Masters in International Education: Teacher Education (University of Sussex, UK) • B.Ed. (DAVV, Indore) (gold medalist) • BA Hons: English Literature (Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi) • Certificate of Professional Studies: Foundation Course for Facilitators (ICIS, Delhi) • Certificate: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects (University of California, San Diego on Coursera) Anuradha has been engaged in the field of Integral Education since 1986, through teaching, research and curriculum design.
  12. 12. 13 The Gnostic Centre She facilitates courses in Integral Education (online & onsite) and self-development for teachers and teacher-students, as well as parents, such as, ‘Scripting Pathways of Change’, ‘Integral Education: From Reflection to Action’. In Anuradha’s view, in the current world scenario, the most important aspects to cultivate are — an inner connect with one’s deepest self, a widening of the mind, and a refinement of the aesthetic sense. She describes her work as a minuscule contribution in this project. Anuradha has co-edited The Gnostic Centre’s journal, ‘The Awakening Ray’ and authored several articles. Partho Educator & Writer • BA Hons: English Literature (St. Stephens College, University of Delhi) Partho describes himself as a seeker of the Self, and his life’s deepest aspiration is to realize the Self not only in knowledge and consciousness but in the field of everyday life and living. An exponent of the wisdom tradition of Vedanta and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, Partho specializes in the application of psycho-spiritual practices in personal and corporate education and training, He is associated as mentor and consultant to many integral initiatives in India and the US, such as HTA (now known as JWT), IBM, SmithKline Beecham, PCCW (telecommunication multinational), Reach India (telecommunications), The Times of India, Taj Hotels, media groups, healthcare software multinationals, etc. Partho’s published works include the book ‘Integral Education: A Foundation for the Future’. He also writes on Vedanta and Integral Yoga.
  13. 13. 14 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India Ritika Goyal Founding Trustee & Treasurer, The Gnostic Centre & ICIS • Postgraduate Diploma in Alternate Dispute Resolution (NALSA, Hyderabad) (topper) • Postgraduate Diploma in Justice Administration (Edith Cowan University, Australia) • LLB (Law Faculty, University of Delhi) • BA Hons: Political Science (Hindu College, University of Delhi) • Certificate of Professional Studies: Power of Attitude (CODE, Hometon College, University of Cambridge, UK & The Gnostic Centre, Delhi) Ritika has always been interested in social change — she has worked with street children and was also involved in an international youth movement. Her special focus of research has been on how to develop the mind, and she has conducted workshops with students, as well as teachers. Ritika is passionate about Culinary Art. In the field of Green Practices, her chief concerns are rainwater harvesting and conservation. Ritika is involved in the management of L’avenir, a research based pre-school of The Gnostic Centre. She is the Coordinator of The Gnostic Centre’s journal, ‘The Awakening Ray’. Ritika is a practising advocate at the High Court (Delhi) and specializes in Corporate Law. She is also on the Governing Council of Shikshantar school. Sanjay Prakash (adjunct faculty) Principal Consultant, SHiFt (Studio for Habitat Futures, Delhi) • Associate of the Indian Institute of Architects • BArch (School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi) (gold medalist) Sanjay Prakash is an architect with a commitment to energy- conscious architecture, eco-friendly design, people’s participation in planning, music and production design. Over the years, he has integrated all his work with the practice of new urbanism and
  14. 14. 15 The Gnostic Centre sustainability in his professional and personal life. His area of practice and research over the last 37 years includes passive and low energy architecture and planning, hybrid air-conditioning, autonomous energy and water systems, bamboo and earth construction, community-based design of common property, and computer-aided design. Under his guidance, hundreds of persons have developed capabilities in performing design, conceptual or management work in these areas. He has taught, conducted research, and in India and abroad. Sanjay is also the Senior Advisor for Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Delhi). He is the Team Director of the Core Team of Shikshantar school. His publications include the book, ‘Solar Architecture and Earth Construction in the Northwest Himalaya’. Sunaina Singh Coordinator, L’avenir (an integral education based preschool) • BEd (Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi) • Certificate of Professional Studies: Foundation Course for Facilitators (ICIS, Delhi) • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (IGNOU, Delhi) • Teacher Training Course (Mirambika Teacher Education Institute, Sri Aurobindo Education Society, Delhi) • BA: Home Science (Magadh University, Bihar) In the field of Integral Education since 1997, Sunaina has worked with children, teacher-students and parents. At L’avenir, she works in the areas of mental, vital and physical education and is involved in curriculum development and administrative work. Sunaina has a deep connect with Nature. She has extensive work experience in organic gardening and farming, and is engaged in the Gnostic Centre’s ecological works. Sunaina is also good at painting in Indian folk styles of Madhubani and Warli, besides watercolour. She likes learning and experimenting with various art forms, such as, pottery,
