Grandmothers’ University on “Bhoomi” 15th – 17th March 2011

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010

This year the Grandmothers’ University celebrates Bhoomi through a Trangenerational dialogue between grandmothers, mothers and daughters, which centers around the Rights of Mother Earth, the gifts of Mother-Earth and the Earth and her elements in our Body. These three themes will be explored across three days through the art of story telling, music, pottery and transgenerational sharing of knowledge.

Food is one of the most precious gifts Mother Earth unfailingly offers to us.   As she feeds us we too must remember to give back to her and help her renew her fertility in various ways including composting.  Down the generations women have evolved a food wisdom which enables them to prepare nutritious food that not only enhances health but also promotes well-being.  This wisdom is based on an intimate knowledge of seasonality and locality.

Across cultures the Earth has been a metaphor of the Body, more   specifically the feminine body. In indigenous systems of health care such as Ayurveda, the earth elements are also the body elements; ecological balance and health are thus intimately interconnected.

Day One:  Rights of Mother Earth

The fundamental human Right to Food & Water is derived from the Rights of Mother Earth. The inaugural sessions of the Grandmothers University will both celebrate the Rights of Mother Earth and dwell on how these can be nurtured by us.

The sessions will be as follows :

–          Vidya Rao, an eminent Classical Indian singer, will open the course with a concert celebrating Vasundhara.

–          Dr Vandana Shiva and Indu Pillay will talk on the Rights of Mother Earth.

–          Vimla Bahuguna from the Chipko movement and the Tehri dam movement  will share her experience

–          Village grandmothers’ will share earth stories.

(Resource persons subject to change)

Day Two: Biodiversity and Food: Gifts of the Earth

Day two will be devoted to learning food wisdom with Grandmothers and Mothers as well as learning the art of growing food and building living soil and earth from the Navdanya team.

–          The Food Wisdom Session will be led by Mohini Giri

–          A workshop on pottery with the village potter will be organized

–          Vidya Rao will explore the theme of Ghat & Kumbh (the pot) through dialogue and music

(Resource persons subject to change)

Day Three:  Earth as a metaphor and maker of the Body

The third day of the Grandmothers’ University will explore and celebrate the links between the earth and our bodies through a dialogue on health and biodiversity.

The sessions on holistic health will be led by:

–          S. Jalaja, Retired Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,        Govt. of India.

–          Dr. Mira Shiva, expert public and holistic health and

–          Jayashree Saha a teacher of Ayurveda

(Resource persons subject to change)

It will be possible for participants interested in spending some time interacting with Grandmothers in communities of Garhwal to travel to these communities after the 17th.  Navdanya will facilitate the arrangements.

Venue: Bija Vidyapeet

Course fee for Indian nationals is Rs 1000/day, inclusive of accomodation, food and registration

Course fee for foreign nationals is Euro 50/day inclusive of accomodation food and registration

To register and for more information please contact:

Mini Joy

Ph: 26532561, 26968077

Navdanya Trust

A-60 Haus Khaz,

New Delhi

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One Response to
“Grandmothers’ University on “Bhoomi” 15th – 17th March 2011”

  • Carine Delane says: January 26th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    I consider the ancestral wisdom of women working the land and growing food to nourish their families such an important issue to mankind that this wealth of information should be considered eligible for UNESCO protection as being world inheritance. The transmission of this ancient knowledge is of paramount importance for mankind.

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