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The students attend the morning program at the Radhadesh temple, which is followed by breakfast. The morning classes usually run from 10.30 AM till 1.30 PM, followed by lunch. Afternoon classes (if required for the course) usually run from 3 PM until 6 PM, followed by an evening snack of fresh bread and butter and milk. Gaura-arati is at 7 PM.
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Ashram residents are expected to perform two hours of community service for the temple per week (usually students help cooking break-fast once a week but may do also choose a different service according to their capacity). Of course students can do more voluntary services any time. The college students may lead kirtans, make garlands, help in the pujari department, help cooking and serving prasada. Students can take part in monthly home programs and harinams, and they stage dramas for major festivals. One of the favorite services is participating in the evening kirtans for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha.
Please bring money for minor expenses (study supplies, birthday presents, pizza and ice-cream in the restaurant). Regular temple prasada consists of three meals a day. You can purchase whatever you need during the year in the Radhadesh boutique or local shops and supermarkets. Students need to bring their own laptops.
The College offers two interactive classrooms for courses. Students can study in peace in the College library. There is a common room with wireless Internet access, where students can chat or talk.
They can take advantage of visiting a pure vegetarian restaurant, gift shop, bakery and the Museum of Sacred Art, which are all part of the Radhadesh community.
Students live in rooms in the temple and college building, ladies and men separate. There are usually two students in one room in the ashram. There is a common bathroom for each ashram. The College has its own laundry room.
The numbers vary from year to year. In 2002-03, the first year, there were nine full-time students. In 2011-12, there were twenty-three students (about half men and half women). Students come from different backgrounds (devotee families, nondevotee families) and cultures (thirteen countries).
No, all materials are included in the course. In some courses the online course notes are available for purchase in book form, but this is for convenience only and is not a necessity.
There are living facilities for families in Radhadesh, but these are limited. For more information, please contact us: here.