Houston Bhakti Yoga Retreat
(Festival of Love & Devotion)
His Divine Grace B. V. Narayana Maharaja
The Houston Sanga cordially invites everyone to join our Dear Srila Gurudeva and hundreds of visiting devotees from around the world in this seven-day ‘Festival of Love & Devotion' that will include:
•· Evening classes by Srila Gurudeva on ‘Srimad Bhagavatam' (in English)
•· Several Classes throughout the day by visiting Sannyasis and other senior Vaisnava devotees (schedule of classes and topics will be posted soon)
•· Workshops on ‘Sanga Development', ‘Book Distribution' and ‘Preaching'
•· Ecstatic kirtans and bhajans
Important NOTE: Srila Gurudeva's first lecture will be on May 23rd and the last lecture will be on the evening of May 29th 2009.
This year the festival in Houston will be held at the ‘Durgabari Temple Auditorium'. It's a large hall that can accommodate several hundred devotees. Additional arrangements have been made to seat people in case there are more people than the Auditorium's seating capacity. There are separate facilities for prasadam and other activities.
The hall is located in the Durgabari Temple complex (www.durgabari.org) on a quiet street off Highway 6 in Southwest Houston. There is a large lake in front of the temple. Also, there is a playground for children. Durga Bari Temple is located at:
13944 Schiller Road
Houston, TX 77082
Phone: (281) 589-7700
Important Update Notice, April 30, 2009
Dear Maharajas, Prabhus and Didis:Please note the following important updates regarding the BHAKTI Yoga Festival in Houston (May 23 - May 29, 2009).
A. Festival Registration: Its only 3 weeks before the festival starts. If you are planning to attend, please register now. Why wait in long lines at the Registration table at the Festival when you can be hearing Hari Katha and melodious kirtanas at that time. So, save time and last minute anxiety and register now.
It will also help us to plan better and provide better facilities and prasadam to all the participants.
IGVS Houston4107 Laguna CirMissouri City, TX 77459
C. Vendor Booths: If you plan to set up a booth to sell any devotional paraphernalia or books, you must register for it by May 15th. No booths will be allowed after this date. To reserve a booth, please contact Tarun Krsna prabhus at (281) 827-5620.
E. Hotel: If you have not been able to find any hotel accommodation, you can call the following hotel and reserve a room. This hotel is about 20 minutes from the festival site. Ask for Harry Patel.
Super 8 Motel12845 Murphy Road, Stafford, TX 77477 Phone: 281-568-1214 Fax: 281-776-9795Room rates are as follows:
Room with one King size bed: $55 + taxRoom with two beds: $65 + tax
They will allow up to 4 people in room with one King size bed and up to 6 people in room with two beds. They will provide extra quilts so that some can sleep on the floor.
Update Notice: April 7th, 2009
A. Festival Registration: Please note that the last date for the discounted Festival fees is April 15th, 2009. This date will "not be" extended. So, please avail of the discounted rates and register ASAP. We have received very few registrations so far though we know that several hundred devotees are planning to attend. However, we cannot plan the festival properly unless we receive the registrations in advance. We need to place orders for Bhoga, chairs, tables and several other things based on how many devotees will be attending. Placing advance order will allow us to get better pricing and thus provide better facilities to the festival participants. You can help make this festival a grand success by registering in advance. So, please send in your registrations ASAP.
Please use the updated Registration Form for the registration.
B. Accommodation: The following hotels still have rooms available. So, please reserve a room at the discounted rates ASAP.
1. Staybridge Suites (5.3 miles)HOUSTON WEST/ENERGY CORRIDOR 1225 Eldridge ParkwayHouston, TX 77077Tel: (281) 759-7829
Reservations can be made by calling the above hotel number. Ask for ‘Bhakti Yoga Group' discount rate. You can also make the reservation online at http://events.ichotelsgroup.com/DPRD-7PKRLT/HOUEE/website/.
The rates are as follows:Studio Suites $ 60.00 + taxKing One Bedroom Suites $ 75.00 + taxOne Bedroom Double Suites $ 85.00 + tax
Reservations must be made before May 5th to get these discounted rates.
2. Super 8 Motel (6.2 miles)15101 Katy FreewayHouston, TX 77094Tel: (281) 646-7800
Please ask for ‘Bhakti Yoga Retreat' rates when making the reservations. The discounted rates are as follows:
King Size Bedroom: $55.00 + taxTwo Double Beds room: $58.50 + tax
3. Sunsuites (7.5 miles)3100 West Sam Houston ParkwayHouston, TX 77042Tel: (713) 780-8200
Please use the following link to make your reservation: https://www.sunsuites.com/reservations.php?p=westchase.
The best rate is the weekly rate is for Queen Suite
For any accommodation related questions, please call Vishnu das at (281) 491-4114.
C. Camping: Due to limited shower facilities, we will be able to provide very limited camping. We have already rec'd enough requests for camping. So, if you have not already called and registered, please make arrangements in a hotel or some nearby camping grounds. The closest camping ground is Cinco Ranch (http://cincorv.com/).
