Region 8 Retreat


Registration for the retreat is now open. On-site accomodation is now full. You can still attend the retreat for the full time or on a daily basis. To register please contact Registrar: Bruce Bouche mobile: (805)807-3309 email: [email protected] OR President: Sri Jeevaprakash mobile: (949) 285-0822 email: [email protected]

Om Sri Sai Ram.

With Bhagavan’s grace and blessings we are happy to announce the SSIO Region 8 Retreat 2019.  The retreat will be held at the Buckhorn Camp, 24641 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA, 92549. The retreat will be held during the Memorial Day weekend, May 25th – 27th, 2019.

To avoid the stressful long-weekend traffic, the program begins on Saturday, May 25 and concludes on Monday, May 27.

The theme of the retreat is Gratitude – Love in Action. We will have two eminent speakers Dr.Phil Gosselin & Ms. Geetha Ram, a very talented musician “Whistle Wizard” Sri Siva Prasad who rends rare and specialized art, workshops and outdoor activities.

Looking forward to seeing one and all at the retreat.

In Sai’s Loving Service,
Your Regional Officers

Phil Gosselin

Dr. Phil Gosselin has been an ardent devotee since the 1970s, having had an opportunity to live in Prasanthi Nilayam for an entire year in 1971 and again in 1974. He has been an integral part of the USA Sathya Sai Organization, having been a founding member of the USA Central Council instituted by Swami in 1975, and he is also a founding member of several Sai centers in Northeastern USA.

Dr. Gosselin resides in Amherst, Massachusetts where he is a clinical psychologist in private practice and has been a former Professor of Psychology at Union Institute, and director of the Behavioral Medicine Department at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA.

Dr. Gosselin currently serves as the Chairperson for Zone 1 of the Sathya Sai International Organization. Zone 1 comprises the English and Dutch speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere. He is also co-Chair of the SSIO Archive Committee.

Ms. Geetha Ram

Ms. Geetha Ram has had the incredible fortune of enjoying and experiencing the multi-faceted personality of Sathya Sai Baba from birth. Her family has been in Swami’s service for more than six decades. Her granduncle was Swami’s attendant for more than 20 years and the first priest at Prasanthi Nilayam when it was built in 1950. Her father, who is recognized as the gentleman walking behind Swami in videos of darshan in Whitefield, served Swami in various organizational capacities until 2008. Her mother was chosen by Swami to develop the first SSE (Sai Spiritual Education – Bal Vikas) curriculum under his direct guidance.

Ms. Geetha Ram was selected by Swami to be an SSE teacher at the tender age of 15. She delivered lectures under the EHV (Education in Human Values) program to high school teachers throughout her home state of Karnataka in India. She moved to Maryland, in the late 80s, where her husband, Mohan, worked at NASA satellite operations, and she taught kindergarten at a private school for 17 years, being named “Best Teacher of the Year” for five straight years.

Sri Siva Prasad

Sri Siva Prasad is known to many as the “Whistle Wizard.” He has offered two performances at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan, with the most recent on July 26, 2010 during Guru Poornima celebrations held at the Sai Kulwant Hall. Swami very lovingly listened to a 90 minute concert and blessed Sri Siva Prasad with the divine words:

“A non-traditional Musical Art Form that has now gained respectable status and you used this rare human skill to invoke God and spread Bhakthi in this World. Take it globally to our centers.”

Following Swami’s divine instructions, Siva Prasad has toured the world, having visited countries including the UK, Singapore and Russia. He first joined us in 2012, and is coming back again for our retreat this May.

DateSaturday, May 25th 2018 – Monday, May 27th 2019
VenueBuckhorn Camp`
Address24641 CA-243, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone(951) 659-2995
Nearby AirportsPalm 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.

On-site accomodation is now full. You can still attend the retreat for the full time or on a daily basis. To register please contact Registrar: Bruce Bouche mobile: (805)807-3309 email: [email protected] OR President: Sri Jeevaprakash mobile: (949) 285-0822 email: [email protected]

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 be open from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, 7 am to noon on Sunday and 7 am to 9 am on Monday

Please be sure to view all pages in the embedded PDF file below by hovering on the pdf and clicking on the down facing arrow in the bottom left corner.


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