Annual Regional Retreat 2023

Loving Sai Rams,

With His divine grace and blessings we cordially invite you to the SSSIO USA Region 3 Retreat at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp, Fruitland Park, Florida.

The retreat will be held during Memorial Day weekend, May 26th – 28th, 2023. The theme of the retreat is “Ever Present Sai”.

We will have inspirational talks by guest speakers, uplifting devotional programs, enlightening workshops, and activities for children and young adults. It will be a spiritual weekend with activities for the entire family and a great opportunity for all of us to connect and collectively offer our gratitude to Lord Sai.

Please use the various tabs on this page to get more information about the retreat. There will be regular updates, so we encourage you to check back periodically. Looking forward to seeing you and your family at the retreat.

In Sai’s Loving Service,

Your Regional Officers

Dates Friday, May 26th 2023, 5:30 PM – Sunday, May 28th 2023, 3:00 pm
Venue Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center, FL
Address 4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Nearby Airports
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO – 50 miles)
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB – 52 miles)
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We are blessed to have three eminent speakers participate with us during this retreat.

Brother Harish Naidu
Harish Naidu saw Swami for the first time in 1968. He was also greatly influenced by his parents and their love, dedication and service to Swami. Harish moved to the US in 1986 and obtained his masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the State University of NY, Buffalo. He has been active in the technology startup community as a consultant and advisor and is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Accolade, a company that combines compassion with technology to provide a personal healthcare concierge service to customers. He has been blessed by serving in the SSSIO USA Organization in various roles starting as a center officer and also in other national positions. He is currently serving as the President of National Council of SSSIO USA.

Sister Lakshmi Vyakaran
Lakshmi Vyakaran was raised in Bangalore and was introduced to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at the age of 9. She was a student of Bal Vikas during the early years of its formation. She is currently serving as the National Women’s Coordinator – SSSIO USA. Lakshmi has coordinated Annual Women’s Mini Retreats in SSSIO USA Region 7 and is currently coordinating the Sri Sathya Sai National Peer Enrichment Group initiative. She has also served as President of Region 7. Lakshmi teaches online SSE for children with special needs. By profession she is an education specialist working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families for the past 20 years, providing a variety of services.

Dr. Vijay Chundi
Vijay Chundi, MD is a Radiologist practicing in Stuart, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and subsequently completed a Neuroradiology Fellowship. He has been a teaching faculty member at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences for two decades. Until recently, Dr. Chundi has been conducting online teaching sessions with the Radiology Residents weekly for many years. He is also a member of the content team of the Sri Sathya Sai International Organization which meets weekly and helps develop online content for the website. Dr. Chundi, his wife Dr. Kiran Reddy, and their families have had many interactions with Swami who has guided them in their lives.
Friday, May 26

5:30 PM: Devotional Singing/Bhajans
6:00 PM: Speakers from Region 3

  • Barbara Jahn, Orlando, FL
  • Vasuki Dakshinamurthy, Raleigh, NC
  • Sudha Balasubramanian, Ft Lauderdale, FL
  • Vijayshankar Sharma, Atlanta, GA

7:30 PM: Dinner, Meet & Greet
9:00 PM: Lights Out

Saturday, May 27

6:30 AM: Morning Prayers
7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Devotional Singing/Bhajans
9:00 AM: Welcome Address – David Yoder
9:15 AM: A Journey of Self-Transformation with Sai – Harish Naidu
10:30 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Experiencing the Ever Present Sai – Lakshmi Vyakaran
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Concurrent Workshops (Choose 1)

  • Lakshmi Vyakaran: Women, the Beacons of Nations
  • Michele Hammerton: Holistic Living – Nourishing the mind, body, and soul
  • Dr. Vijay Chundi: Practical Living in Today’s World – Exclusive Workshop for Young Adults

2:15 PM: Concurrent Workshops (Choose 1)

  • Robin Gellner: Parenting, The Sai Way
  • Young Adult Led Workshop: My Ever Present Sai – Using divine techniques for self-transformation

3:30 PM: Break
3:45 PM: Region 3 Service Summaries – Dr. Ajoy Kumar
4:00 PM: Workshop Summaries
5:00 PM: Devotional Singing/Bhajans, Arathi
5:30 PM: Dinner
7:00 PM: Campfire (Sai Stories & Group Singing)
9:00 PM: Lights Out

Sunday, May 28

6:30 AM: Morning Prayers
7:30 AM: Breakfast
8:30 AM: Devotional Singing/Bhajans
9:00 AM: Lessons from the Divine – Dr. Vijay Chundi
10:15 AM: Break
10:30 AM: Sai Spiritual Education Presentation
11:30 AM: Lunch
12:30 PM: Panel Discussion, Q&A with Guest Speakers
1:45 PM: Young Adult Presentation, Closing Prayers
2:45 PM: Closing Remarks – David Yoder

Service opportunities at the retreat include tree planting, eyeglasses drive and e-drive. There will be several opportunities to help with registration, set up, serving meals, etc. throughout the weekend.

Download: Eye-Glasses-flyer-with-Swami.pdf

Download: E-Drive-Flyer.pdf

Last date for registration: Monday, May 8th 2023

Registration Form: SSSIO
USA Region 3 Retreat- 2023