Clinical and Ancient Psychology Program
Our exciting, one-of-a-kind program in India is for those with a keen interest in global mental health and is comprised of two parts. The first is a week-long immersive educational experience, which provides a unique and unparalleled insight into global mental health treatment at one of the most prestigious psychiatric hospitals and higher education institutions in all of Asia.
Part two is a tour of southern India that begins by exploring the exciting markets of Mysore before heading off on a journey which involves trekking, trains and tea!
Both parts of this program are designed to give participants a greater understanding of mental health treatment abroad and how various cultural and environmental factors can influence understanding of mental health and impact approaches to treatment.
Our routes for the two-week program change to account for monsoon season. You can check out the two itineraries below.
September - May
June - August
This week was designed for those with a passion for global mental health who are looking for an opportunity to expand their knowledge further.
Run in partnership with National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience NIMHANS and the School of Ancient Wisdom, our program is facilitated by renowned clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, many of whom double as yogis, and are equally passionate about Ancient Eastern modalities, like mindfulness, Ayurveda and yoga. Through five actively informative and immersive days you'll be invited to explore, more closely, how ancient Eastern techniques can complement modern methods to treat mental health concerns, in both clinical and community settings.
You'll have the exclusive chance to tour the impressive NIMHANS facilities and enjoy an audience with many of its clinicians, who will speak with you on a variety of topics around how India treats mental health issues both medically and culturally.
These five jam-packed days of knowledge exchange are topped off with a relaxing weekend in Mysore, where you can switch off and soak up some of India's infamous beauty and buzz.
For further details, including dates and facilitator facts, get an Info Pack now!
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This is a sample schedule, which aims to give you an idea of the week's activities. Schedule is subject to change.
Where you go on Week Two will be influenced by what time of year you join us. It’s monsoon season in the South of India for the months of June - Sept, so there will be a different route depending on whether you’re joining us inside or outside of those months.
+ September - May
The second week, spent travelling southern India by land and sea, was added by popular demand. Spending a week learning about Indian culture and how it influences and dictates much of the way society functions is given further context by spending more time exploring this sublimly complex country.
We depart magical Mysore for Wayanad where, on the way, you'll roll through a nature reserve where you've got the chance to spot some tempestuous tigers and elusive elephants before settling in Wayanad where you can literally hike up to the clouds or trek a tea plantation. Fancy a slower pace? Why not cycle through beautiful villages peppered with markets and absorb all the smells and sights of local life in Southern India? You'll be hosted by a local family here and will have the chance to get stuck into the cooking or just relax and observe.
What's next? Glad you asked. We'll stop for two nights in the electric city of Cochin, where the history is as rich and complex as the smells wafting from the gorgeous markets, bursting with spices, antiques and curiosities. Here you can take part in a cooking class, head to one of the nearby beaches for the day or wander the winding streets lined with shops, tea vendors and temples, poking your head in where you wish before finally settling in Alleppy and on the slippy, serpentine backwaters of Kerala where you and your team can laze, feast and take in the stunning sights of the sea on your very own houseboat. You heard us...House. Boat.
+ June - August
The second week, spent travelling southern India, was added by popular demand. Spending a week learning about Indian culture and how it influences and dictates much of the way society functions is given further context by spending more time exploring this sublimly complex country.
We depart magical Mysore for Chikmagalur where, on the way, you'll roll through a nature reserve and a tea plantation before heading to some ancient temples and on to your accommodation for the next two nights, which is a local homestay. Here you'll be hosted by a local family and will have the chance to get stuck into the cooking or just relax and observe. Day two you can chase waterfalls and cavort in caves while soaking up all the gorgeous natural beauty of the landscape.
What's next? Glad you asked. After sampling all the stunning natural beauty of Chikmagalur, we'll head off to Hampi. Hampi is an ancient city where the ruins of various temples pepper the landscape. Fancy climbing a mountain? Matanga Hill is s super spot to catch a sunrise or sunset. If you'd like a slower pace, the history of Hampi is as rich and complex as the smells wafting from the gorgeous markets, bursting with spices, textiles and sumptous street foods.
After two nights in Hampi, you'll board the sleeper train and head back to Bangalore to catch your flight home. Bon Voyage!
This incredible experience was devised to expand both your mind and your horizons all at once.
*** Please note that the Week Two schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.
For more details, including dates, facilitators and the week two schedule, get yourself a handy info pack below!