Join the Sankalan Internship

Become a Holistic Leader!

The Sankalan internship offers you the opportunity to become an accredited Sankalan facilitator after completion of the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory participation in four of the programmes outlined below.
  • Submission of a written personal review of these programmes.
  • Participation as a co-facilitator in at least 2 Sankalan programmes.

5 residential programmes of 6 days duration are offered as part of the Summer and Winter Events of the Sankalan Internship. These are intensive and invigorating group participative programmes which are experiential, non-directive and build on the wisdom of the group

The first programme on Inner and Outer Ecology can be attended by anyone over the age 21, as a single programme or as the first programme of an Internship to become a facilitator.

However, it is essential that you have participated in the first programme to take part in the subsequent 4 programmes outlined below.

The Sankalan Internship – Vision and Core Beliefs

The long term vision of Sankalan is to support an ever expanding community of holistic leaders/ facilitators in fostering personal, social and ecological wellbeing in schools, NGOs or other organisations and communities.

Today, what we need is not only technical knowledge and skills for sustainable living. The greater challenge is fostering new kinds of leaders with the vision to go beyond the prevalent machine and ability to co-create groups, organisations and communities that focus collaboratively and creatively on positive action. We need leaders who can respond to emergent and local issues, create space for joining in by others and strategise for collective wellbeing.

The internship is offered with the belief that aligning ourselves with Nature’s principles will enable us in co-creating more eco-conscious communities and leaders.

About Sankalan Programmes

The following are the programmes offered for the completion of the Sankalan Internship. One or more of these programmes are usually offered in April, August and December every year. They are usually of 5 to 6 days duration and are residential programmes held at the Bhoomi College campus.

These programmes will be useful to anyone interested in exploring transformative learning and working in groups, schools, organisations or communities. In particular Sankalan programmes will be meaningful to teachers, students, members of NGOs and those who wish to co-create spaces to explore deeper aspects of inner and outer ecology and ecological living on earth.

  1. Inner and Outer Ecology: Connecting with nature within and outside ourselves; discovering fresh ways of looking at ourselves and our relationships, work, philosophy of living and our path in life; learning to align ourselves more with Nature’s priniciples and our deeper selves.

    The Inner and Outer Ecology programme is an introductory programme, necessary as a first step to  participate in the other Sankalan programmes.

  2. Holistic Leadership: We are used to ideas and patterns of leadership in a patriarchal, pyramidal system. What can leadership be like if we think like members of an ecosystem? This programme will look at inner shifts, new perspectives, opportunities for wellbeing as well as struggles and challenges that come with a new paradigm of leadership. It also offers opportunities to participants to review their patterns of thought, feeling and action that determine their relationships and roles.
  3. Deep Ecology - Learning from Wilderness: This programme will be held at a retreat centre in the Sharavathi Rainforest in central Karnataka. It is meant for adults over 20 years old; apart from learning from living as a community with bare minimum man-made facilities but plenty of Nature’s resources, this programme will provide opportunities to commune and connect with Nature as a student-pilgrim and not as a tourist or adventurer.

    Some focus areas will include, understanding and relating to Gaia, our living earth, through solo time in a rainforest; accepting our embeddedness in Earth and learning to think and feel like an ecosystem, and then to apply our learnings to our lives and work.

  4. Systems Thinking and Personal Vibrancy: All life on Earth exists within ecosystems; our bodies, families and organisations are ecosystems too in their own ways. The world today has made us accustomed to linear thinking and living with limited meanings. Holistic or systems thinking can provide a much richer way of looking at our experiences and discovering new perspectives. This programme offers opportunities to think like an ecosystem, foster a deeper sense of connectedness to Mother Earth and commit to fulfilling action.
  5. Building Eco-wise communities: Eco-wisdom can go beyond renewable energy, re-cycling resources and reducing our consumption. Eco-wisdom becomes an integral part of the culture of a group or community when principles of ecosystems are embedded in it. Acceptance of diversity, collaborative and cooperative practices, multi-layered leadership, understanding of how we create others responses to us and many other connections can help us co-create enlivening communities.

What you will do during the Sankalan Programmes:

For about 7 to 9 hours each day, you will be actively involved in group sessions that would include:

  • Sharing one’s personal stories, thoughts and feelings
  • Working with issues that emerge in the group during the programme.
  • Conceptual understanding of inner and outer ecology; reviewing our lenses and filters and re-looking at our world view as well as our identities / self-image
  • Hands-on activity in the garden, Nature walks and Nature meditation; those who wish to can take up sketching, writing haikus or making music, salads or craft items during some of the free hours in the evening.

What is special about these programmes?

“The whole is more than the sum of the parts”

  • The group processes are participatory, self-regulative, inclusive and lively – making it a rich experience tht can connect us more deeply with nature and to others in the group/community.
  • These programmes are stimulating and enjoyable because each participant joins in as she wishes to, with her concerns, stories and her own style of relating. Yet the sharing and learning are rich with new perspectives in practical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives on Earth.
  • The facilitators make the group explorations meaningful through invitational, experiential, holistic and non- directive processes.