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Summer at Woodstock – Indian Culture and Traditions

The history and heritage of this remarkable land 

This engaging course is ideal for young people interested in international relations, looking to learn more about the world’s largest democracy, or wanting to reconnect with their Indian heritage in meaningful ways or simply to learn more about India. Participants will have the option of learning Hindi and/or Urdu alongside this course.


Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for anyone interested in the past and future of India. For students from an Indian background, this is a chance to reconnect to your heritage and consider how your career might contribute to the trajectory of your country. For non-Indian students, this is an ideal introduction to a fascinating, highly-relevant area of the world.



Highlights include: a food walk through the local bazaar to understand migration and how it has shaped modern India; a field-trip to Rishikesh, a holy city on the Ganges, and experiences of traditional arts, martial arts, places of worship, literature, and discussions with experts on the nature of Indian culture.


How will participants be different when they’ve completed this course? What skills or knowledge will they have gained?

Students will emerge from this course with both an enriched passion for India’s complex heritage and a renewed desire to contribute to its future. Students will also have the opportunity to take improve their Hindi or Urdu language skills or start learning the basics.

13-24 July 2020

Age Range: 14-18

30 hours of instruction


Woodstock School is fortunate to occupy a 300-acre forested campus in the first range of the Himalayas. Just up the hill stands the Landour Language School, one of the premier institutions in India for the study of Hindi and Urdu. The traditionally sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers wind their way across the valley below, visible from campus. Within a two-kilometer radius, it’s possible to find houses of worship from each of India’s six major religions. Woodstock has a long tradition in Indian classical music, with a full studio of traditional instruments. Our location also provides entry to traditions of mountain communities in the region.

Week One


Unity and diversity

What is ‘India’?




Week Two


Current challenges
The way forward