In today's fast-paced environment, we are faced with a myriad of challenges of coping with a paradox that is core to the contemporary psyche: at one end of the spectrum, the incessant advancement of technology which often has the effect of disengaging us from ourselves; pitted against the intrinsic need for us to find our way back to ourselves as a path of healing. Akesia believes in and is dedicated to promoting all-encompassing, holistic health. Toward that goal, the first step begins with finding balance and wholeness within.
Enjoy a private session or one of our scheduled classes. Choose from a full menu of Ayurvedic or Akesia Method treatments to pamper and restore the body. Take a class or private session to declutter and focus the mind. VedaTherapie offers all this and more to help you get on your own path towards restoring SELF.
Akesia Whole Child
We believe in more fully engaging and supporting our children in all aspects of their development. We provide an experience in our Montessori-inspired programs for students to thrive and grow in a safe, clean, healthy, caring, and encouraging environment. To that end, we offer a comprehensive developmental approach to teaching the whole child, integrating aspects of emotional, social, physical, creative and cognitive growth. Akesia Whole Childis entering its eighth year in India and, through new collaborations will be expanding in many ways in 2021 in India, the U.S., Germany, New Zealand, and Australia. To learn more, please visit our Akesia Whole Child website.
Become an empowered agent for community change
Akesia believes in and commits its resources to promoting all-encompassing, holistic health at an individual level as well as for the society as a whole. Toward that end, it has created programs that engage members of the community, identify and pool its human and capital resources, and chart a course toward collective improvement of the fabric of society.
The Viable Village Project: Community Legal Clinic - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt The Viable Village project conducts free monthly legal clinic days at Akasia Konkan to residents of Matond and surrounding villages. This community-based, storefront, legal aid clinic is intended to help village residents solve problems that profoundly impact their day-to-day lives in the areas of food, shelter, health care, safety and education within the realm of Sindhudurg District's civil legal system. The clinic and its staff also works to empower individuals and the community at large by providing education in the areas of local public policy projects, legislative advocacy, and community legal education in areas that affect the residents of Matond and surrounding villages.The talented and dedicated volunteer staff is, of course, the key to this process.
The Viable Village Project: Akesia Kāmdhenu Initiative - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt Akesia Konkan is in the process of forming a farmer's co-op for the purpose of development and expansion of markets and distribution methods in both agriculture and dairy sectors. The Konkan Belt, as this region is known, is rich in verdant natural beauty and endowed with exotic agricultural produce including mango, cashew and beetelnut. Often, farmers in this region are limited by scant resources when it comes to bringing their produce to market, and often receive a tiny fraction of profit. Activities of the co-op may include pooling resources to buy seed, sell grain, store grain, or collective efforts around marketing and distribution in markets outside of the Konkan Belt.
The Viable Village Project: Community Health Clinic - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt The Viable Village project administers free monthly medical clinic days at Akesia Konkan to residents of Matond and surrounding villages who have limited access to medical services and supplies. Individuals can consult a physician, receive basic treatment and advice, and have access to basic medications. In future months, patients can be examined by an eye doctor and get prescriptions for eyeglasses, medicines, and referrals for further care as needed.
The Viable Village Project: Empowering Women Entrepreneurship - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt This Viable Village initiative encourages women in Matond and surrounding villages who are willing to take the risks and make the necessary commitments to launch a new business or build on an existing one. Toward the end result of building organizational capacity and scaling operations, the initiative provides resources, training and education, and community support to help women turn their ventures into sustainable and profitable businesses.
The Viable Village Project: Vocational Training/Job Placement Initiative - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt As part of Akesia'sViable Village project goal of developing vocational training programs suitable for LOCAL job placement and empowering LOCAL entrepreneurship, we have partnered with Arrow Enterprises to provide vocational training, in the field, to villagers in the Sindhudurg District. We are working toward developing a network with local businesses so that this training and certification will lead to viable, sustainable and growth-based local employment.
The Viable Village Project: English as a Second Language - Akesia Charitable Trust, Konkan Belt This course is meant for those (children as well as parents) who may have English as a component of their school curriculum, but would like to have a secondary tuition format where they can improve their proficiency and develop confidence in the areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.
