"Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart and the body are in harmony." --J. Krishnamurti
As "Artificial Intelligence" is starting to disrupt every sector of our society, it is inviting us to look more deeply at our ideas of intelligence. In particular, at this retreat, we are asking the question around "Heart Intelligence" -- what is it, how we cultivate more it, and how might we design a society that is rooted in its principles?
In place of being motivated by stress and fear, Heart Intelligence invites us to lead with care, connection and service. Even the smallest acts of kindness are rewarded by nature by releasing neurochemicals in the brain -- equivalent to eating thousands of chocolate bars! Research shows that even buying for others feels far better than accumulating for oneself. And yet, our society today feels far removed from those insights. One-third of humanity wouldn't recommend their local community to anyone they know; more people die of suicide today than terrorism, murder and war combined; 79% of millennials believe that people are fundamentally selfish, as we see unprecedented drops of our trust in each other.
If the mind gives us speed, it is the heart that gives us direction. In our culture of speed, how do we pause and rekindle the wisdom of our hearts? How do we reconnect, with ourselves, each other and infuse our systems (education, business, NGOs, government, media) with generative HI (Heart Intelligence)?
If these questions interest you, join us for this experiential 4-day retreat with change-makers, leaders and everyday heroes from diverse walks of life. We will learn from each other, practice through our actions, engage in juicy dialogues, listen to guest speakers and much more to evoke a field of our collective heart intelligence!
To learn more about our upcoming retreat, please see the presentation below:
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Today's world is designed around cultivating the intelligence of the head and hands, but we have very limited spaces to understand and grow our hearts. If we can tap into the intersection of hands, head and heart and even go a step beyond to lead with our heart's intelligence, we can ignite the 'law of love' that Gandhi said would work with just as much precision as the laws that govern gravity and electricity. In this retreat, we aim to collectively ignite that intelligence of heart and reflect on its skilful application for personal and collective transformation. (For a bit of a flavor of the emergence, here are couple glimpses from recent gatherings -- forty strangers
, hockey assists
and more here
Simply put, we are a group of ordinary individuals, who come alive in doing small acts of kindness. Volunteers behind this particular retreat have hosted thousands of circles
and hundreds of Moved by Love
retreats; moreover, they have supported many ServiceSpace projects
from Karuna News to Karma Kitchen.
- Inspiring participants. Lots of great hearts are coming together!
- Uncommon questions. For quick-fix, binary, either-or answers, we already have Google; we aim to hold questions to lean into its nuances first.
- Noble Friendships. Our hope is to nurture a rich matrix of friendships among unlikely friends.
- Gandhi. Being on sacred Gandhian land in Ahmedabad, we hope to tap into vast reservoir of inspiration and practicing Gandhians. (More: Standing Up)
- Volunteer Run. It's run entirely by volunteers, so there's no solicitation, pitches, agendas. Just practice of love.
Here is how a recent participant summarized it --
Few of us could describe the nature of the gathering, or why we were so affected. It was not a meditation retreat, yet it was more powerful than any meditation retreat I've been to. It was much less a conference, although there were deep discussions of important topics - much more profound than at any conference I've been to.
It just shows that when a group of people...on a spiritual quest (and therefore open to learning through vulnerability) are exposed to the raw power of love, incredible Soul Force is unleashed! The secret sauce here is..the Volunteers; I bow to each and all of them (as well as to all of you)!
A beautiful and serene campus
on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the heartland of Gandhian revolution, will be our home for the retreat. Built by legendary social entrepreneur Ishwar Patel
, the space is an architectural blend of activism, work for humanity, spirituality and modernism.
All Moved By Love
retreats are offered as a no-strings-attached gift, made possible by gratitude offerings
from past alumni. At the end of all retreats, everyone has an opportunity to keep the chain alive and pay it forward with money, time or other
expressions of wealth -- for future guests.
The retreat formally begins on 4:00PM on Mar 7th (Thursday), 2024. Please ensure you reach the retreat venue before that. If needed, outstation guests are welcome to arrive on the previous evening.
Retreat ends at Sunday, Mar 10th @ 3PM. Most participants will leave during the evening, but in case you need to stay back for the night, we will be happy to arrange that.
Please note that is mandatory to be present with us for the entire duration of the retreat. And during the retreat, you won’t have space to take other meetings or step out of the campus.
Through our time together, we will sit in circles to learn from each other’s experiments and challenges; hear and engage with some innovative speakers across sectors; engage in many group practices that nurture our collective inner transformation. Plenty of opportunities to engage the head, hands and of course the heart. Plus a few surprises!
Over last twelve years, thousands have joined from a wide-ranging backgrounds. Perhaps what brought them together was a simple organizing principle: We are not merely what we do, but who we become by what we do. If you resonate with the notion that inner change and outer change are intrixicably intertwined, and if you are moved to cultivate deep connections with kindred spirits, this retreat will likely speak to you! Beyond that, we'd recommend leaning in your heart's intuition -- more often than not, 'heart knows today what the mind will know tomorrow.' :)
To facilitate deeper connections, we limit the group size of our gatherings -- and give priority to project initiators who are anchoring local projects in their contexts.
If you have any questions, please contact us anytime. To co-create our sacred field of emergence, we welcome you join us!
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