This last weekend, we celebrated the third anniversary of Pandavas Paradise.
Pandavas Paradise is a retreat centre/nature reserve/temple in the most beautiful surroundings of Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goias, Brazil, a famous eco-tourist region of Brazil, about 3 hours from Brasilia. My spiritual master, Srila Hridayananda Das Goswsami, asked me to establish a holy dhama there and that has been one of my major efforts over the last 10 years. After much meditation, praying and planning, we opened our doors to the public in January 2006.
We have continued to expand, building many new guest facilities, a small temple and improving our organic vegetable patch and orchard during these last three years.
Our main focus has been our retreats. Last year we had eight retreats (4 outright bhakti retreats and 4 retreats better suited for newcomers).
To celebrate the anniversary, we invited Srila Param Gati Maharaja and had a weekend long retreat with 20 people, with a big Festival saturday night with a further 60 people from Alto Paraíso. Param Gati Maharaja can really get a party going with his youthful, blissful mood!
Param Gati Maharaja also blessed us with an inspiring lecture series based on SB 1.1.17-20 during the retreat.
Though it’s the rainy season, we still managed to get some sun for a splash in our waterfalls after a long walk in one of the many trails in our 800 acre nature reserve.
We pray that we may continue in this service to Srila Prabhupada, and that Krishna may grant us more enthusiasm and resources for continued improvements.
For more photos of the retreat, click here.