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'Sanskrit Retreat Intensive 2013 – A Gateway to Sanskrit, Indian Culture, and Philosophy'

The fourth annual Sanskrit Retreat Intensive will be held at Amrita University. Students will have the opportunity to study the ancient language while getting a first-hand view of its cultural context, through arts performances, scenic tours of the South Indian landscape, and philosophical study of some of its scriptures.

The program includes extensive training in Hatha Yoga, lectures and discussions on classical Sanskrit texts, and instruction and practice of Sanskrit chanting. There will also be several field trips and performances, which will be linked to readings and discussions.


Students will have 18 two-hour sessions in Sanskrit grammar. Through a combination of lecture and group exercises, students will be led through the following subjects:

o Gaining familiarity and skill in reading and writing the Sanskrit script, Devanagari
o Understanding of basic and complex sentence structures
o Knowledge of noun declensions and verb tenses
o General use of sandhi
o How to apply this knowledge in order to understand original Sanskrit verses

"I highly recommend this wonderful program to anyone who would like to study Sanskrit in the context of the culture within which it was developed. " – Anne Dutton, SRI student