Indic Leadership Retreat for Youth

Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation

25-31 December 2017

Rishikesh, India

Early Bird Deadline: November 3, 2017

Swami Vivekananda said "Supreme value of youth period is incalculable and indescribable. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you. Your happiness, your success, your honor and your good name all depend upon the way in which you live now, in this present period. Remember this. This wonderful period of the first state of your life is related to you as the soft wet clay in the hands of the potter".

Young people are filled with energy and enthusiasm. This energy and enthusiasm when put to the right use can transform the lives of the individual, the society, and nation at large. Adopting the right frameworks and worldviews can help them bring about this transformation. What they need are tools that help them act with dynamic and vibrant energy that is rooted in inner stability. The Indian tradition offers us frameworks and tools through its well developed philosophies, knowledge systems and integrated lifestyle practices.

This youth centric retreat, with an Indic approach, will provide young people with the mental tools to awaken their leadership potential. Leadership is not just to do with leading a team of people but developing a sense of ownership in whatever one takes up. This retreat will enable people to imbibe the qualities that make for a true leader: compassion, vision for the larger good, a sense of ownership, self-reliance, energetic action, decision-making with clarity, inspirational stewardship and self-poise.

The Program

The program will commence at 9.30 am on 25 December 2017 and conclude at 4.00 pm on 31 December 2017. The youth-centric retreat program, jointly offered by Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation, will combine insights from ancient Indian philosophy and modern social, political and policy frameworks.

The retreat is an experiential program that blends :

  • Talks
  • Group Activities
  • Visits to significant places in Rishikesh including Banks of Ganga
  • Simulations and Role Plays
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Analysis of real world Case studies
  • Self-Reflection and QA

A wide range of frameworks, models and concepts will be discussed during the retreat. Below are listed some of the topics. A historical perspective, right from ancient India and tracing it to modern times, will be discussed.
  • Social structures in Ancient India
  • Indian Principles of Good Governance and Leadership
  • Educational Models: A Continuum from Ancient to Modern India
  • Inter and Intra Country Relations: Principles and Strategies of Peace and War
  • Understanding Indian Ethos through Astronomy, Yoga and Indian Health Systems
  • Indic principles of Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Foundational Principles of Right Action: Purushartha

Who can Attend?

  • College students
  • Aspiring Public and Professional Leaders
  • Young leaders: Business, Social and Political
  • Youth interested in Public Policy and Governance
  • People Looking to Get Involved in Nation-Building
  • People Looking to Build a Narrative for India
  • Academicians

Vision India Foundation

Vision India Foundation (VIF) is a non-profit initiative by faculty and alumni of various IITs. We are a platform for the brightest youth of the country to participate in the modern nation-building movement. We invest in human capital to bring about systemic transformation in public policy and governance.

We believe that talent, technology, and thought are three pillars to bring about systemic reform. Consequently, we are focused on identifying and grooming young minds and developing appropriate tools to support them. To achieve our goal we have partnered with state governments, cities, elected representatives, quasi-government organizations, grassroots organizations, and academicians. VIF through its ambassador network has a wide network of campuses across the globe. This network is used to reach out to the brightest minds willing to invest their life for this cause.

We have designed various classroom and field-based education and training programs. The participants in these programs enter our talent pipeline and are supported long term to chart their careers as change agents. The VIF fellowship is a 3-year full-time program for change agents. It has a focus on both field-work and research. VIF research focuses on urban local governance, foreign affairs, rethinking education and rethinking development.

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The program will happen at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Tapovan, Rishikesh.

Options for Travel

  • Travel from Delhi with group: starts at 6.00pm on 24 December 2017
  • Travel from Coimbatore/Chennai/Bangalore: 22 December 2017. The journey will commence from Chennai.

Registration Fee and Contact

Kindly fill the application form below. You will be receive further information on registration and payment via email.

Registrations close on 20 November 2017. Early Bird registrations close on 3 November 2017.

Program Fee includes Accommodation, Food, local travel in Rishikesh, travel from Delhi to Rishikesh and Rishikesh to Delhi.Overseas Participants: USD 400. Please write to before registering.

Early Bird Registrations (additional charges for train tickets from Chennai)

Full Time Students: Rs. 10,000

Working Professionals : Rs. 15,000

Registrations after Early Bird Deadline (additional charges for train tickets from Chennai)

Full Time Students: Rs. 11,500

Working Professionals : Rs. 16,500

Payment Details:Will be shared with registered participants


Anaadi Foundation

Application Form (Further details will be sent to you via email)


Program Related

What are the objectives of Vikasa? The key objective of Vikasa is to expose young people, working towards the progress of the nation, to Indic models of leadership, decision-making and governance. This will help participants understand and appreciate the continuous civilization that India is.

Who is this program for? College students, Aspiring Public and Professional Leaders, Young leaders: Business, Social and Political, Youth interested in Public Policy and Governance, People Looking to Get Involved in Nation-Building, People Looking to Build a Narrative for India and Academicians.

Who are the organizers of this program? The program is jointly being organized by Anaadi Foundation and Vision India Foundation.

Who will be leading the sessions? The sessions will be led by Adinarayanan and Smrithi of Anaadi Foundation and Aman Gupta & Shyam Kumar of Vision India Foundation.

What would happen in a day at Vikasa? A typical day in Vikasa starts with dynamic yoga sessions that keep the participants energetic throughout the day. Lecture sessions begin after breakfast and go on upto lunch time. Afternoons are alloted for group activities that blend ancient and modern principles. There would be local tours on alternate days. There will be lot of Q & A sessions.

