School Visits

School Visits

parade-of-gods-and-goddesses-at-hindu-mandirWe cater to all age groups, from pre-school to post-16; also to a wide range of schools, embracing the independent sector and special needs. This ensures your students learn from your school visit to our Hindu temple.

We aim to provide learning resources that are authentic, exciting and accessible. Our approach is learning-centered, favouring experiential and interactive learning.

Staff are experienced in all aspects of Hinduism and knowledgeable of a broad range of traditions. They are seasoned practitioners and also trained in educational theory and practice.

Presentation
  • Since 1990, we have made over nine-thousand presentations.
  • IES staff are experienced in making presentations on all aspects of Hinduism,
    embracing a broad range of traditions.
  • We value interactive, experiential and ‘whole-person’ learning.
  • We cater to a wide range of preferred learning styles
  • Staff members are specifically trained in educational theory and practice.
Workshops

We offer a broad range of learning sessions, including:

  1. Dressing up in traditional Indian clothes
  2. Dressing up a the Trimurti (thee main deities) and their respective consorts
  3. Face painting, with inclusion of Hindu/Indian motifs
  4. Whole day conferences, based on drama, debate and moral & topical issues
  5. Role play & simulated Hindu ceremonies (e.g. weddings)

Please note: IES organises workshops and learning sessions to suit your school’s specific needs. Please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss them further.

Temple Tours

We split each larger school party into smaller groups to ensure that each tour is fun, engaging and informative. Depending on the specific centre, tours may include:

  • Riding the bullock cart
  • Visiting the newly-constructed cowshed, at the heart of the ‘Cow Protection Centre’.
  • Seeing the sacred Tulasi plant in specially constructed greenhouses
  • Visiting the George Harrison memorial gardens
  • Enjoying the environmental garden
  • Exploring Hindu ideas on sustainability, inter-dependence and animal welfare
  • At Bhaktivedanta Manor, see our bakery, the on-site primary school, and features of the Tudor-style manor house.
  • Viewing the temple shrine and ancient arati ceremony (though this may be offered separately, after the main tour)
Viewing the Shrine

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Within Hindu traditions, the temple is the home of God, one of his forms or a specific deity. The very centre of the temple is the shrine itself. Here the sacred images are bathed, dressed and offered food daily, usually beginning at around 4am. School groups can usually experience an appropriate portion of the midday ceremony. This opportunity may include:

  • Exploring the significance of deity-worship
  • Attending part of the arti ritual, in which the priest offers incense, lamps and water
    to the temple deities.
  • Seeing Hindus at worship as part of their daily routine.
  • Hearing live music*
  • Taking stunning photos of the beautiful shrine

* Live music may only be available only on certain days or by special arrangement. Please do check when you make your booking.

Shop

A temple visit often concludes with opportunity to see the IES shop, and to consolidate the experience by buying souvenirs and educational materials.

Resources are authentic, reasonably priced and consistent with the ideals of ethical trade and local, sustainable economics. Carefully selected and inexpensive items are available for children of all ages. Many items are priced at £1.

Favourite items include bindi, face paints, Indian jewellery, ornamental elephants incense & holders and educational photo-cards.

Please note: A range of Hindu artefacts and quality books are also available for inspection and purchase by teachers.

Lunch

Most IES centres offer full traditional lunch (strictly vegetarian). This is not only a key experience but also allows the visit to continue into the early school-lunch-at-hindu-templeafternoon (usually until about 2.30-2.45 pm).

To meets everyone’s needs, the menu includes not only authentic Indian cuisine but also some ‘more familiar’ dishes. This encourages exploration of different tastes and simultaneously ensures that no-one goes hungry.

A typical meal consists of:

– Pea and cheese curry (a mildly-spiced vegetable preparation)
– Fluffy Basmati rice
– Chips
– A light, Indian savoury
– Puris or chapattis (traditional bread)
– A desert (usually home-made biscuits).
– A fruit drink

All centres can offer samples of traditional sweets and prasad (sanctified food)


Please note:

1. IES can cater to students with food allergies & special diets. Please ask for further details.
2. We allow packed lunches for religious or medical reasons only.

Important note: As non vegetarian food is prohibited from temple property, to maintain the sanctity of our temple, pack lunches must exclude meat, fish, chicken and eggs, onion and garlic or their derivatives such as in cakes and jellies.

Book online HERE or call us on 01923 859578

Temple visit (regular rates)

Visit DetailRates per person *

All-day visit (5 hours)
usually from 10am to 3pm.

Includes:

  • Cart ride pulled by oxen and tour of grounds
  • Interactive Presentation by professional speaker and group role play
  • Freshly prepared hot vegetarian feast
  • See the shrine and arati ceremony with explanation
  • Traditional Bazaar, Traditional Face Painting
  • Story time or Questions and Answers
  • Dressing-up in traditional dress

*Fees based on groups of 30+ people (incl. adults). Please check fees for smaller groups here.

  • £7.20+VAT – First 2 weeks in Jan, Sep
  • £8.20+VAT – Last 2 weeks in Jan, Sep.
    Dec, Apr
  • £9.20+VAT – Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, May, Jul
  • £9.75+VAT – Jun

Temple visits (flexible rates)

Visit DetailRates per person*

Half day visit (3 hours)
includes:

  • Cart ride pulled by oxen and tour of grounds
  • Interactive Presentation by professional speaker and group role play.
  • See the shrine and arati ceremony with explanation
  • Traditional Bazaar, Traditional Face Painting
  • Story time or Questions and Answers
  • Dressing-up in traditional dress

*Fees based on groups of 30+ people (incl. adults). Please check fees for smaller groups here.

  • £6.20+VAT – Sep, Dec, Jan and Apr
  • £7.20+VAT – Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, May and Jul
  • £7.70+VAT- Jun

Basic visit (1 ½ hours)
includes:

  • Interactive Presentation by professional speaker and group role play.
  • See the shrine and arati ceremony with explanation

* Fees based on groups of 60+ people (incl. adults).

  • £3.25+VAT for groups of 60 people (including adults) and more.

In-school presentations

Choose FromRates

  • Interactive presentation
  • Dress up and traditional face painting
  • Dance workshop
  • Traditional music
  • Bazaar
  • Questions and Answers
  • Yoga and meditation

  • Teaching fee: £55+VAT per hour
  • Equipment- full set up: £45+VAT
  • Traveling expenses: 60p per mile

Book online HERE or call us on 01923 859578