Urja !

Rekindle the flame within
20 Sep - 23 Sep, 2018

Urja is a 3 night - 4 day program for professionals/entrepreneurs to explore the nature of their relationship to work and to find new directions for work and careers. The program would be led by Career consultants from Kavyata and would be conducted at Faraway Renz.

Getting away from the pressing demands of whatever it is you are doing and investing in yourself is the first step towards rewriting your personal and professional narratives. Congratulations to you for contemplating this step! The quiet and scenic setting, the connection to nature and the gentle urging of our experienced facilitators will help you re-fresh, re-view and re-organize your thoughts, feelings and ideas about work and careers.


The past two decades have brought a tremendous surge in opportunities and palpable socio-cultural changes. Against this promising backdrop, it has become possible for many to achieve success they had set out to get - often earlier than expected. Some have experienced being high-achievers early on and for them, successes have become routine. For some others, successes have helped to keep at bay, unexplored wishes, compromised dreams and fatigue (mental, emotional and physical).

For most however, there is a growing restlessness and a gnawing thought - what next? How much longer can this go on?

Our work with individuals and groups around growth and change, suggests that for the thinking individual, achieving professional and financial success is only a threshold. There is often a latent and unexpressed desire to make a change and express oneself more fully and vibrantly through one’s work.

Who is it for

The program is targetted at professionals, men and women with at least 10 years of work experience in corporate, government, development sector, academia, own enterprises seeking qualitative addition to self and work. You may be feeling

● ‘Flat’/ unexcited about your work

● Unhappy that your talents are not being expressed in the work you do

● Excited visualising a different role/work you wish to do, but unsure and anxious around how to take the next step

● Numb and unable to articulate your aspirations for yourself - be these professional or personal

In sum, you are experiencing doubts and have questions around growth, change, meaning and your dream of work.

Main premise

At Kavyata, we see work as an expression of oneself. In the words of J. Krishnamurti, eminent philosopher and thinker, “If you find out what it is you love to do and give your whole life to it, then there is no contradiction, and in that state, your being is your doing.” Hence, our approach centres around self-discovery and expansion of the possibilities of the self, in order to transform and enrich one’s work and career.

We also see that in today’s landscape and even more in the future, work and careers will be driven by lifelong learning and an expression of one’s potential in varied forms - therefore getting in touch with one’s multiple potentials, learning from diverse experiences and using these to craft a unique personal and professional narrative, will be important.

Some of the significant influences on our approach include Martin Seligman (Strengths based psychology), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Flow), Simon Sinek (Start with Why), Linda Rosetti (Women and Transition) and Carol Dweck (Growth Mindset). We also draw upon Eastern traditions of Yoga, particularly that of ‘sankalpa’ - listening to one’s heartfelt desires and using the power of heartfelt intention.


● To develop a bird's eye view of one’s professional journey so far

● To examine the nature of one’s relationship with work

● To explore one’s role taking behaviour and its connection to work and life choices

● To explore and identify unused potentials within oneself

Our Approach
Workshop Details

The workshop begins at 3.00 p.m. on 20 Sep 2018, Thursday. Participants are requested to reach the venue by 1 p.m. so that you can settle in and have lunch before we begin. Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea breaks) will be arranged at the venue.

We will close the program by 1.00 p.m. with lunch on 23 Sep 2018, Sunday. You are requested to make travel arrangements keeping these program timings in mind.

The facilitators:

Kavita Neelakantan, Founder Kavyata

Kavita, an alumna of IIM Ahmedabad, brings over 15 years of experience in the domains of Experiential Learning, Adult Learning, Personal Growth & Change and Organization Development.

Through her diverse experiences across Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship and Facilitation, Kavita came to believe strongly in the ‘flow’ concept - that deeply satisfying and engaging experiences are characterised by immersion and full involvement in the experience.Taking this concept of flow and blending it with her understanding of children learning and adults working, Kavita felt a great urge to mentor students and professionals to find their flow by finding careers which are based on their interests and unique abilities. This led to her founding Kavyata, to help people reimagine their careers.

Kavita has completed her internship in Applied Behavioural Sciences from the Sumedhas Academy for Human Context. She has worked closely with the legendary OB Prof. Indira Parekh, who is also a co-founder of Sumedhas Academy. Kavita also teaches at B-Schools and helps students explore Self in the context of Careers. Kavita’s nine year old son gives her real life lessons in experiencing flow when he is absorbed in his art and play. She is a trained vocalist and unwinds with music, tea and books.

Manjunath Nanjaiah, Consultant Kavyata

Manjunath is a Serial Entrepreneur and has founded several Technology startups.

He was recently also the Chief Cultural Officer, and one of the Fellow Council Members of iSPIRT, a Software-Product community think-tank.

Manjunath is a computer science graduate with interests in Applied Behavioural Science, Behavioural Finance, BigData and Predictive Analytics. He has worked in the US Silicon Valley for over 12 years.

With a keen interest in Human behaviour and motivation, he is currently pursuing his internship at the Sumedhas Academy of Human Context.

Neeru Gupta, Consultant, Kavyata

Neeru has worked with organizations in a variety of sectors like social business, development sector, telecom, IT, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, travel & hospitality, over the last two decades.

Having worked in diverse roles as an entrepreneur and part of a fast paced consulting industry, Neeru understand the demands; complexities and problems executives are faced with in today’s ever-changing business environment. She has earlier been Learning Manager at McKinsey India and Lead, Corporate training and Facilitation at Unnati Institute of Potential Exploration Pvt. Ltd.

Neeru has a passion for music, understanding the art and science of being human and discovering ways of powerfully living the human experience.

The Charges
The charges for the programme are Rs. 25000/- per participant, plus 18% GST .

The charges include accommodation, all meals, snacks, workshop facilitation charges, and the cost of the psychometric tools that would be administered as part of the workshop.

Travel expenses to and from the venue will have to be borne by the participants themselves. Do check out Location & Contact for travel options to reach Faraway Renz. If enough particpants are interested, shared transportation can be arranged on a cost-share basis.

If interested in this workshop, please write to

We hope to see you at Faraway Renz soon!