Exploring Healthy Alternatives
for Ladakh and Beyond
July 13th – 16th 2017
(this event has passed)
The four-day Mindful Futures Workshop, was brought about in collaboration with Flowering Dharma – a youth-led organisation – and Skarma Gurmet from Juley Ladakh. The workshop targeted Ladakhi youth and was held at Raku House – an old traditional House in Leh beautifully restored by Flowering Dharma. To facilitate participation from across Ladakh, the workshop offered the possibility of residency. Raku house with its adjoining woodland and open greens provided the perfect setting, with ample space for tents and outdoor activities.
A total of 18 Ladakhis – Buddhist and Muslims – participated fulltime. An additional 20+ people assisted for part of the workshop.
The central themes of the workshop were: prosperity in a fragile environment, Ladakh´s challenges from a global perspective; localisation in action worldwide and a building a mindful future for Ladakh. Activities included presentations, film screenings, role-plays, pair-sharing, creative projects, reflection and discussion, including a fruitful exchange session between local politicians and the youth.
A number of guest speakers enriched the workshop and gave way for fruitful intergenerational exchange. For example, Geshe Konchok Wangdu, head of the Central Institute for Buddhist Studies (CIBS), who drew additional listeners, as did a panel discussion with Tashi Morup from Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation(LAMO), Dolma Tsering from Ladakh Buddhist Association and historian and writer Abdul Ghani Sheik. Stanzin Gya, director of the award-winning film Shepherdess of the Glacier, shedded light on the lives of shepherds in Ladakh and their key role in Ladakh´s future food security.
The workshop culminated in the identification of specific strategies and activities that can further a healthy, inclusive and culturally appropriate future for Ladakh and its people. The feedback we got from workshop was extremely encouraging and we aim to continue our education-for-action work with Ladakhi youth.
For more information, see: Mindful Futures by Flowering Dharma.
Photo by Flowering Dharma