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 Compassionate Inquiry 


 Ashwini G 


  • Diploma In Experiential Education and Practices

  • Certification in Arts-Based Therapy practice

  • Compassionate Inquiry by Gabor Mate

  • Currently mentored by Sat Dharam Kaur         (Co-founder of Compassionate Inquiry)


  • Differently-abled children

  • Nature Therapy for autistic youth

  • Arts-Based therapy for MR and at-risk youth 

  • Use nature and arts to support children with learning difficulties

  • Designed multiple curriculums, developed content, and facilitated capacity building for children and adults on SEL, 21st-century skills, environment, and regular school curriculum using Experiential education philosophy and pedagogies

Support adults using therapy for

  • Self-exploration

  • Addictions and breaking limiting patterns

  • Physical, emotional and mental health well-being

 “It is only in the presence of compassion;

will a person be willing to see the truth of oneself”

Why and what?

All human babies are born completely in connection with themselves, having their wholeness, love and worthiness intact. Something happens along the way and this connection is broken which leads to disconnection with self also called trauma.

The essence of trauma is the root cause of all human dysfunctions, addictions, diseases, illnesses, and behaviours which is the “disconnection with self”.

Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapeutic modality developed by Dr. Gabor Mate that helps people inquire ‘what is in the way of their connection with self? and find the truth of “who they are” with compassion as the foundation.


Who is it for?

Anyone who intends to

  • Explore the role of your life experiences’ role in physical and mental illnesses

  • Kindle your innate healing capacity

  • Gather the wisdom of addictions and overcome it

  • Build safe, secure and empathetic relationship with self and others.

  • Understanding what stands in the way of forming and keeping authentic relationships

  • Uncovering unconscious beliefs, patterns, anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD, OCD, disorders, fears etc., and other manifestations of trauma

  • Process emotional and mental experiences, patterns and conditioning

  • Self-exploration

  • Cultivating presence and compassion towards self and others

  • Betting emotional expression

  • Recovering one’s sense of wholeness


  • Meet me in Bangalore or connect online from anywhere in the world.

  • Each session is a One-on-One and lasts one hour.

  • My job is to ensure a safe space and trust so that you can explore your emotions, feelings and thoughts, free of guilt, fear or judgment.

  • We will discover together what dynamics are hidden behind the symptoms that limit you, integrating everything to regain the connection with your wholeness. 


 Applied Theatre School 

Learn about theatre, its connection to life, and its meaningful use

 Aanand Chabukswar 


A theatre teacher, facilitator, and an ABT (arts-based therapy) Practitioner. Working in education, therapy, and applied theatre for past 25 years. 



  • Founder of the Applied Theatre School

  • Working with WCCL Foundation, an NGO that pioneered Arts-Based Therapy (ABT) practice and training since 2001

  • Designs and teaches Applied Theatre at Savitribai Phule Pune University since 2007

  • Working with children using theatre since 1995

  • Trained in Drama Therapy with the pioneer in the field, Dr. Sue Jennings (2000-2002). Co-directed international Drama-Therapy projects and training with Dr. Jennings.

  • Trained in Commedia del’Arte (Theatre of Masks and Movement)

  • Published writing internationally

  • Works with many Universities across India.

  • Founder of Temporary And Contemporary Theatre (TACT), active in creating poetry-based theatre performances since 2004

What is Applied Theatre?

The systematic use of theatre in community, self-development, therapy, and education. Applied Theatre makes meaningful use of the process and outcome, of engagement and performance in theatre, for everyone. It expands the possibilities of theatre to things that matter to us in life. 


How does it work?
Applied theatre uses the tools of theatre — voice, movement, interaction, stories, images and more. There are a range of possibilities — from a simple practice of using voice effectively in classroom or presentations, to building aesthetic capacity to know and understand emotions and complex life situations!


Theatre can facilitates children’s effective learning, education can be involved and active with applied theatre.


The power of coming together and dialogue, expression and communication is experienced in theatre experiences. It can help build safe, conflict-free, empathetic, and diverse communities. 


Those with special needs need an inclusive space for learning, expression, and healing. Theatre provides life-skills learning, a safe container to explore issues, and space for insights. 


What courses does the school offer?

The courses focus on specific tools and applications.


  • Theatre Skills for Everyday Life & Work

  • The Natyashastra & Emotional Literacy

  • Theatre & Drama for Creative Self-expression

  • Advanced Dramatherapy: Specific Applications

  • Storytelling & Narratives in Learning & Education 

  • Facilitating Theatre-based Learning for Children

For whom?

Each course has specific eligibility.

These courses are designed for young people, actors, counsellors, therapists and social workers, facilitators, professionals and experiential educators, parents and teachers.  

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