A Week Long Program Integrating Spirituality, Activism, Creativity and Fun

A Universal Outlook

For those new to Prout “Prout” stands for “Progressive Utilization Theory”. It is an alternative socio-economic theory based on the worldview that humans and all of creation are part of one universal family on a shared journey towards higher consciousness. As the most aware members of our family we have a responsibility to ensure the security and well-being of all our fellow family members. This is a spiritual worldview with strong social, economic and environmental implications. As such the Prout Convention is a blend of spiritual retreat and inspiration for progressive change.

Spirituality and Creativity

Kiirtan (chanting) and meditation are at the core of the convention. Four sessions of kiirtan and meditation every day (beginning with 3 hours akhanda kiirtan) and two sessions of yoga asana practice create a strong spiritual flow. For those who love chanting, every retreat brings the opportunity to learn new melodies and hear old melodies played in a new way. Spiritual talks from teachers and experienced practitioners bring insight and inspiration and the evening cultural get-togethers offer a warm-hearted opportunity to enjoy the performances of our talented international family.

Builiding Movements for Equity, Sustainability and Self-Reliance

  • This year’s program focuses on developing local and regional movements for self-reliance as a means of getting away from global corporate control. We will look at what Proutists are doing in Europe and other parts of the world and work on ways of mutual support and cooperation.
  • The world has changed drastically since last year’s convention. The rise of Isis and the war in Ukraine bring new uncertainties. Social structures continue to decay in Southern Europe particularly in Greece and Spain. Having a keen sense for the future is a vital asset for those working for a better world. So we are inviting prominent futurist Sohail Inayatullah (Subodh) to help us take a provocative look at near, mid-term and long term futures.
  • For those interested in Master Units and living on the land we’ll be having hands on workshops on food-growing, yurt construction, water management and other practical topics.
  • We’ll hear what Proutists around Europe and other parts of the world have been doing and experiencing in their local regions.
  • And much more. We’ll post the full program on our Facebook Page as soon as possible.

A Growing Project

Ananda Gaorii Master Unit (retreat center and organic farm) itself is steadily developing. We are developing our volunteer program, improving our kitchen and dining facilities and growing more food. We have also installed some solar panels this year.

For the Whole Family

There will be a complete child care program in the children’s tent and the enclosed children’s area with activities aimed at developing their sense of connectedness with all life and their own inner greatness and beauty. Trips to the nearby beach and forest will be offered along with special programs for teenagers.

Accommodation

Ananda Gaori has a combination of rooms, dormitories and grassy fields for camping (See our website for more pics). Most of the rooms have double bunk beds while the dormitories have mattresses on the floor. Participants should bring their own sheets, sleeping bag, etc. Those who need more privacy and peace (and loud snorers) are encouraged to bring their own tent and camp (Note: We will set up some of Ananda Gaorii’s tents and make a limited number available for participants). Be sure to register early if you want to have a choice of accommodation.

Registration

To register you must pay the advanced booking fee (40 Euro/300 Dkk) or the full amount and fill out the registration form. Space is limited (except for camping). Paying the advanced booking fee gives you the opportunity to secure your preferred accommodation and special needs if you have them.

To register:  http://goo.gl/forms/zCC8DEamCq

Cost

(Note: Registration fee covers, accommodation, food and program participation. The registration fee is a little higher this year because we have added an extra day to the convention)

Standard €210 (1580 DKK)
Students, pensioners, unemployed €150 (1120 DKK)
Children 5—12 €100 (750 DKK); Children 0—5 Free
Portugal, Spain, Iceland, Greece €145 (1100 DKK)
Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Romania €125 (950 DKK)
Balkan countries and countries outside Europe: concessions will be available when registering in advance or at registration.

Payment Options

By Paypal or Credit Card:


Prices




By Bank Transfer: 

Acount name: Ananda Gaorii MU.
Bank: Danske Bank;
Account No.: 0297 4614434090;
Swift/Bic: DABADKKK
IBAN: DK1330004614434090
NB! Please include the words “Prout Convention” in the message line.

 Contact Information

Site: Ananda Gaorii, Holbækvej 56A, 4560 Vig, Denmark
Tel. +45 47314731
Mob. +45 71417362
Copenhagen (Prout Global Office)
Tel. +45 33241244
Tel. +45 33256671
Mob. +45 26453521
Mob. +45 71881273
Email: proutconvention@prout-global.net

What to Bring

Sleeping bag/blanket, bedsheet, pillow, yoga mat, indoor slippers, notebook, pen, swim suit, towel, toiletries, sun cream, hat, sun glasses, notebook, pen, sports shoes, day pack.

