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CoVidya 2020

These online meetings take place every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon, by Zoom.

Here at Neeleshwar Hermitage we have been fortunate in having as one of our co-founders the British cultural historian Alistair Shearer. Alistair’s expertise on India stretches back decades; he has worked for several eminent academic institutions, including the British Museum and London University (SOAS), organised and led cultural tours of the subcontinent for his own travel company, and written a dozen books on India that have been translated in to the major European languages as well as Japanese and Hebrew. The Spectator called the latest,The Story of Yoga, ‘a clear-eyed, elegantly written and wonderfully informative history of yoga’. To bring the richness of Indian culture to a wider international audience was one of the reasons for the creation of The Hermitage, and it has maintained this purpose throughout its very successful trading for over more than a decade.

Alistair is also a long time teacher of meditation and Indian philosophy, and in response to the current global crisis, is hosting a series of twice-monthly webinars that utilise our current situation to take stock and re-visit the nourishing perennial wisdom that has sustained humankind throughout the ages.

This series is called CoVidya 2020, a title derived from:

Co= co-operation; communality; coherence; compassion.

Vidya = the Sanskrit word for true knowledge; penetrating insight.

2020 = of our time and a synonym for clear-sightedness.

These online meetings take place every two weeks on a Sunday afternoon, by Zoom. All the friends of The Hermitage are warmly invited to join. For all further details please go to:

The Zoom Meeting Room will be open for attendees to log in from 2.00 pm, and the meeting will begin promptly at 2.30 pm with a presentation from Alistair lasting until approx. 3.15 pm, when we shall break for about ten minutes. We shall reconvene at 3.30 pm for an interactive question and answer session and close the meeting at 4.30 pm.

“A perfect distillation of what so many Westerners from E. M. Forster and Allen Ginsberg to the Beatels, have come to India in an attempt to find: an escape from the pressures and frenzied pace of life"
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