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Welcome to Sadhana Institute!

Sadhana, a Sanskrit word rich in meaning and challenging in its implications, is vital to Indian spirituality. It means an instrument, a way to attain our goal, the spiritual means we adopt, the sacred path we walk. Over the years this word has also meant for us our inner quest, our being on the way, our willingness to be led. That is why we understand that Sadhana is every means we employ for finding inner freedom, for attaining wholeness and integration and for discovering the divine in all things and all things in the divine.

Our Programs

Tanmaya Sadhana

(Sept 2 – Oct 27)
(Age Group 35 – 55)

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The aim of the course is to assist participants in their spontaneous, natural movement towards the realization of the inherent potential we all have for wholeness, towards becoming one’s own unique person (Tanmaya).

Beginning with basic orientation and community building sessions, the course is followed by a Journal retreat that sets a tone of silence and awareness for the participants. The intensive inner process work that follows immediately after the journal retreat invites participants to be honest, insightful and compassionate towards themselves and others as they look at the factors that hinder the call and task to become more and more one’s own true self. An additional component of this course is Human Sexuality and Affectivity which provides the participants opportunities for personal exploration as to how one’s affective energies can be channeled for mature and fulfilling relationships and be at the service of a deeper spiritual life. A last component of the course could be “Sadhana of Jesus,” “Christian Maturity,” or “Servant Leadership.”

(This course is meant primarily for those in leadership positions and whose work involves caring for others – superiors, formation personnel, spiritual guides and counsellors.)

Drawing from the Depths

(Sept 6 – 13)

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This retreat seeks to help participants learn to work with all of their life experiences, both positive and negative, to develop a basis for important life decisions. The interplay of journal exercises and techniques creates a dynamic process that helps participants build an energy and momentum within themselves to take the next steps in life.

Integral Formative Guidance

(Sept 2, 2015 – Apr 22, 2016)
(Age Group 35 – 55)

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The Integral Formative Guidance course isexplicitly meant for the early stage (candidacy, pre-novitiate, etc.) formators.
The aim of the course is to train formators who are sufficiently self-aware and competent given the challenges they are likely to face in early-stage-formation work. The course is designed keeping in mind that the formators will need to be familiar with and equipped to address the spiritual, emotional, psychological and developmental needs of those in their care.

(Priests who have at least one year of pastoral experience and religious men and women who are finally professed may apply. A Bachelor’s level college degree will be essential for admission. Those who have already attended our typical Sadhana courses or Personal growth programs would be given preference for admission.)

Personal growth Group

(Nov 30 – Dec 19)

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This relatively short course offers an opportunity for personal growth and inner healing through intensive inner process work in a group setting. Participants will have opportunities to examine their dysfunctional attitudes and behaviour patterns and the emotional reactions that prevent them from moving forward in life and to tap their healing potential. The goal is to learn new ways of relating to experience with insight and understanding that create possibilities of transformation. A readiness for self-disclosure, desire for inner healing and compassionate self-regard enable participants to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Counseling Skills Basic

29 Oct – 05 December, 2015

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There are people who seem to have a natural aptitude for accompanying persons in their psycho-spiritual journey and who often find themselves approached by people for help even though they do not have any formal training in counseling skills. This course is meant for such people. Within the broad framework of the human psyche – conscious, unconscious and spiritual – participants will be grounded in the theory and practice of basic skills required of a counselor. Only those who have attended the Personal Growth Group or the Midi/Mini/Tanmaya Sadhana courses may apply for this course.

Tanmaya Sadhana

(6, Jan – 20, Feb 2016)
(Age Group 35 – 45)

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The aim of the course is to assist participants in their spontaneous, natural movement towards the realization of the inherent potential we all have for wholeness, towards becoming one’s own unique person (Tanmaya).

The course will begin with basic orientation and community building sessions that will also initiate participants into interior silence and awareness. The intensive inner process work that follows immediately invites participants to be honest, insightful and compassionate towards themselves and others as they look at the factors that hinder the call and task to become more and more one’s own true self. An additional component of this course is Human Sexuality and Affectivity which provides the participants opportunities for personal exploration as to how one’s affective energies can be channeled for mature and fulfilling relationships and be at the service of a deeper spiritual life. The last component of the course is “Sadhana of Jesus,” which helps participants to integrate their experiences and self-awareness in line with the vision of Jesus that is related to the reign of God.

