Village Homestays for Resilient Leadership.
We offer a residential experiential program in Resilient Leadership that has been designed to foster Critical Awareness and provide opportunities for Edgework; new experiences of placebased learning.
We are proud that our Schools & University Programme started in 2011 and has been taken by many groups of students including Princeton University, Pittsburgh University, Western State Colorado University, NOLS, Where There be Dragons, Lakeside, and Menlo School. Most of our partners send students every year. The students’ attendence gains credits for their courses. Each group is no larger than 25 students at a time.
Critical Awareness is an educational theory that builds a holistic view of awareness based on social, emotive, psyche, spiritual, intellectual, somatic and environmental learning. Edgework involves experiences out of one’s comfort zone. Edgework is easier when students leave their usual environment and experience place-based learning.
Our course offers physical, experiential and contemplative ways of learning 3 principles of resilience; the Dignity of Physical Work, Interdependence in society, and Inter connectedness with nature.
These principles form the undercurrent for an experiential programme based on learning the 5 Community Framework, an established, systemic approach to Environmental Leadership.
The Residential courses are run out of the village homestays, hosted by 8 families in Majkhali village. The women of these families have created an association and self-help group.
Through experience of traditional life in a sustenance community, our visitors learn collaboration, co-creation, mindfulness, communication, and resourcefulness.
Resilient Thinking can be used in organisations to consider the impact of all activities in an integrated way to result in sustainable outcomes and avoid ‘trade-offs.’ We also believe that Deep Ecology helps visitors change their thinking about their relationship to the planet.
Together with an introduction to the village bio-cultural management and everyday life, we teach a simple 3-step mindfulness meditation technique connected to focussing on Nature. Mindfulness is proven to have significant benefits on our psychological, mental and cognitive well-being.
We believe that the experience of Resilient Thinking and The Contemplation of Nature are powerful tools for transformation.