Find your true calling...
An adventure of self-discovery!
5 Week Intensive Online Learning Journey
For young seekers of the world
Age 18 - 30 years
July 5th - August 7th, 2021
Whether you are thinking of a gap year, are currently in college, or find yourself at a crossroads, we invite you to follow the call. You will be immersed in a transformative learning journey. Together, we will explore how to align your personal quest with working for a more awakened world.
The Swadharma course has been designed as an experiential learning process in which the students will be exploring real-life projects in their contexts or online. This is to ensure that knowledge is tested in challenging real-life situations where all other capacities are brought out and exercised in an immersive and integral experience of the whole being.
The course is not structured in a conventional linear manner, however for the ease of understanding the phases of learning can be understood as follows:
1. Discover Your Potential
During this period, the students will be exploring their own inner nature through a series of activities to know their inner potential and its true calling. What lies latent deep within the heart has to be brought out into the clear understanding of the mind so that the intelligence and the will can now engage in supporting the inner potential to unfold the process of transformation.
2. Discover Your Inspiration
While sensing or knowing the inner potential is a good starting point, this potential has to be energised and awakened, like sprouting a seed. This requires nurturing conditions. This has to be cultivated by following the trails of inspiration where joyful energy is to be found as fuel for growth. Each student must follow their own unique trail of inspiration and go to its source. It is the stream of inspiration that can nurture and awaken the seed potential within.
3. Discover Your Transformational Practices
While it is possible to find spurts of inspiration now and then, it fades off way too quickly. Every student must learn their own way of nurturing and developing inspired energy into a steady dynamic force. This requires regular daily transformational practices to invoke, contain and flow with the inspired energy. The process will be unique for each individual.
4. Activate Your Potential
After sensing the broad contours of the inner nature and the potential line of development in tune with the inmost truth, the students will be engaging in a short project to give outer expression to their inner possibility. This is the testing ground to validate one’s insights and immerse deeply into the journey of self-discovery and self-creation. It is only through work the potentiality becomes actuality, an embodied capacity. This is a life long journey and the course provides an initiation to start off on the path.
5. Documentation and Presentation
The last few days are for documentation, presentation, and evaluation and to prepare to re-engage with the world from the Swadharma perspective.
The course formally ends by the end of the fifth week but the students are encouraged to take up an internship in their cities, online or in Auroville to work on real-life projects so that the awakened inspiration and direction of growth can be consolidated through work. Also, it will be a crucial time for each student to stabilise on their daily self-driven transformational practices. Mentors will be available to support the transition to this stage.
The global challenges we face today call for people who are capable of creative, holistic and innovative thinking, people who are self-aware, and whose identity is grounded in their relationship to the whole. Overcoming these challenges requires the passionate commitment and engagement of young people.
The Swadharma course is a response to the call for an education for our times. It offers young seekers – age 18 to 30 – the opportunity to embark on a transformative learning adventure with the goal of self-discovery. The program is based on the idea that helping young people discover who they are and what brings them alive is not only meaningful at an individual level but also essential for building a socially just, environmentally sustainable and consciously awakened future.
What Swadharma is not?
Swadharma is not a career counselling course, our focus is to build the whole person in alignment with their true nature and career development is a byproduct.
Swadharma is not a meditative spiritual retreat to renounce the world. It is for the hero warriors who want to transform the world by transforming themselves.
Swadharma is not a therapeutic course. The course is intense and requires good psychological health.
Swadharma course follows a pedagogy deeply rooted in exploring and discovering one's true potential. Its objective is to help the learner to come in touch with the inherent evolutionary force of their being through a series of simultaneous inner and outer explorations. The awakening and growth of the being is the fundamental condition for the unfolding of Swadharma, the work governed by one’s own nature. Only when this unfolding happens, an individual can act in the world with harmony and delight, expressing the highest possibility of one’s life’s creative purpose.
To facilitate the emergence of Swadharma, the learning process will be:
Self-referential - finding the inner guide
Self-directed - choices based on inner guidance
Experiential - learning by doing
Immersive - in your context, full-time
Integral - touching all parts, wholesome
The pedagogy recognises that awakening and growth of the being is a lifelong process and the purpose of the course is to initiate and establish the learner on the path of unending self-exploration, self-discovery and self-creation. A growing passion for the joy of learning and creative self-transformation will be the sign that the inherent force dormant within the individual is awake and beginning to chart its course of growth. Such an individual will be self-driven and in harmony with the individual purpose and the purpose of the larger whole of which the individual is a part. Thus, the pedagogy simultaneously enables the learner to be:
In harmony with one’s inner nature
In harmony with one’s outer work
In harmony with the larger whole of which the individual is a part.
Swadharma has been designed as a multidisciplinary foundation course. It provides the learner with knowledge and skills to develop themselves further in any field of work that one may get drawn into.
The learning objective of the Swadharma is intended to be two-fold:
The inner development is envisioned to help the student to identify one’s inner nature and true calling by developing self-awareness and self-mastery. This would provide the necessary inner foundation for engaging with the outer world to manifest one’s dreams.
It is to be understood that the development of self-awareness and self-mastery are lifelong processes and the Swadharma course is only laying the foundations for the student to make this lifelong journey.
Learning to distinguish the various part of being and the presence of the inner guide revealing one's potential and purpose. This opens the doors of intuition and inspiration setting in motion self-directed work in harmony with one’s own nature.
Developing mastery over the movements of various parts of the being brings gradual unification of otherwise scattered movements of Will and aligns it with the inner guide and its inspired action. As the inner guide emerges, influence and act through various parts of being with it comes increasing integrity, harmony and perfection in one’s inner nature as well as the outer work.
While inner development enables the student to come in touch with one’s own calling, the outer expression and manifestation require many generic knowledge and skills to actively and creatively engage with the world around to manifest one’s dreams. To facilitate this the course has been envisioned to provide the following knowledge and skills.
1. Design Thinking
Train the thinking process to be systematic and be creative by opening to intuition and inspiration so that it can be applied in solving problems that are challenging and engaging.
Learn how to articulate and express oneself precisely and efficiently so that one can inspire, invite and engage with the world.
Learn to work together as teams by deep listening, empathy and enjoying diversity; an essential skill to solve complex problems and to engage with the world joyfully.
Learn to take responsibility and initiative and make things happen by perseverance.
5. Global citizenship
Learn to develop a global perspective while solving local problems, assimilate the best from all cultures.
6. Sustainable living
Understand and redesign everyday life choices to be in harmony with earth and Nature.
Some General Practices
During the course, students will be trained in the following practices to enrich and support their emerging inner potential.
Mindfulness - to increase awareness
Journal writing - to observe and document the process
Gratitude Practice - to open the heart
Appreciation Practice - to develop empathy
Physical Education - For preparing the body
Movies - as per the context
Presentations - for communication skills, peer learning and review.
Sharing Circles - to share learning journey and provide peer support
Some details of the course may undergo change depending on the selected students and their emerging requirements.
Students from developing countries*: Rs. 35,000 (including GST)
Students from developed countries*: Rs. 65,000 (including GST)
*The list of developed & developing countries can be found here.