…APV is located on the SBMA campus, tucked away in the Indian Himalayas. Mindfulness is the key to our lives and work. In the teachers’ community, we all live together harmoniously, striving for self-development….
– “Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye” video by Chad Robertson –
Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye: Knowledge is that which Liberates provides a fascinating look inside Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV), an ashram and school in the Indian Himalayas dedicated to providing an holistic, child-centered education to the local village children.
For many years Shree Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram (SBMA) had been running a widely respected school on its Anjanisain campus. But by 2003, the SBMA School had experienced shortages in funding which threatened the future of the school and dramatically affected the quality of education being delivered by the teachers. Cyril Raphael, SBMA Secretary, Mohan Panwar Singh, a long time SBMA employee, and Marc Alongi, a Service Corp Fellow from the American Indian Foundation, grew frustrated by the situation in the