By Madhava Smullen
Around forty-five women from Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, and across the U.S. and Canada attended the fourth annual Urban Devi Retreat on October 17th, entitled “Welcoming Transformation” and held virtually on Zoom.
Co-hosted by Urban Devi and the Bhakti Center in New York City, the inspirational all-day event ran from 7:30am to 5:30pm EDT. It was organized by Urban Devi founder Rukmini Devi Dasi along with Brajarani Devi Dasi, Lila Devi Dasi, and Champakalata Sakhi Devi Dasi, who all co-organize the ongoing Urban Devi monthly women’s sanga.
“Urban Devi is a community of women who gather in New York City – and now online – to explore and excavate their identities as urban women living a spiritual life,” explains Brajarani Devi Dasi, who worked as an HR professional in the corporate world for the last thirty years and recently started her own coaching and hypnotherapy business.
She adds: “It’s about women acting in the world to uplift others, and to shift consciousness of others around them to a higher place of love in action. And it’s dedicated to hearing and seeing the beauty of women in the Bhakti community within the context of modern city life.”
Because Bhakti is defined as “devotional service,” and people across other spiritual traditions also perform devotional service to God, Urban Devi is home to not only Krishna devotees, but also women of various different spiritual paths.