By Simon Taylor – The sonic ashrams and the ‘bamboo ashram’ have become household terms, but have become a huge headache for organisations seeking to manage and run them.
For the past two years, the Department of Education (DoE) has had to deal with two different kinds of ashrams.
The first is a private one run by the Government-run Institute of Educational Research (IER) that has a focus on helping children and young people through an immersive learning experience.
The second is a government-funded ashram run by a private company called Salford University.
These ashrams have a wide range of facilities and activities, including yoga and meditation.
But they are often run by students who don’t have the time to do any of them.
The problems with the government-run ashramThe first problem with these ashrams is that there is a lack of training and education.
There is no way for the students to actually run a full-fledged ashram.
And even if they do, the ashram is typically run by one or two teachers.
The only way to ensure that students are doing the right things is to run an interactive activity to help them learn about themselves and their own lives.
Salford has a different approach.
Instead of running a full ashram, it has a ‘spiritual retreat’, where students have a place to sit in silence for two hours a day, while they explore their beliefs and learn about spirituality.
The institute’s director, Dr Alastair Hargreaves, said the institute is working on a solution.
“The students are trained by a teacher in a small group format, and we do this with a focus of listening to them, and learning from them, so they can get a better understanding of themselves,” he said.
“They can then apply what they learn and do things to improve their understanding of spirituality.”
“We’re also really looking at a process where we try to get them to feel a sense of belonging, to get a sense that they are part of something that they have a responsibility to be part of.”
Dr Hargretons organisation runs a number of interactive sessions on topics such as how to recognise and deal with stress, the power of mindfulness and how to build resilience.
Dr Haggerty says he is working with students from a range of backgrounds.
The most recent one was run by young people who were keen to learn about meditation, but weren’t sure about the spirituality aspect of the programme.
Dr Wai Soh and his younger sister were invited to join Dr Hargremons group for the sessions.
They were told that the ashrams were ‘spiritually beneficial’ and that they could learn to see spirituality as a pathway to wellbeing.
“It’s about taking a journey, an experience that will help you understand your own place in the world,” Dr Soh said.
The two-hour session went very well and both of them were amazed by the support the students received.
The Salfords spirituality retreat has become a popular retreat with young people, but not everyone is enthusiastic about it.
Some students feel it is not a place where they should be learning about spirituality, and Dr Sow said they were disappointed with how the group was run.
“You get this group of students that are very religious, who feel like they’re not part of any religion, and they have to get in this place, which they don’t know how to do,” he told the ABC.
“I think it’s a bit sad, that the spirituality retreat doesn’t meet with much enthusiasm among the students.”
Dr Soh believes the organisation needs to improve its training.
“We want them to be able to understand that spirituality is not something that you need to be born with, it’s something that comes from within you, through the teachings of Jesus Christ,” he explained.
“Spirituality can be found within the teachings that we give to them.”
If they have that opportunity to have that, then they are much more likely to have the faith and the belief that they need to make it.”‘
Spiritual retreats are a great opportunity’The Institute of Education and Skills (IEST) is working to address this problem, and is encouraging schools to have more and more interactive sessions.
Dr Sow believes it is the right thing to do.”
People need to have opportunities to go out and see other people who are very similar to themselves, or people who have been through a similar experience,” he added.”
These sessions, they’re great opportunities for students to come in and really understand the world and what it is that they’re doing and learn from other people.
“And we also want to give the opportunity to people who may not have been given the opportunity, because of the lack of opportunity, to come and explore spirituality.”‘
It’s a way to find spirituality’Dr Sargreves is also concerned about how schools can incorporate spirituality into their curriculum.
“When you’re teaching a religion