Tuesday, July 20, 2010

3rd Annual Lighthouse Center Retreat & Gurudev Chirabhanu's Birthday Celebration

The weekend of July 18th, 2010 the Lighthouse Center in Whitmore Lake, Mi held its 3rd Annual Weekend Retreat. I was able to go on Sunday and, of course, took my camera with a goal of getting some photos of our Board of Directors, teachers and honorable guests, Gurudev Chitrabhanu and Pramoda Chitrabhanu.

This is our board President, Aarti Meg Graff who keeps everything running and has truly helped us grow in many ways.

Nirmala Nancy Hanke is the board Vice President and also teaches beginning meditation each month and other classes at the Lighthouse Center.

Namrata Lisa Abrams takes care of the secretary duties for the center as a member of the board.

 Poorna Gail Salata is the board's Assistant Treasurer.

Praparkar Dan Pieri, board member who drives in from Grand Rapids to attend board meetings.

Gurudev Chitrabhanu's Birthday Celebration
It was truly a wonderful day. We were honored to celebrate the 89th birthday of Gurudev Chitrabhanu. Everyone attending was given a gift of an Indian lunch prepared by Asha Sheth and it was YUMMY!!! One of the reasons I came, I Love her delicious food.

HAPPY 89th BIRTHDAY! Gurudev Chitrabhanu

Pramoda Chitrabhanu and Gurudev Chitrabhanu

Pramoda Chitrabhanu, Asha Sheth, Gurudev Chitrabhanu and Narendra Sheth

 Asha Sheth sings a Happy Birthday song to Gurudev Chitrabhanu

 Gurudev Chitrabhanu and some of the young people in the Lighthouse Community

 This is our beautiful sanctuary at the Lighthouse Center

Now on to the teachers. I didn't get everyone's photo, it was a busy day and I was, of course, enjoying the company of my Lighthouse spiritual family, but I did get most of them. So, here are some of the other teachers that taught that day and also do other classes at the center.

  Adinath Mark Hutton

 Sohum Jude Shephard

Sharda Suzen Segall

Sharda teaching Tai Chi out on the beautiful Lighthouse Center lawn

Another beautiful photo of our sanctuary

Every visit we receive from Gurudev Chitrabhanu it is an opportunity for our community to gather and one way that we always celebrate this is with a group photo each day that he visits. (click on these photos and you can see everyone)

 Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Lovingly Submitted by,
Mukta Tana Dean
Lighthouse Webmaster
July 20th, 2010