Parenting/Leading our Children/Youth


A workshop facilitated by Her Grace Urmila Devi Dasi
First weekend venue : Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir
Date : Sat 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017
Time::Sat: 1pm to 6.00pm
Sun: 10am to 3.30pm
For more information contact: Ajay Dosieah on 5727 3777
Second weekend venue: Sri Sri Radha Golokananda Mandir
Date : Sat 4th and Sunday 5th March 2017
Time::10.30 to 4pm
For more information contact: Shyama Vilasini on 5905 1408
The detailed schedule is as follows (The same modules will be covered at both venues):

Session 1 -Transmitting the Culture of Krsna consciousness to the next Generation Lunch Break
Session 2 - Parenting and Teaching based on Bhagavad Gita
Session 3 - Srila Prabhupada’s principles of Education

Session 4 - Sadhna for Parenting in Krsna Consciousness
Lunch Break
Session 5- Teaching and Guiding children in chanting japa
Session 6- Motivating our children to engage in a variety of Devotional Service

Further to the workshops Mother Urmila will give the following classes:
Friday 24 Feb: Manah siksa at Fond Du Sac 6pm to 8.30pm
Monday 27 Feb: Manah Siksa seminar at Bon Accuel. 19 00 to 21 00
Wednesday 1 March: Manah siksa at Phoenix timing 19 00 to 21 00

Thursday 2nd March Ladies' sanga at Manasi Ganga Mataji's home in Vacoas-Phoenix from 2pm to 5pm. Please contact Manasi Ganga Mataji on 5940 9875 to register.

For more information contact: Shyama Vilasini DD on 5821 3598
Workshop will be conducted from 10.30am to 4 pm each day
Rs. 500 for full seminar including simple lunch prasadam

Mother Urmila, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada has a Master's of School Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill PHD in education and serves ISKCON in the same field.

In 1982 in Detroit, she and her husband started ISKCON's first day school, where she served as principal for eight years. She and her husband also founded a K-12 school in North Carolina in 1990, where she was principal for ten years. She taught children in nursery school, elementary (primary) and high school (secondary) for a total of 27 years. Urmila has compiled a guidebook for education in ISKCON and has been engaged in "writing and coordinating the development of a Krishna conscious academic curriculum for primary and secondary students". For eight years she was the education columnist for Back to Godhead magazine, where she is an associate editor. In 2008, Urmila wrote a paper based on Īśopaniṣad about the philosophy of education to be followed at Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow, England, the first state-funded Hindu school in Great Britain. Mother Urmila has also been involved in the debates on women's place in ISKCON and teaches some courses, such as ISKCON History, Sociology of Religion, and Educational Research, at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium.

Mother Urmila is also a member of the Sastric Advisory Council to the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON. She travels widely throughout the world teaching about spiritual life and education.

In September 2010, she published her three-volume set Dr. Best Learn To Read, a program consisting of a set of children's reading books, teacher guides, and student activity books to take a young child from learning the English alphabet to fluent reading. The reading books are all stories about Krishna or related to Vaisnava/Vedic culture. Aimed at ages 3–8, The Talking Books have the text in English and can be listened to in the following languages, page by page: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Afrikaans, Croatian, Finnish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovenian, Slovak, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hungarian, and Dutch. She has also published a book on mantra meditation, The Great Mantra for Mystic Meditation. In 2016, she published a new edition of Raghunatha Dasa Goswami's Sri Manah Siksa Available at these sellers. This two-volume set features 12 new full-color oil paintings and 120 new black and white drawings, Bhaktivinoda's prose commentary, never-before published Bhaktivinoda's songs on Manah siksa, and commentaries by Jayadvaita Swami, Sivarama Swami, Sacinandana Swami, and Bhaktivijnana Swami.