From letters Srila Prabhupada wrote to his disciples, we know that he envisioned New Vrindaban as, among other things, a holy place of pilgrimage in North America, where devotees could gather for spiritual education.
Progress in realizing that vision has gone from strength to strength in recent times. New Vrindaban’s accommodation in its Palace Lodge, cabins, and temple guestwing have been beautifully remodeled, including several rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The recently built Yogashala venue, with its three walls of panoramic windows overlooking New Vrindaban’s own Kusum Sarovara lake, the Vrindaban forest, and peacocks and swans makes an appealing space for events.
These features, along with the service attitude of the local devotees, have created an exceptional attraction for both teachers presenting seminars and workshops on various spiritual topics, and devotees looking for retreats. As a result, more and more people are choosing New Vrindaban as their place to meet.
Sacinandana Swami has taught his hugely popluar experiential Living Name Retreat on japa and kirtan in the West Virginia community for two years in a row, with the third coming up from April 9th to 12th this year. Men of three generations have gathered there to hold their MAN-tra retreat on “Being a K.C. Guy in the 21st Century” for the past two years. ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry has been holding its annual nine-day temple worship course for all of North America at New Vrindaban. And the GBC College for Leadership Development has been holding the residential courses for its Zonal Supervisor Training program there too.
Read more: https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-becomes-hotspot-for-retreats-and-seminars-with-packed-2020-schedule,7277/