Below is this year’s schedule for the 2014 Mexico Bus Tour
12 FRI Alachua
13 SAT New Orleans / Houston
14 SUN Monterrey
15 MON Xilitla
16 TUE Tampico
17 WED Papantla
18 THU Veracruz
19 FRI Villahermosa
20 SAT Agua Azul
21 SUN Merida
22 MON Cozumel
23 TUE Playa del Carmen
24 WED Tulum
25 THU Tulum
26 FRI Solferino
27 SAT Cancun
28 SUN Palenque
29 MON Orizaba
30 TUE Puebla or Tulancingo
31 WED Mexico City
01 THU Zitacuaro
02 FRI Harlingen
03 SAT Houston / New Orleans
04 SUN Alachua
Thinking of coming on tour with us? Applications for this year’s Mexico Bus Tour will be coming out soon! Until then, keep updated on what’s happening by following us on Facebook. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, you can look at our photo album or watch our promotional video from last year’s tour on replay.
31 youth. 20 days. 14 festivals. Hope to see you with us this year!
The after tour blues are setting in, the 2014 Euro Bus Tour has flown by and now, now what…?!
All of our bags are half un-packed; sleeping bags still smelling of Croatian sea salt air, and most likely towels and swimsuits still sitting in a wet-bag somewhere in the room. Our memories are still vivid and fresh, the sweetness of early morning rising still lingering on our minds, but everyone is now in their respective countries and we are again all alone! Or are we…? Please take your photographs and keepsakes and place them on the wall, but always remember that there is someone always with you all the time – Krishna!!
Applications for Summer 2015 Euro Bus Tour will open in December. Please keep updated by liking us on Facebook: Euro Bus Tour. Please email email@example.com for any inquires.
ALSO here is an article on Dandavats.com about the adventure:
Ah, summer… that time of the year when most of us go to far-off places and enjoy mother nature, relax and take it easy, and fuel up for the rest of the year’s work/school commitments. Although this break is completely needed for a work-life balance, what about your Krishna consciousness fuel needs – where does KC fit?
More than 15 years ago second generation devotees and ISKCON Youth Minister Manorama das and wife Jaya Sri Radhe dasi decided to blend these two fruitful ingredients: summer fun and KC for a delightful smoothie called the “Krishna Youth Culture Festival” aka “Bus Tour” whose success with ISKCON youth is untold.
This past July 10 – August 11, 29 youth plus, one Vaisnava bus driver, toured Southern Europe making stops at temples, doing maha-harinams, sightseeing in cities, adventure activities, kirtans, and joining festivals in seven countries along the Mediterranean coast. Although the bus was smaller than anticipated and the weather not always as comfortable as expected, the hospitality, generosity and care that we received from the many temples was enough to keep everyone satisfied. There was excellent prasad in almost every Italian temple and Govinda’s visited, there was kirtan, kirtan and more kirtan during every second available on the bus, on the streets, during mealtimes, and the late night hours.
As a young couple, my husband and I felt unsure if we could handle the task of running the European version, the “Euro Bus Tour” on our very own; would the participants be inspired by us (as well as listen to us!)? Would we buckle under the various forces of pressure? Could we make them feel cared for and still keep our sanity? Would we be able to stay in our self-made budget?
Although the anxieties were real, the strength and assistance came to our core leader’s group: Kumari Kunti dasi, Visvambar Caitanya das, Sharanagati dasi, and Sandipani Muni das; who are all second-generation youth living in London, at their different times of need. All who joined us, including ourselves, found a newfound love or at least satisfaction with austerity, a further understanding of what surrender to Sri Krishna means, and a deeper taste for devotee association and sanga.
To give you a glimpse of what the Euro Bus Tour is like, here are some of the highlights of the 2014 summer tour:
- Italy – Villa Vrindavan (Florence) Sravanam Kirtanam festival with a visit with H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami, Villagio Hare Krsna (Bergamo) with H. G. Pancajangari prabhu, and Prabhupadadesh (Venice) harinam and cultural programs
- Vienna, Austria – Preaching center cultural program and harinam
- Lugano, Switzerland – Lake and alpine adventure activities
- Czech Republic – Padayatra across southern Czech with a visit from H.H. Lokanatha Swami
- Hungary – Budapest harinam, visits and kirtan with H.H. Sivaram Swami and Krishna Valley visit
- Croatia – Pula, Rijeka, and Rovinj beach activities, harinams and visits with H. H. Chandramauli Swami
- Slovenia – Yatra summer camp with a cultural program and Zagreb harinam
- Lord Balarama’s Appearance day and pizza party at Villa Vrindavana
To sign up for the 2015 tour or for more info:
FB: Euro Bus Tour
What: ISKCON Youth Ministry European Bus Tour 2014
Eligibility: Aged 17 – 30, good-standing ISKCON youth or bhaktas
When: July 10th Arrivals – Aug 10th Departures
Where: Book return flights to Pisa OR Florence, Italy International Airports
Donation: 800 Euros for 32-day, 8 country, harinam sankirtan tour
Sign-up: Download registration and liability documents, read, sign and scan to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Bus Tour aka Euro Bus Tour is an ISKCON Youth Ministry initiative. Its goals are to facilitate the spiritual growth and experiences of ISKCON youth and budding devotees by giving them good association and fun. The tour goes to various countries (this year Mediterranean countries) and visits temples, does kirtan, harinam, goes to spiritual retreats, does adventure activities, service, and much more.
