Region 8 Retreat

Overview

Online registration for the 2018 Retreat is now closed. For more information please see the Registration tab.

Sairam Dear All,

With Bhagavan’s grace and blessings we are happy to announce the SSIO Region 8 Retreat 2018. The retreat will be held at Buckhorn Camp, 24641 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA 92549. The retreat will be held during the Memorial Day weekend, May 25th – 27th, 2018.

The theme of the retreat is Think of Me. We are privileged to have the eminent speaker, Dr. Sunder Iyer join us at our retreat. Dr. Iyer was in the first group of students to join Swami’s Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi in 1979, and he was instrumental in starting the now renowned sports meet that is held every year in January.

Looking forward to seeing one and all at the retreat.

In Sai’s Loving Service,

Your Regional Officers

Sunder Iyer


Dr. Iyer was in the first group of students to join Swami’s Institute of Higher Learning in Puttaparthi in 1979, and he was instrumental in starting the now renowned sports meet that is held every year in January. As with all students of those times, he had innumerable occasions to be close to Swami and to learn from His direct divine presence. He had the special privilege of being one of Swami’s personal attendants for several years during his student days.

His passion has always been the practicing and teaching of yoga, and he was the only student to receive a gold medal for yoga from the Divine Hands during the first convocation of the Sai University. After completing a Bachelors degree in Commerce and a doctorate degree in Banking and Finance, he taught in Swami’s university until 1994.

Dr. Iyer came to the U.S. in 2000 on Christmas Day with his wife Maya, and they currently reside in Cleveland, Ohio. Since the end of 2011; a few months after Swami attained Mahasamadhi, Dr. Iyer gave up his job and has dedicated his life completely to the spreading of Sanathana Dharma, Vedanta, and Yoga.  He travels the country speaking at Sai retreats and conducting yoga weekend camps and workshops. We are blessed by Swami to have Dr. Iyer as the guest speaker at our conference this year.

Date Friday, May 25th 2018 – Sunday, May 27th 2018
Venue Buckhorn Camp`
Address 24641 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone (951) 659-2995
Nearby Airports Palm Springs International Airport (PSP / KPSP) – 51 miles
LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT / KONT) – 69 miles
John Wayne Airport (SNA / KSNA) – 95 miles

How to Pay for Lodging and Accomodation

We are offering three payment options:
Option 1: Pay by Credit Card (Amex, Visa, Master Card, Discover, Pay Pal etc.)
Option 2: Mail a Check
Option 3: Need Financial Assistance (Full or Partial)

Option 1: Pay by Credit Card (Amex, Visa, Master Card, Discover, Pay Pal etc.)

  • In Section 6 choose I want to Pay by Credit Card (Amex, Visa, Master Card, Discover, Pay Pal etc.)
  • Click on Submit
    • If you would like to pay using your Pay Pal account: Login to your Pay Pal account (Pay with Pay Pal section) and complete the transaction. You will receive a conformation email.
    • If you would like to pay using your Credit Card (Amex, Visa, Master Card, Discover): Click on the Pay with Debit or Credit Card tab and complete your transaction. You will receive a Confirmation Email.

Option 2: Mail a Check:

  • In Section 6 choose I will mail the check
  • Click on Submit.
  • You will receive an email with instructions to mail the check.
  • Please write a check made payable to NARA Foundation – Sai Region 8
  • Mail to the registrar as follows:
    Bruce Bouché
    2225 Los Encinos Road
    Ojai, California 93023

Option 3: Need Financial Assistantance:

  • In Section 6 choose I need Scholarship (Full or Partial)
  • Click Submit
  • The Registrar (Bruce Bouché) will contact you.

Online registration for 2018 is now closed.

  • You can still attend the retreat as a Day visitor (Saturday or Sunday) as walk-in
  • If you would like to attend all 3 days and need accommodation please contact Bruce Bouche at (805)807-3309 or email bruce@brucebouche.com

Retreat Check In

  • Upon arriving at the Camp, please proceed directly to the Registration desk and pick up your cabin assignments.
  • If you are a walk-in registrant, your forms will be processed on site.
  • There will be volunteers to assist with the luggage for the elderly. Registration will open at 3:00 PM on Friday.
  • Registration will be closed at 11:00 pm on Friday night.
  • Registration will be open from 7 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday and 8 am to 11 am on Sunday.

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RetreatProgram

Topics being considered are:

  1. Work – Life – Center balance (time management)
  2. Contentment – keys to happiness (ceiling on desires)
  3. Joy of Cooking
  4. Tambourine 101
  5. Evening campfire and singing under the stars
  6. Separate program for SSE children

Sai Spiritual Education: There will be SSE (Sai Spiritual Education) classes as well as supervised sports and other activities for children ages 6 and up at various times.

The accommodations at Camp Buckhorn consist of dormitory-style cabins with bunk beds and a limited number of A-frame family cabins. Family cabins may be available for families that register early. The dormitory-style cabins have been designated as either all male or all female. Restroom and shower facilities are a short walk from the cabins. We ask that children aged five and over stay with the same-gender parent; if the family is not assigned a family cabin. A limited number of tent sites are also available for those who prefer to bring and stay in their own tents. For those who prefer to stay at a local motel/hotel, please use the following link for information on local hotels/motels – Idyllwild Hotels