SANSKRIT RESIDENTIAL WEEK
SATURDAY 4 JANUARY TO SUNDAY 12 JANUARY 2020
The Sydney School of Practical Philosophy is pleased to announce that the Annual Sanskrit Week will be held at Mahratta in Sydney from the afternoon of 4 January until the morning of 12 January 2020.
The Sanskrit Residential Week offers an ideal opportunity for quiet study and simple measure. The main focus for this week is a passage from the Aitareya Upaniṣad which we will chant, discuss, study in depth and reflect on. In this way we hope to experience directly the truth of Advaita Vedanta.
There will also be meditation, morning chanting, the grammar of Panini, and electives related to Sanskrit. All students follow a simple daily programme which includes participating in servicing the kitchen and the house.
All these have Consciousness as the giver of their reality; all these are impelled by Consciousness; the universe has Consciousness as its eye; and Consciousness is its end. Consciousness its Brahman. (Aitareya Up. 3.1.3.)
WHO CAN ATTEND
The event is open to all current students of the School in Australia and New Zealand who -
- A minimum age of 18 years
- You are meditating
- You have attended at least one weekend residential held by the School of Practical Philosophy
A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RETREAT
The event will follow the general outline of previous Sasnkrit Weeks: meditation, chanting, verse study, electives and some service activities.
Mahratta is an art-deco mansion set in beautiful garden grounds. If you’re curious to know more, view the Mahratta website here www.mahratta.org.au
Rooms are basic but comfortable, and are generally shared between 2-4 people. Note that male and female rooms are separated for the week.
Food will be a varied and delicious vegetarian menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day.
We have gluten-free and dairy-free options and we are nut-aware. If there are any special foods you need please bring them with you.
WHAT TO BRING
Smart casual clothes for day and evening.
Bring all the personal items you’d normally use during a week away - toothbrush, hairbrush, chargers, sunglasses, any medications.
It’s fine to bring a laptop in case you need to work, but it's recommend to leave your computer behind to get the most out of the week.
Bath towels and all bedding, including linen, pillows, pillowcases and blankets will be provided to interstate students. Sydney students are to bring their own linen.
The cost is $600 for the week which includes all meals and study material. The Early Bird cost is $550 until 30 November.
Registration is via the website only.
ADDRESS AND TRAVEL DETAILS
The address for the retreat is:
25 Fox Valley Road,
Wahroonga, New South Wales.
The estate is located on the corner of Fox Valley Road and Pacific Highway. Please enter through the main double-gate on Fox Valley Road.
By Car: If you plan to come by car, you can park either inside the property, or on Fox Valley Road, wherever spaces are available.
By Air: If you are flying into Sydney, please indicate your arrival and departure details on the attendee form on the website. If you are travelling by air please note that a pick-up bus will depart Sydney airport at 2pm on Saturday 4 January. An airport drop-off bus will depart Mahratta at 10am on Sunday 12 January (allow an hour for this journey).
If your flight arrival / departure times do not allow you to make use of these buses then please make your own arrangements for travel between the airport and Mahratta.
Train: Catching the train to Mahratta is fairly straightforward. A train line runs from the Airport (both international and domestic terminals) to Central Station (make sure you get on the train going to the city and not to Cronulla). On weekends, trains leave every 10 – 15 minutes. Get off the train at CENTRAL STATION and go to platform 16 for trains that will head to WARRAWEE STATION. This is the T1 North Shore and Northern Line (colour code yellow; Warrawee is between Chatswood and Hornsby). Any train on this line departing Central Station to Berowra or Hornsby via Gordon will stop at Warrawee – avoid catching any trains that are going to Hornsby via Macquarie Park.
The journey from the airport to Warrawee station takes around 1 hour. Once you arrive at Warrawee station, it’s a 10 minute walk to Mahratta.
Sydneysiders: Please indicate whether you will be staying at home or onsite at Mahratta.
Are you ready to secure your space? Click the 'select event' button below to start the registration.