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International Yoga Youth and Childrens
December 22-31, 2011
Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
Dear Families and Friends,
This upcoming International family Yoga Meditation retreat is dedicated to guiding and encouraging our younger generation to grow and flourish on the path of yoga; to gain self-confidence, spiritual awareness and self-discipline so they are able to conduct their lives peacefully and healthfully.
Our program for the children and youth will include practical, age specific teachings from the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. Children and Youth will develop a basic Yoga practice on site which they will carry with them in the future. Fun activities including arts and crafts, dance, music, drama, games, journaling, storytelling etc. will be utilized as means to study the yamas and niyamas, and tools for observing a healthy lifestyle in action. There will also be programming especially for adults and older youth as well as optional opportunities to participate in scientific research on the beneficial effects of meditation in the family setting etc. We will be celebrating holidays and traditions from various cultures so bring your party spirit along and any traditional activities you wish to share with others!
Many of you have inquired about how much to budget for this retreat. Since Swami Veda has invited you as his family, there is no fixed monetary contribution. Your donation would be based on the Guru-Shishya relationship basis of love offerings. This being said, we are estimating that we will need about $30 per day per person to cover the expenses to the SRSG ashram. A breakdown of our estimated costs is available upon request. If you are able to make a payment upfront and perhaps give extra so that others can also benefit, please let us know and we will send you the details of how to do that through The Meditation Center and Swami Veda's regional accountant. It is vital that we start collecting some funds now in preparation, so as not to put too much strain on the ashram and other parts of Swami Veda's mission at this time.
We are hoping to accommodate nearly everyone here at the SRSG ashram. Swami Veda says, "We are overwhelmed with gratitude to Divine Mother that She is sending so many of her children to this retreat. We wish to welcome them all." Since we are expecting a large number of participants, we are hoping you will be open to sharing space with others and flexible regarding the facilities and accommodations. (if we exceed capacity alternative accommodations may be necessary so please be flexible).
To register for this retreat please send us a list of the names and ages of all potential participants in your party as well as the country you will be traveling from. We will then send you further information about how to prepare for this journey etc. To contact us please Click Here
Lela Pierce, Nalini Behari, and your family at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama
To teach some the basic practices of Yoga from the Himalayan Yoga Tradition - as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati - to the younger generations of our spiritual community, so that “the grace and the practices and teachings of the guru may continue into next generations and meditation may become a family centered experience.”
To guide and encourage each child to grow and flourish on the path of yoga, with a sense of self confidence, spiritual awareness, and self discipline, so that they are able to conduct their lives peacefully and healthfully throughout their entire lives.
To provide an excellent opportunity for everyone to learn at the feet of Swami Veda Bharati and to share in his constant state of love and to receive these blessings.
To strengthen the global community and provide opportunities for everyone to share/exchange ideas cross culturally. Thereby, eliciting better cross-cultural understanding and encourage world peace among the younger generation.
To more strongly develop a curriculum for teaching the methods of yoga and meditation to the younger generations and share these methods of teaching with and among teachers and parents of the tradition.