By Madhava Smullen
The third annual MAN-tra men’s retreat, and the first to go virtual, will feature international speakers and sanga live on Zoom, with the theme “Unlocking A Man’s Dharma in a Locked Down World.” The retreat will take a look at challenges and opportunities through different stages of life from a Krishna conscious perspective, covering topics like fatherhood, marriage, brahmachari life, examples of healthy masculinity, and overcoming pornography.
Participants can sign up at https://mantraretreat.org/, and will receive a Zoom conference link several days before the event, which will take place from November 20th to 22nd.
The MAN-tra retreat this year has been organized by ISKCON guru Bhaktimarga Swami, ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama Das, Partha Das of the Grihasta Vision Team, and younger devotees Rajarshi Ray from Toronto, Marshall Daley from Nova Scotia, and Ananda-Madhava Das from Toronto.
Previous events have drawn about 150 devotees each, and have been an opportunity for men from across North America to benefit from each other’s association, strengthen friendships, and “Learn to become better people, better fathers, better husbands, and better sons,” says Anuttama Das.
While participants this year won’t get to share the MAN-tra Retreat’s usual in-person service like gardening or splitting wood together; and won’t be able to “give each other the ol’ manly slap-on-the-back,” as the promo material quips, the online medium will allow virtual offerings from favorites like comedian Yadunath Das, kirtaniyas Gaura Vani and Amala Harinam, and drama director Bhaktimarga Swami.