Support for the ISKCON Youth Ministry Euro Bus Tour Project
Hrdaya Caitanaya Das GBC Europe Member/Parent of Bus Tour Participants
The future of our movement depends on our youth. It is very important that our youth together feel as a family, and interact with ISKCON activities and therefore are inclined to take up responsibility in that way. It is a natural progression: first the youth must become a group of friends, then through interacting with the temple they get a taste for devotional service. In this way the youth are naturally inclined to take up more service in ISKCON.
Due to many reasons as a society we have forgotten over the years to pay sufficient attention of taking care of our own youth. Unfortunately we sometimes look more to making new devotees then keeping our own devotees and our own family members, devotees.
My humble request is that ISKCON Europe temples kindly accommodate our ISKCON youth in their facilities and make the best possible arrangements with them; otherwise it becomes impossible to organize the bus tour on a regular basis.
Manorama Dasa ISKCON Youth Minister
How many young people are coming to our temples these days, voluntarily, because they think our temples are cool, awesome, the place to be to practice spiritual life? Wouldn’t it be nice to have more young people interested in service at your temple?
Guess what, on a date approaching soon this summer, we hope to bring 30 ISKCON youth from around Europe to visit your temple, whom we’re trying to convince to become more serious about Krishna consciousness. This is a Euro GBC and ISKCON Youth Ministry combined effort to revive (or strengthen) an interest in Krishna consciousness among these young people who are our future hope, part of our ISKCON succession plan. We’ll need your help to inspire them.
For more updated announcements on the tour see FB https://www.facebook.com/EuroBusTour
Contact person: Kumari Kunti email@example.com
4 Bus Tours this year:
Kishori Yatra tour for Girls ages 11-15, June 6-29
They’ll be traveling on the silver bus to Panihati in Atlanta, then on to New Vrindaban, Philadelphia, New York Ratha-yatra, Boston, camping in New Hampshire, Washington D.C., camping in South Carolina… fun, fun, fun in good association with devotee peers, and of course lots of kirtan, festivals, temples… Only three spots left. Sign up soon: http://kishoriyatra.com/
The Boys Summer Trip for ages 12 and up. July 1 – August 3
With only a couple of days between tours, the silver bus will drop off the Kishori Yatris and pick up the legendary Boys Summer Trip and take them on a whirlwind adventure across North America this summer. Washington DC Ratha-yatra, Montreal Ratha-yatra, camping with Bhaktimarga Swami on the Bruce Peninsula, Lake Superior, Toronto Ratha-yatra, Serpent River, Thunder Bay Festival of India, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary Ratha-yatra, camping, hiking and hot springs in Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains, Edmonton Ratha-yatra, Yellowstone National Park (geysers, hot springs), Denver temple, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Royal Gorge, Colorado; Dallas temple, New Talavan, and back to Alachua. His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami will be traveling with the boys, along with Kishore Rico (of the Mayapuris), Dattatreya Knighten, Ananta Sacasa and Naveen Allin. See their website for details: http://www.summertrip.org/
Euro Bus Tour, the Sequel: Mediterranea
That’s right. There will be a sequel to last year’s epic first-ever Euro Bus Tour for youth ages 18 and up, this time focusing on the Mediterranean countries, possibly, perhaps, maybe including Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland… and could include Belgium (if we rent a bus from the same company as last year). Tour dates would be starting in the month of July, maybe extending into the first week of August. The organizers are currently busy working out the details so they can announce them to you in the next few weeks. The organizers are applying for grants to try to subsidize the tour as well. We’ll see what happens. Start saving now and do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested so we can keep you informed with dates and schedule as soon as we know.
The one and only. All we can say is you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve seen the festivals the bus tour youth put on at the university in Tampico, and in Monterrey, Veracruz, Palenque Mayan ruins, Merida, Cancun, Tulum, white sand and turquoise water Caribbean beaches, San Cristobal, Tuxtla, Shambala, Villahermosa, Tulancingo, Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Colima… the jungles of Agua Azul… and having the association of Guru Prasad Swami and other senior devotees. Take a look at the photos from last year’s tour here. Dates will be approximately December 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Cost approx. $900. Email email@example.com to let us know you’re interested.
See for yourself what was so special about last year’s Mexico Bus Tour.