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Creativity enabling wellbeing July 2018

A study visit for teachers to India

28th July- 8th August 2018.

This two week visit to South India is an amazing opportunity for teachers or anyone interested in the arts and education.  It encompasses two elements; the first to experience creativity in an Indian context, and the second to explore how wellbeing is embraced in Indian culturestudytours.jpg and the arts. Student programmes

cauveryThe participants will be introduced to Indian creative art forms through workshops on art, music, and dance traditions, then spend time meeting teachers from Bangalore, working together on creative themes common to both countries, sharing methods which enable wellbeing through creativity whilst teaching the curriculum subjects. The visit will be supported with written resources, guidance and tuition to learn about the culture, context and arts of south India.


Who is this visit for? This visit is relevant for primary and secondary teachers. Any practitioners who are keen on developing ideas about how creativity in our teaching practice can enable wellbeing for the children we teach.

What will we do exactly? You will travel to Bangalore on Saturday the 28th July from Heathrow airport UK, a flight which takes about 10 hours and so you will arrive in the early hours of Sunday 29th July. You will be transferred to Sangam’s residential facility on the north side of the city of Bangalore, where you will be based for 10 days. There will be a day for introductions, orientation and rest after the journey, after which:

  • The first whole week will focus on school/context based professional development within the theme of creativity and well-being, whilst the second week will be a cultural immersion into life in South India, for gathering experience, artefacts and case studies in order to equip teachers for basing their teaching work on themes relating to India.
  • Each day will include an outing or activity to explore creativity in an Indian context. Some days we will visit schools and children’s homes, some days we will visit musicians or dancers, reflecting on how creativity in its different forms in Indian life can develop and enable wellbeing.
  • The first week will involve a days collaborative CPD session with teachers from the schools we are visiting, to reflect on creativity in practice in core primary and secondary teaching pedagogies, and its role in pupil's wellbeing.
  • There will be time to embrace local life and culture, through site seeing, cookery sessions, learning and practicing rural traditional patterning activities, masterclasses in dance and music, experiencing the busy city, and the peace at Sangam’s residential site “the Land”.
  • During the second week you will travel South of Bangalore to experience the diversity of Karnataka’s landscapes and cultural traditions. The journey will be by train to the Royal city of Mysore, where you will stay in the lovely Green Hotel, and then on by vehicles into the deciduous elephant forests and tiger reserve where you will stay in Bandipur’s Windflower Jungle spa resort.
  • Each morning will aim to begin with some quiet time with simple yoga introductions.
  • Each day will end with time for personal reflection and exploring the area through gentle walks/ cycling.

The journey back to the UK will be on the morning of Wednesday 8th August and you will arrive back in the UK at around mid-day the same day (due to the time difference.)

Who is leading this visit to India? The group leader for this trip is Katie Purdy. Katie is deputy head of College Town Junior School in Sandhurst and is a Specialist Leader of Education.  She studied art and education at the University of Reading, where she has since delivered lectures to BA(Ed) students.  She has been art subject leader for 10 years when she was a class teacher, where she supported her school to achieve the Arts Mark Award.  Katie has a passion for the arts and wellbeing.  Out of work Katie enjoys yoga, mediational practice and being creative.  Katie took part in a project with Sangam in 2016 and loved it so much that she is now leading her own project.

Who is delivering and organising this visit? The trip is being facilitated and delivered in India by us, Sangam, we are an education group managed from our branch in the UK called SEC. You will be accompanied throughout the trip by our facilitators who understand the context and culture of the area extremely well.  We have 15 years of professional experience organising educational study visits and curated journeys in Karnataka and South India. SEC handles all of the operational logistics of their trips, and manages our in country delivery within India.  Sangam is run by Imogen and Kiran Sahi whose Indian home is at our facility just north of Bangalore. Please do read more about our work and background by looking further at our website.