Sadhana of Jesus Fully Human, Fully Alive

(7, Feb – 13, Feb 2016)

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The focus of the course is to imbibe the perspectives and vision of Jesus so that we learn what it means to be human. We do this by highlighting Jesus’ Life and Teaching – the way He lived. The course helps us challenge certain unhealthy images of God and the human that have crept into religious life due to the distortions of culture and history. This will enhance the development of healthy images of the human and the divine. The net result is courage to believe, to be human.

Personal Growth Group

(31, Mar – 30, April 2016)
(Age Group 28 – 35)

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This relatively short course offers an opportunity for personal growth and inner healing through intensive inner process work in a group setting. Participants will have opportunities to examine their dysfunctional attitudes and behaviour patterns and the emotional reactions that prevent them from moving forward in life and to tap their healing potential. The goal is to learn new ways of relating to experience with insight and understanding that create possibilities of transformation. A readiness for self-disclosure, desire for inner healing and compassionate self-regard enable participants to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Samagratha Sadhana

(11, May – 25, June 2016)
(Age Group 45 – 60)

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This course, with its emphasis on midlife development, takes the participants through a process of self-exploration and self-awareness in order to help them to get on to a self-directed life and towards greater emotional and psycho-spiritual integration (samagratha) and wholeness.

There is a radical change in development during the middle years of life. This is a period when one becomes aware of the invitation to get initiated into the “inner reality” and to re centre his/her life around a new set of values. One’s values are sublimated in social, religious, civic, and philosophical symbols. He or she becomes more spiritual. Energy that was formerly used for external adaptations are directed into these new values. Wisdom and sagacity take the place of diminishing physical and mental vigor. Being in harmony with oneself and with the world becomes important than external achievements.

Animating Communities A Workshop for Superiors

(1, Sept – 15, October 2016)

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This course is meant for community animators/superiors and ministry directors.

Many religious communities are blessed with committed persons from diverse cultural backgrounds and with varied gifts and abilities and much good will making these communities potentially rich and resourceful. Yet it is also a common experience that this resourcefulness does not easily get reflected in the quality of community life and ministry. Animating life and ministry in such communities continues to be a growing challenge and concern today. This course aims to help participants to: a) recognize and own the gifts and resources they and their communities have; b) understand the intra/interpersonal dynamics that block people from living out their full potential and how these blocks can be removed and; c) to more effectively utilize the possible resources that exist in the community for harmony, unity and for more appropriate responses in the ministry.

Tanmaya Sadhana

(26, Oct – 16, Dec 2016)
(Age Group 35 – 55)

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The aim of the course is to assist participants in their spontaneous, natural movement towards the realization of the inherent potential we all have for wholeness, towards becoming one’s own unique person (Tanmaya).

The course will begin with basic orientation and community building sessions that will also initiate participants into interior silence and awareness. The intensive inner process work that follows immediately invites participants to be honest, insightful and compassionate towards themselves and others as they look at the factors that hinder the call and task to become more and more one’s own true self. An additional component of this course is Human Sexuality and Affectivity which provides the participants opportunities for personal exploration as to how one’s affective energies can be channeled for mature and fulfilling relationships and be at the service of a deeper spiritual life. The last component of the course is “Sadhana of Jesus,” which helps participants to integrate their experiences and self-awareness in line with the vision of Jesus that is related to the reign of God.

The components of this course include Community Building sessions, Journal Retreat, Intensive Inner Process work, Human sexuality and Affectivity, and Communication skills.

Drawing from the Depths

(30, Oct – 6, Nov 2016)

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This retreat seeks to help participants learn to work with all of their life experiences, both positive and negative, to develop a basis for important life decisions. The interplay of journal exercises and techniques creates a dynamic process that helps participants build an energy and momentum within themselves to take the next steps in life.