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Winter in Florida - 2013
(Details will be posted in coming months)

 

During January and February 2013 we will be having daily programs at the ashram. The spirit of the gatherings is that of old friends who are very sincere about the practices getting together to learn and laugh, to meditate and contemplate, and to spend some time away from home to reconnect with the deeper, quieter aspects of yourself.

Many of our gatherings here have historically been spontaneous (often after evening meditation), and this has been quite enjoyable, flexible, insightful and fun. Some of our times will have themes, which we'll choose on the basis of program participants. If you have a specific topic request, please let me know. We'll surely have a wide range of discussions, training and practices, both in groups and individually.

Whoever is here will come together in a sense of community, with our schedules being flexible, while punctual. Out of state or country visitors can stay at hotels or condos at the beach, while local people are also welcome to participate in all activities.

SCHEDULE OUTLINE: Here's a general outline of our activities for the month, including 6 hours per day together:

  • DAILY: Meditation at 11:30 am; satsang 10:30-1:30pm
  • DAILY: Meditation at 6:00 pm; satsang 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Other times: Depending on participants and Swami J.
  • Exceptions: Sunday morning there is no session, but we will all go to the Center for Nondualism program that morning. Monday afternoon 4:00-6:00pm is our regular Bhagavad Gita discussion, followed by regular 6:00pm meditation, and then (optional) dinner together at the Bombay Masala .

Satsang means coming together in truth.
sat=truth; sanga=company

MATERIALS FOR STUDY AND PRACTICE:

We will use these for reflection and discussions. Please read some (not all) of the following while you are here. Bring quotes and questions with you to the satsangs. These will be the basis of our discussions, though we will likely go in many lively and insightful directions from these. Please do not feel overwhelmed when you look at these materials. We will use these in a very gentle way. Please download and print out the pdf files (five of these can be purchased in bound booklet form from my page at Lulu.com if you wish).

PDF files from SwamiJ.com to download and print:

Optional files to print and bring with you for discussion:

Books (optional, to be read in your leisure time; you are not expected to read all of these books during the program):

  • Conscious Living by Swami Rama (ISBN 8188157031; Amazon)

  • Samadhi by Swami Rama (ISBN 8188157015; Amazon)

  • The Essence of Spiritual Life (ISBN 8190100491; Amazon)

  • Art of Joyful Living (ISBN 0893891177; Amazon)*

  • Path of Fire and Light, V.2 (ISBN 0893891126; Amazon)*
  • Meditation and Its Practice (ISBN 0893891304)*
  • Other books by Swami Rama (for those published by the Himalayan Institute of USA, please try to get versions published before Swami Rama left the body in 1996, prior to the posthumous revising of some books)

* The Swami Rama books with the ISBN noted above are preferred, as some of the later published versions of these books have been significantly altered after Swami Rama left the body.

PRIVATE: Here are some other suggestions for you to do in your private time:

  • Four meditation times, whether alone or in group:
    early morning, late morning, 6:00 pm, later evening
  • Daily stretches or hatha yoga; exercise, walks on the beach
  • Food: Most days we'll plan to have one meal together, whether midday or evening.
  • Readings: Please do some amount of readings each day, particularly including the books of Swami Rama. Bring your observations and questions with you for satsang. These readings will be the foundation of our discussions.

Hotels and condos: There is a separate page on the website that lists hotels and links (click here). There are two general locations: in town, and beaches. As it is off-season, the beach hotels are quite reasonable. If possible, the Ramada is recommended. This will put people together for convenience. They also have a heated pool and lots of garden space to gather. For condos, the El Matador is recommended, as it has many rooms available at reasonable rates. Again, it would be nice for people to be at the same place. February is off season, and the hotel occupancy rates are quite low. There is virtually no possibility of there being a shortage of rooms.

See also these pages:
Hotels and seasons
Fort Walton Beach maps and photos
Alluring beach photos

Let me know your intent: Please let me know of your wishes or intent about coming for this. I'm not trying to hold you to this as a commitment, but it will help in planning. Give me some idea what you think will be your approximate arrival date and departure date. If you live in the Fort Walton Beach area, please let me know how much time you think you'll be involved, as well as if you'd like to be available to help with organizing. (contact)

Costs: You'll be booking your own accommodations, so those costs depend on you and your choices, such as whether to share a hotel room or condo, and whether to have kitchen facilities. Some of the 2-bedroom condos are available for a month at quite reasonable rates. There are no fees for the programs, though your donations are appreciated. If you want to share a car rental, we can connect people. If you won't be having a car, we can possibly help with transportation. The Ramada hotel is about a 2-mile walk. The El Matador condo is about 3 miles. We usually make food here every evening that people are here and sometimes people bring something from the grocery store across the street.

 

Page last updated: April 6, 2012

 

 

 

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