Initiating Change – from Within to Beyond

Seven-week training to become effective Change Leaders

A practical and intensive programme for energetic, self-starting young adults, who are ready to engage deeply with the core ideas of IofC – to change oneself, live with integrity, and bring positive change in society.

The programme is open to people of all backgrounds, cultures, nationalities etc. and provides a unique opportunity to work with diverse people who are seriously attempting to make a difference in today’s world.

The training will be held at Asia Plateau (AP), the international centre of IofC (formerly MRA), in the hills of Panchgani, Maharashtra, 100 km from Pune. The centre runs short courses for batches ranging from senior Government officers, business leaders to educators and youth.

The Programme

There are two batches in a year – each batch is for seven weeks, covering aspects such as:

  • Orientation and introduction
  • History, heritage, and heart of IofC
  • ‘Inner Voice’ understanding and practicing the inner wisdom
  • Learning to be a change-maker and building a team
  • Attending selected AP programmes and assisting
  • Understanding each other’s cultures & backgrounds
  • Focusing on one’s role in one’s own region/country
  • Understanding the world and its issues, and one’s role in it
  • Developing facilitation, presentation, communication skills etc.

A large part of what each individual gains from such a programme depends on how deeply he or she engages with each element of the planned programme. There are several opportunities and modes of learning, which include, but are not restricted to:

  • Experimenting for oneself with the ideas presented
  • Participation in seminars, workshops, conferences and other programmes of AP to listen to experts on various subjects
  • Self-study and research –books, websites, and videos on IofC’s rich heritage
  • Interactions and discussions – with facilitators and participants from varied backgrounds, professions and locations

Some basic pre-requisites for participation are:

  • Exposure to IofC – participation in an IofC programme, association with an IofC friend etc.
  • Graduate (Preferable but not essential).
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Should be a responsible and reliable self-starter and a cheerful team player.
  • A commitment to live by the ground-rules of Asia Plateau, respect for all and maintenance of discipline are essential.
  • A sincere effort to live a life of care and service, accepting of IofC’s standards of Unconditional Purity, Honesty, Unselfishness and Love as values to live by
  • Should be physically and mentally fit, in good health, with ability for hard work, service, and travel.
  • Age: Between 21 and 35 years.
  • A willing participation in all aspects of the programme is essential.

Should you feel that you do not fulfil all these pre-requisites, yet would like to join the programme, we’d like to hear from you and know your reason/s – so do fill out an application form mentioning why you wish to join.

This programme is also conducted in Hindi – two batches per year; for further information please click here.

Cost of programme

Cost of travel to Asia Plateau and back, any visa costs, incidental and personal expenditure and any other personal travel is to be borne by the candidates. Selected candidates from outside of India should ensure they have health insurance covering their entire stay in India.  

Asia Plateau has been built on the voluntary and often sacrificial giving of people. For the duration of the programme of Initiating Change, the cost of food and accommodation for the participants will be borne by IofC India.

Once a candidate has been selected, he/she is asked to pay a Place Confirmation Fee of Rs.7000. In case you are not able to pay that entire amount from your own resources, please reach out to us and we can discuss how fund-raising can be done. Need-based scholarships may be available.

What next?

If you have read the above information, are keen to join, and feel you fulfill the pre-requisites for the programme, you may apply for the next programme at the link provided below.

You will be contacted with further information once we receive your application. There will be a skype/telephone interview before final selection. Successful candidates will be informed via email.  

Upcoming programmes:

The dates for the programme will be announced once the global situation is in control.



Should you have any questions, send us an email.