Fr. Rathan Almeida, OCD
Director and Programme 

Fr. Augustine Robert, OCD
Dean of Studies

Fr. Rakesh Parmar, OCD


We are delighted to announce the commencement of the Diploma / Formation Courses offered at DHYANAVANA, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysore; formulated specially for Women Religious in preparation for their Final Vows.

The academic year 2024-2025 will commence on July 1, 2024.

Attached herewith are the details of the entire course and the First Semester.

We warmly invite you to seize this exceptional opportunity and aid in providing your sisters with a Holistic Formation in Religious Life. The application form is also attached.

With warm regards,
Rev. Dr. Rathan N Almeida, OCD

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JULY 16, 2024 - Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The day was bright and vibrant with the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Dhyanavana as well as Flos Carmeli Convent CCR Sisters. The CCR Sisters of Flos Carmeli Convent invited the entire Dhyanavana community to participate in the celebration which included the Festal Mass and a sumptuous lunch. In the evening we had a beautiful and meaningful Eucharistic Celebration in Dhyanavana, which highlighted the Feast and also the Renewal of Vows of one MSI Sister; followed by a delicious supper and a cultural programme.

Inauguration of the Spirituality Course (28th Batch: 2024-2025) At Dhyanavana, Mysore
On Sunday June 30, 2024, the Holistic Spirituality Course was inaugurated at Dhyanavana by Rev. Dr. Alphonse Britto OCD – the Provincial Councilor in-charge of Spirituality. Rev. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues OCD – the Provincial Councilor in-charge of Social Apostolate was also present. The Inaugural Mass was participated by the community Fathers namely – Rev. Dr. Rathan Almeida, the Director; Fr Augustine Robert, the Dean of Studies; Fr. Rakesh Parmar, the Administrator; along with the Friars from the Pushpashrama and Dhyana Sadhana communities, and many religious sisters from the vicinity. More than 30 sisters are registered for the course, and some are yet to join in later. The day was special as it coincided with the Birthday of Fr. Augustine Robert, the Dean of Studies. Birthday greetings and good wishes from one and all were bestowed upon Fr. Augustine.

The Summer Course this year was organized from April 15 to May 25, 2024, with intense input sessions on various topics for 5 whole weeks, followed by a retreat, marking the successful conclusion of the entire course. The overall participants consisted of around 150 in number.

The topics and resource persons are as follows:
April 15-20: Consecrated Life - Re-Visiting as School of Love - by Fr. Sunil D'Souza OCD
April 22 - 27: Human Wholeness (Psycho-Spiritual Integration) - by Sr. Lilly Chacko SMMI
April 29 - May 4: Mind Management (Anxiety, Stress, Burnout) - by Fr. Praveen D'Souza OCD
May 6 - 11: Creative Leadership for a Productive Community- by Fr. Cleophas Braganza SDB
May 13 - 18: Growing in Godliness and Spiritual Maturity - by Fr. Rathan N Almeida OCD
May 20 - 25: Retreat - Lord teach us to pray as.....- by Fr. Augustine Robert OCD

The 27th convocation day held at Dhyanavana was a resounding success, marked by a spirit of celebration and achievement. Esteemed guests, fathers, sisters, and brothers from different communities gathered to honour the graduating students of 2023-2024. The ceremony commenced with a solemn invocation featuring a prayer dance, followed by a welcome speech, the annual report, a fusion dance, and inspiring speeches from distinguished speakers. Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bangalore and Apostolic administrator of Mysore Diocese, highlighted the importance of education and lifelong learning. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, the Provincial Superior of the Karnataka Goa Province, spoke on the theme of the convocation, "Religious Today: Beacons of Hope," after releasing the Dhyanavana souvenir. He emphasized the need to be beacons of joy. Additionally, Prof. Mary P. Kurien from St. Philomena’s College, Mysuru, in her keynote address, highlighted the significance of women and their empowerment in the church and society. The highlight of the event was the conferring of diplomas and certificates upon the graduating students, who walked across the stage with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Their hard work, dedication, and perseverance were celebrated as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives. The convocation concluded with heartfelt congratulations, applause, and well-wishes for the graduates as they ventured forth to make a positive impact on the world. Overall, the 27th convocation day at Dhyanavana was a memorable occasion, serving as a testament to the institution’s commitment to academic excellence and personal growth. It was a day filled with joy, gratitude, and anticipation for the bright futures that lie ahead for the students of Dhyanavana. This year, Dhyanavana is blessed with a harvest of 74 sisters. We thank God for showering his blessings on this institute and all the staff members, professors, and participants. Cheers to 27 years of Dhyanavana, a home of love.

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The Church in India today is buoyant with life and vibrant with activity. The presence of so many young men and women accepting God’s call to be consecrated priests and committed religious is a sure sign of its vitality. The world today is eagerly looking for authentic paradigms of Christian holiness, and the universal Church today depends someway on the Indian Church for convinced, qualified and committed religious for witnessing and furthering of Christ’s worldwide mission.

Dhyanavana, which in Sanskrit means a ‘meditation-garden’ or better ‘the context of God experience’, is esthetically and artistically designed to offer a healthy atmosphere and conducive facilities for the spiritual formation and renewal programme. Since 1997, this institute has been conducting the long-term diploma course of nine-months and other short-term courses throughout the year, attended so far by over 5000 religious men and women from India and abroad.


Address: Rev. Dr. Rathan Almeida OCD, Director DHYANAVANA, R.S. Naidu Nagar, Mysore - 570 007, Karnataka State, India
Telephone: + 91 – 821 – 2492623; Mobile Numbers: 6361666598 / 9113241882
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