INDIA:
YATRA
EXPEDITION

pilgrimage
through authenticity

January 10 – 26, 2018
We are going to real India hidden behind the veil of tourist attractions and spiritual advertising.
We invite everyone who wants to discover how to live differently, meet extraordinary people
and embark on the inner journey to one's Self.
Yatra (Sanskrit: Yātrā, यात्रा)
is a spiritual pilgrimage that
starts with the first step into the unknown.
For many people India is a symbol of a spiritual quest, a connection with one's Self, unmasking the ego, the joy of service and simple life. It is the birthplace of yoga, practice of meditation, ayurveda, vipassana... It is a home for many spiritual teachers, bearers of sacred wisdom, who neither seek glory, nor create a cult, but simply share their knowledge and serve humanity.

India's rich spiritual heritage came to the West when many representatives of counter-culture, hippies, beatniks, musicians, downshifters from Europe and the US went there in the 1960s. So, on the one hand, India's wisdom attracted the attention of the whole world. On the other, along with spiritual seekers, Western marketing came to India's sacred sites.

As a result, an entirely new industry has been created for seekers of spirituality and wisdom. Many ashrams morphed into conveyors of "spiritual clichés", while some teachers created around themselves "spiritual corporations". When Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other large cities underwent sudden industrialization, Himachal Pradesh was flooded with advertisement for yoga classes, promises of quick enlightenment, and portraits of new gurus.

Nonetheless, there still are some truly authentic places that survived the turmoil. In our travels to India we have found its pristine spirituality not where it is usually expected to be, but in most unexpected places. We have found it in alternative schools, based upon certain spiritual traditions; in schools, founded by wise and courageous enthusiasts; in small communities; in certain people...

We invite you to our Yatra expedition for a deep communion with India's spirituality of our times.

Why Go to India
with "Living Myth?"
On our journey we will explore four avenues of experience:
Different Approaches to Life
We will travel to places where people had courage to re-think familiar social models and create new ones. We will encounter different educational approaches in alternative schools, participate in native farming at permaculture Eco-villages, and explore different lifestyles in self-orgainising communities.
Preserved Native Traditions
We will visit villages and communities that were not stunned by urbanization, that preserved traditional way of life, local culture and ancient wisdom of relationship with the Earth and with each other. We will witness their unique lifestyles and amazing ways of self-expression.
Spirituality in People
We won't visit crowded ashrams or attend workshops of famous spiritual teachers. Instead we will try to find spiritual wisdom in people who created most beautiful places in which they live, restored nature, brought back love and relationship, and devoted their lives to service.
Inner Journey
We can't guarantee any insights. Don't expect a tour with carefully designed showrooms, or guided sightseeing. We will help you enter many authentic places, where people just go about their daily routine. And you will have to stay present and ready for insights, which will be hidden in actions, conversations, endeavors and experiments that you will undertake. And we will support you on this journey.
Expedition Route
Expedition Itinerary
Day 1: Bangalore
We gather in Bangalore, meet each other and celebrate the beginning of our expedition.
Day 2-3: Navadarshanam
We will spend the first few days of our expedition in an Eco-village called Navadarshanam. The members of this community experiment with alternative ways of living, revitalizing natural environment, producing ecological food, providing health care, and, through that, finding inner balance. In this cozy place we will start our laboratories and take the first step on our Yatra journey.
Day 4-6: Tribal Health Initiative
Since 1992 Tribal Health Initiative has been helping tribal people of Sittilingi valley find themselves in the modern world without losing their authentic tradition and dignity. They will be our guides into everyday life of a traditional Indian village. We will live in simple conditions together with locals, participate in farming activities, learn traditional crafts, and share with others what we know. We will also have a unique opportunity to take part in one of the most important local celebrations – the annual festival of animals!
Day 7-10: Tiruvanamalai
This part of Yatra will take us to Tiruvanamalai. We will visit an alternative school called Marudam Farm School, which unites local spiritual community and re-forestation activists. Nowadays, Marudam is an outstanding place, which blends several alternative pedagogies, where foreign settlers and locals from nearby villages learn, live and teach together. This place is governed by deep love of nature, shared by children and adults alike.

We will also climb the Arunachala mountain, a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people, and meet Swami Narayan, an ascetic who has been living on the mountaintop for the last thirty years. We will also visit a famous Shiva temple, and Ramanashram – an ashram of Sri Ramana Maharishi.
Day 11-13: Shibumi School
We continue our journey to the world of alternative education with Shibumi school. It is onе the the very few schools that authentically and unconditionally follow the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti is a famous philosopher and a spiritual teacher of the XX century, who developed radically new approaches to studying the mind and understanding human nature. At Shibumi school, founded by Krishnamurti's student, we will attune to the spirit of the community of teachers, children and their families. We will have a chance to witness many subtle differences in relationships based upon constant self-awareness, relationships without fear or competition. We will take part in school's dialogue lessons to explore ourselves, and find a pristine source of interaction with the environment.
Day 14-16: Aarohi Learning Center
Next few days we will spend at Aarohi Learning Centre. Aarohi does not follow any specific philosophy, teaching or methodology. They follow the child. This is one of the most radical educational experiments, where children and adults alike are equal in their rights to decide how the community works. Here everyone gets to decide what to learn, when to learn, how to learn and with whom to learn. And they do! We will see how equality and freedom empower education, and question our stereotypes and doubts about self-directed learning. And we will learn how to learn and how to teach, since that is what Aarohi is all about! We will find something unique inside ourselves, something that we are ready to share and teach to others.
Day 17: Bangalore
On this day we go back to Bangalore to celebrate and finish our Yatra expedition.
Expedition Team

Facilitator: Michael Yoshpa

Michael holds a PhD. in Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, and Masters Degrees in Biology and Education. He is a photographer and facilitator of inner development retreats.

Michael is an author and facilitator of several self-learning laboratories: LifeStream, MySelf, Living Science, and Living Dreams. He teaches meditation, qigong and martial arts.

Educator, traveler: Vlad Sakovich

Vlad co-creates projects that help develop humanness in people: LifeCamp, LifeSchool, LifeStyle, ProtopiaLabs, Global Education Futures, Metaversity, EShER. He helps integrate tools from "different worlds": from system-mental reflection to meditation.

Vlad spent a year in India visiting alternative schools, communities, villages, projects and authentic places. That journey had a dramatic effect on him, that's why it is very important for Vlad to share his experiences with others.
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