Workshop: Care of the Carer

Seminar with Hari Dhama and Gavesi

From 13th -14th April ,2019

„The forthcoming spiritual care workshop will refresh the student about that which constitutes towards a good death, what the dying regrets, and unpack the importance of forgiveness as a cornerstone of good care practice. It will also look at personal qualities of an effective person and carer who can live and care in abundance.“

Seminar part one with Hari Dhama:

  • Refresher on a good death
  • The 5 regrets of the dying patient
  • Forgiveness as the cornerstone of living
  • Forgiveness self-assessmentAbout Hari Dhama Prabhu

Hari-dhama dasa was born in South Africa in 1957 where he joined ISKCON in early 1985. In September of the same year he completes the translation into Afrikaans of several of Srila Prabhupada’s philosophical writings. By December 1985 he leaves South Africa for the United Kingdom as a political refugee and starts his careers in the caring profession.

In London he pursues his spiritual journey which eventually brings him into contact with His Holiness Mukunda Goswami who gave his first initiation in 1996. In the same year Mukunda Goswami sends him to India as its National Communications Director for the centennial birth celebrations of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 2003 Hari-dhama dasa receives his second initiation in Vrndavan, where he lives and serves with his spiritual master.

His Holiness Radhanath Swami invites Hari-dhama dasa in 1997 to spearhead the media and public relations campaign for the opening of the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, where he is also instrumental in setting-up the hospital’s spiritual care department. During his association with the hospital he also teaches staff communications and spiritual care of the dying patient and bereaved family. In 2001 he works alongside the hospital’s medical staff to alleviate the pain and suffering of those caught up in the Gujarat earthquake.

The Governing Body Commission of ISKCON UK appointed Hari-dhama dasa in 2003 as its National Communications Director – a post he holds for 3 years.  In 2010 to 2012 he holds the post of Child Protection Officer for the Hare Krsna temple in central London.

Most of his professional careers in the UK are centred around the care of others, either in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and as an emergency medical clinician for the London Ambulance Service, where he currently works. He is also the Hindu chaplain for the St Thomas’ and Guys NHS Hospital Trust. He carries a Doctorate Degree in Palliative Care.

He has been married to Gavesi devi dasi, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, for more than 18 years and they have one daughter, Sandhya. Together they run spiritual care workshops in Germany, India, Sweden and next in South Africa.  

Gavesi & Haridhama

Seminar part two with Gavesi:

The aim of the workshop is to develop an awareness what factors contribute to mental well-being in order to give us the tools and knowledge to improve our own wellbeing as well as being able to help others. The workshop will be based on cognitive behavioural principles and we explore how this fits with the teaching of the Vedic scriptures. Topics covered are:

  • Cognitive ways of controlling the mind
  • Mental well-being
  • Understanding your journey
  • Mindfulness

Gavesi devi dasi joined ISKCON in 1993 in Heidelberg while she was a studying law at the University. She took initiation from Harikesh Swami in 1995. Her service had been developing the congregation, helping managing the temple and later she was part of the ISKCON communication team.

In 2000 she moved to England where she started training as a counsellor. She holds a diploma in counselling and postgraduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy. During her years of training she had counselling placements at different organisations, from Mind – a mental health charity, Lewisham bereavement service, King’s College hospital, working with inpatients and outpatients, and a secondary school, counselling adolescence. In 2005 she took a position within the NHS as Primary Care Mental Health Worker and Practice counsellor.In 2009 she joined the IAPT service within the South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust, providing cognitive behaviour therapy to patients presenting with mild to moderate depression and various anxiety disorders. She has undertaken additional training in behavioural couple therapy, hypnotherapy and EMDR.

In 2007 she took re-initiation from HH Mukunda Goswami. Currently she is running workshops on core therapeutic skills together with her husband Hari-dhama das.

Date 13th & 14th April


Saturday 13th April 2019: Hari-dhama dasa

Morning session: 10am to 1pm

> Short refresher on what is a good death

> The 5 regrets of the dying patient

> Forgiveness as the cornerstone of wholesome living

Afternoon session: 3pm to 6pm:

> Forgiveness self-assessment

Sunday, 14th April 2019: Gavesi dd

Morning session: 9am – 12 noon

> Understanding the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and how it affects our mental wellbeing.

> Cognitive ways of controlling the mind

> Tree of life – understanding our own journey

Afternoon session: 1.30 – 3.30pm

> The 5 ways to well-being

> Mindfulness

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Fee 50€per person for 2 days