There are several nice hotels within 1-3 miles of the Festival site. The rates at these hotels are already quite discounted. For more hotels you can check www.travelocity.com or www.expedia.com.
For any accommodation related questions, please call Vishnu Das at (281) 491-4114.
We have worked out discounted rates with the following four hotels. Only a limited number of rooms are available at these discounted rates right now. So, we STRONGLY recommend that you reserve your rooms ASAP to get the best rates. You can always cancel your reservation without any penalty.
We are working with more hotels in the area to get discounted rates.
Please note that you will get the discounted rate "only if" you call the hotel directly. You will not get the discounted rate if you make the reservation online.
1. Crossland Economy Studios
2130 Highway 6 South
Houston, TX 77077
Each room has a kitchenette. Weekly rates (7 nights) will be cheaper for those staying for the entire festival. All rates are inclusive of applicable taxes.
To get the following discounted rates, please ask for "YOGA RETREAT" group rate.
Weekly rate for a room with one full size bed: $286.58
Weekly rate for a room with two full size beds: $368.48
Daily rate for a room with one full size bed: $46.79
Daily rate for a room with two full size beds: $58.49
2. Scottish Inn
8415 Highway 6 South
Houston, TX 77083
Each room has Table/Chair, Microwave, Refrigerator and High speed DSL. There are limited non-smoking rooms available.
To get the following discounted rates, please ask for "BHAKTI YOGA" group rate.
Daily rate for 1 King Size Bed room : $55 + tax
Daily rate for 2 Queen Size Beds room: $65 + tax
3. Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2205 Barker Oaks
Daily rate for a room with one King size bed : $89 + tax
Daily rate for a room with two Queen size beds : $89 + tax
To get the discounted rate, please mention that you are reserving the room for "BHAKTI Yoga Retreat". You need to reserve in advance to get the discounted rate. You will not be able to get this rate at the time of check-in if you have not reserved in advance under ‘BHAKTI Yoga Retreat' group discount rate.
Once the hotel has reserved these 30 rooms, the rest of the rooms will be available at their regular rates.
4. InTown Suites Inn
3000 Highway 6 SouthHouston, TX 77082Tel: 281-759-7065
Each room has a Full size bed and a sofa-bed which becomes a twin size bed. In addition the rooms have a table, chair and a fully equipped kitchen. Free High-speed Internet connection is also available in each room
IMPORTANT NOTE: This hotel does not "confirm" rooms. They will take your name and contact information and will call you a week before the check-in date to let you know if the room is available.
RATE: $219.99 + tax for a week (they only do weekly rentals)
Limited onsite camping will be available on the grounds of Durgabari Temple complex.
Portable showers and restrooms will be available for use by those planning to camp.
Please note that it can get quite hot and humid towards the end of May in Houston. Also, there are increased chances of rain and thunderstorms at that time of the year. So, we would encourage that you plan to stay in a hotel. However, if you would like to camp onsite, please call Vishnu Das at (281) 491-4114.
Daily fees for onsite camping : $15
(for tents not larger than 3' x 6')
Daily fees for larger tents: $25
FROM AIRPORT TO FESTIVAL SITE
The Festival site is about 22 miles from the Hobby Airport and about 33 miles from the Bush Intercontinental Airport. We recommend that you should rent a car from the airport itself. The current cheapest weekly rental available through www.travelocity.com is $260/week. As this would be the Memorial Day Weekend, the cars rentals may become expensive. So, we encourage that you reserve a car ASAP.
We will be able to provide limited shuttle service from the two Houston airports to the festival site on May 22nd, May 23rd and May 30th. The price each way will be $25 per person. If you would like to avail of this service, please call Abhirama prabhus at (713) 870-7278 before May 15th, 2009. We may not be able to accommodate pick-up requests made after this date.
FROM FESTIVAL SITE TO AND FROM HOTELS
Please note that we will not be able to provide any shuttle service from the hotels to the festival site. Therefore, we strongly encourage that you rent a car or pool-in with other devotees.
If you would like to car-pool with someone, we can help coordinate. Please call Abirama prabhus at (713) 870-7278 for rental car-pooling.
The following festival fee includes cost of Festival Registration and three sumptuous Prasadam meals every day. The fee "does not" include accommodation. You can avail of the discounted rates if you register early (before April 15, 2009).
Adults (ages 12 and above): $14/day
Children (age 6 - 12): $7/day
Children (under age 6): FREE
Adults (ages 12 and above): $17/day
Children (age 6 - 12): $9/day
You can pay by check/money order or by Credit Card. Please use the Registration Form to calculate the fees.
If Paying by check:
Please mail the completed form along with the check, cashier's check or money order to:
4107 Laguna Cir
Missouri City, TX 77459
Please fax the completed form to the following Fax number. Please do not forget to sign the Credit Card authorization at the bottom of the Registration Form.
Fax Number: 713-995-6320
Attn: Sushil Agrawal
Abhirama Das: (713) 870-7278
Prana Govinda Das: (713) 984-8334 / (713) 304-5429
Tarun Krsna Das: (281) 955-9683
Vishnu Das: (281) 491-4114
Sushil Prabhu: (713) 446-9050