Getting There

If you come by train we can pick you up from Holbaek or Vig Station. If you come by car please see map.

Visa for Denmark

Those of you coming from outside Europe may require a visa to enter Denmark and some of you may need an invitation letter from the Prout Convention organizers before you can get a visa. If you send an email with your name, birth date, address, telephone number, nationality and passport number to Vishvashanti at obrekke@commediaschool.com he will send you an invitation letter and visa application forms.

Program

July 17, Friday

Morning and Afternoon:

  • Arrive, Register, Settle In. Meanwhile Akhanda Kiirtan (extended chanting with circular spiritual dance) will continue till evening.

Evening:

  • Introduction to Prout & Convention (for new participants)/ Akhanda Kiirtan

July 18, Saturday

Morning:

  • Welcoming/Set up Duty Coops (we will share in cooking and cleaning, etc.)
  • The Short, Medium and Long Term Futures of Humanity and Gaia: Uses grand thinkers Sarkar, Khaldun, Sorokin, Karadashev to examine the next 500-1000 years.  An interactive session where we link how we think about social change to the long, medium and short term strategies that we can employ.  Outcome of the session – insights into alternative futures and practical steps each one of us can take to influence the future, the present, and history.Prof. Sohail Inayatullah (Subodh)

Afternoon:

  • Choice of Workshops:
    • Competition in a Proutist Economy – What should be the relation between planning and competition in a primarily cooperative Proutist economy? Divyajyoti
    • Hands on outdoor workshops on food growing, renewable energy, self-reliance, re-cycling, etc.: Guest teachers including Rakesh, Charlotte Drud, Jiivanmukta and Manorainjana.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Opportunity for participants to share skills & experience on something related to Prout (Alternative Economy), Master Units (Self-Reliant communities) or Pracar (teaching spirituality) – topics will be posted at lunch.

Evening:

  • Cooperative Games: Dada Maheshvarananda

July 19, Sunday

Morning:

  • Prout and the Changing World – Prout Policy Solutions (Based on his upcoming book): Prof. Sohail Inayatullah (Subodh)
  • Prout Policy: Step-by-step policy suggestions from solving the debt crisis; ending unemployment; and reforming the financial system, to long term Proutist goals such as economic democracy and the introduction of a full-fledged Proutist economy: Govinda

Afternoon:

  • Choice of Workshops:
    • The Art and Science of Social Change: Key Strategies and Methodologies: What makes communities embrace social change? How can we in the PROUT movement help foster that transition?  This workshop will focus on important clues that have emerged from social science debate over the last three to four decades.  Liila Hass
    • Hands on outdoor workshops on food growing, renewable energy, self-reliance, re-cycling, etc.: Guest teachers including Rakesh, Charlotte Drud, Jiivanmukta and Manorainjana.
  • Cake Revolution: Change the world over a piece of cake. Informal  sharing and exploring opportunities for action with whoever you meet over a piece of cake.

Evening:

  • Katha Kiirtan (Songs, Kiirtan and Stories)

July 20, Monday

Morning:

  • Neo-Humanism and Narrative Politics: Imagining futures free from colonial, racial, gender, and economic violence.  Set in the European context of wars and stories that construct females as victims. Rewriting the stories with different neohumanistic endings and looking at spiritual andinner ways out, along with the necessary shifts in politics. Prof. Ivana Milojevic.
  • Sadvipra Leadership and the Three Stages of Neo-Humanism – We have come to this world to do something great for the welfare of all. In this workshop we will answer the questions: How can we fulfill this purpose? How can we influence the global thought process and lead it in a new direction? Dada Madhuvidyananda

Afternoon:

  • Choice of Workshops:
    • Impacting Humanity’s Destiny – a Proutist Way to Give a New Direction – In this workshop we will work on a concrete strategy for effecting the collective mind in Europe and the world with Neohumanism and Prout: Dada Madhuvidyananda
    • Hands on outdoor workshops on food growing, renewable energy, self-reliance, re-cycling, etc.: Guest teachers including Rakesh, Charlotte Drud, Jiivanmukta and Manorainjana.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Opportunity for participants to share skills & experience on something related to Prout, Master Units or Pracar – topics will be posted at lunch.

Evening:

  • Akhanda Kiirtan

July 21, Tuesday

Morning:

  • The Nordic Alliance, Regional Counterbalance to a Centralized EU: Ramesh and Divyajyoti
  • Radical Social Movements in Latin America and Prout Proposals: Dada Maheshvarananda

Afternoon:

  • Choice of Workshops:
    • Regional Samaj Meetings (meet and plan with other Proutists in your region – “Samaj” means “Collective Movement”)
    • Hands on outdoor workshops on food growing, renewable energy, self-reliance, re-cycling, etc.: Guest teachers including Rakesh, Charlotte Drud, Jiivanmukta and Manorainjana.
  • Cake Revolution: Change the world over a piece of cake. Informal  sharing and exploring opportunities for action with whoever you meet over a piece of cake.