  15. 15. 16 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India sculpture, puppet making, carpentry, papier maché, marbling, weaving, macramé, knitting and embroidery, etc. Durjee Bhoi In-charge, Alchemy (an integral health centre) • Vocational Training Course (Sri Aurobindo Education Society, Delhi) • First Aid Course (Sri Aurobindo Education Society, Delhi) • Mountaineering Course (Sri Aurobindo Education Society, Nainital) • Automobile Repair & Service Course (Thatha Automobile, Trichy, Tamil Nadu) • BA: Political Science (Sambalpur University, Odisha) Durjee is a Physical Fitness instructor and facilitates Gym and Yoga sessions. He has facilitated adventure sports, street and folk games for children and youth. He has also worked with preschoolers (at L’avenir) to provide physical education inputs. Durjee has been involved in infrastructre development and maintenance works since 1995. He has experience of working in the field of public relations and as a team leader for empowering the tribals, in a remote village of Odisha. “Silence, the mystic birthplace of the soul.” (Sri Aurobindo)
  16. 16. 17 The Gnostic Centre The Gnostic Centre A Brief Introduction The Gnostic Centre is a research centre for the growth of consciousness through education. It is located in Bijwasan, New Delhi and is spread over a verdant 12 acre campus. The Monk’s Retreat, which is the Himalayan campus, is in the state of Uttarakhand. The Gnostic Centre’s philosophical basis stems from the belief that education cannot be merely for utilitarian purposes, nor for purely spiritual ends. The need of the future is for an education that is Integral and brings within its scope all aspects of the human being (physical, vital-emotional, mental, psychic and spiritual); an education that helps humanity bridge the outer and inner dimensions of life. Towards this end, the Centre has established an Academy of the Future, evolving new formats of learning, new curriculum, courses, structures and an integral methodology and practice. The Centre offers courses and programs in online, onsite and blended modes — such as, New Creation of the Self and Society, Psychology of Human Development, Flowering of Management, Scripting Pathways of Change, Study of the Vedas and Upanishads, etc. “What has perhaps been the most influential to me were the study circles led by Ameeta on ‘The Synthesis of Yoga’. It was a time for me to nurture myself by giving time to engage with myself and the universe more deeply through Sri Aurobindo’s words. The presence of those attending created a sangha energy where esoteric things become more tangible. The Gnostic Centre is a place that allows me to come into my own with confidence and clarity of vision. It allows me to anchor in the deepest and highest in me while also welcoming mundane — all of life is indeed Yoga.” - Natasha Nair (Psychotherapist)
  17. 17. 18 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India Designed to facilitate self-reflection, along with a sound conceptual knowledge, the courses encourage the students to engage in a quest for perfection and balance, and living from within. The student is facilitated to find answers to his/ her dilemmas such as — how to overcome stress, how to be happy, how to deal with anger and negativity, how to create positive relationships, how to lead a more meaningful life, how to find one’s aim of life, etc. The Centre’s faculty includes practitioners from diverse walks of life, based in India and abroad. For further information on the courses and programs run by The Gnostic Centre, please log on to “One workshop that really benefited me was the workshop called ‘The Power of Attitude’. The Power of Attitude really gave us opportunities, information, knowledge and techniques that one could use to tap into one’s deeper resources and live a life from within, tap into one’s inner strengths and building on that be able to cope with the world outside. Not to retreat from the world but to find ways and means in which to live one’s daily life and deal with all its challenges from a position of strength and peace — constructive place so to speak. To learn not to let outward circumstances affect one’s action.” - Sumita Ghose (Social Activist & Social Entrepreneur) “Meditation workshops have been phenomenal for me. It has shown me a new path towards peace and happiness! With today’s complex and fast life....these workshops are like a breath of fresh air....” - Pooja Lakhani (HR professional, IKEA)
