Webinar Series

We have initiated online learning sessions for our members to keep alive the process of deeply engaging with the self and staying connected with the community.

Webinar Series

Webinar Series

We have initiated online learning sessions for our members to keep alive the process of deeply engaging with the self and staying connected with the community.

Webinars Series for Aastha Members

We have initiated online learning sessions for our members to keep alive the process of deeply engaging with the self and staying connected with the community.

A series has been planned over the next three months.

Please register by sending a mail to aasthafoundation@gmail.com

29th and 30th August 2020

Chouboli by The Story Tellers

A motley group of passionate narrators called The Storytellers enchanted Aastha-ites with their Rajasthani folk tale Chouboli by Vijayan Detha. All 40 participants were rapt in attention as the nestled narrative (stories in story) unravelled about a Rajput princess. The session ended with interaction between the storytellers sharing their perspectives & active responses from the audience as to what of the story attached itself to them, whom they identified with or did not relate to; what got evoked in them during the narration; how they interpreted the various characters within the four sub-stories. Day one had invitee guests in addition to Aastha members.

On Day two a group of 28 Aastha members used the story as a trigger to explore their own inner journeys in three smaller groups and dived into themes that emerged; social constructs that are internalised / perpetuated; gender stereotypes which persist, our own vows of silence, patterns of choice making, the price we pay for these choices, acceptance, rejection, and related questions like ‘are we the Hero’s of our own Journey?’, and much more. The group also shared how each one of us carry the multiple characters of the stories within us and each of these plays their part from time to time. A fulsome discussion took place on how we use or do not use our voice and what lost opportunities mean to us. Chouboli held her voice but had never lost it.

31st July and 8th August, 2020

Facilitators: Minaxi Mathur, Mohan Raja, Ashutosh Bhupatkar and Rema Kumar

Faire, Avoir, Etre and Me!

We unconsciously adopt ideas and attitudes of others – also called introjects - whether culturally, socially or familial. A trigger to view these introjects was the article “Why the French don’t show excitement,” by Emily Monaco.  A Webinar for professional members of Aastha Foundation explored this theme over two sessions on July 31st and Aug 8th, 2020.

The meet on 31st explored the predominant way of one’s interaction with the world. The author believes the world lives either in the faire mode (to do) - long to-do lists, living in action mode etc or in the avoir (to have) mode – better, bigger, faster. Or some cultures veer towards être (to be) – watching the world roll past, observing and being with nature. Indians, it would appear, are naturally drawn to the être way of living but we are patterning ourselves now on the ‘Faire’ - ‘to do’ way.

27 - 28 June 2020

Timings: 4 pm to 6 pm

Facilitators: Bela Sood, Narpati Luthra and Padmavati Rao

Aastha offered yet another space for its members to take a pause, reflect & delve deep into the theme of 'Acceptance & Rejection'

Do I disown parts of myself & reject them before anyone else does?
Do I conform or do I rebel to be accepted?
Do I as a human being feel rejected when only my idea or effort or opinion is rejected?
Do I matter or I don't?
Do I fear rejection more than rejection itself & block myself?
Do I postpone myself to strictly follow my 'Rule Book' & society norms to feel accepted?
Why am I misunderstood?

These were some of the questions that came up in our theme based Webinar. The deep dive into 'self' gave way to new meanings & new paths for deeper understanding and further exploration.

13 June 2020

Timings: 4 pm to 6 pm

Moderator: Narpati Luthra

Panelists: Mehroo Kotval, Padmakar K, Padmavati Rao & Varun Rupela

Panel Discussion on ‘Redefinitions’

Living is a dynamic process of constant engagement of inner and outer worlds. Managing engagement of these dynamic and ever changing worlds can be quite daunting. 

Different stages / phases of life demand different versions of oneself. Often, life brings one to a crossroad where questioning and re-questioning is inevitable. What seemed a remote possibility is reality and what was real seems like a distant dream. And this calls for questioning of ones beliefs, patterns, values... and a redefinition of what truly  matters... what seems more real and relevant... more meaningful and wholesome...

30 - 31 May 2020

Timings: 5 pm to 7 pm

Facilitators: Ashutosh Bhupatkar and Rema Kumar

Foundation for Human Learning and Growth – Aastha, offered its first webinar on the theme, ‘Valuing Self’. The invites were sent out to the interns’ community. These online learning sessions are for members to keep alive the process of deeply engaging with the self and staying connected with the community. 

The webinar was held as two-hour sessions over two days, was attended by 19 participants. The group experienced a deep resonance with the theme considering the trying times that we are in. The participants shared feelings of being rejuvenated, energised and connected with themselves and the group at the end of the webinar.

They will carry their learning/ insights/ reflections into a review – which they shall share in a month.