Vandita

Made for these times

Vandita believes that by realising our true nature as eternal and bringing the sacred in to whatever we do, we can become resilient and a force for goodness in the world.

She believes that we are “made for these times” and that the challenges presenting themselves in the outside world is a call for deeper inquiry in to the meaning of life that can lead us to a deeper connection with ourselves and the world.

In this workshop we will explore our connection to ourselves and our environment using guided meditations, somatic exercises and chanting to explore how we re-source and connect in order to develop inner resilience to realise our potential.

Havan – Vedic Fire Ceremony

Havan, also known as homa or homam, is a Sanskrit word that refers to any ritual wherein offerings are made into a consecrated fire. The word comes from the Sanskrit root word hu, meaning “to offer” or “to present.” Generally, the word is used in northern India, while homa is used in southern India.

Fire ceremonies such as Havan have been the focal point of community gatherings for milenia and act as a conduit between the Earth and other realms. We offer to the fire and pray to help our healing and transformation and to maintain balance within our homes, our communities and therefore on planet Earth.

Through the chanting of mantras and making offerings to the fire, one’s chakras are re-energized, creating a revitalizing and rejuvenating effect for both the body and mind.

Vandita is keen to share this transformative practice for healing of personal and collective.

Bio

Vandita’s background lies in environmental and social justice, a journey that took her to South America in her 20s where she spent time with indigenous communities in the Andes and Amazon, working in indigenous communities and learning their Cosmo-vision and the intricate symbiosis and connection between the land and our well-being. This lead to the creation of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign where she initiated a successful group legal action against BP on behalf of displaced Colombian Farmers.

Due to burn out in her early thirties, she travelled to India to seek healing and inner change and was blessed to meet Amma, known worldwide as the Hugging Saint. This changed her life overnight and put her on a new track and the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga and the unfolding path of Sanatana Dharma – the Eternal Law. She spent 6 years in India, immersed in the paths of Bhakti and Karma Yoga with Amma, serving thousands of people in need across India.

Chanting with the harmonium in particular and rituals such as fire ceremonies became a key part of her life and helped to navigate huge internal changes. She continues her connection with indigenous communities in South America and supports indigenous women and their traditions through her project, Sacha Spirit.

Now in her 50th year, Vandita is integrating the experiences of her life and the paths of activism and spirituality, drawing on a breadth of healing experiences, including ceremonies from Vedic and Native American traditions, family and systemic constellations with training in Trauma awareness. She is currently offering systemic conflict transformative work that bridges these worlds, along with coaching, mediation and ceremony.

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Previous Workshops

Vandita’s previous workshops at Wider Horizons include “Sanatana Dharma – an ancient blueprint for the modern world”, covering ancient and simple practices key to healing, and “Agni Hotra – sunset fire ceremony”, a simple vedic fire ceremony to purify surroundings.