We provide home made food at the Center. We purchase grocery from the local market. At times, fresh fruits and vegetables are brought from our natural farm, adding an authentic organic touch to the menu. The coconuts, generously used in the dishes and the occasional small bananas are from the garden around the cultural center. We keep the garden is purely organic.
Kerala dishes are loosely based on many Ayurvedic principles. We follow this tradition as much as possible. Even when we provide north Indian dishes, we try to make them as satwik as possible by avoiding red chilies and such harmful ingredients.
Breakfast dishes are prepared with a combination of rice flour with coconut or various lentils are amazing. These are eaten with spiced curries, chutneys, or bananas. Lunch is typically boiled rice with a curry, two side dishes; vegetables braised in oil or combined with coconut and pappadams; crunchy appetizers. Occasionally a fresh vegetable salad, pickles and sweets might be added to this fare. Dinner is lighter, chappathis or parathas; wheat breads, different rice items like pulao, kitchdi, fried rice, porridge etc with side dishes.
According to the season, fresh juices and hot drinks spice up the day. Potable water is pumped from a clean groundwater well. A water purifier provides clean drinking water. Water boiled with herbs can also be provided. Meals are usually taken together, just as in a well-knit family, sitting cross legged on the floor. If anyone finds it difficult to sit on the floor, chairs can be used.
In a synchrony of ancient and modern outlooks, we believe that teachers should be treated with complete respect by the students while the students should be free to discuss his studies creatively with the teacher. This will lead to a harmony in the classroom. A partnership between the teacher and the student ensures easy flow of knowledge & ideas.
Your daily classes at the Center will only be effective if you practice each day’s lesson well. As the great masters say, the master can only guide you a quarter of the way; the rest is your effort.
Teachers should be treated with complete respect by the students for his knowledge and the students should be free to discuss any part of his studies creatively with the teacher. This will lead to a harmony in the classroom. An effective partnership between the teacher and the student ensures easy flow of knowledge & ideas between them.
Do tigers and elephants roam the Indian road? Do sadhus and gurus lie in wait for naïve disciples? Does the Indian television have MTV? Is malaria rampant in India? Fascinating though they may be, these are only some of the many myths about Indian culture.
Kerala, has health and development indices comparable to the world’s developed countries. It is relatively calm and peaceful with friendly people. Try to understand the local culture, respect the differences; if you find logic in them, accept them. Guests are warmly welcomed, receive with respect and share with love.
Anyone, irrespective of age, nationality, profession or religion is welcome to be part of the Center. Openness to cultural differences and the ability to be take care of yourself will be valuable assets. You should be physically and mentally fit to travel and study. Minors, up to 17 years old, unaccompanied by parents should produce written, authenticated permission from their parents or legal guardians.
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Classes can be one-on-one or as a group according to the subject and the student’s preference. We find language classes more effective as a group, while music classes work better one-on-one. You can choose any two subjects for your study at the Center. That way you will have ample time for practice and other activities during the day. While choosing an art form to study, it is always better to pick subjects which you have a flair for or which attract your interest.[/spoiler]
[spoiler show=”The Timings”]Classes will be scheduled between 9.30AM to 4.30 PM. The maximum duration of a single class is two hours. Please note that sometimes the teachers can be better judges of the time duration that each student can take. When you don’t have classes you can visit interesting places around.[/spoiler]
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Send us an email for registering with us. We can finalise the dates and duration after discussion over emails. Once we are finalised, you have to pay an advance of INR 1000. Payment should be made only after you receive detailed instructions from us through e-mails. You will be tentatively registered only after the receipt of advance and a copy of your identification document (for Indian citizens, any government approved id will do) or your passport (for all foreign applicants). The documents are to be sent either by post or attached as a JPEG file via e-mail.[/spoiler]
The fee includes classes, accommodation and food. It is calculated on weekly basis. Classes are calculated in hours per week. This gives you room for planning free days for exploration by traveling to nearby destinations, relaxation or practice. Teachers charge differently according to their subject, traveling distance and availability. Accordingly the fee varies slightly from subject to subject. The fee calculator will help you in calculating the fee according to subject(s) and the duration of your stay.
There is a small discount for longer duration of stay. The fee calculator shows the discount price according to the duration. If you are a group of more than 10 individuals, please contact us, we have special discounts for groups.