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Our Courses in India

With the Association for Holistic Biography Work in India

Courses 2021-2022

In 2021, the Training Program in India is conducted online.
Comprehensive Learning Packs are supplemented by online guided group-work in real-time.

The following Modules are offered in 2021:
Trials and Thresholds
Mission and Meaning
Mental Health Crisis

In 2022, the final Module of the Training is offered:
3 Ways of Learning

See details below.



Trials and Thresholds

Awakening to initiation through life.
Reflecting on Peak, Abyss & Transition experiences.
Group-work: 17 – 21 March, 2021

Mission and Meaning

Life as a spiritual journey.
Supporting the Self in search for meaning.
Group-work: 14 – 18 July, 2021

Mental Health Crisis

Biography work in learning, coaching & therapeutic settings.
Understanding the spiritual structure of human frailty.
Group-work: 22 – 26 September, 2021

3 Ways of Learning

Learning for life, learning from life, initiation through life.
Designing effective learning processes.
Group-work: 9 – 13 February, 2022

Online Biography Gathering 2020

The Association for Holistic Biography Work in India hosted the 1st Virtual Biography Gathering online for 4 days in November. Each online session lasted for 4 hours, and featured 3 presentations.

Contributions were received from colleagues world-wide, and covered a interesting range of topic. The Gathering was beautifully hosted by the Association, and there is interest in another online Gathering in 2021. Participants were present from 15 countries, including: India, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Egypt, Hungary, Netherlands and Brazil.

One of the goals of the Gathering was to support the development of Biography Work in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Gathering was clearly successful in doing this.

One of the joys of the Gathering was to hear directly from Gudrun Burkhard, who we think of as the ‚mother‘ of Biography Work. She sent a message updating her own biography and summarising some of her thoughts about the essentials of Biography Work.

See the Association’s website for more information: www.holisticbiography.com

Banyan tree in auroville, by Olivier on Flickr


In 2009, two women in sarees attended the bi-annual World-Wide Biography Conference at Emerson College, UK. They came on behalf of the Anthroposophical Medical Society in India, looking for trainers to run a Biography Training in India. Following their invitation, Marah Evans and Karl-Heinz Finke conducted the first Indian Biography Training from 2011 to 2015 in Hyderabad and Bangalore. A second training cycle took place in Bangalore 2016-2018.

Karl-Heinz Finke is now (2019-2022) supervising the third Indian training cycle, run as a Residential course in Bangalore until beginning of 2020, and then online, whilst mentoring graduates of the former training cycles.

In June 2019, 4 graduates (now colleagues) came to Hungary for a special meeting with representatives of the International Trainers Forum (ITF), and then attended the World-Wide Biography Conference. Our Indian colleagues have formed the Association for Holistic Biography Work, which is supporting the ongoing training and professional development of Biography Consultants in India. They had planned to host a regional Biography Gathering with an excursion for participants to Tiruvannamalai and Auroville, but this became impossible due to the pandemic.

Instead, in November 2020, they organised a Virtual Gathering available to participants world-wide. There are hopes for future Gatherings, Virtual and within India.

In 2021, the Training Program continues online, supervised by Karl-Heinz Finke. From mid-2022, our colleagues in India will take over the Training Program in India.

200 years old Tree in Bangalore - Foto by maxpixels.net
200 years old Tree in Bangalore - Foto by maxpixels.net

Holistic Biography Work Training in Bangalore/Online
Course Overview

The 3-year Course in Holistic Biography Work is running from February 2019 to February 2022,
under the auspices of the Indian Association for Holistic Biography Work.
Supervisor: Karl-Heinz Finke

Foundation Courses

Take charge of your life. Apply the resources of Holistic Biography Work.

Foundation Courses are conducted in India by graduates of the Holistic Biography Training.
Please check the website of the Association for dates.
Foundation Course participation is mandatory for joining the Training in Holistic Biography Work.

A 3-year Online Training Program begins in 2021. It is most comfortable for the Asia-Pacific region time-zones, but has participants from around the world.
Prerequisite for joining is completion of the Foundation Course. A Learning Pack for the Foundation Course is available. Guided Group-work is available before the next intake into the Training at the end of 2021. Email us if you are interested: mail@holisticbiographywork.com.

Parts 1 to 3

All modules include Preparatory Reading and Training Components:

  • Project description
  • Project presentation
  • Peer Intervision

Part 1: Biographical Keys

Developing individual awareness

Annual Project
Biographical Interview

  • Module 1-1: Typologies
    Understanding Self & Others
    Exploring Temperaments, Soul Types;, Qualities, Rhythms & Cycles in life.
  • Module 1-2: Helping Conversations
    Deep listening & empathy in encounter.
    Practising 3 levels & 7 qualities in helping conversations.
  • Module 1-3: Destiny Learning
    Learning from life.
    Identifying karmic keys & destiny events.

Dates to be determined.

Part 2: Life Encounters

Developing social awareness

Annual Project
Biographical Analysis

  • Module 2-1
    Individual & Community
    Wed 05/02–Sun 09/02/2020
  • Module 2-2
    Meeting Conflict
    Wed 23/09–Sun 27/09/2020
  • Module 2-3
    Trials & Thresholds
    Wed 17/03–Sun 21/03/2021

Part 3: Guidance and Self-guidance

Developing spiritual awareness

Annual Project
Biographical Study

  • Module 3-1
    Mission & Meaning
    Wed 14/07–Sun 18/07/2021
  • Module 3-2
    Mental Health Crisis
    Wed 22/09 – Sun 26/09/2021
  • Module 3-3
    3 ways of Learning
    Wed 09/02 – Sun 13/02/2022