5th Annual
VAISNAVA ​SANGA
Drakensberg Retreat
21-24 September 2019

An ideal environment to contemplate 
Children and adults have as much fun
Time to relax
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Accommodation

  1. Comfortable rooms
    Comfortable rooms
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  2. Lounge area
    Lounge area
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  3. Great room views
    Great room views
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  4. Lovely village like atmosphere
    Lovely village like atmosphere
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Why a Vaisnava Sanga retreat?

Preparation for Vaisnava Sanga 2019

The idea of having a seminar was developed with HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami and a small group of devotees. The first seminar was held at the University of Johannesburg  in 2014, followed by Wits University in 2015. In 2016 a Japa Workshop was held at Iskcon Midrand.

We found that devotees were still distracted by their services and often times they would not be able to take advantage of the entire program because of commitments and travelling time. Based on feedback and suggestions from the devotee community, it was decided that we needed to create an experience that facilitated devotees being away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, in a place where they could just get away from it all and focus fully on their spiritual development. 
In this way, from 2017 onwards, the seminars evolved into the current Vaisnava Sanga Drakensberg retreats. 
The positive feedback reinforced the idea that the retreats can contribute towards strengthening devotees in a wholesome way.
 
In preparation for Vaisnava Sanga 2019, the following was considered:

1. Feedback from devotees who attended Vaisnava Sanga 2018
2. How to deepen the experience 
3. The advice of various devotees on the relevance to the SA devotee community

The following is a diagramatic representation of why we are doing Vaisnava Sanga 2019 

Some benefits of attending a retreat

1. Retreats creat lasting impressions in the long term
2. Retreats provide peace away from your daily routine
3. Nature heals and helps you unwind and releases stress
4. You’re surrounded by like-minded company
5. You have access to senior spiritual guidance
6. No worries about cooking

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“Srila Prabhupada used to say that ISKCON is the only personal movement when the whole world is becoming impersonalistic. ISKCON is actually allowing people, reminding people and facilitating people to develop personal relationships. So it is very painful that instead of being aware of the fact that we have to become personal, our extremely busy schedules is not enabling us to become personal.”
HH Bhakti Caru Swami

Children’s Spring Camp 

 Day 1: BEING MINDFUL (going off the grid and no technology like cell phones and tablets)​​

  • Yoga exercises
  • What is Meditation?
  • Japa
  • Reading
  • Hearing
 

 ​Passport to Fun in Krishna Consciousness (Get your passport stamped at each activity)  

  
The children’s program is scheduled to run parallel to the seminar sessions that parents will be able to attend. Any child above the age of five can participate in the activities, which will be run and supervised by a dedicated team of devotees. Children younger than five years can participate but will require a parent to be present. Children over 12 years old can participate as far as they would like to. There is no additional cost when you register your child for the children’s programme.
The goal is to create lasting memories of a fun-filled Krishna conscious experience. Both indoor and outdoor activities are being planned. Each day will have a particular theme with activities that are aligned to the theme. The activities are being confirmed and is subject to change, however, below is a list of activities that are being considered. There will be time for free play and other activities such as a KC movie, competitions, an outdoor picnic etc.
















DAY 2: CREATIVE DAY (express yourself)

  • Art workshop – Beginners (Back to the drawing board)
  • Expressing creativity for Krsna 
  • Drama training
  • Kirtan
  

DAY 3: SERVING KRISHNA

  • Serving the deities
  • Serving the devotees
  • Serving the dhama​ 

​​DAY 4: VAISNAVA RELATIONSHIPS

  • Technology  project – ‘Geeky Greatness’
  • Team building – to build social skills
  • Take a hike​ 

  
NB* Parents may be requested to bring along items for certain activities and it will be communicated in advance.
  
