Faculty

The course is a project of Purnam Center of Integrality.

The facilitators of the course are: 

Divyanshi Chugh was studying Social Policy at University of Oxford, when she decided to come to Pondicherry. Through an year of intense inner churning at Oxford, Divyanshi decided to forgo the prospect of pursuing further studies from Cambridge and instead came to India to dive into Indian spiritual wisdom. She studied Integral Yoga Psychology from the works of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo from Indian Psychology Institute. The course in Pondicherry was a deeply transformative journey for her. However, after the course, she felt like she was sitting on a goldmine but did not know how to apply it in the world. In 2016, searching for how one can apply integral knowledge in life, in a way that transforms oneself as well as the collective, she came to Auroville.  Today, she is seeking to apply her learnings in Auroville, through building and facilitating higher educational learning programmes & projects, founded in integral yoga psychology.

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Manoj Pavithran grew up in Kerala and graduated as a production engineer in 1988. However, a deeper quest led him to Sri Aurobindo and he started following the path of Integral Yoga in 1989. He did post- graduate studies in Product Design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, in 1993. After a short period of working as a professional design consultant, he quit the profession and joined Auroville in 1995 to explore Integral Yoga and collective evolution. In Auroville, he is actively involved in higher education, software development and film making (www.sopanam.org).

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Dr. Alok Pandey is a medical doctor specialised in psychiatry who has retired from the Indian Air Force and has currently settled down at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. He has conducted several workshops on diverse subjects in India and abroad and contributed numbers of articles on different subjects in various Indian and International journals. He has authored three books and is also editing All India Magazine, a monthly journal of the Sri Aurobindo Society. He is also an Editor of NAMAH.

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Surya, a Svadhyaya Alumni, is a Lead Facilitator and Head Designer at Purnam. Three years ago, Surya quit his job in the corporate world in pursuit of his inner calling, came to Auroville to participate in Purnam's Swadharma course, and ended up joining Purnam. At Purnam, he has grown exponentially in capacity and within through facilitating groups. He thoroughly enjoys learning through action and holding spaces for the community with love. He is actively involved in video editing, graphic design and content writing. Surya also has a deep love for music and plays the guitar and sings as well.

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Archana Udaykumar has been associated with Sri Aurobindo Society for over a decade now. She is a part of teams developing ebooks, organising Auro Youth programs and related works connected with Sri Aurobindo Society in Hyderabad, where she lives. More recently, since 2018, she has been volunteering in the Integral Education project of Auroville Campus Initiative. She is our lead-editor working on the compilations derived from Mother and Sri Aurobindo's writings for a web portal for Integral Education (Work in progress can be found at https://ie.auroville.org.in).  She did her masters in Human Resource Management from St. Josephs' College of Business Administration, Bangalore after which she worked with HR team of a European Retail Company called Metro Cash and Carry. Her love for animals has also led her to be part of some Animal Welfare groups like Blue Cross of Hyderabad and Liberty Humane Society. 

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Arul Dev is a visionary in the field of Integral Education. His mission is to inspire educators and teachers to inculcate Inspiring and Integral Education methodologies in their institutions. He is a guest faculty at IIT Madras for the ‘Self Awareness’ and ‘Integral Karmayoga’ semester courses for the last five years. He is also a guest faculty for SAHGE (Self Awareness and Higher Goals in Education) five-day teachers course in IIT Madras. He coaches and mentors teachers and students to explore the path of Integral Education. His specialty is the experiential labs he conducts on Integral Change, Education and Integral Development.

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Shivakumar Shivakumar, Director, AuroYouth (Youth Wing of Sri Aurobindo Society) has been organising the national youth camps for the past 18 years at Sri Aurobindo Society, Puducherry. He grew up in Kerala. After his graduation in Engineering (Mechanical), a diploma in Computer-Aided-Design, and a 5-year stint in the corporate world, he decided to take a break from formal work and started engaging himself in full-time study and practice of Indian spirituality, especially the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He’s known to be calm in raging storms and also to facilitate the storms that rise within us all.He came into contact with the Sri Aurobindo Society and joined it in 2001, to be part of its objective of working towards a global spiritualised society as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo. He is also part of its educational team.

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Neeltje Huppes was born in the Netherlands. After post graduation in the sixties, she taught in a progressive school and at a young age became a member of a special Commission set up by the Dutch Government to revamp education in Secondary schools. Her search for in depth innovation led her to Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. The urge to live in India increased and in the seventies she came to Pondicherry. She lived for fifteen years in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram-Delhi Branch where she founded, together with Matthijs Cornelissen, a Research Centre for Integral Education, focusing mainly on teacher education. The urge for a more intense inner quest brought her back to Pondicherry where she is presently teaching in the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education. She wrote Psychic Education, a Workbook. New-Delhi: SAES (2001). She has lectured in India and abroad on various aspects of Integral Psychology. In February 2006 she opened together with Matthijs Cornelissen the Indian Psychology Institute.

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Dr. Sampadananda Mishra is the Director of Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Indian Culture SAFIC, Puducherry. He was conferred the President’s award (Maharshi Badarayna Vyasa Samman 2011) for his contribution to Sanskrit. In 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India conferred him the Senior Fellowship Award for his research on the Vedic Art of Multiple Concentration. Dr. Mishra founded Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad for children’s literature in Sanskrit. He was given the Sahitya Akademi Children’s Literature Award 2018 for his poetry book called, Shanaih Shanaih.

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Lucas has come into lasting contact with Integral Yoga Psychology through a course at IPI (Indian Psychology Insititute) in 2015. Since then has been studying and practicing in the context of therapy and education. In 2018, finally settled in Auroville. He lives out his inspiration in accompanying individuals and groups in their transformational processes.

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Aditi Kaul is a seeker on the path of spirituality, exploring life through the lens of Integral Yoga. She lives by the statement "Conscious living is a full-time job" and believes in self-observation as a method to connect with our deeper self and discover our place in the world. In 2015, after completing her PhD in Psychology, she attended a two-semester course on Indian Integral Psychology which inspired her to work towards building approaches to psychology based on life-affirming spirituality. Since then, she has been working towards bringing the ancient Indian wisdom of self-knowledge to the field of psychology and developing ways to facilitate an Integral way of living.

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