We are very pleased to announce that for this year's European Retreat with HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja we are teaming up with the College of Vedic Studies (Bhaktivedanta Manor), to hold our retreat on the island of Iz. The Island of Iz is a beautiful island off mainland Croatia.
We all know that life can get really quite busy, what with work, family and friends. Often the sad reality is that the first thing to suffer is that which is most important in the ultimate sense, our Krishna consciousness. We all need some time in life to simply absorb ourselves in the practice and process of Krishna consciousness.
To this end, the European Retreat Team and CVS aim to bring you spiritual retreats that allow you to get away from everything else and simply reconnect with Krsna. In order to help that process, we have organised some of the best association (sadhu-sangha) available, in the form of HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja.
We are pleased to be able to invite you to join us for this unique experience. As someone who has attended our Retreats in the past, we are offering you the opportunity to book your place as a "priority guest", before this retreat is made public to anyone else. Places are limited by hotel capacity and the priority-booking period will close on midnight Friday 19 December. After this date, bookings will be taken on a first come first serve basis via the Manor website.
The weeklong retreat will be packed full of kirtans, seminars, sangha and prasadam – providing you with a chance to experience an immersion in devotional life. All this within the beautiful, sunny surroundings of the island of Iz, this will be a week to remember!
The theme for the retreat will be “Understanding Krsna Consciousness through the Stories of Srimad Bhagavatam.” The Srimad Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of all Vedic knowledge, and is replete with the pastimes of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees. Referred to as the “spotless” Purana, the Bhagavatam is “directed towards bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilisation (SB 1.5.11).” Via this greatest of all literatures, we will have the opportunity to extract the essence of Krsna consciousness in both theory and practice.
Being a spiritual retreat, all guests are requested to prepare to attend all sessions as well as participate in the morning program (the timetable will be published shortly).
Croatia 2015 – the details
Dates: 9th – 16th May 2015
Venue: Iz Island, just off mainland Croatia
Charges: All-inclusive prices range from £355 to £455 room choice (see booking form for more details). Prices are for the whole "package". We regret that we cannot support UK devotees who choose to book alternative travel arrangements or offer reductions in price because of this. Charges fixed until 15 February 2015, after which charges increase by 15%. Devotees outside UK, deduct £160, all charges made in local currency.
The outward journey (Saturday 9th May):
• A coach from the Manor to London Stansted (leaving the Manor at 2.30pm)
• Strictly no leaving cars parked at the Manor
• A 2.5 hour flight from London Stansted to Zadar (Croatia) – Ryanair (landing at 10pmlocal time)
• A 20 minute coach ride from Zadar Airport to the Ferry terminal
• A 1 hour ferry to the island (expected arrival 1am local time)
Apologies, the timings are not ideal. There are only 3 direct flights per week by Ryanair.
The inward journey (Saturday 16th May):
• A 1 hour ferry to Zadar port
• A 20 minute coach ride from the Ferry terminal to Zadar Airport
• A 2.5 hour flight from Zadar to Stansted – Ryanair (landing at 6.10pm local time)
• A coach from London Stansted to the Manor (arriving around 9pm at Manor)
Link to booking form
To reserve your place:
Link to Video
A short video from last year’s retreat, with Gurumaharaja explaining the benefits of such events:
About the Venue
The island of Iz is located on the Adriatic, with superb scenery and clear blue waters. With only 200 people residing on the island, it is sure to be a peaceful 7 days. The hotel Korinjak is renowned for being the only vegetarian hotel in the Adriatic, and is well known for hosting yoga retreats.
The island and hotel combination are the venue of choice for annual Japa-Retreats organised by HH Sacinandana Swami Maharaja.