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, Interns and new comers
We have initiated online learning sessions to keep alive the process of deeply engaging with the self and staying connected with the community.
The outreach series is for individuals who want to know more about and understand the nuances of Process Work.
Please register by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Timings: 04:00 – 07:00 pm
Anchors: Bela Sood, Narpati Luthra, Padmavati Rao & Preethi Raja
Programme Fees: INR 1000
This will be an online engagement conducted on Zoom platform.
Relationships can transform you. Relationships with people who come into our lives, add to our soul’s journey. They help us grow, learn, and evolve. As we grow up, nature and quality of our evolving relationships with significant others, define and shape our identity as well as our relationship with ourselves. And our identity and our relationship with ourselves - colours and affects every relationship in our adult life.
In this program we'll have a look at the texture of our relationships and try to understand the underlying processes which are shaping them, to explore Relationships with Self, People, the land I inhabit physically, mentally and emotionally. Definition of Self comes from relationships. It is through my relationships with myself, the world and the Universe that I discover myself, my patterns, my myths and mythologies. We learn the most about ourselves through relationships with others.
Timings: 04:00 – 07:30 pm
Anchors: Ashutosh Bhupatkar, Farah Khan & Padmavathi Rao
Programme Fees: INR 2000
This will be an online engagement conducted on Zoom platform.
Loneliness is a part of being human. It is an inevitable experience for every person. It comes and goes. The source of this loneliness may lie in a different corner for each one of us. At times our uniqueness makes us lonely or the innate search to connect with myself or to find the ‘lost me’. It can also arise from a need to have deeper connections or having lost a connection that added meaning to my life.
Timings: 05:30 – 08:00 pm
Facilitators: Mehroo Kotval, Padmavathi Rao and Vasundhara Wadiyar
Programme Fees: INR 1500
There's a story unfolding moment after moment within us and around us.
There are little untold stories we hear or witness every day. They've made us, and shaped us as we moved through our routines. 'Discovering Self as a Story' takes a look at those stories within, hitherto told and untold... Stories that lie like unopened books in a cupboard year after year. There are some forgotten and some yet to be explored treasures there. It's an opportunity to get the dust off them, unwrap them and discover yourself through these stories.
Facilitators: Ashutosh Bhupatkar & Ishita Bose / Minaxi Mathur & Varun Rupela
We exist in relationships and hope to find fulfilment in them. Relationships present new experiences all the time, which ranges from extreme happiness to other extremes. We either face them or allow relationships to fade away. Close and intimate relationships have such a profound impact on our lives; hence we felt a need to offer an Aastha space for exploring the same.
In these sessions we will be using short films as a starting point to look at relationships closely and begin an exploratory journey of how we give meanings to togetherness, attraction, expectations and trust.
Each participant is free to walk and choose his/her own path of exploration. With the hope that all of us return from this journey with a renewed sensitivity to the beauty that lies at the heart of each and every close relationship.
Do join us for this exploratory journey...
Growing as a Person - An introduction to Process Work
We are offering a free introductory programme for individuals to understand Process Work and the work that we do at Aastha.
Each one of us lives out various/ varied narratives as part of our day to day lives. There are some patterns that play out in our lives over and over again. Some are self-enhancers, some are self-limiting.
The breaking of these patterns of thought, feeling and action are however extremely difficult. Many a time, we do not even recognize these patterns.
Come, join us for a session to understand a body of work (Process Work) which enables individuals to recognize patterns and move to another level of self -discovery….
- Experience and understand Process Work
- Experience a community of people who believe that delving deeper into oneself can be liberating
If you have never given this a thought….the time is now to take a pause, reflect and introspect…
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.