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Retreat package  

  
Cost per adult (13 years and older) = R2 750
 
Includes:
Three nights’ accommodation in a chalet at Alpine Heath Resort
Prasadam
All Vaisnava Sanga 2019 seminar sessions, workshops, panel discussions and activities
 
Cost per child (5 to 12 years) = R800
 
Includes:
Three nights’ accommodation on a sleeper couch in a chalet at Alpine Heath Resort
Prasadam
Full children’s programme activities
 
Children below 5 years of age stay free. 
Banking Details
ABSA Centurion
Account Name: Retreat BCAIS
Account number: 9326859916
Reference: Your name
    Forward a copy of the payment reference with the names        of devotees in your group booking to             [email protected]
To guarantee a space
 
A 50% deposit is required by 31 July 2019 and the full payment must be paid by 30 August 2019 or the reservation will be cancelled. The resort requires a list of attendees by this date.
 
Space is limited, to avoid disappointment, please reserve your space as soon as possible.
 
 If you need additional information please feel free to email [email protected] and we will contact you directly. We look forward to serving you.
 
Your servants,
The Organising Team 
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is transport included in the cost of the package?
  • No. You will need to make your own arrangements to get to the venue and back. We can send out a communication to registered delegates to request assistance in this regard on your behalf.

How many people can the chalet accommodate?
  • A maximum of 5 adults and 2 children (aged 5 to 12), who sleep on sleeper couches in the lounge area are allowed per chalet.
  • Children under 5 share a bed with an adult. If there are no children, the maximum number of adults per chalet is still 5.

What is the layout of the chalet?
  • There are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in each chalet. One room is upstairs, has a double bed and an en-suite.
  • This will be allocated strictly on a first come first serve basis.
  • There are two bedrooms on the ground floor. Both have 2 single beds each. There is one bathroom on the ground floor.

Are there alternate accommodation facilities aside from chalets like hotel rooms?
  • Unfortunately this resort offers chalets only.

I have special dietary requirements, are you able to cater for these?
  • Let us know what these are and we will try to accommodate your requirements as far as possible.
  • The chalets are fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove and utensils.
  • You are most welcome to prepare anything for yourself.
  • The prasadam menu is meant to cater for the majority of devotees’ needs and is based on a Vaishnava standard.

When does the retreat start and end?
  • The retreat begins on Saturday, 21st September @12 noon and ends on Tuesday, 24th September @12.

When will I get a full program of activities?
  • This will be shared over the next couple of months.

Will I be able to walk from my chalet to the conference venue?
  • The chalets are all around 100 meters from the venue, however, if you would like to be closer to the venue please advise us early so that we can accommodate you accordingly.

Will I have free time during the day?
  • Yes, you will have around 3 hours each day to enjoy the resort facilities.

Can I stay elsewhere and only join the seminar and prasadam sessions?
  • Unfortunately it becomes difficult to manage this from a cost and logistical perspective.
  • Some sessions are planned for early morning and evening.
  • It will be best if you remain at the resort to take advantage of the full program of activities. It is also safer this way.

Do you offer a group discount?
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate this as costs are worked out on a per person basis.

I am fairly new to Krishna Consciousness, can I still attend the retreat?
  • Definitely! There is no qualification to attend.
  • The sessions are general in nature and can benefit anyone.

Who will take care of my children while I am in the sessions?
  • We have a dedicated children’s program, which runs concurrently with the adult sessions.
  • You can read more about it in a separate communication regarding this.
  • You can rest assured that your children are in good hands and will be engaged and taken care of.

Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
  • You can contact Prema Shakti dd on 083 636 5302.
 
  
2018 VIDEO GALLERY
  1. Mangal Arati
    An enlivening morning program
  2. Gauri Locks and the 3 relationships
    How to deal with some of the challenges in relationships
  3. Deal with devotees skit
    A skit on vaisnava sanga
  4. Bhakti Caitanya Swami lectures
    A smal snippet from the seminar "Heart to Vaisnava relationships 2018"
  5. Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja
    A wonderful way to start your day
  6. Bhaktivinode Thakur Puspanjali
    Devotees offer flowers to HDG Bhaktivinode Thakur
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Tel.: 083 636 5302
Email: [email protected]
D119, Jagersrust, Northern Drakensberg, 3354
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