Spiritual retreat: Quenching the spiritual want in a unique way

Lucknow: Spiritual Retreat is a transformative event, designed for students and adults, commenced in 2018 by  Vice Chairperson  Anjali Jaipuria, with the noble aim of fostering a deeper connection to spirituality among young minds. At the heart of this retreat lies the opportunity for participants to delve into their inner selves — their inner friend — seeking answers to life’s profound questions through the lens of spirituality. Through engaging activities and meaningful practices, attendees are invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the vast realm of spirituality while nurturing a heightened consciousness of their inner being.

On 17th May, the 4th day, we began by gathering the students on the front field, where they connected with the sun while chanting “Om.” The idea was for them to align that deeper part of themselves. After that, Palak, one of our facilitators led them on a walk in the field towards the wall with the quote, “Man is a transitional being,” symbolizing the evolution of humanity. Palak asked the students to reject whatever they wanted to reject at the symbol. On the way back, they walked slowly, focusing on their aspirations. Later, the students participated in a yoga session.

After that, Aarti Kashyap and Ruchi, led the students into Geeta chanting. They chanted verses from the Geeta.  This was followed by a very deep and rich discussion on Geeta, where Prof. Vinod Solanki and Mrs. Anjali Jaipuria spoke to students.

The highlight of the day was a session on “Need of Sprituality” by our student, Nandini Bansal, where she spoke about how spirituality can bring change in one’s life. After that students had a insightful discussion.

Students participated in a unique team-building activity called the Dream Boat, facilitated by Shaily Shah. Groups of students stood on small bed sheets and worked together to flip them without stepping off. The main objective was not just completing the task, but for students to explore their feelings, teamwork dynamics, and self-discovery through the activity. After that students shared their experience.

Later, Palak guided all the students into the session with Savitri. They connected with the lines of Savitri, allowing the mantric power of the verses and music to evoke movement within their bodies and foster deeper connections. This session was followed by a recap, where students reflected on their experiences during the four-day spiritual retreat.


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