ISKCON Leadership Sanga – 2016

Dear Maharaja/Prabhu,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The GBC is pleased to invite you to the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) 2016 in Sridham Mayapur, India, on February 24 – March 2.

If you already attended a previous ILS you already know what an amazing event it was, with over five hundred ISKCON leaders in 2102 and more than a thousand in 2014; Consider some of the past successes of the ISKCON Leadership Sanga: We spent 8 days participating in over 85 seminars and workshops presenting valuable ideas on how to spread Krsna Consciousness and care for devotees. We learned about the GBC’s strategic plan and the work being done to implement it. We listened to Srimad-Bhagavatam classes given by our most senior leaders. We took part in unforgettable parikramas and kirtanas. We relished the association of so many devotees that are performing similar services.

Please don’t miss the ILS 2016 – the year of the 50th anniversary of ISKCON! We have a whole slate of new seminars and we plan second level training for those who attended introductory level seminars from the previous ILS. Even if you have attended in the past, you will find new, insightful and practical seminars that will help you improve your service.

Join Srila Prabhupada’s followers from around the world and attend this symposium of presentations, seminars and loving exchanges; take back home practical tools to increase your effectiveness, recharge your batteries and sharpen your vision for the future.

For 2016 we plan to cover a wide variety of topics in the 80 to 100 seminars we are organizing: Book distribution, devotee care, communications, team-building, fundraising, temple administration, using social media and the internet in our outreach, inspiring talks on how to be a better leader, the importance of ISKCON, education, strategic planning, rural development and sustainable communities, Srila Prabhupada’s position as the Founder-Acarya, and much more. The great majority of these seminars are newly created.

You will have the chance to meet leaders from around the world, share successes and struggles with others who understand the work you are doing, gather fresh ideas and new solutions, and make friends with devotees doing comparable service for Srila Prabhupada’s mission. A sharing of association, vision, inspiration, and education in the holy dhama of Mayapur – the potential benefit cannot be measured.

For ILS 2014 we had asked a donation of 100 US dollars to all participants to be able to cover all expenses; unfortunately not everyone donated and it was a struggle for the organizers to meet all the financial obligations; therefore this year there is a registration fee of 85 US dollars for the full eight days – including breakfast, lunch and dinner prasadam, all the seminars you can take, the educational materials, the parikrama, etc. The special fee of 85 US dollars will only be available till the 31st December 2015, as a special reciprocation with those who register earlier and allow us to front all the preliminary expenses. From the 1st January 2016 the registration fee will raise to 95 US dollars. We are able to maintain these fees at this low amount (less than 11 dollars per day, all included) also due to a significant donation from TOVP team (Temple of Vedic Planetarium):  As a gesture of appreciation and goodwill, they have sponsored half of the cost for accommodations for all devotees.

So please register today at https://www.ilsglobal.org. This will ensure your space at the ILS seminars.

Once you register for the ISKCON Leadership Sanga, we will send you the information to reserve your room. Remember that your room does not require any further payment as it is included in your ILS registration fee. We will also send you all the information you will need for this most wonderful event.

Please circulate this to other leaders you know. This year we want to expand those invited to include the important department heads in the temple and to congregational leaders – such as Bhakti-vriksha Chakra leaders and corresponding levels of leadership; if in doubt about who should or could come contact us.

For questions on who is eligible to attend the ILS 2016, please contact Gopal Bhatta das at gkstein@earthlink.net.

For general questions please contact Bhaktin Alex at info@ilsglobal.org
We look forward to hearing from you.

Your servants of the GBC Strategic Planning Team,

Gopal Bhatta das, Kaunteya Das, Lalita-manjari Dasi, Laxmimoni Dasi, Rasa-krida-parayana Dasa, Subhananda Das, Varsana Dasi, and Vraja Vihari Das