f Bodhi Certificate Program

Online Certificate Program on Weekends

Philosophy and Psychology of Education from an Indic Perspective

सा विद्या या विमुक्तये | Education is that which liberates

Good education permeates all aspects of life, well beyond the classroom. Our Bharatiya parampara and the Gurukulam system of education integrated values and holistic development as part of the child’s growth, enabling them to navigate the world confidently.
In our interaction with over 5000 members in the education field, we have found keen interest in wanting to build capabilities to be able to provide a value-oriented educational process that is focused on creating excellent students and exemplary humans. An enlightened educator is what the world needs today.
We see the Indian frameworks and perspectives on education as being able to provide these much needed insights. The Bodhi program is created with the aim to revive these holistic approaches and integrate them in today’s modern context. This transformative program is replete with exposure to varied innovative education models, interaction with a diverse group of practitioners, practical tools and strategies. Drawing from India’s heritage, the New Education Policy (NEP 2020) places high importance on creating an educational environment rooted in Indian ethos and culture. It is mentioned in the policy: "India has had a long and illustrious history of holistic education. The aim of education in ancient India was not just the acquisition of knowledge, as preparation for life in this world or for life beyond schooling, but for complete realisation and liberation of the self."

Swami Vivekananda said:
Education is that process by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, and intellect is sharpened, as a result of which one can stand on one’s own feet.
J Krishnamurti said:
Education in the true sense is of helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.


  • Duration End of July to End of November
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 5.30-7.00 PM IST
  • Program Donation Rs. 7,500 | USD 130

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Who can Apply

  • ~ Current or aspiring educators/administrators
  • ~ Anyone interested in Indian Gurukul system and holistic education
  • ~ Parents interested in Holistic Learning
  • ~ People passionate about making a positive difference in the education field

Focus Areas

  • ~ Understanding self and the purpose of Education
  • ~ Understanding the history and models of Indian Education: Gurukulams to modern schools
  • ~ Building blocks of a value-based and holistic education system: Perspectives from Indian tradition
  • ~ Building character strength in students
  • ~ The impact of Yoga and Meditation on Physical, Emotional and Cognitive well-being
  • ~ Understanding the psychological needs of students and designing effective interventions
  • ~ Discovering the Joy of Teaching

80+ Hours of Learning

20+ Subject and Field Experts

10+ Educational Models


~ Each micro-course as part of the program will be offered for about 6-8 hours spanning over 2 weekends with 1.5 -2 hrs session on each day
~ The micro-courses will be interspersed with guest lectures from globally renowned speakers
~ Each micro-course involves lecture sessions, discussions, easy assessments and presentations
~ The sessions are offered online with a field visit towards the end of the program


~ Philosophy of Education: Indic perspective (Vedic times, Sri Aurobindo, J. Krishnamurti, M.K. Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Rabindranath Tagore, Nataraja Guru etc.)
~ History of Education in India
~ Educational Psychology
~ Cognitive Neuroscience. Learning and Contemplative practices
~ Educational Models and Schools of Thought
~ Pedagogical Tools and Strategies
~ Educational Leadership
~ Understanding Swabhava and Swadharma

Expert Talks and Workshops

~ Alternative education and innovative school models in India
~ Sustainability Education
~ Socio-Emotional Learning
~ Mindfulness in Education
~ Art & Creativity in Education
~ Theatre & Storytelling in Education
~ Big History (Indic)
~ Project Based Learning / Design Thinking

Course Faculty

Sh. Adinarayanan

A tapasvi and visionary, Sh. Adinarayanan inspires young people to take the inward journey, draw insights from the bharatiya parampara and act with clarity to solve contemporary problems. With more than a decade of teaching and research experience in the academia, Sh. Adinarayanan started Anaadi Foundation in 2015 for global well-being. He is an Adjunct Professor (of practice) at IIT Delhi.

Smt. Smrithi Adinarayanan

A tapasvini and hands-on person, Smt. Smrithi is the co-founder of Anaadi Foundation. She was formerly an academician and cognitive science researcher. Her expertise lies in envisioning and creating educational, well-being based and sustainable solutions to solve problems of the society.

Vipul Shaha

Vipul Shaha has over a decade of experience in the education field with wide-ranging populations across the world as an environmental educator, counselor, coach, facilitator, curriculum designer, researcher and teacher trainer. He also offers psychological counselling and workshops, holds deep listening spaces for groups and teaches Yoga and Mindfulness. He has worked with the Krishnamurti Foundation Schools and Teach for India. He holds a Master's degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and an M.Sc. in Counseling and Psychotherapy from India. Vipul is passionate about experiential, holistic learning and exploring the creative potential of education for a fundamental, radical transformation in human consciousness.

Br. Sooryanarayan

Brahmachari Sooryanarayan leads the initiatives at Dharma Gurukulam. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IIT Bombay on Indian Astronomy and Mathematics under Prof. K Ramasubramanian. Br. Sooryanarayan has a gold medal in MBA from Amrita University and was the founding Director of EduSeva Technologies. He was with TCS and Amrita University E-Learning Lab before starting EduSeva.

Br. Prajna

Brahmacharini Prajna is an expert in Sustainability education and heads Anaadi Foundation's Center for Research in Ecology and Sustainable Technologies (CREST). An Electrical Engineer by education, Prajna is the Global Schools Ambassador at UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and part of ESD Expert Net at Engagement Global - Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen. She is a practitioner and certified professional of Yoga.

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