Every year during summer Overman Foundation organizes a Summer Retreat in the lap of the Himalayas. In the said retreats, workshops on varied themes are conducted to enable the participants to reach the higher perfection of living and make life beautiful. The workshops provide an opportunity to move away from the summer heat into seven days of solitude in the lap of the Himalayas delving into self-introspection, thoughtful interactions and rediscovering oneself amidst Nature.
The retreat is held every year since 2017 at “Madhuban” (in Talla Ramgarh, Uttarakhand) which is an extension of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch. A campsite situated on a fruit orchard of about 30 acres, Madhuban is about 1.5 hours drive by road from Kathgodam Railway Station and situated at a height of 5000 feet above a picturesque village in the Kumaon range of the Himalayas. Madhuban is the place where the beekeeping association of India took birth more than 50 years ago. Accommodation facilities are as per the standards provided at Madhuban. Since the camp is being held in the Ashram campus, a strict discipline is to be maintained throughout and all participants are required to follow the rules and regulations of the Ashram and uphold the sanctity of the place.
The food served during the camp is nutritious and entirely vegetarian. We seek cooperation in matters of food. Since people from many states and family backgrounds participate, it will not be possible for us to satisfy everybody’s taste.
How to reach Madhuban:
Trains include (i) Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi railway station leaving at 10:45 p.m. and reaching Kathgodam at around 6:30 a.m. the next morning (ii) Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Express leaving Old Delhi railway station at 4:00 pm reaching Kathgodam at around 10:00 pm the same day (iii) Shatabdi leaving New Delhi railway station at 6:00 am, reaching Kathgodam at around 11:50 am the same day and (iv) north-east states, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa etc. can change trains at Lucknow for Kathgodam by Broad Gauge 3019 Bagh Express or Metre Gauge 5308 Nainital Express to Lal Kuan and catch a bus for Talla Ramgarh. One can also reach by a flight which goes from Delhi to Pantnagar. The distance from Kathgodam railway station and Madhuban can be covered by taxis.
Interested persons are advised to kindly check for detailed information from the internet or get in touch with the organizers for further information. From Kathgodam, taxis are available on hire basis—mobile numbers of drivers (at Kathgodam) available from the organizers.
All participants are advised to carry necessary identity proof like PAN / ADHAAR / VOTER ID, etc. for their journey as well as stay and also the receipt to be issued from Overman Foundation after acceptance of the registration fees.
The registration charges covers accommodation and meals, programme kits and site-seeing during the weeklong retreat. Traveling to Madhuban and back is to be organized and borne by the participants.
To download the registration form, please click on the following link:
How to Register:
Download the registration form, fill it up and send it to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment of registration fees can be remitted through money-order, demand-draft, cheque and NEFT. Kindly note that the registration will be confirmed only after the receipt of the registration fees.
Kindly fill up the form and send it along with your multi-city cheque/DD payable to ‘OVERMAN FOUNDATION’ by speed-post/courier to:
36/3, Prince Ghulam Mohd. Shah Road,
Terms and Conditions:
- Since seats are limited, confirmation of participation would be done on a first-come-first serve basis.
- Registration will be confirmed only on full payment of workshop fees. An email would be sent to the participant confirming his/her participation for the workshop once he/she has completed all the procedures for registration.
- The workshop fees include boarding and lodging at Madhuban, not the travel expenses.
- Lodging will be provided to participants on a twin-sharing basis.
- Participants would have to manage their own travel arrangements to Madhuban. Contact details of taxi-drivers would be provided to the participants if they inform us of their travel details in advance.
- People with high blood pressure and other diseases, who have problems with high altitude and / or living at the first and second floors, and also those needing special facilities, food or care, should not apply. Any medical expenses will have to be borne by the participants themselves.
- There will be no refund in case of cancellation request by the participants. However, a transfer of registration will be allowed wherever feasible at the discretion of the organizers.
- The organizers have the right to allow or refuse any registration application.
For further details, kindly contact:
Mr. Anurag Banerjee at (0) 98302 44192 and (0) 98740 11224; email@example.com.
Details of Past Retreats
Time: 27 May to 2 June 2017
Theme: Practical Spirituality
Venue: Madhuban, Talla Ramgarh (Uttarakhand)
Photographs of Madhuban
Shrine at Madhuban which houses Sri Aurobindo’s sacred Relics.
Responses from participants:
“We have enjoyed very much our stay here at Madhuban. The hospitality extended by the authorities and staffs of this Centre has made us overwhelmed. Our joy knew no bounds when we met our beloved Taradi.
“We pray to Sri Ma and Sri Aurobindo that this Centre may prosper more and more in the years to come and remain such a peaceful resort for all the devotees of Ma and Sri Aurobindo.”
Dilip Kumar Chatterjee and Mita Chatterjee
“I came here to join a spiritual camp conducted by Mr. P. S. Bose and Mr. Anurag Banerjee. As I stepped here it seemed I was in the lap of Nature—it was a heavenly paradise. The stay here was very soul-fulfilling. It was a blissful experience. I am going back to my routine-life with the battery of soul charged, energized with positive energies. I am very thankful for the service rendered to us at dining hall. Dining together with healthy, nutritious food was a happy experience. The flower garden of the ‘Retreat’ is marvellous with bright, healthy blossoms, fruits hanging on branches. The background music was played by birds. The play of the butterflies was eye-catching. I will never forget Tipu—a very obedient creature. The prayer hall needs special mention. It is full of intense vibration which calms one’s mind quickly. I would like to visit the place again and give a little bit of service. Thanks everybody for everything.”
“Sitting in the arms of Mother Nature, given the amenities of city life, food for the body and soul, penning a feedback is next to impossible. The staff at Madhuban deserves praise for their services, for which I am grateful to them. Candle-light talk with Tara-di and afternoon walking with Tara-di are golden moments in my life. The tour organized was great. Something inside has pinpointed my limitations on which work has already started. I thank the organizers for this retreat.”
Sanjoy Kumar Mullick
“Queries haunted my mind regarding the topic “Practical Spirituality”. I felt an urge to move out from the drudgery of my day-to-day life and delve within. While coming to this Kumaon Range, Madhuban, and after reaching, I felt sure this was the right place for me.
“The experience here was rejuvenating. The warm welcome I received from the organizers as well as the inmates boosted up my spirit. The ambience here, the walks through the paths, the joy of being surrounded by the blossoms, the trees, the hills, the sky-above and the deep valley below—all are mesmerizing.
“The interactive sessions were quite heartening and interesting. This gave me an opportunity to introspect, analyze and evaluate my weaknesses initially, then my strengths. They have opened the gateway for self-improvement, progress and self-realization in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The periods of meditation here in the divine prayer-room has a significance of their own. That too is an inner realization sitting vis-à-vis the Master and the Mother.
“A growing consciousness is there in me presently that besides this life I’ve lived in my past, there is still a greater purpose in my life which needs to be fulfilled before I receive the ‘call’.”
Dr. Arundhati Chatterjee
To read the detailed report of the Summer Retreat at Madhuban, kindly click on the following link:
Time: 8 June to 14 June 2016
Themes: Stress and Anger Management; Relationships: Its Complications and Solutions, Leadership and Motivation.
Venue: Van Niwas (Himalayan Centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram—Delhi Branch), Bara Pathar, Nainital 263001, Uttaranchal.
Photographs of the Summer Retreat at Nainital
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