My colleagues, Yusti, Tiwi and myself discussed with the two care takers, who had come a long way from the youth shelter in Jombang to participate in Margret’s seminar about the future of the shelter, fundraising, and improving the website, eventually offering an English site as well as a result of the success of previous shelter inhabitants holding some excellent employment now.
Margret facilitated a seminar on transpersonal psychology at Ubaya University in Surabaya Java. She was invited to teach the Magister program for over 50 people. The seminar was experiential with meditation and theoretical, as well as discussion at the end. Her longtime colleague from Ubaya university, Tiwi, translated when needed. However, most of the participants have a good understanding of English.
The last leg of my journey brought me to the farm of Deepak Suchde, who propagates a very specific approach to compost-making. This approach is famous all over India for saving large plantation from disease. Here I held a one day workshop on the Heart Self-Intelligence approach before continuing on to Mumbai. As you can see from the pictures, the veggies and fruit in his gardens are remarkable.
The second leg of the journey brought me to Tirunamavalai, the Ashram of Ramana Maharshi, a saint who had impressed me very deeply after seeing a video. He was the first Indian Guru who talked about the search for the Self within, thus confirming my work in transpersonal psychology with the Heart Self-Intelligence approach. Many people are visiting the Ashram.
In March 2015, I made a visit India. First stop was Auroville in Madras, the Matrimandir, and visits to serveral farms to learn more about their approach to taking care of the soil. I completed my certificate in Permaculture Design last year and I am extremely interested in taking care of the soil-earth.
A three day intensive workshop introducing HeartSelf-Intelligence at the University of Indonesia in the suburbs of Jakarta. The morning began with a Yoga class, followed by a introduction to Heart mediation.
The participants were composed of lecturers and Master class students. I was invited to come back for a follow up.
Of course, being a Javanese event, food plays a major role during the seminar. Morning break with all kinds of rice cookies and other goodies, a full lunch box and afternoon tea break with other delicacies.