Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening
Annual Gatherings

Event - The Art Of Living



"The greatest art is the art of living, greater than all things that human beings have created, by mind or hand, greater than all the scriptures and their gods. It is only through this art of living that a new culture can come into being. This art of living can come only out of total freedom."

  • J. Krishnamurti, Letters to the Schools

The Krishnamurti Study and Retreat Centre,Varanasi is happy to announce its second full week residential International Retreat from December 29, 2017 to January 6, 2018. The intention of this retreat is to create an ambiance that would enable the participants to enter into a spirit of serious inquiry. The talks, study material, group dialogues, video-screenings of Krishnamurti’s talks, will all be intended to unfold and explore deeply the different aspects of the central theme: The Art of Living. The programme will be designed in such a way that there will be space to be quiet, to be with nature, to gather the energy necessary to observe, reflect on the theme, and share our observations. We intend to have in depth investigation and heart to heart conversations and dialogues on the questions that will be raised while listening to Krishnamurti’s talks.


Participants are expected to arrive at any time by the evening of Friday, December 29, 2017 and depart after breakfast on Saturday, January 6, 2018. The first introductory session of the retreat will be at 10:00 on 30th December and the concluding session at 15:00 of 5th January. If one wishes to stay longer either before or after the gathering, on extra payment, please contact us in advance and get confirmation.

ACCOMMODATION Delegates will be accommodated in school hostels or guest-house and cottages in the Study Centre campus. The Study Centre is located around the manor house in which Krishnamurti lived during his annual visits to Varanasi. Contribution fees for the Gathering (including stay, meals and study facilities) are as follows:

  • for resident participants working / living outside south Asia: Option A: EUR/ $ 25 per person, per day in a room with double occupancy with attached bath Option B: EUR/$ 35 per person, per day in a single room with attached baths
  • for resident participants working/living in India/ south Asia: Option C: INR 700 per person, per day in the school hostel with common baths Option D: INR 1000 per person, per day in a room with double occupancy with attached bath

FOOD Wholesome vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are kindly requested to refrain from smoking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs and eating of non-vegetarian food on the campus during the gathering. Clean filtered drinking water will be available.

TRAVEL v By Air: Varanasi is well connected with major cities of India through domestic flights. Direct flights operate from Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore to Varanasi. The airport is nearly 30 km (about 20 miles) away. Please book an airconditioned taxi for Krishnamurti Foundation centre at Rajghat at the pre-paid booth located near the arrival gate of the terminal. The charges would be around INR 1000 (EUR/$ 15) and they will give you a receipt for the payment and assign a taxi. v By Train:Varanasi is situated 700 kilometers southeast of New Delhi, about half-way between Delhi and Kolkata. It is well connected through trains from all over India There are two main Railway stations for coming to Rajghat Centre: Varanasi Junction (BSB), around 7 Kilometers away and Mughal Sarai Jn. (MGS), around 10 Kilometers away. Rajghat Centre is located inbetween these two stations along the G.T. (Grand Trunk) Road. Auto-rickshaws are a popular mode of transportation from these stations. Ask the auto-rickshaw driver to bring you to "Vasanta College, Rajghat" which is inside the Krishnamurti Foundation campus. Most drivers know us by that name. Immediately after the college wall ends, there is a dark brown metal gate on the right, displaying the sign of "The Krishnamurti Centre". The study centre and guest house are located inside this gate. v By road:Varanasi is located midway between Delhi and Kolkata on the G.T. Road. The Krishnamurti Centre is about 200 meters from the Ganges Bridge, called Malviya Bridge, on the G.T. Road.

WEATHER Around the turn of the year it will be winter in Varanasi which means cold nights. Daytime is sunny with an average temperature of 20°C (71 F). Temperatures in the night may drop to 5°C (41 F) because of cold waves from the Himalayan region. Sufficient covering will be available for the night. If necessary electric heaters can be provided.

MISCELLANEOUS 1. Participants should bring walking shoes, woolen clothing, torchlight, soaps, mosquito cream or lotion (though we do not expect mosquitoes during this time of the year), and other items of their personal use. 2. Items of daily use can be purchased from a convenience store located on the campus. 3. The gathering will be conducted in English. 4. It is desirable that all live and eat together as part of the self-learning during the gathering. 5. There are no pre-conditions to attend the conference. Persons of any caste, creed, religion, nationality, race and culture can participate. 6. Each room is properly furnished with beds, mattresses and cupboards. 7. The gathering is organized on a no-profit, no-loss basis. The contribution fees from the participants are used to cover the cost of lodging, boarding and administration. 8. Books and DVD’s of J. Krishnamurti in English and Hindi will be available for sale during the gathering. 9. Those wishing to give a donation may do so in the Study Centre office, and obtain a receipt. Donations from Indian residents are exempt under the Section 80G of Income Tax.

CONTACT INFORMATION To register for the gathering please contact: Coordinator, Krishnamurti Study Centre, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi 221001INDIA E-mail:


Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 05, 2018

Krishnamurti Foundation India
Varanasi, UP, 221002