Kulimela to Be Held In New Vrindaban June 2006
The Kulimela website has been updated and now has more specifics on how the event will unfold Friday, June 16th to Sunday, June 18th in New Vrindaban, West Virginia. There will be pre-event workshops June 14th and 15th. Please see the website for more details.
Interestingly, this is not a New Vrindaban festival per se. It was conceived and organized by gurukulis themselves, who then approached New Vrindaban to host it. There are both on site lodgings available, and also links to find off site motels and cabins in the surrounding area.
A real trend to notice is that with the older gurukulis now entering their forties, the emphasis, while still on the reunion aspect, has shifted, most noticeable in the addition of a Kid's Camp to the event schedule.
This event takes on personal significance for me as my two granddaughters, ages 2 and 6, will be coming in for a visit with their gurukuli parents. Three of my children are gurukulis so they are all coming. Two girls and a boy. One from Colorado, one from Atlanta, Georgia, and one from Columbus Ohio. In this day and age, with flat rate calling plans, we do keep in touch by phone; even the granddaughters usually have something to say. The youngest has grasped the concept of a phone, so vocabulary is the limiting factor. Still, it is nothing like a physical visit. Plus, Manjari is expecting her first child, who is due the end of June, so we will be hosting a baby shower at our house. That will be a family event occurring against the backdrop of the Kulimela.
Of my other two kids, both boys, the youngest will be here, home from college. Marken is in the US Navy, stationed in Italy, so it remains to be seen if he can make it.