The intent of our workshops is to help provide an experience of and explore a realm of learning possibilities using the Arts and how these can be used in working with children. It is also to challenge belief systems, push boundaries and create a symbiotic learning relationship within and with the world around. For this we introduce a vocabulary of creative arts-based techniques.

Some Workshops we have conducted

Shraddha, Chennai, 2018

When we deny the reality of change, life becomes an endless struggle. When we embrace it, our minds become wise and our hearts tender. Impermanence isn’t later, it is now. Squeezing uncomfortably through the narrow doorway of now, we don’t know whether we are coming or going. Impermanence is not only loss, it is also change, and change can be refreshing, renewing. Practice isn’t so much a matter of changing or improving the conditions of your inner or outer life, as a way of fully embracing and appreciating those conditions. Nothing appears unless it appears in time. And whatever appears in time, appears and vanishes at once. Time is existence, impermanence, change, loss, growth, development, the best and the worst news at once.Each one of us are somewhere in the middle of a long walk through varied terrain. Our task is to stay alive to the changes in that terrain and to trust the path as it appears before us, rather than impose our map on it. In welcoming transformations, we discover a greater truth that shows us a new way of trusting the very change we once thought a problem. When the field appears fallow, we must learn to trust what’s going on underground, in the dark, invisible to us. In fact it is essential that along with the lightening comes the quiet dark, when radiant bursts are taken in and made a part of a whole. When we stop clinging to the known and allow ourselves, our dreams to become instruments of change, we learn to practice action at the deepest level. In these moments we must risk taking a joyful leap with no guarantee of being caught as we fall. All we can rely on, after the joyful leap, is the reassuring discovery of what truly sustains us. A Saturday well spent with the students of the 3rd Batch of Shraddha.Click to View

Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 2017

Snehadhara presented a session on ‘Breaking Boundaries’ to the post graduates and graduates of the department of Human Development at Mount Carmel college, Bangalore. 100 plus students participated in the session and it was encouraging to observe how the youth in the colleges look at the role that they have to play to impart the change in the way that the children learn. We hope that the students recognise their potential to be the change maker and bring about the change that we wish to achieve. Click to view

Association of Experiential Education, Montreal, 2017

At the AEE Conference, we presented a 3 hour workshop titled 'Multi arts and Play to build empathetic inclusive learning spaces' that brought together a diverse group of practitioners who together explored various art forms. The intent of the workshop was to see how best practices in re-imagining classrooms using creative interventions could be shared. It is interesting to see how co-creation of classrooms and learning facilitation seems to be the need in systems of learning across the world. Click to view

Reussir Trust, Bangalore, 2017

Snehadhara facilitated a four-hour workshop on Reimagining Classrooms Through the Use of Multi Art Forms on November 25, 2017 at the Reussir Trust, Bangalore. The group comprised 20+ teachers and special educators working with different populations of learners. The workshop focussed on experiencing multi- art Forms, the science behind it , and looking at academic content artistically. Click to view

Gopalan National School, Bangalore, 2017

The session at GopalanNational School gave us an opportunity to examine how we understand our role as a facilitator, how does creativity bring strength in classrooms and what is the stamina one needs to bring about a change in classrooms. Click to view


We presented a workshop titled ‘Arts Based Therapy as a complimentary Healthcare Practise- an Eastern Perspective’. Our Founder and Executive Director Gitanjali Sarangan conducted the session with Special educators, Mentors, Art Therapists, Psychologists , Counselors and Practitioners from Entrust, Chrysalis , Alberta Health Services, Thenina- Nina Haggerty centre for the Arts. It was interesting to see the wonderful work each one was doing and their keenness in understanding Mindfulness and Practice in therapeutic and clinical settings. The action research projects conducted at the Direct Care space of Snehadhara presented itself as a capability demonstrator for working with children with special needs using ABT. What the group exhibited was that Diversity is the art of independently thinking together and The Arts is an experience, a learning that unifies this diversity. Click to view

Sankalp, Chennai, 2016, 2017

Conducted a two day long workshop with a team of 42 professionals at Sankalp, Chennai on ‘Creative Interventions in working with special needs’. Click to view

Gopalan International School, Bangalore, 2017

‘Re-imagining classrooms using the Arts’ – the start of the workshops to influence learning facilitation with a team of 30 educators from Gopalan International School brought together experiences, views, ideas and possibilities of delivering academic content creatively. The group had teachers from grade 1-10. What was interesting was to see how immaterial of what subject one taught, the question of how can we influence the way we learn held the group together. Click to view

Tapovan, Bangalore, 2016

Tapovan School is affiliated to Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi. Tapovan’s vision is to impart life skills by providing varied opportunities based on multiple intelligence. Sumathi Ramjee conducted a one day workshop on ‘Enhanced learning through the use of multiple Art forms’ with 28 teachers from the school and other centres. The session focused on self – experience of Art forms, working with the arts to deliver academic content and facilitation using the Arts. A discussion on ‘facilitation tips’ and session boundaries brought out the real time challenges in classrooms. Click to view

AATAPI, Gujarat,2016

Conducted a two day long workshop for the team from Aatapi, Gujarat on ‘Experience and explore a realm of learning possibilities using the Arts’.


A workshop on Arts Based Therapy was conducted at Chennai for special needs educators/caregivers and parents of special needs children. This group has got together to create and expand possibilities for the many children.

Hope Early Intervention Session, Bangalore, 2016

A beautiful session with parents of the HOPE family. The best gift that we can offer our child is by being present to ourselves . A session with Sumathi Ramjeewhere she brought to life the magical inner child in all of us. From voice to movement to dance to play to creating soundscapes to body percussion, the parents gave it their all. The participants shared that most of them forgot everything and connected to the child within. Our take home metaphor was ‘Possibilities’Click to view

APSA, Bangalore, 2015

The Association for Promoting Social Action or APSA is a rights-based, child-centred, community development organization working in Bangalore and Hyderabad since 1981 towards empowerment of the urban poor, especially with children in distress. Snehadhara has been engaging with the girls, using the arts as a medium to address their therapeutic goals. While, this goes towards preparing them to be able to perform and engage people in public, it also addresses the longer term goals of building self-confidence, positive body image, and body language and so on. Click to view

Brindavan Trust, Bangalore,2014

Facilitated parent workshops for Brindavan Educational Trust, Bangalore. Snehadhara conducted two parent workshops with the parents at Brindavan Trust titled ‘Experiential Learning using multi arts forms’ and ‘Understanding the young adults- The Role of Arts’.

Insight Academy, Bangalore, 2014

A teacher training workshop for 80 teachers. The focus of the teacher training workshop was to introduce the group to a vocabulary of creative arts-based techniques in planning classroom content and artistic tools in Drama and Theatre.Click to view

Bubbles Autism Centre, Bangalore,2013

Weaving a new journey -We conducted a weaving workshop for some of the teachers and parents of Bubbles Autism Centre titled ‘Basic weaving techniques’. It was a day long workshop at the centre where the participants were introduced to ring/plate weaving, frame loom weaving, straw and cardboard weaving. This was also attended by facilitators at Snehadhara. Along with weaving, it was an enriching experience for both teams to learn and understand the working styles with children at the two spaces.

HLC International, Chennai,2013

Facilitated workshops for the parents of the 7i initiative, at HLC International Chennai. Conducted workshops for the teachers and special educators at HLC International , Chennai on ‘Art in Education’. Click to view