Sadhu Sanga Retreat

When: 23 May 2014 - 26 May 2014 (Fri - Mon, 3 nights)
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International Center for Meditation and Well-Being

Set in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, the Center offers an experience of meditation and natural beauty coupled with comfortable lodging and facilities. It is located just three miles from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and a short distance from Boone, North Carolina, home to Appalachian State University. The center covers 381 acres of forested mountains, with the main retreat facility set on the mountaintop. The halls display architecture designed to uplift the spirit and turn it towards reflection. Nature grows abundant on this mountain, so each outdoor walk gives a chance to experience the natural environment. The center is also home to many types of creatures, including deer and varieties of birds.

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Giriraj Swami

Giriraj Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and an initiating spiritual master in ISKCON. He first met Srila Prabhupada in March 1969 in Boston and felt that he learned more from Srila Prabhupada in five minutes than he had learned in his twenty years of academic education. Very soon, he took formal initiation from Srila Prabhupada and became a leading member of the Boston center.
He was then given the opportunity to go to India with Srila Prabhupada and helped establish his mission there. In 1972 Prabhupada appointed Giriraj Swami as president of ISKCON Bombay and trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Since then, he has made many significant contributions to Srila Prabhupada’s mission, most notably overseeing all aspects of the development of Hare Krishna Land in Juhu, Bombay. He was instrumental in the acquisition and development of the Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Govardhana, and, more recently, led the development of the Kirtan Ashram for renounced women, the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, and the Vrindavan Institute of Palliative Care, all in Vrndavana, India. Through all his efforts, Giriraj Swami has become renowned for the austerities he has accepted, his loyalty and dedication to Srila Prabhupada’s mission, his ability to raise funds and cultivate important members of society, and his care for devotees around the world.
In the year following Srila Prabhupada’s departure in 1977, Giriraj Swami accepted the renounced order of life and was appointed president of ISKCON’s board of trustees in India. In 1982 he was made a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission, the ultimate managing authority for the movement, and he went on to oversee the Society’s activities in Bombay, Mauritius, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Giriraj Swami has also taught at the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education and continues to lecture and to give presentations at japa retreats and workshops around the world.
Presently based in Carpinteria, California, Giriraj Swami is now focusing on one of Srila Prabhupada’s main personal instructions to him-to write. He is the author of Watering the Seed and Many Moons and is working on several publications, including books about death and dying in the Vedic tradition, his search for a spiritual master and his early days in the Boston temple, his travels with Srila Prabhupada in India, and Srila Prabhupada’s monumental efforts in Bombay.
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Indradyumna Swami

Indradyumna Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) since 1971, a renounced traveling monk, and a guru or spiritual teacher in the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition.
Each year Indradyumna Swami circles the globe teaching the message of the Bhagavad-gita and introducing hundreds of thousands of people to kirtan chanting of the Hare Krishna maha mantra. For over two decades, he has been organizing the annual summer Festival of India tour on the Polish Baltic coast and the Krishna’s Village of Peace in Woodstock which are attended by over 750,000 people every year. In recent years, Indradyumna Swami has taken his tour to other countries such as Ireland, Hong Kong, Australia and Brazil and plans to take it to more countries such as Italy and India in the upcoming years. An avid photographer and writer, Indradyumna Swami shares his experiences and realizations as a traveling monk in a journal titled The Diary of a Traveling Monk as well as through Facebook.
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Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami was born in Chicago as Richard Slavin. In his teenage years, the longing for knowledge about God led Radhanath Swami on a journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, during which he undertook a careful study of the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. This journey ultimately led him to India, where Radhanath Swami lived for several years, met Srila Prabhupada, and came to reside in Vrindavan. Radhanath Swami has recently documented the details of his travels in his autobiography, The Journey Home. For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada, Radhanatha Swami moved from Vrindavan to New Vrindavan, where he served for eight years with astounding devotion and austerity. He then began college preaching in America, and in 1987, began to assist in the development of preaching projects in India, a service which he is doing to the present day. His dedicated efforts in congregation preaching developed the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir at Chowpatty, Bombay and the ISKCON Belgaum temple. Under his auspices, preaching programmes are developing in Kolhapur, Nasik, and Nigidi. Each year, Radhanatha Swami takes thousands of devotees on pilgrimage to holy places of the Vaishnava tradition. Radhanatha Swami is a trustee of Bhaktivedanta College, by providing his spiritual support and encouragement.
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Sacinandana Swami

Sacinandana Swami has been a monk in the bhakti tradition for 42 years. He is known for his significant contribution to the practice of contemplation and meditation for modern practitioners of bhakti. Sacinandana Swami has published seven books and released two CDs, and offers an array of retreats, seminars, and workshops. Thousands of enthusiastic singers and dancers visit his kirtanconcerts. He teaches at the Vrindavana Institute for Higher Education in India and the Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium. Furthermore, Sacinandana Swami serves as the spiritual guide for the Veda Academy, which is active in eight countries, and recently founded the organization, “Yoga Is Music”. Fond of India’s sacred pilgrimage sites, he annually goes there to seek personal inspiration. Although his pilgrimages have taken him all over the subcontinent, he is particularly fond of the sacred land of Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
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