Acarya Diiptimanananda Avadhuta, Avadhutika Ananda Acira Acarya and Ac. Kovid Brc. organized a new people retreat and Kiirtana Retreat at Ananda Kanan from August 4 – 7, 2021, and August 8 – 14, respectively. The participants came from different parts of the US. The retreats went very well, and the participants enjoyed the beauty of Ananda Kanan, classes, lively discussions, Kiirtana meditation, yoga, and nature walks.
The new people retreat had eight participants and four Acaryas, and the Kiirtana retreat had twenty-one participants and seven Acaryas.
Some of the highlights of the programs were outing to the nearby river, art class by brother Sudhiira where we created an oil painting collectively, and daily Akhanda Kiirtana during the Kiirtana Retreat. All the classes were highly participatory, with lively discussions and interactions. The weather was excellent and we enjoyed two days at the nearby river, swimming, sunbathing, Kiirtana, meditation, and lunch. Some of the new people attended both retreats, and some of the people at the Kiirtana retreat were also new to Ananda Marga so both events were quite lively and relaxed.