SelfCraft - A Quest for Self Discovery

Facilitator: Diyanat Ali
Dates: The 3rd Selfcraft Will be Announced in Mar 2021
Place: Wilderness of  Maharashtra, India

About the SelfCraft Journey:

The self is our unique way of being in this world. Selfcraft is a nine-day vision quest in the wilderness. A journey designed to reconnect, rediscover and craft anew the so far forgotten and unattended to self. Selfcraft is set in the beautiful wilderness of the forts and villages of Nasik district, Maharashtra.  

In this Journey we are going to meet our primordial inner nature, embraced in the arms of mother nature.  In doing so we will discover our own self, our lost heritage within and without. We will see nature and its elements as wise elders, we will listen and learn from their manifest wisdom.

The odyssey of personal self-discovery involves specially curated esoteric experiential  and nature based practices, exercises, rituals, and ceremonies.

All practices are secular and invitational in nature. The practices will focus on connecting with the inner world through the body, emotion, mind, and the human spirit. The intention behind all the practices is to support participants to  find their own answer to the question of  "Who am I? What is my true nature? What matters to me most? What is my purpose?" through a personal self-discovery process.

As you start to walk on the way the way appears - Rumi

Who is it for: 

The transformative expedition is for Wo/men 30 years and above.
It will appeal to men/women in any profession and life stage but, more importantly, to those who intend to journey within or are already on the path of self-discovery and self-transformation.

This program is offered only once a year. Only 13 participants are taken into the programme.

What will be the Experience Like:

In this sacred journey, we will create a trusted and liminal space where we can speak from our hearts and share both our joys and pains, where we can listen and receive empathically from our deeper and open hearts . We will practice and reinforce some sacred life standards with care, kindness, compassion, and love. 

No matter where the hero goes and what his adventure entails, his journey is always an inner journey of self-discovery, and his goal is always that of character development.” ~Joseph Campbell

We will interact with the elements of nature  and participate in a set of exercises and ceremonies, and that will expand our inner wisdom, heal our wounds, awaken our inner voice and free us from some of the past conditioning that controls our lives. 

We will also practice several rituals and self-attunement practices that will enable us to open ourselves up to the experience of developing a wholesome self- presence. And return with the gift of the self, for ourselves, those we love, and humanity at large.

The desire to know your own self will lay to rest all other desires - Rumi

What can you Harvest: 

Selfcraft Journey offers a possibility for marking significant life changes for participants, to develop Self-awareness and connect with self: self realization, closures to conversations, and relations. Bring a creative and epistemic shift in consciousness, self-perceptions, and core beliefs leading to enhanced self-awareness, personal mastery, self-leadership, mindful presence, wholesomeness, and greater meaning in lives, family, and work. Self-integration at different levels. A deeper understanding and connection with one's body, emotions, needs, values, and other selves/participants and nature.

Selfcraft is offered to help you develop a greater presence in mind, body, feeling, spirit, and speech and connect with yourself and your awareness in a fully embodied authentic presence.

On a more personal level, participants will identify the standards they wish to bring to their lives in terms of actions to help them be who they wish to be. And, most importantly, a community of journeyers to belong to. 

What can you expect :

During these 9 days, we will leave the comfort of daily life and head into the uncertainty of the great outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. We will focus on enhancing intra-personal awareness to develop a strong self-presence through inner-work, guided inquiry, and self-discovery processes. 

We will have deeper conversations with the self, nature, and cultivate a soulful relationship with ourselves, others, and life. In this reconnection with nature, we will find our own understanding, liberation, and embodiment of our selves.

The Selfcraft Program is in 3 Phases. 

A. Preparation Stage:

This is a preparation phase to prepare for the self-craft journey and will support the participants to get to know themselves and their intention for the journey. In this phased, participants will also learn self-management techniques that will support their actual journey. This is also a good time to connect with the tribe.  The preparation phase will begin  3 months before the journey with 2 sessions of 3 hours each per month. 

B. The Journey Stage is 9 days wilderness quest in 3 Stages of 3 Days each. 1.Separation, 2.Transition and 3.ReUnion

C. Creation Stage: The creation phase is the stage post the selfcraft journey where participants will manifest their visions by following sacred standards and taking necessary actions to create their shared world with others. Participants will work with the tribe to continue to self-craft and manifest their individual and shared visions.  The creation phase will be facilitated for 3 months post the Journey stage and will be self managed by the participants beyond 3 months. 

