December 2016 begins with a Vedanta retreat on the text ‘Kena Upanishad’, one of ten Upanishads that Adi Shankaracharya wrote his commentary on. The retreat includes Vedic chanting, group reflections, yoga classes, temple prayers, meditation and trekking. A couple of days into the retreat, and the participants had the rare opportunity for a cross cultural experience with the near-by villagers. Sri Swamiji took everyone trekking to Perumal Temple in the forest nearby to participate in their Annual Celebration of the temple Kumbhabishekam. This profound retreat continues to inspire and elevate the participants and it will see its completion on 14th Dec., 2016.