Our Field of Work
Message: Dr. Swapna Narendra
Avapanam - The Leading Star!!!!
The meaning of the Sanskrit name Avapanam reads as follows:
‘The field in which all offerings are sown’
This sentence implies foremost the active involvement of the free human will, referring to a capacity which can fill a ‘field’ with caring deeds.
The greatest deeds on Earth had, have and will have to do with the ennobling of the human capacity to love –to love beyond one’s comfort levels, to express this new level of love through practical deeds.
Naturally, we love those who are familiar and comfortable to us –people we can identify with a vertical identification, through which our deeds of care usually come about naturally.
Yet, when confronted with unusual features, behaviours and characteristics, we are asked to develop a love which needs to stretch towards another direction. We have to learn to offer love in a horizontal identification of being human. This is the way that children and adults with special needs kindle substantial growth in others by asking them to become broader and more loving, tolerant human beings.
The value of the true social integration of all so-called special needs induces human development in its broadest meaning. It helps to bring about real changes in people, so that practical deeds, the ‘sowing of seeds’ will be initiated, again and again.
Simply because we –as human beings in general – have a right to be happy, a right to be who we are, with our own unique destiny. A right to get the acceptance and support needed to unfold.
To walk this path together means to become more refined human beings.
The leading star of Avapanam is exactly this.
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Camphiller for the past 30 years
married, with three adult children
Message from the Leadership Team
Dear friends and colleagues in India,
On behalf of our worldwide movement, the Council’s international circle of delegates and the leadership team, I congratulate you on the founding of AVAPANAM! This is an exciting step not only for the work in India but also for the development of our shared efforts to support fulfilling lives for individuals of all abilities and social backgrounds around the globe. The forming of AVAPANAM marks an exciting new step in the development of anthroposophic work in this area in India. The world needs the work done in our organizations and initiatives more than ever before. AVAPANAM provides you with an enhanced platform to share and support each others’ initiatives, connect with colleagues and people from other fields of work in the anthroposophic movement and beyond, and strengthen your presence within the colleagueship of the Council. Our gratitude goes to all of you, who have done so much over the years to build this movement and bring us to where we are now. We look forward to our collaboration in the future through AVAPANAM as a strong partner in India for the Council and our worldwide network of colleagues.
In friendship and appreciation,
For the Council’s Leadership Team
Jan C. Goeschel, Ph.D.,
Bart Vanmechelen &
Message from Country Representative 2014 - 2018
It has been a great experience to be the Country Representative for India to the Council of Curative Education and Social Therapy, now called the Council for Inclusive Social Development.
To be a bridge between Dornach, where the council sits, and our network in India has had its fair share of challenges, but it has its opportunities as well. To be able to meet so many colleagues, nationally and internationally, and to visit institutions has been food for the soul.
I am very happy to have handed over the future work to Micky Joseph, with the utmost confidence that our work in India will continue to grow.
“Avapanam” will always be the fertile ground where seeds are constantly sown.
I would like to thank each one of you for the opportunity given.
– Liane Da Gama
Country Representative 2008 - 2018
Message from Country Representative 2019-
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Individual development and human dignity are the foremost components of true social integration. In this dynamic process of social integration, it is very important for individuals to be related to one another in the society and to see how we as individuals can become part of this process. Those of us who have dedicated our life to the field of disability have far more responsibility toward this as we closely hold hands with the one who really struggle in mainstream society.
Here is the significance of the Avapanam forum for inclusive social development: a forum of like-minded people,
professionals and organizations through which the seeds of social integration could be received and facilitated
with proper care.
The goal of this forum is to work together to help everyone in the society to become dignified individuals.
As Goethe rightly said, “One alone does not help, but rather he who unites with others at the right moment.”
So let us work together to make Avapanam a unique platform of sharing and supporting each other.
I thank one and all for choosing me as your representative and I look forward to working with partners who share similar objectives and who seek to strengthen themselves through this beautiful collaboration.
– Micky Joseph