What would be the impact on me? Past participants have mentioned that Vikasa has been a transformational experience for them mainly because it expands their worldview. Many people have a disconnected view of ancient and modern thought process. Vikasa helps to bridge these and help people experience it as one continiuum.

Is there a selection process? Applicants are selected based on the Statement of Purpose provided by them in the application form. The program requires interest and orientation towards nation building and inner exploration. Details provided in the SOP will help us evaluate the interest.
Would the program provide a certificate? Yes. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Location Related

1. Where would Vikasa happen? The program will happen at the Kriya Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh. The Ashram which is designed to host national and international participants, is a safe, serene and beautiful place.

2. Why Rishikesh? Rishikesh is located on the banks of Ganga and is considered the gateway to the Himalayas. Its a beautiful place with lapiz lazuli colored waters of the Ganges flowing through it. Rishikesh provides the right serene ambience to imbibe knowledge and reflect deeply upon it.

3. What would be the accommodation facilities?
Participants will be provided shared rooms with 2 or 3 participants in each room. The room is equipped with water heater, cots, thick blankets, shelves and western closet toilet.
Would there be any local tours? Alternate days are alloted for local tours. We would be visiting the gorgeous Vashista Gufa and taking bath in the Ganges. We would visiting local markets and Ganga Arthi.

Finance Related

What is the fee for this program? The Fee is Rs. 10,000 for students and Rs. 15,000 for working professionals.

What would this fee cover? The fee covers travel to and from Delhi, Scheduled Rishikesh local travel, food and accommodation.

How do I make a payment? You can pay through NEFT. Payment details will be emailed to applicants.

Would there be a fee refund? We discourage cancellation as the program may be once in a lifetime opportunity for many. If due to unavoidable circumstances, you wish to cancel, Rs. 2000 (if before 15 Dec ) would be deducted and the rest would be refunded. Refund for cancellation after 15 Dec will be considered on a case to case basis.

Is there any concession in the program fee available? As the fee is already heavily subsidized, there would not be any further concessions.

Logistics Related

How do I travel to participate in Vikasa? The entire group would be starting from Delhi on 24 December. The mode of transport and meeting point would be shared with registered participants over email on a later date. We would be taking the night train/bus to Rishikesh. We can provide travel support from Chennai for additional cost(fr train ticket).

What should I pack? The temperature in Rishikesh will need warm clothing. Sweater/hooded jacket, socks, gloves, a mild blanket, dresses and toiletries are what you will need. A detailed list will be shared with registered participants.

Speakers and Resource Persons

Adinarayanan is the founder of Anaadi Foundation. He was formerly Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology and Coordinator of the Department of Cultural Education, Amrita University Coimbatore. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and was with the Software Industry before moving into academics. In December 2015, he offered an week long experiential retreat program based on Yoga and Mahabharata at Rishikesh. In May 2016 Adinarayanan presented his thoughts on Shakthi Worldview at the Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics conference held at Bodo, Norway which was attended by business and economics professors from across the globe. He also led a meditation session there.

Smt Smrithi Adinarayanan inspires young people through a practical approach to life. Deeply interested in the cause of Education and having a decade of experience in academics and research, she has inspired several teachers and students through her insights on the teaching and learning process. As a yogic practitioner, technologist and story-teller, she blends these aspects to design transformative programs at Anaadi Foundation.

Aman is the Co-Founder and Program Director at Vision India Foundation. He has studied Industrial Engineering at IIT Delhi and Public Policy at Jindal Global University. He has previously worked with a management consulting firm and a social enterprise. At Vision India Foundation, Aman focuses on designing and curating innovative training programs

Shyam Krishnakumar is a Research Associate with Vision India Foundation and a member of Anaadi Foundation. His work focuses on civilizational studies with a special emphasis on how Indian cultural traditions influence the socio-economic fabric of the country. Prior to this, he co-founded EduSeva Technologies, a social startup in the educational space.


Read Ms. Anuva's experience of Vikasa 2016

Read Anaadi Foundation's Blog Post on Vikasa 2016

Past Participants

Akshaya V

Cognizant Technologies

Ankur Naik

Young India Fellow

Anuj Kumar

Indian Oil Corporation

Ayush Yadav

IIT Guwahati

Chandramowli K

Frost & Sullivan

Dhiraj H

Hansa Cequity

Divyendra M

Umass Amherst

Vision Indian Foundation

Anuva S, Outreach Manager

Apula Singh, Research Associate

Kamal Madishetty, Research Associate

Supriya Patil, Research Associate


IIT Madras

Mayank A

IIT Madras

Megha Manoj

IISC Bangalore

Narasimha Rao

IIM Rohtak

Niharika M

Delhi University

Pooja Ramakrishnan

Delft University

Puja Kumari

Government of Jharkand

Raghunathan T

Cholamandalam Finance

Sibi Sangamesh

Young India Fellow

Sriram C


Varalakshmi L

IAS Aspirant

Vijay Rama Roa

PMR Law College

Vishaag S

Oracle India

Navaneetha Krishnan


Madhurika M

Christ University


IIT Mumbai

Students, Amrita University

Devanand P

Sandeep S

Prasanth K

Aswath Maharaja KM

Narayanee Gopal

Senthil Kumar S K

Shruthi Ramprakash

Sirpi Senthilkumar

Deepak Sahoo

Arjun M

Sai Siddharth


Students, Kumaraguru College of Technology

Parvatha Vardhini