Seek the wisdom that can untie your knot, seek the path that can unfold your whole being - rumi

B. Journey Stage

1. Separation Phase

The Separation or Severance phase is about leaving everything behind. Separation begins as soon as you feel the call to a new adventure, a quest to find your true identity.

It is the phase of preparing to leave everything behind, gathering together just what you will need for your journey. You are preparing to leave a known life while the unknown awaits you.

When you are able to leave things behind, you are no longer identified with forms, attachments, identities and as a result, who you are becomes Free. This freedom is the arising of your inner space, your stillness, a subtle inner peace that lies deep within you, and known as Presence or Being. This leads to the rising of awareness that you are conscious. 

You will be able to realize your true identity as an all-pervasive presence and being, which is distinct from all forms and identifications, leading to inner peace and contentment. 

For some, they will go through an inner separation from inner identification of the ego; for others, it would be to complete the self's separation leading to individuation.  

Selfcraft Wheel

2. Transition Phase

Transition or Threshold or Passaging is the time between the leaving behind the known and embracing the unknown and with its newer discoveries. This is the time of solitude, hunger, exposure, and the powerful trials that will test your human spirit and your purpose to transition to what you have come for. 

Here Time can slow down, and the stillness of nature can be very powerful. As your thoughts begin to empty out, you can look into the pool of your own being, noticing how you are, what your dreams are made of, what you need to let go of. 

This is also a time for adaptability to the natural environment, even if it is hard because adaptability is very essential to survive in life. During the transition period, you will live simply in nature, learning her lessons, as human beings have done for thousands of years. In this phase, you lay the old to rest and breed on a new self. This is a unique encounter with yourself and nature.

Your Heart Knows the way - Walk in that direction - Rumi


3. Reunion Phase

The Reunion or Incorporation or Arrival phase begins with integration, assimilation, and incorporation of new standards and preparation to return to a new life. You have to come off the wilderness and return to family, friends, and community. 

 This may be the hardest part of the journey! To live the hard-won knowledge and insight you've found will take courage, but the world needs the gift of your understanding and insight. The Quest was not only about you but about your family, people, and community. 

Love is the Bridge between you and everything - Rumi

After the end of the 9 days, journey participants will enter the creation phase.

C. Creation Phase

A task without a vision is just a job
a vision without a task is just a dream
a vision with a task can change the world. - Winston Churchill

The creation phase is about stepping fully into ones Being and wholesomeness and visioning one's life by taking necessary actions that lead to the manifestation of the newfound vision. 

This would involve imagining, leveraging innate potential, planning, and creating by taking actions to bring alive the intentions and create impact for self, others, and the community.  

During the creation phase, the circle will support each other and practice the sacred standards they adopted. Monthly meetings, Sharing Circles, and Coaching sessions will support the circle beyond the selfcraft journey to continue the creation. 

Selfcraft Journey

Approaches that I have incorporated into Selfcraft

  • Eco Psychology
  • Wilderness / Adventure / Outdoor / Nature  Education and Development work
  • Traditional Sufi / Shamanic / Vedic Ceremonies and Rituals 
  • Yoga / Taichi Practices
  • Sound Work
  • Attachment Theory
  • Inner Child Work
  • Experiential Education
  • Humanistic/Client-oriented Facilitation
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Nonviolent communication (NVC)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) / Parts work
  • Dream analysis
  • Life coaching
  • Transformational Coaching. 

  • What are some of the experiences offered in the Journey?

    Some of the Selfcraft Practices/experiences offered during the 9 days are

      • Self Awareness Rituals.
      • Shamanic Journeying
      • Sufi Zikr & Whirling Ceremony
      • Journaling
      • Self Inquiry
      • Fasting
      • Solitude
      • Night Vigils
      • Breath-work
      • Fire Breathing
      • Bare Feet Walking
      • Yoga 
      • Taichi
      • Crafting Talking Sticks
      • Tree Hugging
      • Circle Ceremonies and Rituals 
      • Early Morning Sun Gazing 
      • Fire Gazing
      • Guided Visualization and Visioning
      • Drumming, Rhythms, and Trance
      • Mystical Interpretation of Signs, Feelings, Sensations, Imaginations, Visions, and Dreams
      • Sharing of Personal, Mystical, and Sacred Stories 
      • Listening, Sharing, and reflection safe space. 
      • Sacred Readings
      • Ritual Silence
      • Soulful poetry, Chanting, and Music
      • Energy Clearing Rituals like smudging, aura clearing, crystal work
      • Adopting Sacred Spiritual Laws.

