Retreat commences at lunch on Friday 29 March
4:30 am-7:00 am Morning program
7:00 am-7.30 am Deity Greeting and Guru Puja
7:30 am-9:00 am Seminar on Sanatana Goswami’s Brhad Bhagavatamrta by BB Govinda Swami
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am-2:00 pm Morning Kirtan session
2:00 pm Lunch
4:00 pm-8:00 pm Evening Kirtan session
8:00 pm Supper
Retreat concludes after lunch on Monday 2 April
as cited from The Conch Newsletter (New Govardhan)
Over the past several years, New Govardhana has hosted a number of Holy Name Retreats, featuring great souls such as His Holiness Sacinandana Swami, HG Bhurijana dasa, HG Jagattarini Devi Dasi and renowned kirtaneer Madhava. These retreats brought the community and Australian ISKCON centres together in the chanting of the Holy Names.
In 2016, His Holiness Indradyumna Swami developed the Sacred Sound Kirtan Retreat in collaboration with the New Govardhana community. The event was their combined offering to kirtana lovers around the globe. It included devotees such as Bada Hari dasa, Sri Prahlad dasa, Madhava and many other international musicians in a weekend of kirtana, sanga and festivities.
Due to the outstanding success of the previous Sacred Sound Kirtan Retreats, Indradyumna Swami suggested we make it an annual event at New Govardhana. Following this, Australia’s largest kirtan festival, the Sacred Sound Kirtan Retreat was born.
This brings us to the present, where a team of dedicated devotees are working hard to create another spiritually charged festival, this time to be held adjacent to the temple on the farm. The event will bring together bhakti-yogis and kirtaneers from across the nation and around the world.
Again His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, along with the renowned Bada Hari dasa, and Sri Prahlad dasa will make the journey Down Under to lead us in tasting the nectar of the Holy Name. We are pleased to announce that well-known kirtaneer BB Govinda Swami and his troupe will be joining them this year.
This year there will be market stalls featuring international cuisine, as well as special facilities for the children whom we suspect will never want to go home after they have experienced the many fun-filled activities planned for them. The energy and excitement involved in preparing for this inspiring event is hard to describe. However, we need your involvement to make the festival as wonderful as we anticipate it will be.
Please bless us with your presence at the Sacred Sound Kirtan Retreat 2018 and register as soon as possible. There will also be numerous service opportunities, so please contact us beforehand to reserve your seva contribution.
Here on our website (www.sacredsoundkirtanretreat.com.au) you can find full information about registration and other details. If you cannot find answers to your questions on the website, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
So don’t miss out, as we will be closing registration as soon as we reach full capacity. This is an experience you will relish for years to come!
ausadham bhagavan nama
“In the age of Kali, persons who have been bitten by the serpent of samsara, shall get relief by the medicinal herb of chanting the holy names of the Lord and menial service to the lotus feet of Vaisnavas.”
[Sri Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka Sataka]