  18. 18. 19 The Gnostic Centre FAQs What positive changes can I expect after completing the Program? The Program is balanced between outer and inner travel, and the natural landscapes and interactive experiences evoke self- awareness and insights. The Program will give you the skills to better understand solutions to the challenges in your life, and to cultivate equanimity and peace. Will I have a better life after doing the Program? The people who have taken our courses report leading a more informed and self-directed life. We all have our individual paths, though ultimately we are part of a collective future. If you continue to follow the practices and fundamentals of this program in your life, it will lead to greater self-awareness, peace and finding your own special path. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware of the present moment. It requires focus, inner calm and steadiness. Mindfulness can be used to combat stress by relaxing and experiencing a gentler flow of life. Regular practice of mindfulness in daily life leads to non-judgmental observation of one’s own and other’s behaviour and, in turn, to greater awareness of one’s actions and purpose. How can mindfulness lead to deeper levels of knowledge? When we try and understand an event or idea, we often impose our own evaluation on our experience. Mindfulness can create a deeper observational base and consequently help avoid hasty
  19. 19. 20 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India judgments, resulting in a greater ability to discriminate. The ‘here and now’ observations help us understand and refine the nuances of a situation or an idea in an unbiased way. How can the Program improve my relationships with people? During the Program, we trust our own selves and others; and we gently allow life to flow and unfold, as it is supposed to. We are taught how to mirror others by understanding a situation from the other’s perspective. And finally, we are taught to communicate our understanding of their perspective with a feeling of loving kindness, openness and humility. How can I practice mindfulness and integral living after the Program? The programs at The Gnostic Centre teach mindful awareness experientially, i.e. as part of daily activities, such as, the way in which we converse with people, commune with nature, eat our food and go about our daily work. To get the benefit of these experiences and reflections, you can apply them in your daily life. Some ways to do this are: • Continue to practice meditation for at least 15-20 minutes every day. • During situations of daily stress, take a moment of quiet reflection to focus and centre yourself. • If you wish to go deeper, enrol for online courses with The Gnostic Centre. How much of India will I see/experience? India resides in its people and their culture. Delhi, being the nation’s capital, is home to Indians from almost every part of India. Not only will you experience this variety through your
  20. 20. 21 The Gnostic Centre time in different parts of the city (outskirts, new city, old city), you will also have an insider’s view of its culture as you will be residing in a community rather than a hotel. The train journey and the use of local transport will add to your experience of India. In Uttarakhand, you will experience a hillside village of India, and its scenic beauty amidst majestic Himalayas — again, as an insider, residing close to the village. The program itself is rooted in the spiritual and aesthetic ethos of India and will bring you a deeper understanding of the country as compared to that of a tourist. Will the journey within cut me off from ‘real life’? Exclusive pursuit of the inner self can lead to a disconnect from outer reality, and exclusive pursuit of the outer reality can lead to a disconnect from the inner self. Therefore, Travelling Within program is designed to create bridges between our ‘self’ and our ‘life’. It will, in fact, help you engage with ‘real life’ with all of your ‘self’ rather than just from the surface being. Himalayan view from The Monk’s Retreat
  21. 21. 22 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India “We do not belong to the past dawns, but to the noons of the future.” Sri Aurobindo
  22. 22. 23 The Gnostic Centre Himalayan Campus: The Monk’s Retreat At an altitude of 7200 feet, surrounded by oak forests, The Monk’s Retreat has stunning views of the majestic Himalayan snow peaks. The fresh air, mountain fragrances, scenes and sounds from village life and glorious sunrises and sunsets will suffuse your senses with the beauty and energy of the hills. The campus is designed on organic principles and has rainwater harvesting, waste recycling and organic cultivation. It is spread over several acres, blending flat land with undulating terraces and meadows. Community House You will live in the beautifully designed Community House at The Monk’s Retreat. The views from the Community House are of the Himalayan peaks, oak forests, and distant village habitation. There is a meditation hall that is also used for group classes and/or workshops. The three-storied Community House is a speciality lodging with aesthetically designed beds. It can
  23. 23. 24 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India accommodate up to 32 people. Guests are served from the homely kitchen in the dining area. Filtered drinking water is freely available. A set of common bathrooms are on each floor. The bathrooms are modern, clean and equipped with hot water from solar heaters. Bed linen, mattress, blankets, pillows, towels, toilet paper and soap are provided. Laundry service is provided on a chargeable basis. The Community House has power back-up and is Wi-fi enabled. Meditation Spaces and Surroundings Set on one of the highest spots at The Monk’s Retreat, six Meditation Caves are being constructed. These Caves will provide an opportunity for quiet reflection and meditation.
