Conference

A three day space for contemplation, application and exploration with lead trainers, teachers and peers.

The focus of the Conference will be on honouring various perspectives on mindfulness, philosophical as well as theoretical, and to bring together various evidence-based mindfulness approaches in therapy, counselling and community under one roof.

Through this diversity we hope to get a sense of that ONE TASTE, of `beingness' or Presence and touch into the essence of the practice of mindfulness that becomes the impetus for ourselves and the people we serve.

What better way to commemorate World Mental Health Day than through this exploration of Mindfulness. Evidence based applications, research in the field, has proved beyond doubt, what has been known from the wisdom traditions, that indeed there are many benefits from the practice of Mindfulness.

The concept and application of Mindfulness has pervaded every field. However, to really understand Mindfulness and the essence of the practice we need to include the wisdom perspectives. The secular practice of Mindfulness does not exclude but includes the deep wisdom that comes from Buddhist and other wisdom orientations.

So the conference includes perspectives from wisdom traditions as well as an exploration of research based applications in mental health, counselling, psychotherapy and community with leading trainers and practitioners from around the world through in person interactive sessions.

At the heart of 'understanding' Mindfulness is also the practice and a direct experience. So the conference includes the practice of Mindfulness.

All are welcome to the conference, from those who are curious about mindfulness, practitioners who want to deepen and widen perspective, professionals who want to include this dimension for themselves and in their work, students, teachers, community workers, organizational thought leaders.

It is also an opportunity to interact with one another and to come together as a community.

We are honoured to have Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul inaugurate the Conference and start the conference with a session on Wisdom Based Mindfulness from the Buddhist tradition.

Some of our speakers include :

Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul
Director,Tibet House, Cultural Center of His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul travels widely within India and abroad to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, logic and practice. He was appointed as official translator for H.H.the Dalai Lama.He has been involved with translating many texts from Tibetan to English.
Session: Wisdom Based Mindfulness

Nithya Shanti
Nithya Shanti is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, seminar leader and educator, committed to sharing practical wisdom teachings for happiness and awakening with people in a joyful and transformational way.
Session: Beyond Mindfulness: Instant Advanced Meditation

Dr Raja Selvam
Senior Trainer in Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing (SE) professional Trauma Training programs and developer of Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (ISP). Among many influences, he also draws from Advaita Vedanta.
Session : Trauma, Body, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness

Dr Steven Hickman
Dr Hickman is the Founder and Executive Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He has taught over 60 MBSR courses and has been a trainer in many Minduflness Based Interventions, MBSR, MBCT and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC).
Session : Mindfulness Based Interventions for Addressing Mental Health needs for clients and patients.

Sandy Dias Andrade
Sandy Dias Andrade is a psychotherapist practicing for over fifteen years. She is also the founder and director of the Just Being Center. She is trained in mindfulness based interventions, Integrated Somatic Psychotherapy and other interventions that has include the body, mind, soul and spirit in psychotherapy. She has developed the Presence Oriented Psychotherapy training for psychotherapists who wish to bring a Presence orientation to their work.
Mindfulness & Presence in Psychotherapy

Fiona Parr
Fiona Parr is a Focusing-Oriented Therapist, Teacher and Mentor and an International Focusing Institute Certifying Coordinator based in the U.K. She has been practising Focusing for 25 years and teaching for 15 years. This gives her a deep and rich experience in her subject. Fiona is a lifelong meditator and spiritual practice is important to her.
Session : How your Self-in-Presence brings change

Mooji
Mooji is a spiritual teacher originally from Jamaica. Mooji is a disciple of Papaji, a devotee of the advaita and non-dual teacher Ramana Maharshi.

