“In tune with nature” was the topic for this year’s Children Retreat on June 11th – 13th, 2011 during Pentecost. Forty children and their parents, from all over Switzerland and Germany, gathered together to spend an inspiring weekend at the MA Center Germany in Hof Herrenberg.
Dodo, clown from the Children’s Retreat, led all into the fascinating subject of “sound”, showing us tricks and telling us about the sacred syllable OM. The children learned a song about nature “Mother Nature,” which Amma sang last year. In a playful and humorous way the children learned interesting things about the subject of sound, which was then discussed in depth in the afternoon in small group sessions. Humane values were taught during these sessions.
The evening Bhajans were very touching. For many adults it was an impressive experience to see the children singing with so much joy and devotion.
On Sunday, the children were asked to select one of the various workshops, which were part of the “In Tune with Nature” theme. They could choose between; construction of their own instrument using materials from nature or developing a musical play about nature or working with horses in an appropriate, animal friendly way.
The children were also given a chance to learn the IAM-Technique for children.
In the evening the children performed their musical play.
On Monday, the children had the opportunity to ask Br. Shubamrita their own questions via webcast. They had endless questions about God and the world and Br. Shubamrita patiently took the time to answer them.
On the last day, each child had the opportunity to make their own small Devi Bhava Amma doll out of felt. These dolls were used in the concluding ritual for a wonderful puja. Of course, Dodo the clown came again and presented each child with a small gift; a white rose and a delicious Swiss sweet called “Morachopf”, so they would remember this wonderful meeting.
The retreat was indeed a true gift for the children and parents. They will certainly keep it in their hearts for a long time!