Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rajanaka Summer Camp 2016

I am happy to announce Rajanaka Summer Camp 2016.
Registration is now open. 

It was Once Upon A Time when our invitation to Rajanaka Summer Camp was a few emails to friends that said, "come up for a weekend...well, a little more than a weekend, we'll talk."  It's evolved over the years but I am happy to say that our gathering has never lost its charm.  People come from all over, some who've been for years and always plenty of new folks.  We're still keen on making everyone feel welcome and leaving no one behind, just like we're keen on taking the topics to places where everyone, including me or especially me, has reached to the boundaries.  It's so beautiful in south Bristol in summer and there's time to settle into the conversation and really go deep, enjoy great company, laugh a lot, learn a lot, repeat.  Join us, it's just a great time.

July 7 -11, 2016 
The Forest of Ferocity: Chasing Shiva's Shadow

When Shiva returns to the forest of the Tillai it is to meet his own shadow.  As the mythos tells us he must face his own betrayal of his beloved Uma and consult with Visnu to make the "arrangement" for Ayyappa's future.  We'll tell the stories of Shiva's shadow conversations, learn more about Vyagrahapada and his history, and discover more about the relationship between Bhairava, Kali, Ayyappa, and the denizens of Pulliyasrama of Vyagrahapada.  Bhairava mantras and mudra will be the practice focus.

Aug 11 -15, 2016
Beneath the Forest of Shadows: Kali's Fate, Her Daivya and Lila. 
To understand the great ferocity and beauty of Tillai Kali we must return to the mandala of her Temple and uncover the yantras of her forms as she transitions through the shadows of her betrayal by Shiva and Visnu.  She must evolve herself and find company in conversation and through the many forms of her own self-organization that will empower her to interpret a reality that has entirely reshaped her experience.  Kali myths, myths of Nagas, meetings with Ayyappa, and forests of rasas, here we look deeply into Kali again with more mantra and mudra through her multiple forms.  She must make her way back to beneficence and this requires the rich re-examination of the circle of feelings, rasa.

$625 per person per retreat. Tuition includes lecture, vegetarian lunchFriday through Monday, plus Douglas's famous Curry Night Dinner one of the evenings.
Travel, accommodations, and other meals are not included in the tuition.

We begin Thursday at 2:30pm and end Monday after lunch, about noon.

Please email Vishali for details and suggestions for travel and accommodations. She will let you know how to get to Bristol, information on the different housing options, and will invite you to a Summer Camp facebook group so you can make plans with

Logistics Conference Call:
Getting to Bristol, NY and securing accommodations can seem like a lot if you have never been, so to go over the necessaries of coming to Rajanaka summer camp, we will have a call Monday March 21 at 8 pmEastern time. Call into 605-562-3140 and punch in access 468906#.  If you cannot make the call, email Vishali and she can assist

a) Deposit
To register send Douglas $125 as a deposit before March 31. Mail a check or Money Order to Douglas Brooks 7296 Gregg Rd. Bloomfield, NY 14469.  
Please send $250 if you intend to attend both retreats. 
You must include with the deposit: 
* Your name  
* Email address 
* Which dates you are registering for (or both)
* Phone number
 b) Balance 
The $500 balance of tuition per retreat will be due by May 1st
Final tuition not received by May 1st forfeits your deposit.