ECK Soul Adventure Seminar
ECKANKAR–Your Bridge to Spiritual Freedom
April 5 – 7, 2024
Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park, NY

“And by becoming better spiritual beings, we become more self-sufficient. We become better able to handle ourselves in one crisis after another, as well as in the good times. This moves us toward spiritual freedom in this lifetime. When you have more spiritual freedom, you have more happiness and independence. This is what we are looking for.”

Harold Klemp, What Is Spiritual Freedom? Mahanta Transcripts, Book 11, p. 160

These seminars have supported and inspired attendees since the mid ’60s, yet each one is newly designed to address today’s spiritual landscape.

Every one of our speakers, facilitators, or performers brings aspects of spiritual authenticity, humor, and depth and are willing to share the methods of their hard won spiritual unfoldment over their life-long journey.
You can choose from the main-stage presentations, interactive discussions and informative workshops as you design your own seminar experience.


What is Eckankar?




Feel free to attend any or all of the following sessions


Click HERE to Pre-register Online

 



PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

FRIDAY EVENING   6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner (Pre-registration required),
7:00pm  – 9:00pm  Program

A sumptuous, catered community meal accompanied by creative arts, followed by a program for all attendees that includes a special workshop by Rhonda Mattern, the creator of the original Karmabusters workshop, entitled: “New Frontiers in Karmabusting.”

NOTE: Guests are invited to the program at no charge except for the dinner which must be ordered in advance via the seminar pre-registration. 
ALSO: Check back mid-March as the dinner menu choices will be posted here.

SATURDAY EARLY MORNING

Special gatherings for current students of Eckankar will take place from 8am to 10am. This will include a general initiates meeting with presentations covering topics of high interest to the community. Topics will include: “The Inner Side of the Spiritual Hierarchy” and “Bridging All Faiths – An International Panel of ECK Students.”
Presenters include:
• Jamie Fairley          • Renate Siegel          • Pauline Noel
• Siavash Ghazi         • Alain Le Guillou      • Anne Akon.

SATURDAY MORNING and AFTERNOON
10:30am – Noon and 1:45pm – 4:00pm

Immerse yourself in a day of spiritual exploration. Navigate your own seminar experience through workshops, interactive roundtable discussions, and special “Satsang Intensive” sessions. Topics will include: “Finding Your Mission in Life,” “How to Thrive Spiritually in Our Times,” “The Divinity of all Life and a session on the “Spiritual Exercises of ECK.”
These sessions will be led by:

• Fran Blackwell          • Michael DeLuca          • Rainie Dionne    • Arlene and Aubrey Forbes
• Twila Barr                  • Nicole Mastando        • Tom Lloyd

SATURDAY EVENING   7:00pm – 9:00pm

The evening program will include panel discussions, creative arts performances and in-depth talks including: “ECK Masters as Teachers,” and “A Multi-Generational ECK Panel.” It will also feature a special performance by a Persian music ensemble from Toronto, Canada and the twenty-five voice Northeast ECK Choir.  The evening program concludes with an address by our keynote speaker, Rainie Dionne.
Presenters include:
• Alain Le Guillou           • Rodney Jones                • David Rosenthal
• Fran Blackwell             • Kwame Amin                 • Ezra Acevedo
• Larry Siegel                  • Eva Sklar                        • Natasha Reynald

SUNDAY MORNING   9:00am – Noon

Conclude the weekend with a full morning program featuring an uplifting selection of inspiring talks, interactive panels, and creative arts performances. Topics include: “Your Life is a Song,” “What It Takes to Gain Spiritual Freedom,” “Living Daily with Grace,” and “Being the Miracle You Expect.” The entire seminar will wrap up with a final talk by our guest speaker, Rainie Dionne.
Presenters include:
• Russell and Susan Stern          • Emma Laurence           • Laura Stein Blank
• Linda and Paul Morelli             • Val Varela                       • Mark Lopatosky
• Becky Williams                           • Jamie Fairley


 

Our Guest Speaker, Rainie Dionne

Rainie Dionne comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where she serves as the Regional ECK Spiritual Aide (RESA) for Arizona and New Mexico. Through her background in sales management and workforce development at the national level, she has accumulated a greater understanding of human nature and life’s many challenges. Personally, Rainie’s zest for living manifests in the joys of life with her husband, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren, all of whom help to uncover and teach her the unending discovery of true spiritual freedom.

