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Croatia Spiritual Retreat 2015

Sunday, December 28th, 2014


In May 2015, we had a wonderful Retreat to Croatia with HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj. Please find photos, recordings and video links all below…

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Details about Retreat

From 9th – 16th May 2015, we were very honoured to have His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami as the chief guest for the European Spiritual Retreat to Croatia. This was a fabulous 7-day spiritual retreat to the beautiful Croatian island of Iz.

Life can get busy 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 spiritual life. We all need some time to simply absorb ourselves in the practice and process of Krishna consciousness.

To this end, the College of Vedic Studies aims to bring spiritual retreats to allow devotees to get away from everything else and simply reconnect with Krishna. The week-long retreat was packed full of kirtans, seminars, sanga and prasadam – providing an  immersive devotional experience for all within the beautiful, sunny surroundings of the island of Iz. It was definitely a week to remember!


The theme for the retreat was “Understanding Krishna 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 Krishna, 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 had the opportunity to extract the essence of Krishna consciousness in both theory and practice.



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Bhakti Life Retreat 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Bhakti Life Retreat Back

The trip is now fully booked. Apologies for any disappointments. Please keep a look out for any future trips. 

For those who have a place booked on the trip and have been asked for their details, please complete the booking form.


Have you attended a course at the College of Vedic Studies in the recent past? Are you relatively new to Krsna consciousness and just want to spend a weekend away and dive into the ocean of devotion? Are you wanting to learn more about the philosophy and practice of Krsna consciousness? If yes, then please read on!

The Bhakti Life Retreat is a bank holiday weekend away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. It is a retreat set in the ambient Radhadesh Temple in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes, providing an opportunity for you to step off the treadmill of life and take a few moments to immerse yourself in the deep and rich culture of the sacred tradition of Krishna Consciousness.

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A weekend full of kirtans, seminars and sangha, providing a chance for you to experience an immersion in devotion. There will be workshops ranging from yoga to QnA as well as practical philosophy to engage your mind, body and soul.

We will leave Bhaktivedanta Manor at 2pm on Friday 22nd August 2014, and return at 9pm on Monday 25th August 2014. Driving to Dover, we will catch the ferry over to Calais and from there take the 3-4 hour drive to Radhadesh, Belgium. Spending 3 nights in the picturesque surroundings of the Radhadesh (ISKCON) temple, this is a weekend away you really do not want to miss.

Dates: 1pm on Friday 22nd August – 9pm on Monday 25th August 2014
Venue: Radhadesh, Petite Sommes, Belgium
Fee: £149 for children/adults staying in a dormitory and £179 per person for a private ensuite room (minimum 2 people). The fee covers transportation, accommodation and prasadam

Please note that rooms, especially ensuite rooms, are very limited. Half of them have already gone to the early birds. So please do not delay your booking!

For more information / queries, please call Pradeep K on 07708 620256 or e-mail

If you would like to attend the retreat, please fill in the booking form.

Once we have received the form and reviewed it, we will be in contact and ask you to make your payment. 

Japa Retreat

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

with Mahatma Das

One year, after Srila Prabhupada read the resolutions of the annual GBC meeting in Mayapur, he asked, “But did you discuss how to improve the chanting of Hare Krsna?”


Why a Japa Workshop?

We all know we can chant better rounds. For most of us, “normal” japa is not as good as we know it could be – or as good as it should be. The Japa Workshop was developed to deal with this reality. It is a weekend to work on one thing only: your relationship with the Holy Name.

One of the objectives of the workshop is to alter bad japa habits. We offer you tools – the good habits – that will make it easier and more natural to chant better rounds. These tools will also help you continue improving your japa long after the workshop is over. The reality is that bad japa habits can stay with us for life if we don’t deal with them. In other words, bad chanting tends to produce more bad chanting unless we do something about it.

What Can You Expect?
Participants commonly report that they:

  • Discover where their chanting is most deficient and work on those areas;
  • Experience an increased and more spontaneous taste for chanting;
  • Gain new tools and techniques that immediately improve their chanting;
  • Feel Krsna’s presence more fully in His Names;
  • Develop deep and honest relationships with other participants.
  • Take their japa more seriously after the workshop

Another thing you can expect is to be more Krsna conscious. Chanting quality rounds makes a big difference in your spiritual life.

The goals of the workshop are:

  • To learn and apply techniques and attitudes in your daily japa that enable you to become more absorbed in your chanting.
  • To gain a greater taste for chanting so that japa becomes what you want to do rather than what you have to do.
  • To have deeper and more profound experiences with the holy name on a consistent basis.
  • To gain a greater appreciation for the holy name and its central importance in the practice of bhakti.
  • To experience that “there is nothing but the holy name in all the fourteen worlds.”
  • To organize your life and priorities in a way that supports good japa.
  • To create a mindset (and thus a habit) of consistently improving your japa throughout your life.

Practical Details:

  • Fri 14th June: 7pm – 9pm. Dinner prasadam will be served at 6pm.
  • Sat 15th June: 10am – 5.30pm. Includes lunch and dinner prasadam.
  • Sun 16th June: 10am – 5.30pm. Includes lunch prasadam.
  • Please note that it is essential to attend the entire retreat in order to get the most out of it

Venue: Theatre, Bhaktivedanta Manor
What to Bring: A commitment to improve your japa and your bead bag.
Course Fee: £70
Registration: Online (below) or at reception
Contact: / 07539314457 for more information

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Why such a long time?
The workshop is a complete course and each section builds upon the previous section. Missing parts of the workshop would be like trying to study algebra with a primary school understanding of math. When devotees only attend parts of the workshop they miss out on the benefit the workshop offers.  To change deeply rooted poor japa habits doesn’t happen in a few hours. At least one weekend is required.

