Ramayana Immersion

Program Type

Immersion


INTRODUCTION

Our Personal Energy is immense and seeks to act in ways that are natural, spontaneous and enlivening. We seek the good the true and the beautiful. However, many residues and traumas locked up in our unconscious move us in ways that go counter to our deepest wishes. This is especially so in contexts that act as a trigger to our unresolved fears or desires. The stories of purANic heroes has the potential to evoke us deeply.

This is a great gift since we can use the evocation as a mirror to our own
unconscious. The Ramayana is a journey of a hero; it is also the story of a
person who has to confront his own inner demons at each threshold of
growth. In the pursuit of the modern and the technological, we are losing
our ability to discover and nurture ourselves through introspection and
deep inner work. Working with the purANa through theatre and self reflection is one of the most powerful and effective ways to gain mastery
over our hidden potential.

FOR WHOM

The programme is meant for:
Leaders, Change Agents and Professionals in the field of Social Services, Management and the Arts wishing to delve inwardly and regenerate themselves.
Those who wish to discover and develop creative processes of their own unfolding and therefore facilitate self-discovery in others.
No prior theatre experience is required for this adventure, although prior experience of inner work is always of value. 

DURATION 

5 days.

INDEPTH PERSPECTIVE

Today, Yoga in various forms and shapes has become the preferred mode for self-development. The arthashAshtra recommends that all leaders must be yogis, the nAtyashAstra, the vAstu shAstras and a host of other texts specify that the professional must be a yogi. The reason is very simple.

Yoga practiced in a holistic fashion ensures that a person becomes capable of being the best he or she can be. Leadership today must be holistic and work towards creating a sustainable world. Leaders and professionals need to strive continuously to perform at their peak capabilities. This means that one has to make a continuous investment in one’s competencies, one’s inner well-being and one’s health.

However, the meaning of Yoga is limited to Aasana and prANAyAma in most peoples’ minds. Our myths were written to bring out the meaning of Yoga through stories that illustrate how different types of minds perceive a situation and how they respond.

The Ramayana uses the unfolding of Rama and Sita’s life as the central archetypes of human development, Ravana as the anti-hero/shadow
archetype to examine the principles of Yoga in the context of familial strife. Several other very important characters like Hanuman, Vibheeshana, Kumbhakarna, Laxmana and so on, play a key role in enabling us discover parts of ourselves.

The Ramayana is a discourse on the Yoga of leadership and a discourse of dhArmic conduct. It not only captures the philosophical depth of yoga, it evokes the person deeply by portraying different ethical dilemmas confronted by Rama and Sita and describing their struggles as they delve into themselves and overcome these obstacles.

DESIGN

The two main components of the programme are:

  1. The Learning Theatre
    An Individual is simultaneously a member of multiple systems –
    organization, society, family and others. Each of these systems is a
    complex network of interdependent roles and processes with distinct
    values and norms. The diverse pulls and pressures of the systems and lack of integration and synergy in oneself result in diffused inner energies and consequently affects the expressions. The learning theatre is designed to focus on inner energies and enable coherent expressions. The methodology of work will be a flowing rhythm between these two aspects, namely, explorations into one’s inner processes and working with theatre exercises.
  2. Ramayana
    In the second half the participants will work with various themes drawn from the epic. Having explored the dynamics of heroism within, the participants will be introduced to the nuances of realizing the puruShArtA and navigating the ariShad varga (the six challenges on the path). The individual who explores this archetypal drama with authenticity enters the universal motifs of human suffering. Such engagement with one’s dhukka is deeply insightful and healing. The stage is thus set for an honest introspection of one’s inner patterns of feeling and thought and outer patterns of action in such contexts.

There will be a maximum of 20 participants in the group.

Please download the brochure for more information. 

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