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Three Semester-Courses Indian Psychology

At Puducherry, Delhi and Pune
May to October 2014



These courses offer an introduction to Indian psychology. They are largely, but not exclusively, based on the work of Sri Aurobindo, and cover topics like philosophical background; self and personality; cognition and modes of knowing; yoga-based research methodologies; motivation and the aim of life; emotions and attitudes; individual change and development; relationships; professional work involving psychology (education, therapy, organisational psychology, etc.).

Information transfer is, however, only one aspect of these courses. Their central focus is on increasing one’s self-knowledge, and on developing consciousness-based psychological skills and attitudes that help both in one’s personal growth and in one’s work. We feel that in Indian approaches to psychology one has to begin with understanding one’s own self, and apply that understanding to life. Only then, can one hope to understand, teach or otherwise help others.


There is much that the Indian tradition can contribute to our psychological understanding of human nature. Classical Indian literature, philosophy and yoga are based on a deep insight in life and how it unfolds on this planet, and Indian approaches to psychology can add depth and meaning to psychological theory as well as practice. The life-affirming spirituality that is the very basis of the Indian civilization is not only essential for our own individual happiness, but also for the harmonious evolution of the global civilization. In theoretical fields as well as in applications like counselling, psychotherapy and education, Indian approaches to psychology are not only in harmony with the Indian culture but also with human nature in general. As such, they can play a crucial role in the future of the whole of humanity. In these courses we try to develop a genuinely integral approach to psychology, for which we base ourselves largely on Sri Aurobindo’s synthesis of the Indian tradition, though other sources are brought in when needed.


These courses are open to anyone who seriously wants to get an experience-based understanding of Indian approaches to psychology. However, preference will be given to post-graduate students, teachers and professionals in psychology and related subjects, who intend to take up teaching or research in the field of Indian psychology.

Content and structure of the courses

The basic concepts and processes that are part of Indian psychology are explained in lectures and discussion groups that are based on an intense, direct interaction between the facilitators and the participants. To the extent possible we have, besides the larger groups, also small-group and individual sessions. An attempt is made to help the participants experience the core concepts and processes that come up in the lectures, and to explore, both collectively and individually, how they can be used for one’s personal growth as well as in one’s professional work.

During the course the participants are required to take up a research project in any area of Indian psychology of their choice. These largely self-directed projects must involve besides literature study, detached self-observation and other yoga-based research methodologies. The research projects begin during the eight-day intensive and continue till the final weekend. There will be opportunity to discuss and present the projects during the follow-up weekends. At the end of the course a project-report needs to be submitted. Maintaining a diary is also part of the course structure. The courses consist of an eight-day intensive, which is always in Puducherry, and follow-up weekends that can be taken in Puducherry, Delhi, or Pune.

The three courses

"Puducherry course"
8-day intensive in Puducherry: May 25 - June 1, OR: June 22 - June 29
two weekends in Puducherry: Jul 26-27; Aug 30-31
3-day workshop in Puducherry: Sep 27-29

"Delhi course"
8-day intensive in Puducherry: May 25 - June 1, OR: June 22 - June 29
4 weekends in Delhi: Jul 19-20; Aug 23-24; Sept 20-21; Oct 18-19

"Pune course"
8-day intensive in Puducherry: May 25 - June 1, OR: June 22 - June 29
two weekends in Puducherry: Jul 26-27; Aug 30-31
3-day workshop in Pune: October 11-13

NB. The intensive and the weekends go together:
They cannot be taken separately.
The 8-day intensives are always in Puducherry.
Only the weekends can be taken in Puducherry, Delhi, or Pune.

Fees etc.

The total fee for the Puducherry course is Rs. 3000/-.
The total fee for the Delhi course is Rs. 7500/-.
The total fee for the Pune course is Rs. 6000/-.
This fee includes course-material, lunch, tea and snacks. Accommodation can be arranged at cost in one of the guesthouses of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In Puducherry this ranges presently from Rs. 150/- to Rs. 600/- per person per night; in Delhi it is presently Rs. 600/- per person per night (incl. all meals).


The fees mentioned above are an attempt at covering our expenses, but we would not like financial constraints to be in the way of anybody’s participation. In case of difficulty, please feel free to contact us.

8-day intensive and follow-up weekends go together

Please note that the 8-day intensive and the follow-up weekends go together: It is not possible to do only the intensive or only the weekends. The reason for this arrangement is that singular workshops tend to be instructive and inspiring, but the inner change they bring about doesn’t last. The follow-up weekends, spread over the following semester, help to turn the changes, which have been initiated during the intensive, into an integral and permanent part of one’s life and work.

Course facilitators

These courses are organised by the Indian Psychology Institute, a unit of the Sri Mira Trust, Puducherry.
The main facilitators are Matthijs Cornelissen and Neeltje Huppes. Amongst other available resource persons we are happy to have Sampadananda Misra, Vladimir Iatsenko, Devdip Ganguli and Suneet Varma.

Two review articles about previous Indian psychology courses by IPI


Please email the following information as early as possible, but not later than April 1, 2014
to: mail@ipi.org.in, or to: divya@ipi.org.in

  1. A 300 word “biographical note”
    Focus here on the work you have already done in the fields of psychology, Indian philosophy and yoga.
  2. A 300 word “motivation note”
    Focus here on why you are interested in this course, what you expect from it, and how you plan to use what you will learn after completing this course.
  3. Factual information
    • Which course (May or June AND Puducherry, Delhi, or Pune):
    • Name:
    • Gender:
    • Year of birth:
    • Educational qualifications:
    • Present position & place of work:
    • Preferred Postal Address:
    • Email address(es):
    • Telephone / Mobile:

There are only limited seats, so if you are interested, please register at the earliest, but not later than April 1, 2014. 
Please don't send the fees before you have received our acceptance email.
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