A Week Long Program Integrating Spirituality, Activism, Creativity and Fun
A Universal Outlook
For those new to Prout “Prout” stands for “Progressive Utilization Theory”. It is an alternative socio-economic theory based on the worldview that humans and all of creation are part of one universal family on a shared journey towards higher consciousness. As the most aware members of our family we have a responsibility to ensure the security and well-being of all our fellow family members. This is a spiritual worldview with strong social, economic and environmental implications. As such the Prout Convention is a blend of spiritual retreat and inspiration for progressive change.
Spirituality and Creativity
Kiirtan (chanting) and meditation are at the core of the convention. Four sessions of kiirtan and meditation every day (beginning with 3 hours akhanda kiirtan) and two sessions of yoga asana practice create a strong spiritual flow. For those who love chanting, every retreat brings the opportunity to learn new melodies and hear old melodies played in a new way. Spiritual talks from teachers and experienced practitioners bring insight and inspiration and the evening cultural get-togethers offer a warm-hearted opportunity to enjoy the performances of our talented international family.
Builiding Movements for Equity, Sustainability and Self-Reliance
- This year’s program focuses on developing local and regional movements for self-reliance as a means of getting away from global corporate control. We will look at what Proutists are doing in Europe and other parts of the world and work on ways of mutual support and cooperation.
- The world has changed drastically since last year’s convention. The rise of Isis and the war in Ukraine bring new uncertainties. Social structures continue to decay in Southern Europe particularly in Greece and Spain. Having a keen sense for the future is a vital asset for those working for a better world. So we are inviting prominent futurist Sohail Inayatullah (Subodh) to help us take a provocative look at near, mid-term and long term futures.
- For those interested in Master Units and living on the land we’ll be having hands on workshops on food-growing, yurt construction, water management and other practical topics.
- We’ll hear what Proutists around Europe and other parts of the world have been doing and experiencing in their local regions.
- And much more. We’ll post the full program on our Facebook Page as soon as possible.
A Growing Project
Ananda Gaorii Master Unit (retreat center and organic farm) itself is steadily developing. We are developing our volunteer program, improving our kitchen and dining facilities and growing more food. We have also installed some solar panels this year.
For the Whole Family
There will be a complete child care program in the children’s tent and the enclosed children’s area with activities aimed at developing their sense of connectedness with all life and their own inner greatness and beauty. Trips to the nearby beach and forest will be offered along with special programs for teenagers.
Ananda Gaori has a combination of rooms, dormitories and grassy fields for camping (See our website for more pics). Most of the rooms have double bunk beds while the dormitories have mattresses on the floor. Participants should bring their own sheets, sleeping bag, etc. Those who need more privacy and peace (and loud snorers) are encouraged to bring their own tent and camp (Note: We will set up some of Ananda Gaorii’s tents and make a limited number available for participants). Be sure to register early if you want to have a choice of accommodation.
To register you must pay the advanced booking fee (40 Euro/300 Dkk) or the full amount and fill out the registration form. Space is limited (except for camping). Paying the advanced booking fee gives you the opportunity to secure your preferred accommodation and special needs if you have them.
To register: http://goo.gl/forms/zCC8DEamCq
(Note: Registration fee covers, accommodation, food and program participation. The registration fee is a little higher this year because we have added an extra day to the convention)
Standard €210 (1580 DKK)
Students, pensioners, unemployed €150 (1120 DKK)
Children 5—12 €100 (750 DKK); Children 0—5 Free
Portugal, Spain, Iceland, Greece €145 (1100 DKK)
Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Romania €125 (950 DKK)
Balkan countries and countries outside Europe: concessions will be available when registering in advance or at registration.
Acount name: Ananda Gaorii MU.
Bank: Danske Bank;
Account No.: 0297 4614434090;
NB! Please include the words “Prout Convention” in the message line.
Site: Ananda Gaorii, Holbækvej 56A, 4560 Vig, Denmark
Tel. +45 47314731
Mob. +45 71417362
Copenhagen (Prout Global Office)
Tel. +45 33241244
Tel. +45 33256671
Mob. +45 26453521
Mob. +45 71881273
What to Bring
Sleeping bag/blanket, bedsheet, pillow, yoga mat, indoor slippers, notebook, pen, swim suit, towel, toiletries, sun cream, hat, sun glasses, notebook, pen, sports shoes, day pack.
If you come by train we can pick you up from Holbaek or Vig Station. If you come by car please see map.
Visa for Denmark
Those of you coming from outside Europe may require a visa to enter Denmark and some of you may need an invitation letter from the Prout Convention organizers before you can get a visa. If you send an email with your name, birth date, address, telephone number, nationality and passport number to Vishvashanti at firstname.lastname@example.org he will send you an invitation letter and visa application forms.