Join our Hansavedas Sangha for the annual retreat centred on the auspicious full moon day of Guru Purnimā. Prepare for a rare blissful experience, especially from the infusion of immensely powerful personal shakti conferred by His Holiness during the Guru Purnimā blessing line. Embrace the full moon energy and imbibe the vibration of this divine ambience.
Through this multi-faceted weekend retreat, experience the power of breathing, chanting, singing, mantra, meditation, celestial music, along with darshan and blessings. You and your family and friends can share in a loving experience and connect with our meditation and mindfulness community to nurture your spiritual yearning. Salient features of the Retreat include:
– Guru Purnimā Darshan & Blessing Line
– Lessons on building faith and seeing, seeking, feeling God
– Practical Teachings for Adults, Youth & Children
– Full Moon Meditation
– Mindfulness Prāṇāyāma Breathing
– Yoga-vinyāsa Stretching
– Devotional Singing & Chanting
This retreat offers a balanced curriculum of fellowship teachings, blessing line, organic food, yoga and breathing practice. Those participants wishing to rejuvenate through personal silence will have an opportunity to do so, as there will be a designated silent dining section and teaching areas are kept mostly silent. For those with families, this retreat is an opportunity to expose children to core spiritual values while enjoying a summertime vacation together.
The annual celebration of Guru Purnimā is an immensely rich Vedic tradition to honour the lineages of teachers. This gathering is a time-honoured traditional fellowship where devotees make offerings (such as flowers, fruits, love donation, usable vegan food items) from their hearts and the choicest blessings are bestowed by the lineage of spiritual masters. His Holiness will bless each devotee and family member with special care for children accompanying their parents.
We encourage and welcome you to bring your families and children. Children wanting to listen to the stories during a class session by His Holiness are most welcome to join. Some sessions with His Holiness will be appropriate for children aged 3-12, but there will also be the option for children aged 3-12 to participate in special children’s activities. To learn more about bringing your children and teens, please read the sections below labeled “Children’s Camp” and “Teenage Participants.
The children’s camp is designed to help parents manifest a family experience within the limitations of the venue, volunteering and other resources. While the children’s camp allows for parents to attend classes and sessions, it is not designed to completely free up parent(s) from their own initiative to look after and interact with their children. The retreat schedule allows the flexibility for a combined retreat-vacation supportive of a family experience.
Children aged 3-12 years who are accompanied by an adult are welcome to join the Hansacharanam Children’s Camp. The camp will include activities such as: arts & crafts, reading, creative writing, song & kirtan, yoga & dance, games, and other activities. The Children’s Camp sessions will coincide with certain class sessions for adults on the schedule, but children will eat all meals and snacks with their parents and will stay with their parents in the hotel. A separate Children’s Camp schedule will be available denoting when children will be participating in the class sessions with His Holiness and when they will be engaged in separate Children’s Camp activities. Please email us at [email protected] for further details or if you have questions related to the Children’s Camp.
Teenage Participants (ages 13-17)
Teens who are 13-17 years old are welcome to attend the Hansacharanam Retreat, and should register as adult participants. Teens are welcome in all class sessions with His Holiness, but may also apply to volunteer as Children’s Camp teacher’s aides. Teens who wish to apply as teachers’ aides may email [email protected] to learn about the application and approval process for teen volunteers.
Every effort has been made to optimize the cost of the retreat for all participants within the restrictions of venue rental and catered meal delivery. Overall this retreat is offered “at cost” to encourage participation, and your love donations for this auspicious Guru Purnimā occasion will help cover the organization’s indirect costs. Per IRS regulations, your registration is not tax-deductible due to fair market value of tangible benefits. Any donation added to your registration at the time of payment or given separately during the weekend is much appreciated, and will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.