The Eight Annual Memorial Day Saivite Retreat was held in Corona, California this past Memorial Day weekend. Twenty five participants of all ages attended this three day Retreat which was conducted by Rishi Thondunathan. Events included classes for children, philosophical discussions for adults, Hatha Yoga, group meditation, games and field trips. For the field trip, the group visited the Siva Temple of Pasadena, California.
This year the youth were asked not to engage in video games in off hours and instead they tried playing cards using the DevaTrek Deck created by Himalayan Academy. It turned out to be a great hit! Cards are usually associate with gambling in the Hindu community and sometimes frowned on, but these 42 cards have the Yamas and Niyamas on them and the deck comes with instructions for four different games that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Even the teenagers enjoyed them, saying "These are better than regular cards, because, they have something interesting on them, not just stuff like the 5 of spades." Since the Yamas and Niyamas was part of the class material, the card games the youth played off hours reinforced their learning, while having fun at the same time.
http://Find out more about the DevaTrek Deck here -- a great gift item for young people!
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