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Summer Gathering 2012

Life is a movement in relationship

Days to Summer Gathering

Venue      Panchagani, Maharashtra
Dates      May 09 - May 13, 2012

We welcome your participation at summer gathering.


“…All life is relationship, whether you live in a monastery or in a commune or live by yourself in a little flat. You are still related. Life is a movement in relationship. And in that movement there is apparently a great deal of conflict and misery… We have made our relationship with each other a sense of fulfillment, pleasure, something to be desired and so on. So why do human beings so technologically intelligent, such extraordinary capacity and energy, why human beings have not solved this most essential question, problem. You may meditate. You may seek enlightenment. You may follow the latest guru, the latest expression of whatever you are following, but if you have not solved this problem, all your spiritual attainments and technological achievements have no value at all. Because our life is relationship, our life is something that cannot be lived by yourself in isolation, and because we live or attempt to live in isolation, we are bringing about great catastrophe…”
 - J. Krishnamurti


Right from the moment we are born till we die, we are interacting with the environment around us. This interaction is our life. It is our relationship with the world around us. And in that relationship there is lot of strain, hardship and misery. The purpose of this gathering is to explore the nature of human relationship and find out why there is so much conflict in it. What is the basis, the quality and the nature of our relationship with others? The enquiry will be in the light of J. Krishnamurti’s teachings and will mainly focus upon learning to relate and learning to be so as to understand the deeper and wider significance of human relationships and to explore the possibility of complete transformation of these relationships. The study will include examples from husband-wife, parent-children, teacher-student, employer-employee and many other such relationships.


The gathering programme includes chanting, silence session, video shows of Krishnamurti’s talks/dialogues, lectures by various speakers, group dialogues, evening walks and a music concert. The programme in detail will be mailed to all the registered participants.


The gathering will take place in the picturesque campus of Sanjeewan Vidyalaya located in the Panchgani Hill Station in Maharashtra. The landscape and the climate make for an ideal place for retreat and inward exploration.

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Participants will be accommodated in the students’ dormitories of Sanjeewan Vidyalaya located in the senior school campus. 

Each dormitory has 12 standard bunk beds accommodating 24 persons and a cluster of 3 toilets (2 Indian and 1 western style) and 2 bathrooms and a set of washbasins attached to it. 
Men and women will be accommodated in separate dormitories. 

The dormitories are furnished with cupboards, tables and chairs. Bedding will be provided. Hot water for bath will be available. Groups can be accommodated together if they so request at the time of registration. Aged persons will get priority in allocating the lower beds.

Wholesome vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
Tea, coffee and snacks will also be served.

Climate at Panchgani is moderate in May with maximum day temperatures around 35oC. A good breeze always keeps blowing. Sometimes pre-monsoon showers bring down the temperatures considerably. 

Participants are expected to:
Arrive : Wednesday, 9th May [By Evening]
DepartSunday, 13th May[After lunch]

No extra stay will be possible in the school campus either before or after the gathering

Panchgani, is a small hill-station in the 
State of Maharashtra–India, about 100 
km, South-West of Pune. This mountain 
resort is 1,259 meters. above mean 
sea level on one of the ranges of the 
Sahyadris. It is only 20 km from 
Mahabaleshwar, 270 km from 
Mumbai via Pune and 266 km via 
Mahad. The closest airport is at Pune, 98 km from Panchgani. The nearest 
railway station Wathar is at 45 km. It is convenient to come to Panchgani 
via Pune. There are regular buses, taxi services and car rentals between 
Mumbai and Panchgani. The campus of the Sanjeewan Vidyalaya is about 
1.5 km away from the Panchgani township and easily accessible by local 
taxis and auto rikshaws.


A non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 2,890/- includes food, accommodation, and stationery for study. The fee will be non-refundable after registration but is transferable to another individual. It will be refunded if your name is not registered because of lack of space. The registration fee may be directly deposited in the KET Bank account by cheque/cash/netbanking. For further information on this please ask for the document: “KET-G2012May - Available modes of payment of registration fee.” You also have to fill up the registration form accompanied with this brochure. However if you have filled up this form for any of the gatherings/workshops organised by KET in the past, you do not have to fill it up again unless you want to change the information provided earlier. You can e-mail or SMS the information asked in the form or send a scanned copy of the filled up form as an attachment to the e-mail. The confirmation of registration will be done telephonically and/or by e-mail/SMS on receipt of the payment and the registration form.

The form will be uploaded in this week. Please email kkishore19@gmail.com 

Smoking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs and
eating of non-vegetarian food is not permitted during the gathering.


Accommodation in a hotel outside Sanjeewan Vidyalaya can be arranged on request. The hotel charges vary in the range of Rs. 1500-2500 per day per double bed room depending upon the type of room. The participants are first required to register their names by paying the registration fee of Rs.2890/-. The hotel room charges can be paid after their arrival at Panchgani.

Few concessions for very needy persons are available only in dormitory type of accommodation. However it is suggested that participants should first confirm the availability of concession before asking for it.

Since the gathering is being organised on a no profit and no loss basis, the registration fee has been kept as low as possible. In such a situation a shortfall of funds is inevitable. The participants are welcome to contribute
more to meet such a shortfall.

  • Suggested Checklist:
  • Walking shoes
  • Torchlight
  • Mosquito repellant
  • A light shawl
  • Soaps
  • Towels 
and other items of their personal use.