  24. 24. 25 The Gnostic Centre The Meditation hall in the Community House serves as a space for group meditations and the beautiful orchards and terraced hillsides form a calm and natural setting for meditations. Fruit Orchards & Villages The Monk’s Retreat is located in the fruit bowl of India, with orchards of apples, pears, peaches, plums and apricots. Itself housed in the quaint village of Dehra (with just 12 households), it has several other villages just a short walk away. Some of the village folk are a repository of knowledge about the use of local herbs, found in the wild, for culinary and medicinal purposes. Some are master craftsmen in the dying art of stone masonry. Almost all farm organically, and breed cows. The village houses are a study in simple beauty and use of local materials with warm and friendly colours. The village folk welcome you into their homes with remarkable generosity.
  25. 25. 26 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India Delhi Campus: The Gnostic Centre At the Delhi Campus, peacocks languidly crisscross the verdant landscape that houses two meditation spaces, a seminar hall, library, a pre-school, a gym-cum-yoga studio, a cafe and guest accommodation. While walking around the Delhi campus, visitors instinctively speak in quieter, softer tones; breathing becomes slower and deeper and the feelings of negativity, worry and stress recede as they absorb the calm and serenity. “I don’t know whether it is because of the ecological principles or the materials or the ambience or the tweeting of the birds, or whatever it is, but every time I have come to the Centre and spent a little bit of quiet time with myself, I have gone back really smiling, deep from within me.” - Sanjay Prakash (Ecological Architect) Meditation Spaces The Shrine: In a space designed with light, space and fluid lines, the Shrine is home to Sri Aurobindo’s relics. Located in a silent zone, the Shrine is meant exclusively for silent meditation. Cushions are spread over a tiered bamboo floor and the
  26. 26. 27 The Gnostic Centre ambient temperature is maintained at a comfortable level through a fresh earth tunnel system that warms in winter and cools in summer. The Shrine can accommodate up to 50 people. The Meditation Hall: The hub of The Gnostic Centre, the Meditation Hall stands as a sentinel, serenely at the back of the campus. The large French windows overlook the central vista that has trees planted to enhance balance and positive energy. Circular alcoves attached to the central hall have floor cushions where visitors can either meditate or read quietly. Guided meditations, workshops and meetings are conducted here. The Library is also housed here. Seminar Hall: Synthesis With projecting, recording and editing facilities, Synthesis is a modern, air- conditioned, fully equipped conference space that can seat up to 50 people. The spherical, domed roof offers
  27. 27. 28 Travelling Within: Study Abroad Program in India beautiful acoustics such that even a soft-spoken person on stage can be heard clearly at the back of the hall. The inside walls have been treated innovatively with mud mixed with cow-dung, hay and fiber pulp to provide a sound-absorbent surface. Tiered wooden flooring allows seating to be both informal (on the floor) and formal (on chairs) as the occasion demands. The chairs are handcrafted with wood and jute rope. Accommodation: Quietude Adjacent to the main campus sits Quietude, a black and white bungalow that accommodates up to 10 guests in single rooms. Set amidst rolling lawns, with lily-filled ponds on either side, the environment and ambience reflects its name. Furnished with steel, cane and stone, each room in Quietude is named after a quality such as Progress, Joy, Sincerity that is meant to serve as a mantra for the person staying in that room.
  28. 28. 29 The Gnostic Centre Wi-Fi connectivity is available in the rooms and also in the shared community space Harmony which has a pantry equipped with a fridge, microwave, and an electric kettle. All rooms are air- conditioned and have solar-heated water. Alchemy: Café, Gym and Yoga Studio As the name suggests, the food from the Café and the exercise at the Gym, can magically transform one’s physical body. The Café has a wide variety of food made with organically grown ingredients, from herbal teas and infusions to muffins and crepes. Tables shaded with cheerfully striped umbrellas are set on a lawn overlooking trees that are half-a-century old. Hanging bamboo planters with herbs such as thyme, parsley and basil surround the outdoor sitting area. The Gym is well equipped with treadmills, cross-trainer, multi- gym, weights, exercise balls etc. The Yoga Studio has specially designed yoga mats and a sports flooring making it suitable for Yogasanas, Aerobics, Tai-chi and other free hand and floor exercises. With a view of greenery, natural light floods both spaces giving users a feel of being out in the open while exercising in air- conditioned comfort.
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