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Cal State Channel Islands

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Camarillo, CA 93012

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How to Feel God

with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda

Check-in: Sunday, 14th July from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Check-out: Wednesday, 17th July anytime before 12noon

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Join our Hansavedas Sangha for the annual retreat centred on the auspicious full moon day of Guru Purnimā. Prepare for a rare blissful experience, especially from the infusion of immensely powerful personal shakti conferred by His Holiness during the Guru Purnimā blessing line. Embrace the full moon energy and imbibe the vibration of this divine ambience.

Through this multi-faceted weekend retreat, experience the power of breathing, chanting, singing, mantra, meditation, celestial music, along with darshan and blessings. You and your family and friends can share in a loving experience and connect with our meditation and mindfulness community to nurture your spiritual yearning. Salient features of the Retreat include:

  • Guru Purnimā Darshan & Blessing Line
  • Lessons on building faith and seeing, seeking, feeling God
  • Practical Teachings for Adults, Youth & Children
  • Full Moon Meditation
  • Mindfulness Prāṇāyāma Breathing
  • Yoga-vinyāsa Stretching
  • Devotional Singing & Chanting

This retreat offers a balanced curriculum of fellowship teachings, blessing line, organic food, yoga and breathing practice. Those participants wishing to rejuvenate through personal silence will have an opportunity to do so, as there will be a designated silent dining section and teaching areas are kept mostly silent. For those with families, this retreat is an opportunity to expose children to core spiritual values while enjoying a summertime vacation together.

The annual celebration of Guru Purnimā is an immensely rich Vedic tradition to honour the lineages of teachers. This gathering is a time-honoured traditional fellowship where devotees make offerings (such as flowers, fruits, love donation, usable vegan food items) from their hearts and the choicest blessings are bestowed by the lineage of spiritual masters. His Holiness will bless each devotee and family member with special care for children accompanying their parents.

We encourage and welcome you to bring your families and children. Children wanting to listen to the stories during a class session by His Holiness are most welcome to join. Some sessions with His Holiness will be appropriate for children aged 3-12, but there will also be the option for children aged 3-12 to participate in special children's activities. To learn more about bringing your children and teens, please read the sections below labeled "Children's Camp" and "Teenage Participants.

The children’s camp is designed to help parents manifest a family experience within the limitations of the venue, volunteering and other resources. While the children’s camp allows for parents to attend classes and sessions, it is not designed to completely free up parent(s) from their own initiative to look after and interact with their children. The retreat schedule allows the flexibility for a combined retreat-vacation supportive of a family experience.

Meals & Lodging Accommodations
Your retreat includes three nights of accommodation plus two meals per day. Vegetarian meals, which are gluten-free and mostly vegan, will be lovingly prepared according to sattwic Ayurvedic principles. The lodging is apartment style. Each apartment has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Individuals will be assigned to shared same-gender apartments. Married couples and families are welcome to stay together in the same apartment, but each apartment is limited to 4-6 people. Rooms are either single rooms with only one bed or double rooms with two beds.

Family Lodging
If you are a family with children, please call us at 909-543-6003 for assistance with registering. Families of up to 6 will be able to stay in the same apartment. Families of more than 6 may stay in two adjacent apartments. Please call us to inquire further so we can support you to ensure you have a meaningful and comfortable family retreat-vacation.

Flight Booking & Shuttle Service
We have arranged shuttle service to transport participants arriving to and departing from Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Please submit your flight itinerary on this Google Form no later than July 1st 2019 to guarantee your spot on the shuttle. Make sure to include the shuttle payment during your registration. This option will be at the bottom of the registration form.

14th July Arrival Shuttles (LAX to CSUCI)
First shuttle departs LAX at 12noon
Final shuttle departs LAX at 3pm
*Book your flights accordingly keeping baggage claim in mind

17th July Departure Shuttles (CSUCI to LAX)
First shuttle departs CSUCI for LAX at 7:30am
Final shuttle departs CSUCI for LAX at 12noon
*Book your flights accordingly

Children’s Camp
Children aged 3-12 years who are accompanied by an adult are welcome to join the Hansacharanam Children’s Camp. The camp will include activities such as: arts & crafts, reading, creative writing, song & kirtan, yoga & dance, games, and other activities. The Children’s Camp sessions will coincide with certain class sessions for adults on the schedule, but children will eat all meals and snacks with their parents and will stay with their parents in the hotel. A separate Children’s Camp schedule will be available denoting when children will be participating in the class sessions with His Holiness and when they will be engaged in separate Children’s Camp activities. Please email us at events@hansavedas.org for further details or if you have questions related to the Children's Camp.

Teenage Participants (ages 13-17)
Teens who are 13-17 years old are welcome to attend the Hansacharanam Retreat, and should register as adult participants. Teens are welcome in all class sessions with His Holiness, but may also apply to volunteer as Children's Camp teacher's aides. Teens who wish to apply as teachers’ aides may email events@hansavedas.org to learn about the application and approval process for teen volunteers.

Every effort has been made to optimize the cost of the retreat for all participants within the restrictions of venue rental and catered meal delivery. Overall this retreat is offered “at cost” to encourage participation, and your love donations for this auspicious Guru Purnimā occasion will help cover the organization’s indirect costs.

Per IRS regulations, your registration is not tax-deductible due to fair market value of tangible benefits. Any donation added to your registration at the time of payment or given separately during the weekend is much appreciated, and will be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.



Registration Cancellation
In order to receive a refund, please notify Self Enquiry Life Fellowship’s main office either by email at quest@hansavedas.org or by phone at 909-543-6003. No refunds or credits toward registration amount will be offered if you cancel within 7 days of the start date of the event, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason.

Registration Amount Refunds
Full refunds are available if your cancellation request is received at least 15 days prior to the workshop or retreat check-in date. A 75% refund of registration fees is available if your cancellation is received between 8 and 14 days prior to the retreat or workshop check-in date. Please check the description to see if your event has a special cancellation policy. No refunds or credits toward registration amount will be offered if you cancel within 7 days of the start date of the event, if you do not show up, or if you leave an event early for any reason.

Cancellation by the Organizer
Self Enquiry Life Fellowship reserves the right to cancel any event at any time. In the instance an event is cancelled, registrants will be notified and offered the option of receiving a refund or credit toward a future event. While Self Enquiry Life Fellowship never anticipates cancelling an event, due to unforeseeable circumstances some events may be canceled. Self Enquiry Life Fellowship does not refund travel related expenses, including airline tickets, in the case of event cancellation. Therefore Self Enquiry Life Fellowship advises all participants to refrain from purchasing non-refundable airline tickets.

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