Zia Nath & Angelina Richa
Zia Nath is a craniosacral practitioner and founder of Quanta Health Care Solutions, Mumbai – the first clinic in India to exclusively offer Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

Angelina Richa is a craniosacral practitioner based in Mumbai and Pune supporting individuals with various lifestyle and chronic conditions.
Session: Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: Listening with Presence and Touch

Prof. Dr. Mahesh Deokar
He is the founder and head of the Department of Pali at Savitribai Phule Pune University. His academic expertise is in Pali language and literature and Theravada Buddhism. Due to his interest and initiative into the relevance and application of Buddhism in modern society, courses in Socially Engaged Buddhism and Buddhist Psychology have been started in the premises of Pali department since the last few years.
Session: Enquiry into Vipassana: Going beyond present moment

Dr. Neelam Oswal
She has been trained as a clinical psychologist from the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. Presently she works as a Clinical Psychologist at Phaltan Lifeline Hospital, Phaltan. Her search for the appropriate mode of psychotherapy for the Indian community had made her explore the therapeutic potential in storytelling as well as Vipassana meditation. For the past few years she has been studying and researching the therapeutic effects of Vipassana and also writing about it. She has assisted the Department of Pali, Savitribai Phule Pune University, to design the course on Buddhist Psychology. She is a faculty member on this course since its inception.
Session: Enquiry in Vipassana: Going beyond present moment

Chandrashekhar Datye
Chandrashekhar Datye, is an engineer by profession and a Vipassana teacher. After retiring as a Company Director of an engineering company, he offers voluntary service in Vipassana Centers and in other activities like MITRA Project & Anapana training.

He will be taking a session on Anapana training and its applications.

K B Jinan
K B Jinan is an activist, designer and educationist. He has been working with traditional artisans in various parts of India. In the process he has been addressing his own de-colonizing and de-schooling process.Born in 1959 in Trichur district of Kerala, he did his Engineering in 1983 and post graduate in product design in 1989 from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
Session: Learning to See

Shefali Kosta
Shefali Kosta is one of the founders of the Swaadha Steiner School, Pune and a Waldorf teacher and educator.
Session: The Waldorf Way

Bruce Stevenson
A psychotherapist in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Bruce Stevenson has also trained as an integrative psychotherapist. He has also been a Buddhist monk for five years. He has also been a student of A.H.Almaas in California.
Session : Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Mindfulness

Dr. Sandip Ravindra
He is an assistant professor in the department of psychology, SNDT Women's University, Pune. He did his Masters and M.Phil in clinical Psychology from Nagpur and Pune University respectively. His current research is in the area of Cognitive Psychology in the area of human-computer interaction, Mindfulness and Cognition.
Session: Contemporary research in Mindfulness: issues and challenges

Dr. Rajlaxmi
Dr. Nidmarti Rajlaxmi has a doctorate in Ayurvedic medicine, with a practice in Gynaecology. She was a full time doctor when she began taking classes at the RIMYI Institute and has trained directly under the Iyengars. She is a senior teacher at the Iyengar institute. Drawing from many years of study with BKS Iyengar, Dr. Geeta. S. Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar, she imparts a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise.
Session: Yoga practice

Arul Dev
Arul Dev is a fulfillment coach, integral development facilitator, niche hiring partner, holistic educator, an inspired entrepreneur and the Founder CEO of People First Consultants. He has been working with corporate clients to bring into focus the innate presence and resourcefulness of individuals.
Session: A Pathway to Presence in Corporates

Ravi Pradhan
Having lived and worked in Asia and the U.S., Ravi brings over 35 years of experience as a manager, entrepreneur, organizational consultant, management trainer, and social-change agent. He brings an intimate experience of both the corporate and social sectors of both cultures to his current mission: introducing an education of the "heart-mind" in schools and colleges.
Session: A New Pedagogy For Non-Cognitive Skills: Mindfulness Based Eq.

ON THE PANEL (Application of Mindfulness in Community)

Pranita Madkaikar
Pranita is the CEO of Tara Mobile Creche in Pune.

Asavari Gupchup
Asavari is an Arts Based Therapist. She is a mindfulness practitioner and has implemented the Mindfulness Program for Supervisors at Tara Mobile Creche on behalf of the Just Being Center.

Narendra
Narendra's association with indigenous communities, their rhythms, flows and languages/silences of everyday living, particularly in Bastar, goes back to over 30 years. He has lived with and observed indigenous worldview and non-doing communities.

Kavita Saju
Kavita Saju is an Art Based Therapist and Project Leader at Bapu Trust.

Facilitator: Kiran Gulrajani