Day 1


MARM - The Mystery Within


Your session host: Swarali Marathe (Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Theatre Professional)
Date: 16th January 2021
Time: 10:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

An experiential Self-Awareness Workshop designed to help you discover and truly understand the self within, in a non-judgemental and safe environment. 

This session takes you on a journey that intends to help you become more self-aware; understand stress, fear, and the coping strategies we use to deal with them.

You will need the following materials for the session – Coloured Pens, Postcard/A4 size Sheet, 4 Strips of Coloured Papers (25cms x 4 cms)

About your session host

Swarali Marathe (Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Theatre Professional)

Swarali Marathe has been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 10 years. She has also worked extensively as a theatre artist. She conducts workshops for all age groups which bring together her expertise and passion as a counsellor and a theatre professional to explore how performance arts can help individuals better understand and express themselves. 

Doodles for the Meh


Your session host: Adwaita Das (Author, Artist, Creative Facilitator at Mithra Trust)
Date: 16th January 2021
Time: 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

A free-flowing session that teaches you how to pour your heart out and express yourself on paper by creating fun, practical, and simple doodles. 

Doodling is known to be a great way to release stress and increase focus. And of course, it’s a tonne of fun! Join us for a light-hearted but extremely effective session on how to improve your mental wellbeing with Doodles. 

About your session host

Adwaita Das (Author, Artist, Creative Facilitator at Mithra Trust)

Adwaita Das is an author and artist. She studied English literature and film direction; worked in theatre, news, cinema and advertising. Her art explores mindfulness. She has illustrated affirmation pieces for Young Mental Health: Mindscape Series. Her books – 27 Stitches, Colours Of Shadow and Songs Of Sanity – deal with the human psyche. She facilitates creative sessions in association with Mithra Trust for mental awareness and wellbeing with cathartic doodles and writing.

Storytelling Through Art


Your session host: Reshma Valliappan (Artist, Activist, Influencer)
Date: 16th January 2021
Time: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

An interactive session where the audience will be taken through a story by the host, and will be asked to illustrate the story in a guided painting session. This session seeks to take a different approach to mental health and self-expression. 

The artwork created during the workshop can be submitted to The Shared Consciousness Project – a crowdsourced collection of human stories told via paintings. All proceeds from paintings sold as a part of this project will be donated to people and families struggling with mental health conditions.

You Will Need The Following Materials For The Session: 

  • A set of colours (paint/crayons/coloured-pencils), two pieces of paper, a pencil and a marker.

About your session host

Reshma Valliappan (Artist, Activist, Influencer)

Reshma Valliappan is an activist, artist and influencer actively working on a number of different areas in the mental health space. She is a diagnosed schizophrenic herself, and her experiences and learnings have made her a powerful voice for change in the mental health sphere. She is the founder of The Red Door, which has been using creativity and art as a medium to redefine mental health disorders and step out of the binaries of ‘mental illness’ and ‘mental health’

Day 2


Caring For Caregivers


Your session host: Jerry Pinto (Novelist, Journalist)
Date: 17th January 2021
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

An in-depth look at what it means to live with, and be a caregiver of someone suffering from a mental health condition. This session explores the experiences of caregivers, and the physical and emotional challenges they face. Jerry Pinto also shares valuable insights on how to avoid burnout in such situations and how to be there for yourself while also being supportive of the person you love.

In addition to this, the session will also include a book-reading with Jerry Pinto

About your session host

Jerry Pinto (Novelist, Journalist)

Jerry Pinto is an award-winning author and journalist. He is also a passionate advocate for open and honest conversations about mental health. His book, Em and The Big Hoom, a work of ‘autobiographical fiction’ is a deeply moving look into the relationship between the narrator and his mother who is suffering from a bipolar disorder. This novel, based on Jerry Pinto’s own experiences inspired many people who were going through a similar situation to confide in him. Eventually, some of these testimonials made their way into ‘A Book of Light,’ a powerful collection of essays on living with a loved one who has a mental illness, which Jerry Pinto has edited.

Writing for the Meh


Your session host: Adwaita Das (Author, Artist, Creative Facilitator at Mithra Trust)
Date: 17th January 2021
Time: 2:00 P.M. -3:00 P.M.

Writing as a form of expression isn’t restricted to wordsmiths or prolific poets. This session equips you with techniques for mindful writing, along with simple exercises and prompts to connect with your inner self and process and channel emotions by putting pen to paper. 

This session allows you to experience first-hand the positive effects of writing on mental wellbeing. Learn how to pace yourself while writing, get past your inner filter and learn to really listen to (and understand) yourself. 

About your session host

Adwaita Das (Author, Artist, Creative Facilitator at Mithra Trust)

Adwaita Das is an author and artist. She studied English literature and film direction; worked in theatre, news, cinema and advertising. Her art explores mindfulness. She has illustrated affirmation pieces for Young Mental Health: Mindscape Series. Her books – 27 Stitches, Colours Of Shadow and Songs Of Sanity – deal with the human psyche. She facilitates creative sessions in association with Mithra Trust for mental awareness and wellbeing with cathartic doodles and writing.

My Imaginary Friend & I


Your session host: Reshma Valliappan (Artist, Activist, Influencer)
Date: 17th January 2021
Time: 3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.

A performance-based session which expresses what it’s like living with a mental disorder. Through an intimate and impactful mime-performance, Reshma Valliappan talks about the struggles she faced after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Aside from the slew of challenges that the illness brings with it, someone with a mental health condition is also kept away from society – tucked away in their homes or hospital beds. Additionally, this session is a look inside the Mental Healthcare System and how it has cost Reshma and many others the best years of their lives.

About your session host

Reshma Valliappan (Artist, Activist, Influencer)

Reshma Valliappan is an activist, artist and influencer actively working on a number of different areas in the mental health space. She is a diagnosed schizophrenic herself, and her experiences and learnings have made her a powerful voice for change in the mental health sphere. She is the founder of The Red Door, which has been using creativity and art as a medium to redefine mental health disorders and step out of the binaries of ‘mental illness’ and ‘mental health’

Music For Wellness


Your session host: Ananyaa Gaur (Multi-disciplinary Artist, facilitator & researcher)
Date: 17th January 2021
Time: 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

An interactive workshop designed to introduce participants to the therapeutic and healing powers of music. With the help of some simple techniques Ananyaa Gaur teaches how to unwind, rewind, and explore different ways to delve into the world of music on a daily basis. To zone in and zone out, facilitate relaxation, and use this powerful tool to help alleviate stress, reduce anxiety, and enhance mental health.

About your session host

Ananyaa Gaur

Ananyaa is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary artist, music practitioner, facilitator and researcher. Ananyaa believes that music is a powerful tool for expressing yourself and connecting within. She has performed at several prestigious festivals in India and abroad, and has curated and conducted workshops for many organisations and platforms.