What is the price I must pay every morning to chant good rounds: focus, intention, effort, controlling my mind, being present with the holy names, prayer, and absorption. One needs to pay this price daily.

Many of us act like it’s too much trouble, work, or effort to significantly improve our japa. The willingness to dedicate an entire weekend to improving japa is the exact attitude needed for consistently improving one’s japa throughout life. We should see the Japa Weekend as a rare and fortunate opportunity to improve our japa. Additionally, we should see it as necessary to take our japa to a higher level, a level we may otherwise not achieve for many years.

The workshop provides a special opportunity to both evaluate your japa and learn from others how to improve. You will get many new realizations about the holy name and become inspired to make japa more of a priority in your life.

The Japa Weekend is a place where you will make breakthroughs in your japa.

Some testimonials
“A thoroughly motivating weekend. A turning point in my devotional life.” [Madhuri Devi Dasi, Toronto]

“I wish I had learned what you gave me years ago so I could have been doing better justice to Krsna’s names.” [Prema, Mumbai]

“This workshop gave me profound inspiration and optimism.” [Praharana Devi Dasi]

 A letter from Mahatma Prabhu to you

A letter about the retreat

A Weekend of Inspiration

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Over the weekend of 5th- 7th October The Langley Hotel in Tonbridge, Kent, hosted an exciting innovation in congregational care. Over 40 sanga group members from Northampton, Southampton, Norwich, Reading, Bristol and Bournemouth came together for a spiritual retreat, organised by the Manor’s Head of Congregational Development Kanhaiya Das and Prasannatma das who runs the website.

The retreat included a variety of workshops facilitated by Sri Kama dasi, Radha Mohan das, Sutapa das and Gaura Krishna das on the subjects of “Connecting and Creating”, “Mantra Meditation”, “The Power of Habits” and “Obstacles on the Path of Spiritual Life.” There was music and kirtan throughout, tied together by Guru das. There was also some entertainment on the Saturday evening, with humourous dramas and classical guitar by one of the sanga members. The evening was followed by, as one might expect, by dancing in kirtan till late in the evening.

“The weekend was a resounding success,” explained Kanhaiya das. “Everyone left feeling enthused and spirituality enlivened. The Langely Hotel is a great venue I am looking forward to the next retreat there!”



“Thank you from my heart, thank you for sharing so much wisdom and knowledge. It was my first retreat experience with the Krishna devotees. I will remember it with joy in my heart”.

-Retreat Attendee

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Japa Workshop

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

with HH Bhaktirasamrita Swami

Join us in this inspiring experience. The Japa Workshop offers more than just some help for you to improve your practice of chanting. It aims at improving your relationship with Radha and Krishna in Their most merciful forms of the Holy Name.

What can you expect from a Japa Workshop?

  • New insights and techniques in relation to chanting the Holy Name
  • A stronger commitment to offenseless chanting of the Holy Name
  • Breakthrough experiences in chanting the Holy Name
  • The opportunity to learn how to expand the boundaries of your spiritual life so that you can have deeper and more rewarding spiritual realizations.
  • Alter bad japa habits and learn tools to improve your chanting that you can immediately apply and you will increase your attraction to chanting making your chanting more of an “l get to chant’ experience rather than “l have to chant’ chore.

In short, you can really increase your Krishna Consciousness. It is a weekend to work on one thing only: your relationship with the Holy Name!


Course Date: Sunday, May 20
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Venue: Metropolitan Police Sports Ground  Aldenham Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 2TR
Course Fee: £10

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The class size will be limited. Please make sure that you book ahead by emailing or calling 01923851010. Please note that on the day we will give priority to those who’ve booked ahead.

“Will you be a winner?”

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Over 100 Students attended the “2012: Will you be a winner?” University Retreat on a bright and sunny February day!

The KC Soc group comprises over 20 Universities and top schools across the country – and are growing!!

At the ‘2012’ Olympic styled Retreat in February, students from as far as Plymouth, Southampton, Coventry, Aston, Birmingham, DMU, Cambridge, Leicester, Portsmouth and the more local UCL, City, QMUL, Brunel, Kings, SOAS, WBGS, QE Boys, to name but a few, all managed to beat morning blues with the view to ‘be a winner in 2012!

The action packed day included <in order!>, an introduction to the beautiful Deities that reside at Bhaktivedanta Manor, ‘Power Yoga’, multimedia presentation on the Honourable Warrior (A insight into Bhagavad Gita!), ‘Mooooooo’ – milking and feeding cows! Veggie Steady Cook had all students competitively flip pancakes and create unique filling.

After a yummy lunch there was an action packed and energy fuelled workshop: ‘Mind Games 2012’ which included challenging fun team based activity out on the Lawn! The final Mantra session had everyone on their feet dancing the evening away, voted the BEST activity by over 95% of students!

People from all backgrounds and walks of life come to KC Socs to learn about the Vedic philosophy and culture of ancient India. The sessions prove to be exciting and inspiring for everyone that comes along.

Presidents of the societies are considered to be true ‘Spiritual Warriors’ and leaders-in-training.  Not only do they juggle their studies, exams, part-time work, family and social obligations, but they all make time to organise weekly sessions, special events, festivals and retreats as well. We would like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of them for their tireless and dynamic efforts in the last term and we look forward to working with them in the next one.  Thank you to all those involved!

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