I am again planning to do a retreat called ‘Awakening the Aesthetic Awareness’ at Nilambur from 20th Feb to 25th Feb 2012 (Monday to Saturday). Link to the last years event is www.awakeningaestheticawareness.blogspot.com .
Last june I was also started an initiative near Pune called re imagining schools which was to work with a school to totally redesign the very concept of school. See the link www.reimaginingschools.wordpress.com . The intense engagement with children and exploring cognition has helped me with new insights on experience.
This retreat is in a way the culmination of my work related to recovering authenticity, originality in terms of aesthetic sensibility and cognitive process.
This has been developed from my past 20 odd years of work (learning from) with artisans and children. (www.kumbham.org, www.rediscoveringchildhood.org, http://www.my.opera.com/jinankb )
Two parallel explorations I have been engaged has been to understand how we have been damaged – homogenized, cloned, de skilled, fragmented, alienated- by the modern education and other conditioning institutions and tools– market, hospitals, TV, news etc. and how as a biological organism born with tools to make sense of its world understands it and inhabit.
School prepares us for processing and storing information by excessive importance given to memorization and development of conscious and instrumentalist reasoning. These two skills seems to be incapable of perception, creativity which is what is required in the realm of unknown.
This 5 day workshop do not claim to solve any of that but would probably initiate a journey towards that end.