Gandhi Immersion

Location: Ahmedabad

Duration: --

Our world today faces unprecedented challenges, rooted in multiple forms of disconnection. As divides of ecology, society, and spirituality grow at an alarming rate, many are rising up to forge bridges that reconnect us. In place of one centralized movement, we are seeing an era of distributed and decentralized Gandhis -- like all of you. :)

In January 2024, 80+ love warriors across a dozen countries are coming together for a unique "Gandhi 3.0" convergence. Designed be an intimate dialogue to rekindle Gandhian values in a modern context, the retreat is full; but we are delighted to host a special 2-day Gandhi Immersion taking place in parallel for extended family and friends!  

On 19-20th January 2024, you are invited to join us in Ahmedabad for a 2-day immersion exploring Gandhian values in today's context. Based in the sacred space where Mahatma Gandhi cultivated with 78 satyagrahis for 15 years before departing on the legendary Dandi March in 1930, our 2-day Gandhi Immersion is a chance to visit uncommon areas in the Gandhi Sabarmati Ashram, engage with a local village community, spend time with modern-day legends like Jayesh Patel as well as inspiring volunteers, and participate in two spirited "Stories of Soul Force" Community Nights with global leaders, as an extended part of the Gandhi 3.0 Retreat.

  • Food: Three simple meals will be provided on 19 and 20th January.
  • Lodging: Participants can choose one of two overnight options for 18, 19, and 20th January -- hostel-style beds at the Gandhi Ashram (note: this is now full!) or booking your own hotel accommodations nearby.
  • Registration: Like all ServiceSpace and Moved By Love offerings, there is no cost for this 2-day immersion -- but in order to attend, registration via the form below is required for each individual. Following that, we'll send a confirmation email if we are able to invite you to join us.



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 some glimpses from a recent gathering.)

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.

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 10:00AM on Jan 19th (Friday), 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 Saturday, Jan 20th @ 10PM. 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 it 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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