What is Living Learning Experience (LLE)?

Living Learning Experiences, also known as transient Therapeutic Communities (TC), are residential, experiential learning spaces, specifically designed to help individuals develop reflective practice skills, in the context of a structured program of activities, and to explore the experience of being a member of a residential community. Everything that happens, in formal therapy time, cooking groups, or social activities is available for reflection and learning. LLEs promote an understanding of processes in groups, and how to harness them to therapeutic benefit. They provide a unique opportunity to experience belonging, agency, social learning, and personal development. Most of the learning happens by being present, living as a community, and experiencing the power of groups. The primary aim is to offer a robust experience of psychosocial awareness and growth, provided by structured participation, attachment, and empowerment. It also provides the opportunity to participate in creative therapeutic work and learn a sustainable way of living.

The LLE structure comprises of

  • Community meetings at the start and end of each day
  • Five small groups
  • Community cooking
  • Community time and social activities
  • Crisis meetings as required
  • Staff meetings before and after all groups

Who is it for?

Living Learning Experiences are suitable for anybody who wants to know:

  • What is a Therapeutic Community (TC)?
  • How does it work?
  • What does it feel like to be a member of a TC?

Despite increasing awareness and advancements in the biomedical field, there is a significant lack of specific reflective, relational, and emotional skills (defined below) in many areas of mental health, care and teaching of children, and more generally in managing and treating people in a compassionate and suitably sensitive way. LLEs are therefore highly suitable for frontline and senior staff working in a variety of organizations such as mental health care settings, hospitals, and residential care institutions, children’s services such as shelter homes and schools; forensic mental health settings such as prisons and juvenile homes. They also facilitate the development of healthy working environments in corporate spaces and other group settings.


Who is facilitating this experience for me?

Rex Haigh
Professor and Medical Psychotherapist

Rex Haigh

Where is this happening?

In 2016, Musthafa P A embarked on a mission to restore a degraded piece of mining land tucked away in a Kerala village, transforming it into a lush green paradise that he named Greenara. In a span of six years, the farm is now home to thousands of plants, butterflies, birds and eight flowing water sources. Today, the project has become a model for degraded lands anywhere else that can be turned back to forests.

Therefore, Greenara is not a resort or a tourist destination, but an attempt to return to nature what decades of environmental degradation has destroyed. Greenara welcomes people interested in observing, learning from and enjoying living amidst nature.

Throughout the duration of your stay, you will be immersed in nature and live in harmony with the incredible flora and fauna of Greenara. The space is an opportunity to live as close to the earth as possible and be wide open to the symphony of its inhabitants in a simple, comfortable, and refreshing manner.



Time Investment

3 full days of uninterrupted engagement. You will be in a space with limited internet and phone connectivity.

Dates: Friday 26 Jan – Sunday 28 Jan 2024

Financial Investment

INR 24,000 (Early Bird – Till December 15th)

INR 29,000 (Full Fee – From December 16th to January 15th)

Includes accommodation and food for 2 nights, 3 days + LLE fees + 12 week webinar*

*This year Living Learning Experience is module 1 of Understanding Personality Disorders Beyond the Diagnosis

Emotional Investment

Living Learning Experiences are immersive workshops. All learning takes place by being physically and emotionally present and experiencing group processes. There is no didactic teaching component.

What if I have to cancel ?

We encourage you to clarify all your doubts and questions regarding the place and venue before making an informed choice to register and pay the full amount to confirm your place. In order to plan efficiently for the workshop, we need to book the venue in advance and pay a non-refundable deposit. Considering all the investments essential in planning for a memorable experience, we have designed the following cancellation policy. We hope that once you register, you won’t need to cancel. And in case you do, we hope for your understanding in implementing the following policy. 

  • If you cancel up to 6 weeks before LLE i.e. anytime on or before 15th December 2023, you will receive a 70% refund.
  • If you cancel up to 4 weeks before LLE i.e. anytime on or before 29th December 2023, you will receive a 50% refund.
  • If you cancel anytime after 29th December 2022, we will not be able to offer you any refund.


Bookings and bespoke course requests:  livinglearning@hanknunninstitute.org