Atlanta Regional Retreat on Labor Day Weekend

The Atlanta Regional Retreat took place from September 1 – 4, 2023. Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt. and the Asheville Bhukti committee organized the retreat. We had two seminar classes during the retreat – on Saturday, Ac. Vishvamitra gave a workshop on Devotion and Bliss (related to the seminar topic Vrajagopála & Párthasárathi Krsña in the light of Bhaktitattva) and Sunday, Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt. gave a class on the topic “The Laws of Social Dynamics.” Brother Rudresh gave a class on “Microvita and the Genetic Code in the Big Bang.” The Sunday morning classes were very intellectually stimulating. The Margiis participated in the discussions on the topics. The Margiis arranged childcare by a teacher in the River School, and there was Akhanda Kiirtana every day in the morning or afternoon. The retreat had a participation of about forty-five people.

Ac. Vishvamitra gave a class on devotion and feeling of bliss

The frog by brother Bhaskar got a new friend!

Brother Rudresh gave a class on Microvita and the Origin of the Universe

Gluten free buckwheat bread by Dada Diiptimanananda and various vegetarian dishes by the Margiis. Sister Uma was the kitchen in-charge and managed the meals very nicely.

Microvita class

A toad came for a visit to the retreat!

Atlanta Region Spring Retreat, April 4 – 7, 2023

The Atlanta Region Spring Retreat took place at Ananda Girisuta Master Unit from April 7 – 9, 2023, with 87 people. Most participants were senior Margiis, but some new Margiis also attended the program. This regional retreat was the most vibrant since before the Pandemic and exceeded the accommodation capacity of the Ananda Girisuta domes, so the Margiis also stayed at other projects and with Margiis living nearby.

Diiptimanananda Avt. introduced the progress of Master Units and other Sector projects. Avtk. Ananda Prama Ac. gave a class about the vrtties of Anahata and Vishuddha Cakras. Ac. Rudranii and Ac. Pashupati did the child care and children’s yoga. This time, we had many children, and they enjoyed various activities indoors and, to some extent, outdoors. It was raining for the first two days but then cleared up, and the teenagers played volleyball on the lawn in front of the domes.

Collective photo during the retreat

Didi Ananda Prama giving class

The children and teenagers playing volleyball