ISKCON Leicester Hosts Midlands Retreat for UK Devotees
Posted May 5, 2006
April 22 and 23, 2006 saw ISKCON Leicester hosting well over 160 ISKCON devotees from all over the UK in its annual Midlands Retreat. The aim of the retreat is for ISKCON devotees to come together and enhance their Krishna consciousness in the company of different senior devotees.
This year's event was staged at the Leicester Belgrave Neighbourhood
Centre in the heart of the city, an old church building where the
devotees took part in a wide range of activities and seminars.
Presiding over the retreat were H.H. Jayadvaita Swami, H.H. Jayapataka
Swami and H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami. Also on the lineup were devotees
like Kripamoya das, Jayadeva das, and Haridas prabhus. The Maharajas
led seminars in congregational development, the six items of surrender
to Krishna, initiation within ISKCON, and yoga, as well as a special
youth seminar. There were also question & answer sessions in which the
sannyasi guests covered a wide range of subjects.
Highlights included entertaining dramas by the participating devotees portraying each one of the items of surrender. The dramas were judged by Jayapataka Maharaj, who said he enjoyed them very much. The kirtans, led by Haridas and Kripamoya prabhus were charged with energy, and everyone was dancing and chanting in ecstacy in front of murtis of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Pancha Tattva.
From 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. the day was filled with a wide range of
activities. During regular breaks, sumptuous Krishna Prashad was served
to the satisfaction of all who honoured it. The participants of the
retreat hailed from all corners of the UK -- places such as Ipswich,
Reading, Farnborough, Manchester and Macclesfield -- as well as France
and even Dubai.
The guests were accommodated in a local hotel, a short distance from the retreat venue. Devotees also took advantage of ISKCON Leicester's gift shop, which fulfilled all devotional-paraphernalia needs. ISKCON Leicester's team of enthusiastic devotees served all the guests and the whole event went very successfully.
ISKCON Leicester organises such events on an annual basis. For more information on this year's event, or to take part next year, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, DVDs and audio CDs will be released soon; please contact us for information or to order.
A big thank you to all who came and took part. Thanks, also, to our enthusiastic congregation who made it all possible. More pictures are on our website ( www.iskconleicester.org )