Savvy Seniors Akesia is working in the community to create programs and activities that will keep seniors' minds engaged, creative juices flowing, and bodies active. ~ Information about and instruction in self-healing modalities - presentations on correlation between nutrition and wellness including documentary films ~ discussions on state of agriculture and the food we eat, including documentary films ~ nature re-education - field trips to Maharashtra Nature Park and longer retreats ~ collaboration with groups like the HELP Library and The New Acropolis - cognitive training to help us keep minds sharp and memory loss at bay ~ ayurvedic healing modalities - let's learn about all the many plants, herbs and tinctures to aid in disease prevention/management ~ arts and crafts projects using new media technologies ~ dance therapy, Tai Chi, yoga and meditation classes
Seva Yog Akesia has convened a group of volunteer yoga instructors to participate in a new project called SevaYog. This team of yoga instructors has graciously volunteered their time to go to the areas in Bombay where at-risk populations are in greatest need of the healing benefits of yoga. This work is accomplished through programs such as yoga classes and workshops, stress management teachings, health fairs and screening, as well as retreats where nature is used as a means of healing.
SevaYog has developed a community infrastructure that inspires its participants to: ~ become supportive of the common goal of wellness through yoga; ~ embody the SevaYog culture of 'yoga for change'; and ~ collectively, create new ways to spread the benefits of yoga, thus honoring the relationship of SevaYog’s work with the health of the greater community.
Resources for Families with Special Needs
This series will examine local resources for families with members who have special needs. Guest speakers will discuss aids and options for developmentally-challenged infants, toddlers, children and adolescents, giving parents an invaluable information and referral service resource. This series will culminate in the development of a comprehensive guide which will include information about the purpose, eligibility, application process and other elements of services available to families with special needs children, including contact information for agencies and organizations throughout Mumbai and Sindhudurg District.
Kala Kruti Trading and Artist Showcase
Kala Kruti works with emerging artists of India toward preservation of tribal craft and expansion of markets and distribution methods. The program assists artists with marketing and exposure through unique and diverse distribution channels.
Become an empowered agent for environmental change
In addition to various initiatives and workshops in the Akesia Mumbai Center, Akesia Konkan involves its participants in The Viable Village project. In an effort to help meet multiple energy uses such as lighting, cooking, overhead fans and refrigeration for inside the home, and water pump, grain processing and other farming uses outside the home, The Viable Village brings together government subsidization, private investment and village cooperative funding toward development of integrated energy systems using various renewable resources. The Viable Village is currently developing a prototype in District Sindhudurg which can be transported to the hundreds of thousands of rural Indian villages outside of the Konkan region.
Rainwater Harvesting - Bombay
As the water crisis continues to become more severe, there is a dire need of reform in water management systems, and a return to traditional wisdom of water harvesting. This process should necessarily be backed by active public participation, and this series will be one of many in Akesia's 'ECOLOGY' series to help educate and awaken the populace toward action.
Akesia and individuals/companies we collaborate with will provide citizens with opportunities to learn how to foster responsible catchment and use of rainwater. In the present scenario management and distribution of water has become centralized. People depend on and are held captive by the government system, which has resulted in disruption of community participation in water management and a collapse of traditional water harvesting system.
Project Green Ganesha - Bombay During the Ganesha Chaturthi Festival, in Mumbai alone over 150,000 idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed throughout its waterways. Even a 2 kg idol of Ganesha usually contains a minimum of 6-8 gm of lead in it. Several much bigger idols are immersed in lakes, rivers, and tanks during the festival. All this contaminates Mumbai's water supply with toxic levels of lead. Lead is particularly dangerous because once it gets into a person's system, it is distributed throughout the body just like helpful minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc. And lead can cause harm wherever it lands in the body. In the bloodstream, for example, it can damage red blood cells and limit their ability to carry oxygen to the organs and tissues that need it, thus causing anemia. Most lead ends up in the bone, where it causes even more problems. Lead can interfere with the production of blood cells and the absorption of calcium that bones need to grow healthy and strong.
Akesia Juhu is partnering with local artists who are at the forefront of a movement to educate the many Ganesha idol makers on the importance of switching to the use of eco-friendly paints, in an effort to make a serious impact on the levels of lead deposited into Mumbai's waterways during this festival.