    Why am I offering this Program:

    I had immensely benefited from self-discovery quests and nature-based esoteric practices in the shamanic and Sufi traditions. It has changed me as a person to find my truth, unique expression, and deep authenticity. The intention behind offering this selfcraft journey is to share the gift I received from my masters and contribute to my own joy by serving others' journeys of self-discovery and deepening my own selfcraft journey. 

    Energy Exchange:

    The programme is offered on a 'COST + GIFT basis. 

    Cost: [you will cover your share of stay, food, support person services & other basic necessities + Facilitator Travel ]. The estimated cost is between Rs 10,000 - Rs 12000 /- per person.

    Gift: You may choose to gift as/what you wish to the Facilitator.

    Travel: You will take care of your own travel to Nasik and Back to your hometown.

    Only 13 participants are taken into the programme. Once you have filled the form, the Facilitator will arrange a 1-1 video chat to see if this programme is ideal for you and communicate accordingly. To register, please fill this form at

    Please note that this program is designed in nature/outdoors. It is rustic, with very minimal facilities.

    2 Outdoor Experts will be part of the team to support camping, food, first aid safety, navigation, etc. 


    It was during one of those tornado phases of my life when I was overwhelmed with deep anguish, struggling to find my answer to “ Why am I on this earth/in this life”? that I met Diyanat and he agreed to support my self-quest journey.

    “What do you want to do with this question? Engage with it? let it go? What is your calling?” And then every session/conversation was deep empathetic listening and a series of questions, tough to delve in, engage with yet raised gently with care and compassion.

    His rich repertoire of knowledge, experience, skills and tools- he holds expertise in, right from textual knowledge on self realization/discovery processes to developmental psychology, principles and processes of behavior change, energy work principles, esoteric practices, human design, shamanic processes, practices and rituals has left me inspired to continue learning and growing. Even more
    importantly the wisdom and humility with which he uses them, in service of self discovery process.

    While Diyanat held space for me as I was moving from one stage of behavior to another, by providing reference readings, tools, processes and practices he maintained very firmly I took charge of my journey and progress and did my share of work to strengthen my muscles and limbs in self understanding, healing and mindfulness work.

    To support journeyers, become self reliant and sustain their long journey, he operates strongly from a space that while self quest/journey is an individual journey, it becomes more meaningful when taken with a community of journeyers.

    Diyanat’s facilitation broke my long held belief that self work is only inner work, done through meditation alone. His facilitation, enabled me see how self work permeates through working with one’s body, childhood socialization, unknowingly held beliefs and perceptions, aspirations, needs and motivation, fears and traumas passed on from earlier generations. As a result I am able to have a very wholesome, inclusive, interdependent experience of self and self work.

    - Dr. Anita Dagar, Phd

    Experiencing walks with Diyanat has always been enriching experience in many ways. Beauty lies in the meaningfulness that Diyanat brings to the journey. I have been working with top corporate for more than 20 years now and say for sure that these experiences are uncommon, infrequent, and go beyond the realm of everyday life. These walks transformed me to lead a better, healthier and happier life. To know who you really are, to converse with thy true self, to access true and full potential, to find essence and purpose of life and to find the key to real happiness… are few amongst many benefits of Journey, I have experienced. Each step of the journey, each breath is like crafting your true self. Crafting off what is unreal, what you are not and crafting your real self.

    -Anup Talwar.

    My Name is Satarupa Banerjee. I joined selfcraft for delving deep into Self and finding meaning and purpose of my Existence.

    I was part of the first batch of Self Craft, and I feel blessed being a traveler and a participant of this Journey.

    The Self Craft Journey was of 9 days. It was a combination of trekking, scrambling, long walks with resting phases in between in the wilderness. It had three phases viz. Departure, Passaging and Arrival. Each day we covered around 7 to 8 kms , followed by rituals, spiritual practices, journaling, group discussions and reflective circle sessions.

    Each day carried it's own essence with several Laws and Standards of Spirituality that brought an exemplary shift inside me. It gave me clarity between Pain and Suffering. In the process of self work, there was healing and inner alignment towards crafting a different "Me". The process was exhaustive, sometimes challenging and always joyful. The physical, emotional, psychological, physiological, spiritual development happened through an intense cosmic connection.

    Nature is our teacher and that's where I rediscovered the lost me. Everything is within. It is in the act of Being Aware that I learnt Life more closely. In our long walks in Noble Silence, Surrendering to Power, Accepting and Allowing things as is, Letting go, Being Responsible, Exercising Gratitude etc. helped me reclaim myself. I also learnt the importance of Silence as a means to Self Expression.

