Indic Leadership Retreat for Youth- Fourth Edition

27 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019

Rishikesh, India

Early Bird Deadline: November 3, 2018

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 on 27 December 2018 (arrival on 26th December) and conclude at 4.00 pm on 2 January 2019. 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 Q & A

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.

Learn More


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

Travel Details

Bus will be arranged by Anaadi Foundation for all participants Delhi to Rishikesh and Rishikesh-Delhi. The bus will leave Delhi on 26th December , post-lunch

Registration and Contact

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

Registrations close on 25 November 2018. Early Bird registrations close on 3 November 2018.

Program Fee includes Accommodation, Food, local travel in Rishikesh, travel from Delhi to Rishikesh and Rishikesh to Delhi. Scholarships are available to full time students and early bird registrants. Students will need to submit Institution ID proof.


Anaadi Foundation
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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 jointly offered by people from Anaadi Foundation and VIF

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 continuum.

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

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.

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.

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 would the program 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, 50% will be refunded if you cancel before 10 December. No refund for those who cancel after 10 December.

Logistics Related

How do I travel to participate in Vikasa? The entire group would be starting from Delhi on 26 December. We would be taking care of your transportation.

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.

Dr. Mala Kapadia, is Founder of Human Potential Consulting named ‘Tame the Monkey’. Mala is Adjunct Professor with S. P. Jain School of Global Management Dubai Singapore Sydney Mumbai Campuses. Ph. D. in literature, her academic journey is through Psychology, Human Resources, Yoga and Ayurveda, Film & Video Production. Her purpose in life is to research ancient wisdom and integrate in modern education. To create Sustainable OD interventions, integrating wisdom of Mother Earth, Mala Kapadia has created model of Permaculture leadership which includes the philosophy of Lokasaṃgraha from Karma Yoga. Mala is Festival Coordinator for International Documentary Festival 7islands. The festival is based on Gandhian principles of non-violence, world peace, sustainable living and disarmament.

Varalakshmi L, a former Software and Healthcare Systems Engineer, is currently researching, at Anaadi Foundation, into Indic health systems and working towards bettering their reach at a policy level. Deeply interested in the Ithihasa, Varalakshmi is good at blending modern day policy and governance with Neeti.

Shyam is a consultant with Vision India Foundation and a member of Anaadi Foundation. His work focusses on research and design of courses at the intersection of culture, technology and policy. His articles on civilisational perspectives informing contemporary social and political issues have been published in various media outlets including BBC, The New Indian Express, DNA, Huffington Post, Swarajya etc. Currently he is working on a book on how Indian frameworks can help us navigate the volatility of our contemporary urban lives. Shyam has a Bachelors in Computer Science from Amrita University, Coimbatore. He co-founded Eduseva Technologies- a social enterprise focussing on technology and pedagogy-driven interventions in Education. He dreams of seeing India as a civilisation informing India as a nation in every sphere of life.


Read Ms. Anuva's experience of Vikasa 2016

Read Anaadi Foundation's Blog Post on Vikasa 2016

Sh. Ravish, Google India shares his experience of Vikasa 2017

Past Participants: 2017

Aarkesh V

IITM Alumnus and Eaton Corporation

Anshul Jain


Nandini Sharma


Rahul Jha

Delhi University

Akshat Gandhi

Political Campaign Consultant

Shraddha Agarwal


Aparajith Raman

Dhriti Foundation

Vision Indian Foundation

Anuva S

Kumar Subham

Rovin Pushp

Naman Bansal

Suryabhan Jadhav

Sarath SR

Gondi Mahesh

Chyavan Mallya Barkur

Symbiosis School of Economics

Ravish Kumar

Google India

Bhumi Shah

IDP Education

Pranjali Hardikar

Symbiosis School of Economics

Anupriya Kukreja

Ashoka University

Roushan Kumar

IIT Kharagpur

Vedant Kaul


Vikram Aruchamy

Robert Bosch

Sachit Gulwadi

Symbiosis School of International Studies

Shruthi Yellavajjhala


Babitarani Swain

IAS Aspirant

Ankita Singh

Deloitte India

Abhijith G

Amrita University

C Vishnu Prasad

Ashoka University

Deepankrati Rajput

ACCA, Jabalpur

Sparsh Agarwal

VIT Vellore

Pitamber Mishra


Rucha Chhajed

NKP Salve Institute Of Medical Sciences And Research Center

Students, Kumaraguru College of Technology

Dhanus kodi P
Gopinath D
Monish Martin
Sakthipriyadharshini A
Gopalakrishnan R
Radha Lakshmi R
Jai Suriya M
Aditya Kabra
Karthik A R
Vignesh Raveendran
Kannan P
Sruthi Dharman
Nethaji Subash M
Harish Kishore P

Past Participants: 2016

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