‘Learning with Kabir’ is a four-day residential workshop for educators, offering a lyrical and critical immersion in the poetry, songs and ideas of Kabir, the 15th century mystic whose voice speaks in powerful ways to our contemporary worlds. The intention is to bring together a diverse group of educators who are seeding and growing ideas for journeying with Kabir into a variety of learning contexts—schools, colleges, universities, non-formal education and children’s publishing – to explore ideas related to mystic poetry, folk music, oral traditions, the politics of knowledge, the divide between self and other and the power of direct experience as opposed to received truths.
While being an immersion in the poetry of Kabir, we also want this workshop to be a platform for educators to share with each other their explorations with Kabir in the classroom. We are aware that each learning context has its own flavour, strengths and challenges; yet we hope there will be synergies by interactions with a wider community of fellow educators. While participants would primarily be persons/institutions who are already partnering in some way with the Kabir Project (www.kabirproject.org), we are equally excited about making new friends and partners.
The workshop will combine structured group exercises with spaces for quiet individual reflection, and there will be lots of singing!
Workshop Facilitators –Shabnam Virmani & Chintan Girish Modi
Invited Folk Singer Resource Person – Mahesha Ram ji, RajasthanVenue/s: School for Ancient Wisdom, Bangalore
When: May 18-21, 2011Where: The School of Ancient Wisdom, Devanahalli, Bangalore
We would like to limit the number of participants to 20 in the spirit of keeping it intimate and interactive, so please mail us at the earliest saying why you would like to join in, along with a brief paragraph or two about your interests, work, and expectations from the workshop. Mail Chintan at email@example.com, or call up at +91-97427 15913
Travel expenses to and from Bangalore will have to be borne by the participants.
Participants with institutional resources to support workshop expenses are encouraged to contribute.