Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Sumedha Centre did two Outreach Programmes in September enabling many more to benefit from the Sumedha Centre’s expertise.

The first was a Psychospiritual Retreat for the Rectors, Parish priests and Leaders of Communities of the Salesian Province of Guwahati. Fr. VM Thomas, the Provincial who had earlier attended a spiritual retreat facilitated by the Director of Sumedha Centre, Jose Parappully, wanted the leaders of his Province to have a similar experience.

The retreat was held at the Salesian Provincial House, Guwahati between 8 and 13 September. The retreat was presented and experienced as a “desert journey” – as “wilderness” and “paradise” (Mark, 1, 13). 

The last two days focused on the role of the Salesian Rector/Leader of Community as a “Centre of Unity” and as “Animator of Community.”

Ample time was provided for the retreatants to experience God through Sacred Scripture

The retreatants were very appreciative of their retreat experience. One veteran missionary observed: “In my 62 years of Salesian religious life, this was a most unique experience.” Another simply said, “After several years, I made a really good retreat,” a sentiment shared by others.

The second was a Seminar on Psychosexual Integration and Celibate Maturity” held at Kristu Jyoti College Bangalore on 23 and 24 September for the staff and students of the philosophy and theology departments of the college and for the students and staff of Viswadeep Institute for advanced theological and catechetical studies. There were about 300 participants.

This seminar also was facilitated by Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre. Parappully is the primary editor of the best selling two volume book bearing the same title as that of the seminar.

Participants expressed great satisfaction about the way the topic was dealt with and found it very useful. 

“An extremely useful seminar,” observed one participant summing up the sentiments of others as well. “The topic was handled in a very commendable way.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2014 Programmes at Sumedha Centre

2014 Programmes

1.      (SS-25) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) - (6 weeks)
May 22- July 2

2.    (SS-26) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) – (9 weeks)
July 4 – September 4

3.   (SS-27) Sumedha Sadhana (A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey) - (9 weeks)
September 29- November 30

Sumedha Sadhana
Course Description: This is an inner journey in quest of greater healing and wholeness. Participants begin from where they are, looking at what is happening on their spiritual journey. They then move on to explore the psychological dynamics that affect their spirituality and integrate them in healthy ways to create more satisfying and more productive life patterns.

Course Content: Holistic, Process & Formative Spiritualities; Cosmic, Creation & Feminist Spiritualities; Religious & Community Life; Prayerfulness & Healthy Emotional Life; Midlife Dynamics & the Spiritual Journey; Identity & Vocational Commitment; Intimacy, Celibacy & Sexuality; Generativity, Stress & Burnout; Shadows & Subpersonalities; Trauma, Healing & Reconciliation; The Universe story, Jesus Story and Our Story; Core Transformation -- are some of the major topics that will be explored. Special place is given to group therapy where participants have the opportunity to face their brokenness and fears, their unhelpful patterns of living and relating and move on to healing and wholeness. The programme concludes with a spiritual retreat.

Tools & Techniques: Insights from Christian faith and wisdom traditions, various psychological theories of development, as well as experiential tools and techniques from Psychosynthesis, Intensive Journal, Expressive Arts, multi-media, prayer & meditation practices, and Sacred Scripture are used to explore and enhance one’s psychospiritual journey. (Age limit: 35-60 years)

Ajoy Fernandes PhD (Personality & Spirituality). Alba Rodrigues MA (Cosmic Spirituality, Yoga). Gerard Alvarez MA (The Storied Word: Ours, Jesus’ and the Universe’s). Joe Mannath PhD (Sexuality, Celibacy & Intimacy). Jose Kuttianimattathil PhD (Core Transformation). Jose Parappully PhD (Psychological Dynamics & the Spiritual Journey, Trauma & Healing, Group Therapy, Retreat). M. Goretti Kanakarathinam MA (Group Therapy, Befriending Our Emotions). MC Abraham PhD (Group Therapy). Shalini Mulackal PhD (Feminist & Women’s Spirituality)

Sunday, September 1, 2013


The 20-day “Midlife Dynamics and the Spiritual Journey” programme at Sumedha Centre concluded yesterday.

The programme commenced with an assessment of the “Now Period” of life of the participants and went on to explore process spirituality, holistic-ecological spirituality and move on to the practice of Contemplative, and especially, Centering Prayer.

From a psychological perspectives, participants traced their developmental history through experiential exercises, explored and evaluated the experience of various midlife dynamics and transformative processes, especially the (re)-emergence of sexuality and intimacy needs. In the context of celibate friendships, heterosexual attachment dynamics were explored and evaluated.

The programme ended with an integrative exercise of the whole of the participants' life journeys until the present using the inspirational movie “River Mee.”

Participants observed that they had benefited immensely from the programme. For some it proved to be a “life-changing experience.”

Some typical participant comments:

“The programme was very, very good. It was very well organised and executed. It was challenging but immensely useful. It has led to a personal transformation.”

“It was an enriching and enlightening programme. Helped me to get in touch with myself.”

“My purpose in coming here has been fully satisfied. I got answers to questions I had been struggling with for years.”

“The programme was an eye-opener. It has equipped me to journey forward with greater passion and enthusiasm.”

“It helped me to change my perspectives, values and beliefs.”

“Hospitality was excellent.”

The programme was facilitated by Jose Parappully, Director of the Centre.

Our next programme:  60-day “Sumedha Sadhana – A Psychospiritual Wholeness Journey” from 25th September to 23rd November