The Tao Programs- Our Ordinary & Sacred Journeys

More than 20 years back  (in Aug 1996) I took the plunge from the Corporate world into the world of Human Potential, Learning, Leadership, Consciousness, and more – out of a single insight- we live such a small fraction of the life that we are given. I was reading Autobiography of  a Yogi – Paramhansa Yogananda – the book which was more recently gifted to everyone who came To Steve Jobs funeral. Went through a series of experiences including having the Bach Flower remedy Wild oat which clarifies one’s purpose. I must also thank Naresh Purushottam and the Bullet Proof manager program I attended! And Swami Sukhbodhananda and the Life Program which inspired me to get into this field.

I spoke to my boss then in the ITC Packaging Division, Chittu Dar and he told me about his cousin Arun Wakhlu in Pune who had this organization – Pragati Learning , now Pragati Leadership. I shifted from Chennai to Pune in a few weeks. The first evening Arun asked me to anchor a session since he had to leave for an HRD Network meeting – I enjoyed so much and the participants were touched. I knew I had come home. And very soon the deeper sanctum sanctorum of this home that I discovered was working with facilitators, coaches, healers, fellow-travelers in this field- to learn together with them, to create together with them.

I anchored the program “Empowered Trainer” which we rechristened in Pragati to “Inspiring Facilitator”.  When I moved on from partnering with Pragati in early 2000, to give birth to Eternale Learning with my then wife, Prativa,  I got this name, Tao of facilitation, thanks to Sekhar Chandrasekhar, my dear friend. Inspired by the brilliant book, Tao of Leadership- John Heider from Esalen. A book I must have gifted to at least a 100 people! 😉

The Tao of facilitation touched many lives deeply for more than a decade – starting with my own and in the last few years started morphing into other themes which were announced on Facebook. Here are some of them:

Tao of the heart-song
https://www.facebook.com/events/1194467267232716/
(Jun 2016)
– with daniel eagles, arjun & rohit
Tao- this loving reality
.. the truth of courage & friendship
https://www.facebook.com/events/1034215566645411/
(Feb 2016)

– with arjun som, rohit, daniel
 
Tao of Reality 
… the verge of learning, leadership & loving
https://www.facebook.com/events/1352489664776852/
(Dec 2015)

– with rohit sasvehalli & arjun som
 
Tao of Loving 
… the tenderness of real relationships
https://www.facebook.com/events/497454523757826/
(Nov 2015)

– with rhea d’souza, arjun
 
Tao of the Deep Masculine
… the simplicity of being real 
https://www.facebook.com/events/579332925539922/
(July 2015) 

– with manish srivastava
 
Tao of facilitation
.. the art of learning & coaching together 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1495096664099684/
(Nov 2014) 

– started with sorabh but he left after first day!
– and this was the toughest one- i was so broken in this! – wish he had been there.. but all participants held me..
 
Tao of Co-creating
…the joy of learning & coaching community 
https://www.facebook.com/events/396287230481748/
 
Tao of Coming Home
.. Learning, Loving & Living Together 
https://www.facebook.com/events/178371992366851/
(Nov 2013)
Tao of the deep masculine
(Aug 2013) – with abhishek thakore
Tao of Co-coaching
… the joy of learning together 
(Dec 2012) 

– with rohit & shiva!!!

 

Have had the blessing of co-creating Tao programs many many gifted souls apart from the above- Raj Mali, GD, Anuradha Ramesh (Usha), Sangeeta Bhagwat, Nithya Shanti, Saraswathi Vasudevan, Dola Dasgupta, Pramod Tripahi and others.

The lives of many people- starting with myself have been deeply touched.  Many have requested that we return to the vintage Tao of facilitation. The one that is around the corner – plan to announce it and conduct in June 2017

Tao of Coaching Leadership … the joy of learning & leading together

More as it all unfolds. This had to be shared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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