The evolutionary path is an uphill struggle, in ourselves, with ourselves. Therefore, the seekers of spiritual life must have a few days of intense study and abhyasa [self-discipline] in a Camp consisting of similar hearts under the inspiring guidance of a Teacher, and that, too, in protected surroundings wherein the usual tussles of life will not reach him, nor the teasing temptations distract him. Such a spiritual holiday camp is a retreat.”
Spiritual Camps are normally weeklong retreats where the devotee is encouraged to temporarily ‘renounce’ the world, briefly shelve daily problems and spend time in study, contemplation and introspection. It is an opportunity for total immersion in knowledge and devotion.
A typical camp starts with an early morning session on guided meditation followed by classes on the scriptures. Throughout the day, members are kept absorbed in spiritually oriented activities: group discussions, satsangs, karma yoga and bhajans, as well as cultural programmes where camp participants offer their diverse talents as an offering to the Lord.
Throughout our spiritual retreats, we share our faith stories and ask the participants to reflect on and share their own. The participants will be challenged to seek the Truth and open themselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The day will also include exciting activities and fun games.
You can expect to see the aforementioned topics covered through a variety of activities including:
• Small Group Discussions / Satsangs
• Personal Prayer and Reflection Time
• Folk Music