Over the last eight years, Isha’s offerings have touched many lives in the African continent. In 2008, Isha launched a sustainable development initiative in Sierra Leone. In 2011, Uganda hosted the first Inner Engineering program in the continent, attended by 74 participants. And since the introduction of Isha Kriya and the Isha upa-yoga practices, many individuals have accessed these tools for wellbeing online or through on-the-ground sessions.
But all this is just the lull before the storm. On June 12, Sadhguru will land in Africa for a whirlwind one-week trip, which includes an Inner Engineering program, the opening of Sadhguru Schools, “in conversation” events, and a golf jaunt.
Sadhguru Schedule in Africa
June 12: In Conversation with Alan Kasujja, Kampala
June 13: Golf jaunt fundraiser for "Sadhguru Schools", N'dali
June 16: Inauguration of "Sadhguru Schools", N'dali
June 17-19: Inner Engineering for 500 people, Kampala
June 14: In Conversation with Julie Gichuru, Nairobi
June 15: In Conversation with Pravin Gordhan
Find all the details on www.ishaafrica.com. Stay tuned on Isha’s social media channels for regular updates.
In Conversation Events
Alan Kasujja, BBC World Service presenter and journalist, will converse with Sadhguru about our destinies as individuals, as institutions, as businesses, and as a nation. Are we drivers or passengers to our own and Uganda’s destiny? Together, they will negotiate the challenges of “getting there” in Uganda.
Julie Gichuru, entrepreneur and media personality, will converse with Sadhguru on the “Future of the Feminine.” In a society heavily tilted towards the masculine, is there any hope for the feminine to flourish? And how can we right this imbalance to create a society that values both.
Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance and a key figure in South Africa’s political past and present, celebrates South Africa’s Youth Month with Sadhguru. Youth can construct themselves into either the most beautiful human beings or into ugly human beings – a tremendous possibility or a disaster. They will look at how to nurture the possibility and avert disaster.
Isha volunteers were few and far between till just a few months ago. But ever since word spread of Sadhguru’s impending visit, people have been coming forward to support the efforts with their time and resources, as well as with some unexpected offerings. For example, the owner of the Speke Resort, where the Inner Engineering program is to be held in Uganda, offered the venue at no cost! A radio station agreed to play snippets of Sadhguru’s talks, thrice a day for free, and the many billboards, pamphlets and other materials were made possible by the contributions of both meditators and non-meditators alike.
Nalini, a volunteer from South Africa describes how things have been falling into place there. “In November 2013, Sadhguru said that if I could get 1000 people together, he would come to South Africa. I believed this would be a real challenge as Sadhguru was relatively unknown in this beautiful part of the world. Then Sadhguru announced he was coming! A flurry of excitement, mixed with joy, elation, and mostly panic (talk about lack of equanimity!) followed. Where would it happen?
I went into a flat spin trying to locate an appropriate venue for the “In Conversation with the Mystic” event that was to take place. I penned a simple letter to a huge hotel chain group, not expecting anything! I almost fell off my chair when they committed to sponsoring their USD3500 per day theatre. When they said that the theatre seated 1000 people, I did fall off my chair!
Within three weeks of making tickets available, the 1000-seat theatre was booked out. We have had to secure a second conference room to live-stream the event to a further 500 people. So much for assuming that no one knew Sadhguru in this part of the world. Make no assumptions – lesson learnt!”
One of the volunteers wants to offer Sadhguru the best chair to sit on, and has spent over 300 hours crafting this yet-to-be-finished, perfect seat. Many of the volunteers have been touched by Sadhguru through Facebook, YouTube and other online avenues, and haven’t as yet done the Inner Engineering program. But their involvement and commitment are without equal, as they go about distributing tickets in malls, join the local Sounds of Isha band, and help out wherever they are needed.
The first of the “Sadhguru Schools” will be inaugurated for rural kids during Sadhguru’s visit to N’dali, Uganda. The building work is still in progress, and despite a few hurdles, everyone is working tirelessly to make it ready before Sadhguru arrives on June 16.
A Golf Jaunt fundraiser on June 13 will help get the school on its feet. Exciting prizes are in store at each hole, sponsored by volunteers and organizations that are part of the event. Trophies, caps, shirts and other “bling” (aesthetic and non-flashy, rest assured) are available too. An educational revolution is also in the making in South Africa, where dedicated volunteers have imparted Isha Kriya to 270 school principals.
One of the volunteer-coordinator’s describes how the whole visit is coming together: “The response we have been getting from people is so overwhelming. People here have a beautiful spirit and are very humble. No wonder Sadhguru chose to come to Africa now. It is so beautiful to see how many have gone out of their way to make this happen in a big and booming way.
Initially, we were all hesitant and scared as to how this event would happen? But there is something else that is carrying all of us and opening things in ways we have never imagined possible.
All set, count down started, everybody is geared up and awaiting His arrival... :)”
Editor’s Note: Find all the details on www.ishaafrica.com. Stay tuned on Isha’s social media channels for regular updates.