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Accepting Applications for Fall 2013 March 31, 2013

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Welcome Class of 2013! August 31, 2012

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming Class of 2013! We have a full house this year- 25 residents in all- which means the Bhakti Academy will be more busy than ever. This year’s group is truly an exceptional crowd, with top-ranking UF undergrad and graduate students, along with various students from throughout the country and abroad.

Go Bhakti Academy Gators!

Congratulations, Class of 2012! April 21, 2012

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Spring ’11 Graduation Ceremony April 23, 2011

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A special congratulations goes out to the Bhakti Academy Class of 2011!

As the Bhakti Academy continues to mature as an educational center for spiritual development, our students are simultaneously becoming more and more mature in their commitment and determination to incorporate spiritual principles, such as compassion, truth, austerity, and cleanliness, into their daily lives. This year’s graduating class was particularly special, as several of our students chose to take life-long vows to observe these principles in accordance with the Gaudiya-Vaishnava ISKCON tradition. Let us pray for their success and continued enthusiasm on their journey towards self-realization and Krishna consciousness.

Alternative Spring Break March 22, 2011

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This year Krishna House headed south for our annual Alternative Spring Break trip.  First stop, ISKCON Miami, where we were able to participate in a colorful Festival of Chariots sponsored by the local Hare Krishna temple and restaurant in Coconut Grove.  The following day we took part in a 12-hour kirtan festival at the temple which consisted of chanting and dancing all day long!

We volunteered throughout the weekend cutting up veggies in the kitchen and on Monday, we were put in charge of cleaning the entire temple, restaurant, bathrooms, and temple grounds!  Because we have learned that devotional service purifies the heart, we eagerly accepted the challenge and the following day we left for the Florida Keys feeling content that we made a significant contribution.  The next two days of R&R in the sunny keys consisted of snorkeling, swimming, camping, picnicking, and sunrise kirtans on the beach!

The Krishna House Alternative Spring Break trip is open to all Bhakti Academy students and volunteers at Krishna House and Krishna Lunch.  If you would like to get involved and take advantage of the many opportunities afforded by the Bhakti Academy, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Hare Krishna!

Pursue spiritual life, while earning your college degree… February 22, 2011

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The Bhakti Academy is now accepting applications for Fall 2011 enrollment!

Live in an uplifting spiritual atmosphere just three blocks from the UF Library. Enjoy wholesome vegetarian/vegan meals, great company, and a private room while you learn the science of spiritual life taught in India’s ancient Vedas. Classes include philosophy, vegetarian cooking, music, sustainable living, and yoga. All-inclusive $500 monthly tuition. Work-study options available.

Bhakti Academy Graduation April 26, 2010

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Congratulations to the Bhakti Academy Class of 2010 who were honored on April 25th for their participation in this year’s academic program.  Within two years of its conception, the Bhakti Academy has grown tremendously.  New additions this year included the Saturday sanga program, more workshops and field trips, two Alternative Spring Break options, a Sunday vegetarian cooking class with Madhava das, and private kirtan lessons with Bada Hari das.  Moreover, each student participated in over 125 hours of Srimad-Bhagavatam class and 400 hours of volunteer work with Krishna Lunch!  Our hope is that each of our students leave Krishna House with increased confidence and enthusiasm to make a positive difference in the world having a better understanding of who they are and their relationship with others.

A special congratulations to four of our students, Amrita Keli devi dasi, Dina Bandhu das, Rasaraj das, and Nimai Pundit das, whose determination and exemplary service qualified them to also receive Nama Initiation at the graduation ceremony!  This special honor is only given to those students who make a lifelong commitment to practice the principles of bhakti yoga and agree to chant Hare Krishna for the rest of their lives.  This is a timeless tradition and we are proud of our students for taking this exciting step forward in their spiritual lives.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2010 March 21, 2010

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Grow your spiritual life while finishing college…

The Bhakti Academy is now accepting applications for Fall 2010 enrollment!

Live in an uplifting spiritual atmosphere just three blocks from the UF Library. Enjoy wholesome vegetarian/vegan meals, great company, and a private room while you learn the science of spiritual life taught in India’s ancient Vedas. Classes include philosophy, vegetarian cooking, music, sustainable living, and yoga. All-inclusive $500 monthly tuition. Work-study options available.

Alternative Spring Break February 22, 2010

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This year the Bhakti Academy is offering two alternative spring breaks.  Which one suits you?  The first group will drive north to Washington, D.C. to participate in a spiritual leadership conference at ISKCON Potomac.  A day of sightseeing in D.C. and stops at ISKCON Baltimore & New Goloka will be additional highlights of the trip.  The second group will head south to Puerto Rico for a bhakti yoga retreat.  This week-long stay at ISKCON Puerto Rico will include a camping trip to the island of Culebra, hiking in the rainforest, sightseeing in Old San Juan, and daily hatha yoga.  Either way, great food, great company, and an overall great trip is guaranteed.

If you are interested in participating in either of these trips, please contact Ali Krishna dd for more information.

Free Skool Grand Opening January 21, 2010

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On JANUARY 30th, the Bhakti Yoga Center at ISKCON Gainesville will celebrate the inauguration of FREE SKOOL, a sister project of the Bhakti Academy that is committed to offering free or inexpensive classes to EVERYONE!!! The party will start @ 6:30pm and end at midnight in celebration of World Yoga Day 2010!

Inauguration Party Event Schedule:

6:30pm-8:00pm
Inauguration evening will begin with an hour and a half mindful and spirited Yoga session led by Jaya Sita. Please reserve yourself a space at: jayasitadevi@gmail.com
8:00pm-9:00pm
Express yourself as BYC hosts Open-Mic Night! Play music, read poetry, teach us something…anything goes people…but please, we love appropriate entries.
9:00pm-Midnight
Grand Kirtan Finale! (Ecstatic musical meditation!!! Bring your instruments if you like).
MIDNIGHT
We will cut the egg-less cake to officially open FREE SKOOL at midnight on January 31st, in recognition of WORLD YOGA DAY!!

Free SKOOL classes will include Hatha Yoga, Veg Cooking, Sustainability Projects, Philosophy Night, Decaf Coffee House and Open-mic Night, Sisters’ Circle, Healing Arts, Sanskrit Calligraphy, Stump the Swami, ‘Let’s Make Indian Sweets’, Bengali Music, Kirtan parties and tons more!

Printed calendars for Free Skool classes will be passed out during the inauguration party. If you do not receive a printed copy of this month’s calendar, check it out online at www.freeskoolgainesville.wordpress.com.