    The way Diyanat facilitated the program, was more of an Inspirational Servant leader in his Presence. The guided meditations, morning and evening rituals in circles, paved a way towards deepening the inner journey.

    Diyanat supported each of us through one on one discussions and holding space safely for the group. Learning the Laws of Spirituality became key tools in polishing my Personality and also incorporating them in my daily rituals for better balance in life.

    Using metaphors during this Journey with our real life, was exemplary. That helped me introspect and create changes within. During this journey, the Best part that happened to me was overcoming my phobia of heights. Diyanat as a facilitator has been an enabler in uplifting my inner spirit and helping me face my fears, create calmness within and grow holistically.

    The Self Craft journey is not over. It has just begun and I am continuously crafting my "Self "every day, based on my learning from the Journey.

    My significant learnings from selfcraft were Self Discovery , inner healing, understanding my Being and this is a continuous process for me now. I strongly recommend others to join as it will enhance their life state through crafting their Self and discovering themselves holistically.

    Satarupa Banerjee

    The facilitator-coach profession is inhabited by people with different mindsets. One doesn't always encounter practitioners whose purpose is to help their fellow human. Nor does one regularly encounter practitioners who keep working on themselves and their craft.
    Diyanat is among that rare breed that is both passionate about helping people and honing his own craft.
    His latest "SelfCraft" expedition is something I am quite enthused by.

    -Aman Zaidi

    About the Facilitator:

    DiyanatAli is an initiated facilitator in esoteric path of shamanic and sufi wayfaring and practices Sayr wa Suluk (Sufi Spiritual Wayfaring). He is also initiated facilitator for menswork and conducts initiation and rite of passage for men.

    A successful entrepreneur and adventurer having founded the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club, he has personally lead over 600 expeditions over a decade and has expertise in outdoor safety, wilderness survival, trekking, outdoor education, nature education, eco-psychology.

    Founder CEO of Outlife, a company that offers programs in outbound training and experiential education, Leadership Development for corporate and schools. 

    He brings with him a decade of IT Management experience and another decade of Human Resources and Learning and Development experience . 

    Diyanat is a Certified Human Potential Coach, Human Design Practitioner, NLP Practitioner,  NVC Practitioner, Trainer, Facilitator and Educator.

    As a Facilitator and Coach, Diyanat has a flair in understanding participants needs, Listens deeply and emphatically, holding space for participants to co- create learning moments and invite change. He has an innate ability to create safe and engaging learning environments to help participants open up in conversation, share, learn and heal within deeply.


    To register please fill this form at

    Assumptions and Basic Premise for Selfcraft Journey

    Every Human can only heal themselves; no one else can heal others. In other words, therapists, coaches, mentors and guides may help people, but primarily people only heal themselves. No one else can solve our fundamental life problems, and I am not intending to take such a task with selfcraft, no one can. My ultimate intention with selfcraft is to help you help yourself where you are responsible and accountable for yourself and ready to walk through the difficult path of self awareness, self realisation and self transformation.

    Everyone has the potential for vitality and wholesomeness, but for many of us these are hard to actualize. However, having the right learning and conducive environment and the right guide can bring us closer to materializing them.

    As a facilitator of selfcraft, I am the participants friend, supporter, and guide. I try, to the best of my ability, to support the participants to discover himself or herself, to heal inner wounds, to let go of false beliefs, and to resolve inner conflicts and problems, without imposing my own beliefs or approaches. Freedom, Choice, Integrity and Authenticity is part an integrated part of my facilitation. 

    My role as facilitator and guide of selfcraft is to support and assist participants in reaching their own goals. The achievements of each participant depends primarily on their own effort, motivation, commitment and responsibility. I only create a safe learning environment and cannot predict or guarantee that participants will attain any particular results, and the results differ for each individual participants. Each participants results depend on his or her unique background, dedication, desire, motivation, actions, and numerous other factors.

    Nothing in selfcraft is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any form.

    1 comment:

    somas said...

    The Facilitator is capable and a leader in energy and adventure management.
    He understands the terrains and mastered the art of running this program not from the class rooms but on the field .
    I know him personally and seen him in action .He has collated almost everything possible to be given shared to the participants During this self discovery journey .
    See his confidence. He is sure by Jan this pandemic conditions will fly off ..I am joining are you joining
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    chennia ...India

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