Learning Societies UnConference Sardarshahr, March 04-08, 2020
What are your experiments with expanding human consciousness?

The Learning Societies UnConference seeks to bring together all kinds of people who are resisting monoculture and co-creating diverse learning communities, sustainable learning spaces, creative un/learning processes, etc. for new models of happiness, well-being, decolonisation and swaraj. The unconference was initiated by Shikshantar Andolan and many friends in 2002, see www.shikshantar.org.

We are inviting all alternative educators, homeschoolers, unschoolers, worldschoolers, cultural creatives, artists, upcyclers designers, activists, healers, organic farmers, eco-architects, spiritual explorers, giftivists and community-builders, grandmothers, social entrepreneurs, ecologists, crazy walkouts, etc. to JOIN US in SARDARSHAHR from March 04-08, 2020. We are requesting that you stay for a minimum of 4 days - anything less means that you will miss out on too much and you will not be able to contribute much to co-creating the unconference process/energy. We will not accept participants who are coming for only 1 or 2 days.

CO-HOSTED BY: Shikshantar Andolan ·Gandhi Vidya Mandir · Swashikshan Association of Indian Homeschoolers · Vikalp Sangam · Indian Multiversities Alliance · Abhivyakti Media for Development · Digital Empowerment Foundation · Banyan Tree Bookstore · Moved by Love · Blue Ribbon Movement · YES Jam · Aikyam Network for Sustainable Living · Zero Waste Lifestyle-India · Dariya Dil Dukaan

HOW DO I KNOW MORE WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT?
To get a better sense about the emergent event, read - https://medium.com/families-learning-together-magazine/love-letters-from-lsuc2017-800d46140e67?fbclid=IwAR2f9FiiY_YXescTeDzhY6lKcMpwDROxTyaakwoC-x2s_JX_do1QAjgUUkE

also look at - https://medium.com/swapathgami-walkout-walkon-network/decoding-the-learning-societies-unconference-9ffefc259d14

ACCOMODATION
There will be shared accommodation available on the site. You must register each member of your family (over the age of 5) so that we can arrange proper beds. We are also encouraging people to bring tents to the venue to stay in as part of the tent community.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
The Learning Societies UnConference is entirely organized in the spirit of gift culture. We feel everyone is a volunteer, a teacher, a co-creator with many gifts to share to help build the larger community. The suggested contribution for the event is Rs6000 per person (inclusive for registration, food and accomodation). You can contribute whatever you are able to from your heart. We would greatly appreciate it if you can give more to sponsor others participation. Lack of money should not deter you from attending or from full participation. Contact us if you have a difficulty getting there.

HOW TO GET THERE?
The next LSuC is going to be held in Gandhi Vidya Mandir,Sardarshahr, Rajastahna. Gandhi Vidya Mandir (GVM) was founded in 1950, on a 1200- acre piece of land, on one of the harshest terrains. Acutely prone to droughts, heat and cold waves, epidemics and other travesties of nature, GVM has striven to support local communities through various permanent and adhoc programmes of education, culture, livelihood, health and hygiene, vocations etc.
GVM is nestled like an oasis in the Thar desert, near the town of Sardarshahr in India’s north-western state of Rajasthan. It is about 300 km west of Delhi , 125 km east of Bikaner and 230 km north of Jaipur (connected by rail and road).

Best routes to get here:
1. Via Jaipur
250 KM from Jaipur. 6 hours by road. The best way is Rajasthan State Roadways. Board a bus from the source Sindhi Camp (Platform Number 4). The frequency of the buses is really good. All the buses heading to Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Punjab cross though here. Try not to get on the private ones. Sarkari is better and more accountable if you are visiting here for the first time. Prefer the ones coming via Ratangarh and not Churu as that highway is better. Time taken is the same on both the routes.

The route: Jaipur-Chaumun(Bypass)-Reengus(Bypass)-Sikar-Lakshmangarh (Bypass)-Fatehpur-Ratangarh/Churu-Sardarshaharजयपुर-चौमूँ(बाईपास)-रींगस(बाईपास)-सीकर-लक्ष्मणगढ़(बाईपास)-फतेहपुर-रतनगढ़-सरदारशहर
In case you choose a train over a bus, come up to Churu/Ratangarh and then you'll have to board a bus from there. It takes 1 hour to reach here from both the places.

2. Via Delhi
300 KM from Delhi. 7-8 hours by road. Located on Delhi-Bikaner Highway. The sarkari bus thing of any state roadways should be the last option if you're coming via Delhi. Get on some private bus. Can provide you with the contact numbers of a few good ones, if needed. The source boarding place is usually behind the Tees Hazari Court premises in Delhi. Any bus that heads to Bikaner from Delhi will cross through Sardarshahar. There are more boarding points in Delhi. Confirm with your travel agency.

The route:Delhi-Rohtak-Hisar-Sadulpur(Rajgarh)-Taranagar-Sardarshaharदिल्ली-रोहतक-हिसार-सादुलपुर(राजगढ़)-तारानगर-सरदारशहर
In case you choose a train over a bus, come up to Churu/Ratangarh and then you'll have to board a bus from there. It takes 1 hour to reach here from both the places.

3. Via Bikaner (or from the direction of anywhere near Jodhpur)
150 KM from Bikaner. 3 hours by road. Boarding a bus from the main bus stand is advisable to avoid any hush-hush. However, you can get on it from Sankalpura stand too, where the probability of getting a seat is very less and you'll have to keep standing for almost half of your journey.

The route:Bikaner-Shridungargarh-Sardarshaharबीकानेर-श्रीडूँगरगढ़-सरदारशहर
In case you choose a train over a bus, come up to Churu/Ratangarh and then you'll have to board a bus from there. It takes 1 hour to reach here from both the places.

4. Via Ajmer
300+ KM from Ajmer. 7-8 hours by road. The highway is direct and great but the buses are bad. Not prefered. Don't go for it until and unless you are either actually coming from Ajmer or plan to visit the places like Merta (the city of Mira Bai) in Nagaur district.

If you're coming via either Jaipur or Bikaner, availing the state roadways services is advisable. We don't have the most appropriate train connectivity here. You'll have to reach either Churu or Ratangarh anyway and then get a bus from there. However, if you're coming via Delhi, a train until Churu should be a better option, and then, a bus.
If you're booking a seat in a bus, make sure you speak to the travel agency over the phone too.

Here is a link to google location for GVM: https://goo.gl/maps/S9B1KymfXEXupieu6

If for any reason, you need to cancel, please write to us as soon as possible at: <lsunconference@gmail.com>. Thanks.
If you have any other questions, please write to us at lsunconference@gmail.com or call Shikshantar (Udaipur): Harsh: +919958311401 Or Call our local support in Sardarshahr Mitesh: +91-9828555308
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