Evening:

  • Cultural Evening: Dance, music and comedy from our multi-talented Ananda Marga family.

July 22, Wednesday

Morning:

  • News from Proutists Around the World (Inspiring and dynamic stories about what Proutists are actually doing in their local regions).

Afternoon:

  • Choice of Workshops:
    • Regional Samaj Meetings
    • Hands on outdoor workshops on food growing, renewable energy, self-reliance, re-cycling, etc.: Guest teachers including Rakesh, Charlotte Drud, Jiivanmukta and Manorainjana.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Opportunity for participants to share skills & experience on something related to Prout, Master Units or Pracar – topics will be posted at lunch.

Evening:

  • Cultural Evening: Dance, music and comedy from our multi-talented Ananda Marga family.

July 23 Thursday

Morning:

  • Reports of Regional Meetings, Follow up Actions from Workshops, Closing Circle

Presenters

Sohail Inayatullah (Subodh) A political scientist and futurist, Professor Sohail Inayatullah is at Tamkang University in Taiwan and in Australia, at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne Business School. He has authored and edited a trilogy on P.R. Sarkar (Understanding Sarkar, Situating Sarkar and Transcending Boundaries).  Using Sarkar’s work, he has developed a method for creating transformative change called causal layered analysis (described in his Australian TEDx talk). He has used this approach  throughout the world including projects and presentations for the European Commission, Unesco, the Organization of Islamic Conference, International Policing, the governments of Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and numerous NGOs such as Oxfam and World Vision.

Ivana Milojevic: Professor Ivana Milojevic is a researcher and educator in sociology, gender, peace and futures studies. Originally from former-Yugoslavia she now resides at the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Author of over sixty journal articles and book chapters, she has recently completed a book on the links between her personal and family histories and world events which includes an inquiry into alternative futures – a range of future possibilities, both for each one of us personally as well as for our global society.

Liila Hass: Liila is the Founding Director of Future Tasmania and a recipient of the Jan Lee Martin Scholarship, Futures Thinking and Strategy Development, Melbourne School of Business.  She is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and has trained with Al Gore as a Climate Change presenter for Australasia.  Liila is passionate about social change and anything to do with PROUT

Rakesh: Rakesh is a permaculture teacher and designer. He travels around the world giving workshops on permaculture, eco-village design, sociocracy and various aspects of sustainable community living.

Dada Maheshvarananda: Author of “After Capitalism” and director of Prout Research Institute Venezuela. Dada is currently very active touring and presenting in the United States about Prout. Dada is also a walking encyclopedia of cooperative games, some of which he will share with us on the first evening.

Dada Nabhaniilananda: Dada wrote recently: ”Silicon Valley, where I live in the US, is one of the most competitive ‘markets’ for teaching meditation in the world. There are more than 50 meditation groups within 20 miles of our jagrti, many of them free. Which means you really have to do something special to stand out.  So I’ve been forced to upgrade everything I do, and I’ve learned a huge amount in the process, about how to speak and present professionally, how to promote and market what we’re doing and how to engage people emotionally. I’d like to share a bit of what I’ve learned if you think it might be valuable”. Dada will be performing in the cultural evenings and offering workshops during the knowledge sharing sessions in the afternoon.

Dada Madhuvidyananda: Yogic monk and spiritual teacher. Dada founded and directs the Ananda Ashram in Germany where he runs sadvipra leadership trainings. Dada also founded and leads the German Prout party MENSCHLICHE WELT.

Ramesh Bjonnes:- Prout Writer and Trainer, author of “How to Prevent The Perfect Storm of Economic Inequality, Financial Meltdown, and Environmental Collapse,”

Govinda: – Prout Writer, Researcher and Trainer. Govinda, along with Ramesh, has been one of our principal Prout educators and policy strategists since we first started holding our Prout Conventions.

Divyajyoti Mogstad:- Prout writer/activist and leader of Norwegian Progressive Movements:  Bevegelsen for Sosialisme and Arbeitsgruppe for Nuorienteering

Jiivanmukta: Jiivanmukta is a naturalist and agro-forester. Since 2009 he has operated Raven Ridge Farm near the Master Unit in North Carolina, USA.

Charlotte Drud: Veteran permaculturist and member of the Danish Organic Building Association.

Manorainjana: A passionate activist/inventor/guide in all things sustainable, participatory, renewable and fun.