Listen to a recent talk by Rainie on the topic,
“Spiritual Exercises as Gifts of the Heart.”

 



Click Here to Pre-register Online

NOTE: Pre-registration will remain open through Friday March 29

REQUESTED DONATION AMOUNTS

Adult, Current ECK Student – All Sessions
Pre-registered – $60
At the Door – $70

Additional Adult Family Members – All Sessions

Pre-registered – $40
At the Door – $50

Guests & Under 18 – Free
(excluding the Friday evening meal – see below)

Friday Evening Catered Meal
(Optional purchase for all attendees, including guests)
Each adult meal – $30 (Under 12 free)

Please note: Meals require pre-registration.
Meals cannot be ordered at the door.

 

If you prefer to register by mail and pay with check or money order, print the pre-registration form: PRINT FORM.

 

Make the check payable to:
New York Satsang Society, Inc.

and Mail to:

New York Satsang Society, Inc.
C/O Tracy Putz, CFO
414 Bartell Lane
Webster, NY 14580


 

Seminar Hotels

There are two official hotels connected to the seminar weekend.

The main seminar hotel is:


The Hilton Garden Inn
30 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065

This is the facility where the seminar itself will be taking place.
To book your hotel room for the seminar weekend, click HERE.
Special discount rates are available for seminar attendees.
You can also book a room by calling the hotel at  518-914-5088.
Let them know you’re with the Eckankar event for the seminar rate of $129.00.

The secondary seminar hotel is:


Homewood Suites by Hilton Clifton Park

Clifton Park Center Mall
42 Clifton Country Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065

The Homewood Suites, are located just across the parking lot from the Hilton Garden Inn.
To book a room at the seminar discounted rate, click HERE.
You can also book a room by calling the hotel at 518-371-2000.
Give them the group code ECK to receive the seminar rate of $159.00.

Additional Hotels

 

Best Western—617 Plank Rd, Clifton Park – (518) 371-1811
Courtyard by Marriott Albany—627 Plank Rd, Clifton Park – (518) 579-6100
Hampton Inn—620 Plank Rd, Clifton Park – (518) 373-2345
Residence Inn Albany—1740 Rte 9, Clifton Park
LaQuinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham—1749 Rte 9, Clifton Park – (518) 374-4444
Holiday Inn Express—18 Clifton Park Village Rd, Clifton Park – (518) 579-3000
Red Roof Inn—41 Old Rte 146, Clifton Park – (518) 373-0222
Park Manor Hotel—7 Northside Dr, Clifton Park – (518) 280-9258

 

TRANSPORTATION FROM TRAIN STATION TO HILTON GARDEN INN

There are no shuttles from the Albany-Rensselaer train station to the Hilton Garden Inn

Duffy”s Taxi—$45 for one person and $5 for each additional passenger  518-433-8400

Advantage Taxi—about $65 ONE WAY    518-687-2237

Voss Lady Taxi—$40  518-605-1683

Lyft—about $49

Uber—Dependent on traffic conditions and weather conditions—about $42

ATTENTION: There may be other companies or drivers approaching you at the train station. They may not be legitimate.

 

TRAVEL NOTE:
Our seminar is taking place about 20 miles from scenic Saratoga Springs, NY, a popular destination for sightseeing, shopping and dining. You may wish to include that in your travel plans to have an extended vacation.

ALSO:
A once-in-a-lifetime, total solar eclipse will be passing over upstate NY on the day following the seminar which is another opportunity you may wish to take advantage of since it will be only a short drive north of the seminar site.

 

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Date

Friday - Sunday, Apr 05 - 07, 2024

Labels

In Person

Location

Hilton Garden Inn
30 Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park, NY

Organizer

Eckankar in New York State

Speaker

  • Rainie Dionne

    Rainie Dionne comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where she serves as the Regional ECK Spiritual Aide (RESA) for Arizona and New Mexico. Through her background in sales management and workforce development at the national level, she has accumulated a greater understanding of human nature and life’s many challenges. Personally, Rainie’s zest for living manifests in the joys of life with her husband, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren, all of whom help to uncover and teach her the unending discovery of true spiritual freedom.

    Listen to a recent talk by Rainie on the topic,
    “Spiritual Exercises as Gifts of the Heart.”