Where will we stay? Accommodation will be at our residential facility called “The Land” near Bangalore which has space for up to 25 people. The Land is a spacious leafy garden and home stay on the edge of the rural village of Silvepura. The facilities are simple but well developed. We, (Imo and Kiran Sahi) have made it a comfortable and homely place for visiting groups from the UK.  You can make yourself at home and use it as a base from where you can explore and understand more about India. During the weekend excursion in the second week you will stay in a lovely heritage hotel in Mysore ( and in a forest spa resort in Bandipur in the Nigliri biosphere forest, called the windflower. (

How will we travel? Many days will have an excursion planned during which you will be driven in air conditioned 7 seater vehicles with a max of 5 people per car. Some days will involve very early mornings, and some days will involve a lot of travelling from one location to another. The process of some days will involve the journey at the heart of the activities, as opposed to simply a means to getting somewhere. You will be able to ask questions at each place that we stop, and there will be opportunities for your unanswered questions to be cleared at the end of each journey. Questioning, enquiry, exploring, observing are all very much part of the process. The journey to Mysore will be by a day time journey by train, which takes about 4 hours.

What about travelling responsibly, health and safety, and preparation? Our visits are organised to work towards British Standard BS8848 best practice for overseas travel, so the trip is carefully risk assessed with risk management procedure and protocol in place, and we guide and prepare you thoroughly in our management of the visit to ensure your safety whilst abroad:

  • Once you have joined the visit we will arrange an optional meeting at a convenient time during the Autumn term 2017, during which time we will go through an outline of the whole visit and it will be an opportunity to chat about the journey and to have any initial questions answered.
  • The participants will then be sent a comprehensive preparation pack. This pack includes the detail of the travel itinerary, information about the accommodation and facilities of where you will be staying, travel advice, kit lists, and health and safety guidance. The pack will give advice and guidance for flight booking, visa guidelines and insurance advice, which participants purchase themselves alongside our support. We advise that the flights are purchased through STA or a similar travel company who provide ATOL protection for bookings.
  • We will then plan a second meeting in the spring term of 2018 to carefully go through the preparation pack together and to cover your needs and questions nearer to the trip, looking specifically at health and safety guidance, how to travel responsibly in India and how to stay safe.

What resource material will we be given? On arrival in India you will be provided with a written resource booklet created specifically for your visit which will again highlight health and safety for travel in India, travel guidance, local information and case studies, and will include essential contact details. The booklet will include suggestions of activities to enable you to engage with the places that you visit. We are very keen that the participants take time before each new location to formally or informally take a look at the next location/ journey so that they all feel prepared and enabled to understand the places better, and have a base of information from which to ask questions.

What is the cost? The total cost of the trip, with all elements factored in, will be within £1950 per participant. This includes the flight to India, visa requirements, travel insurance and including Sangam/SEC’s guidance/planning, and all the country costs for the programme of accommodation, food and transport. The exact cost will depend on the final programme details, and the value of the pound/rupee at the time of invoicing, but will certainly be within the cost quoted above. Please email us for our information about this trip which will give the details and a breakdown of the costs involved.

How do I join the trip? Please do read more about Sangam and our work and background by looking though our website for more information. Please then be in touch with us, and/or the leader for this trip Katie Purdy, to chat through any initial questions, and we will send you the further information about the visit which details how to join. We aim to fill the visit by the 1st January 2018, so do be in touch before then to find out more.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Group leader for this visit: Katie Purdy.

Facilitating organisation: Sangam.



I would recommend this visit to all wishing to develop their understanding of a different culture. What a life-changing experience it was! We all came back inspired and with a much greater understanding of the issues which affect the lives of the people in the rural and urban communities in India. The people at Sangam were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions put to them. The whole experience can be used in so many ways within the school curriculum.” Headteacher, Wells Cathedral Junior School.

It was the best trip of my life. I know we all feel privileged to have experienced Indian life and culture with such depth and in so short a space of time. The hospitality was second to none.” Teacher of RE, St Dunstan’s Secondary School, Glastonbury.

We have all come away re-energised and determined to change our priorities. The opportunity has been the most useful professional development in my 30 years of teaching”. Head teacher, Buckland St Mary Primary School.

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