Most of the people who participated in the Arogya Mantra workshops came back to us saying a one or two days workshop is good but not enough and they would be happy if we could start a residential workshop of longer duration. We saw their point. While thinking on that line we met Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, veteran thinker and Director General of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a leading institute in volunteer training.

As a result of discussion with him the idea of a residential Personality Development workshop to improve ‘Lifestyle and Outlook towards like’ came up. The workshop was named Jeevanotsav or the Lifefest – a workshop that teaches how to make the life itself a big festival! It was decided that the workshop would not just have sessions on yoga, exercises, diet and meditation which improve the physical and mental health and thereby enrich the lifestyle, but sessions on appreciation of arts, family atmosphere, social awareness etc as well, which clarify the outlook towards life.

Eminent Psychiatrist Dr. Rajendra Barve, Dr. Harish Shetty, veteran dietitian Dr. Malati Karwarkar, directors of Madhavbaug Dr. Rohit Sane and Dr. Madhura Bhide, Director General of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, social worker Girish Prabhune, journalist and author Shubhada Chaukar, veteran author Ambarish Mishra, renowned surgeon Dr. Pramanand Ramani, distinguished Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ravin Thatte were among the speakers who addressed the various sessions.