Ibiza I.
May 26, Friday
11:30 – 13:30
Budapest (CEST)

‘A place for us’ – integral education

IEC Conference: 2023

We would like to share our journey of co-creating and delivering ‘A place for us’, an integral education two -year programme for rurally marginalized young people based in both Meerut, UP, India  (teenage children of the poor farm laboring class, experiencing abject poverty) and Cahersiveen Co. Kerry, Ireland (local Irish teenagers coming from homes where there is substance abuse, mental illness and economic challenges, plus newly arrived Ukrainian teenage refugees who are suffering from trauma, displacement, rural isolation and lack of integration into their new community).

Our project is part of an overarching research project funded by Alef Trust, UK, which is supporting four two- year projects related to global change making. As well as introducing integral education to these different groups of teenagers, we research‘key factors in ongoing participant engagement in a two-year integral educational programme’.

NAGAR, Rahul


Rahul Nagar has a background in finance (BComm, M.Com) and agriculture. He is a keen meditator and familiar with the work of Sri Aurobindo. Together with Adi Vickers, he is part of the ”a place for us’ ‘project, funded by Alef Trust as part of the Conscious Community Initiative. The project will run for two years and is aimed at young people (11-17 years old). These young people are the the children of poor farm laborers and will attend a once weekly outdoor arts and nature based learning session which is informed by Integral theory and practice. Rahul is the local co-ordinator in India and his team of facilitators, as well as the facilitators in Ireland, will be engaging in their own Integral Practice throughout the duration of the project.


Italy / Ireland

Adi Vickers is an educator, teacher trainer and school director. She co-founded Asana International School in 1993, a holistic language school exploring  relationship with Self, Other and Place. She has an MSc. in Spirituality , Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology, and is currently doing a PhD in applied transpersonal psychology. In 2021 she developed and delivered an online  programme for teachers /facilitators entititled ” Integrative Practice for Heart-Centred teachers”. She is now embarking (together with Rahul Nagar in India, and Michelle Fitzgerald in Ireland) on a project called ” A place for us” – a global research project funded by Alef Trust as part of its Conscious Community Initiative. This Integral Education project takes place in Ireland and India, and is aimed at supporting young people between the ages of 11-17 who are experiencing rural marginalization.