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Nurturing Body, Mind, and Spirit: A Recap of the 6th Annual BMA-US Retreat
By Dr. Vasudeva Mittal   |  Feb 15, 2024

Participants listening to “Intermittent Fasting” by Dr. Hari Raman from Minneapolis.

Medical professionals from across the nation gathered at the serene Veda Foundation in DeLand, Florida, February 2nd-4th, for the 6th Annual Conference of the Bhaktivedanta Medical Association US. Inspired by the divine instruction and desire of Bhakti Charu Swami, this transformative retreat, organized by BMA Secretary Dr. Prasanna Tadi and Prasannatma Das, in collaboration with the Veda Foundation, provided a sanctuary for attendees to rejuvenate and realign their focus on holistic well-being.

The retreat commenced with a warm welcome and an icebreaker session, setting the stage for meaningful interactions and shared experiences. Attendees immersed themselves in devotional kirtans and Gaura Aratik, embracing the spiritual ambiance that permeated every moment of the event.

Throughout the weekend, participants engaged in a diverse array of workshops and discussions, covering topics ranging from maintaining lasting relationships to the effects of physician peer coaching on burnout. The schedule also included insightful sessions on maximizing practice profitability, plant-based diets, and biorelaxation techniques, offering attendees practical wisdom to enhance both their personal and professional lives.

The retreat also emphasized maintaining personal health amidst the demands of the medical profession. Through interactive workshops and discussions, attendees gained insights into effective self-care strategies, stress management techniques, and the importance of nurturing physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Moreover, attendees had the opportunity to connect with senior devotees, benefiting from their wisdom and guidance acquired through years of service to the Srila Prabhupada movement. These interactions fostered mentorship, camaraderie, and offered perspectives on balancing various life aspects while staying true to spiritual principles.

In addition to enriching sessions, the retreat provided moments of relaxation and reflection amidst nature’s tranquility. Attendees enjoyed japa walks in the woods, soul-stirring campfire kirtans, and appreciated poetry exhibits celebrating the divine essence of existence.

As participants immersed themselves in nature’s embrace, they were reminded of the importance of disconnecting from city life to reconnect with their inner selves and higher purpose.

In essence, the Bhaktivedanta Medical Association US retreat served as a sanctuary for professionals to nourish body, mind, and spirit, reigniting their passion for serving humanity through the Srila Prabhupada movement. By fostering holistic well-being and a supportive community, the retreat empowered attendees to continue their journey with renewed vigor and purpose.

The transformative impact of the retreat extended beyond the scheduled sessions, leaving a lasting impression on participants. Many expressed gratitude for the opportunity to step away from their busy lives and immerse themselves in a spiritually enriching environment. The connections forged, and insights gained during the retreat are expected to resonate in their personal and professional lives for years to come.

Overall, the 6th Annual Bhaktivedanta Medical Association US Retreat was not just an event—it was a transformative journey of self-discovery, community, and devotion. It served as a reminder of the importance of nurturing body, mind, and spirit in the pursuit of holistic well-being and service to humanity.