FB Photo album of the Youth Camp
Full Report, with pictures, in PDF format
The New Year at the Sri Aurobindo Society usually starts with a burst of young energy, with youth from all over the country gathering to spend time together through a youth camp, exploring, discovering and creating a new future for themselves and for the country!
Sri Aurobindo Society has been organizing such youth camps annually for the past 30 years and has been touching and transforming young lives all over the country. This year the annual All India Youth Camp, themed GOLDEN RIVER, was organized at Puducherry from January 4 to 12, 2016, under the sponsorship of J. K. Trust, Calcutta. A total of 24 participants from various states of India joined in with a youthful verve and enthusiasm.
It was a camp filled with engaging participation, inquisitive questions and a lot of discoveries about themselves, their hidden talents and capacities. They bonded together as a family and discovered a new home both within and without! With Shivakumar as the Camp Director, an energetic team of resource persons organized the entire camp.
The youth camp flowed to begin a new life for the group of youth, with all expressing their gratitude towards the Divine for giving them such an opportunity to live together and to learn and grow in His light. Shiva-da expressed his gratitude towards J. K. Trust, Calcutta, for their partial sponsorship of the camp.
All the participants promised that they will take these teachings with them and will use them in making their life and the world a better place.
Feedback from Participants
“Golden River – a river having its own Soul. This camp is more than every experience of my life. It has given me the power to find myself. No words can define it but living these moments can.”—Chaitya Prakash Ojha
“When I first sent my application, I had no idea what to expect. And I didn’t even dream of this camp being something that would change my life forever. It’s like I had sunglasses on my entire life and this camp helped me take them off and look at everything oh-so-clearly! I left a part of my heart there and I will keep coming back because I think this is where that part belongs! I’ve never felt closer to myself than what I do now. This camp changed my entire life!”—Rucha Deshpande
“The camp felt like a cocoon as I was filled with goodness and progress for complete 9 days. The teachers are living examples of all that they teach us. The environment is filled with such a fresh energy that it transformed us all. I’m leaving Puducherry with beautiful friends and a new way to make life more meaningful. I’ll be coming to Puduchery all my life! Thank you Golden River.” —Malvika Nagpal
“If only it was possible to express in words what this camp has done to me.”—Vivek Nagar
“I came in search of water and stumbled upon elixir, I came to find peace and returned with happiness, I came as an individual and left with a bunch of friends, I came with an empty heart and now I leave with a Golden River.”—Saloni Ranjendra Dangwal
“To me it was like – to write water, on water, with water.”—Athrva Pathak
“I came with a blank page, taking away most beautiful pictures. I came with my empty hands, I left with whole world in hands. I came alone to meet Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, I earned more than blessings, grace, love, friendship, memories… Learned to live life more lively and consciously.”—Trupti Ashok Bharadi
“This camp is one of the most memorable moments in my life. Thank you!”—G.D. Satish Kumar