“Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Skills Beyond Education™ commenced its operations as a firm in 2016 to fulfil its mission of inspiring and empowering children, young adults and people at large to find their purpose and direction in their lives and to empower them with skills & abilities to face life’s challenges through its various unique workshops and training sessions.

Since 2019, it operates as the fund-raising arm of Varuna Foundation, an NGO, registered as a public charitable, educational and cultural trust to execute its educational learning programs for the underprivileged.  Skills Beyond Education™ provides its services to private institutions and organisations and the general public for a fee. The profits from such programs go the foundation’s work towards educational research and outreach to less privileged children to fulfil its mission.

Skills Beyond Education™ is a boutique team of personnel who use specialized skills, knowledge & expertise drawn from seafaring, armed forces and allied domains and personnel with interests in the field of education, empowerment and sustainability which provide a strategic fit to its mission and Skills Beyond Education™ draws inspiration from varied philosophies of education especially from Rudolf Steiner, Krishnamurthy, Ivan Illich, Democratic Education, Open Schooling among others.

Skills Beyond Education™ provides support to schools & colleges with value addition and mentorship to their on-going curriculum and conducts unique camps & workshops. Its flag ship programs are Star-Gazing Camp, Wood Working Course and the Apprentice Education Program. Other workshops include survival skills, safety mindfulness, bio-dynamic farming & Inner Strength Programs for children & adults.


Capt. Preetham Madhukar, Managing Trustee, Varuna Foundation, Educator, Mentor, Farmer & Program Director of Skills Beyond Education, but firstly a ‘Master Mariner’ and a ‘Ship Captain’, who has globe-trotted & sailed the high seas for over 2 decades. He brings his rich experience of working with various crew nationalities, life learnings from shipboard voyages, perils & emergencies to connect & navigate through everyday life with his workshops and training programs.

He conducts workshops for students, teachers, parents, apart from general public & corporates at times on cultivating inner strength, creativity, collaboration & communication, teaching & parenting mindfulness, handling risk, uncertainty and decision making among others. .

Capt. Preetham, is a certified expert navigator, first-aider & medical care giver, firefighting, life skills & survival training, safety and security audits assessments & trainings, leadership & team management, risk management & cross-cultural communications among others.

Yamuna G C – Trustee, Varuna Foundation, Legal Advisor & Consultant; founded YGC Legal firm in 2013 and has extensive legal experience in intellectual property rights, commercial contracts, technology contracts, labour law, outsourcing transactions and real estate transactions. Prior to this she had worked with some leading law firms before starting her own independent practice. She has an experienced team of associates assisting in her various legal works. She has an LLB from Bangalore University and an LLM from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Yamuna handles both POCSO and POSH matters, conducts workshops, enquiries and trainings for various corporates on sexual harassment at workplaces through an NGO “SASHA”. Since the inception of ‘Skills Beyond Education’ & ‘Varuna Foundation’ she aids and advices on its legal & policy matters, provides relevant trainings and consultation on legal issues and does legal vetting of its documents.