Krishnamurti Foundation India

KFI Annual Gathering 2016

Human Goodness and Responsibility

The annual KFI Gathering will be held this year at the Rishi Valley Education Centre from the morning of the 20th of November to the afternoon of the 23rd of November. The theme is Human Goodness and Responsibility. The programmes will consist of talks, group discussions, and video screenings. Krishnamurti’s Engiish books, translations and DVDs will be on sale during the Gathering.

TARIFF

The charges are Rs 2500 per person for Indians and US $250 per person for those from overseas. Payment can be made either through

(i) a draft drawn in favour of Rishi Valley School (KFI), payable at Madanapalle or
(ii) a M.O. or 
(iii) an online transfer RTGS/NEFT to Rishi Valley School (KFI) through the State Bank of Mysore, Madanapalle, Savings Bank A/c no 54035214456, IFS Code: SBMY0040002, Swift Code: SBMYINBB227 and an intimation sent, immediately, to gathering@rishivalley.org with name(s) of participant(s), address, and payment details.

Those who wish to attend the Gathering should please fill in and post the Registration Form (available by post or online at www.kfionline.org) to the address below:

The KFI Gathering Committee
Rishi Valley Education Centre, Rishi Valley - 517 352
Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh.
Telephones: 08571 280622 & 08571 280582/ 9493547822/ 9493547322/ 7893644717/ 7893644497
E-mail: gathering@rishivalley.org

As accommodation, which is only dormitory-type is limited, registration will be done on a first-come-first-served basis. The last date for receiving payment and filled-in registration form is 15 October. 

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

As the place is remote, it will not be possible for the Rishi Valley Education Centre to make return travel reservations. However, return transport from Rishi Valley to Madanapalle will be provided if needed.

It is possible for a few participants to come a day or two at the most before the Gathering (the cost being Rs 500 per day per head), but it is NOT possible for them to stay on after the Gathering. If you are coming in advance, please send in your remittance accordingly.

LOCATION AND TRAVEL

Rishi Valley Education Centre is situated in an isolated valley in rural Andhra Pradesh. The valley is linked by motorable roads to Chennai, Bangalore, Tirupati and Hyderabad.  Chennai is located around 275 km to the East, Bangalore around 150 km to the West, Tirupati around 150 km to the East and Hyderabad about 600 km to the North of Rishi Valley. The nearest town, Madanapalle, is 16 km away.

HOW TO REACH

(via) Madanapalle:

From Bangalore

Direct buses to Madanapalle:
Private buses every hour during the day from Kalasapalayam bus stand (near Bangalore City Market) and also hourly KSRTC and APSRTC buses from Majestic bus stand (near Bangalore City Railway Station).
Buses to various destinations via Madanapalle: Andhra Pradesh (APSRTC) and Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses to Cuddapah, Proddatur and Tirupati via Madanapalle, starting from the KSRTC (Majestic) bus stand (near Bangalore City Railway Station). Inquire at the counter in the KSRTC bus stand for the timings of the buses.

From Hyderabad

Buses:
Direct overnight buses to Madanapalle. Also buses to Chittoor and Piler via Madanapalle (both direct buses and buses to other destinations via Madanapalle start from the Imliban bus stand). There are other private buses viz., Deepna Travels and Salamat Travels.
Trains: Hyderabad to Tirupati by train and Tirupati to Madanapalle by bus.

From Chennai

Buses
: Direct APSRTC Express buses to Madanapalle leave daily at 5.30 am,10.30 am and 3.00 pm (reaching Madanapalle at 12.30 pm, 6.00 pm and 10.00 pm respectively) from the Koyambedu Bus Stand (also know as CMBT). Overnight buses from the Koyambedu bus stand to Anantapur, Puttaparthi,  via Madanapalle leave at 9 pm and reach Madanapalle at 4 am. A night bus to Madanapalle leaves from the Koyambedu bus stand at 10.00 pm, and reaches at 5 am.
Train and bus: Chennai to Chittoor, Tirupati or Vellore by bus; from there you change buses for Madanapalle. Chennai to Katpadi and Tirupati by train and from there to Madanapalle by bus.

From Mumbai

Travel via Bangalore or catch a Chennai-bound train and alight at Cuddapah. From Cuddapah there are buses every hour during the day to Madanapalle.

From Delhi

Travel via Bangalore and alight at Dharmavaram or Anantapur and catch the taxi or bus to reach Madanapalle, or catch a Chennai-bound train.

From Tirupati and Cuddapah

There are buses every hour during the day to Madanapalle.

From Madanapalle to Rishi Valley

Autorickshaws and taxies are easily available and all the drivers know how to reach Rishi Valley School.
If guests telephone the school (280622/280582/280044/280086/9493547322/9493547822/ 7893644497/7893644717) and if one of the school vehicles is available, we could arrange to pick them up.

An hourly bus shuttle service operates between the APSRTC bus stand in Madanapalle and the village of Thettu; the buses stop at the school gate on the way. Services start from Madanapalle at 6.00 am.

ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES

Participants will be accommodated in hostels/dormitories on the campus. This means that they  have to share bedroom-space with others. It will not be possible to provide rooms for individual or double occupancy. Also, ladies who are travelling and attending the Gathering as a `group' and who do not want to stay in `mixed-dormitories' should please indicate this in the Registration Form. Only then will we be able to allot them accommodation in the `ladies' dormitory. Bedding, which includes a pillow, a sheet and a blanket, will be provided to each participant.

Hot water will be available at specific times of the day. Given the shortness of stay and the wet climate (that normally prevails during November), laundry facilities may not be effective. So participants are requested to bring sufficient clothing.  The climate is quite cool with occasional wet spells during November. Minimum temperature may vary from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. Participants are requested to bring umbrellas, sweaters, and torches.