A women's retreat was organized by SSSIO-USA members in Southern California. It was focused on the theme of unity and empowerment, and held on December 9 2023 at Sai Prema Nilayam in Riverside, CA. Participants engaged in various activities, including a series of workshops designed to encourage sharing among attendees, provide spiritual insights, and establish a loving Sai support system for the participants.

A total of 60 women from various Sai centers brought with them a rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds, creating a vibrant and diverse community. The success of the retreat was attributed to the collaborative efforts of more than 15 dedicated women volunteers who played pivotal roles in the planning of the program, food arrangements, and speaker coordination.

The program commenced at 10 am with invigorating workshops addressing individual goals and priorities, followed by insightful small group discussions on the importance of a strong support system. The highlight of the day was the speaker series during which accomplished individuals shared their experiences and wisdom which inspired the participants.

As the day unfolded, the retreat reached its conclusion with a moment of shared relaxation. All the women gathered and gracefully moved to the rhythmic music of “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna". The collective expression of joy and harmony on their faces encapsulated the spirit of the retreat.

The Sai women devotees found immense satisfaction in the retreat's inclusive platform, where they felt free to express their thoughts and concerns. The safe and supportive environment fostered open discussions, leading to valuable insights and shared solutions. One Sai devotee eloquently expressed, "The joy in connecting with another Sai woman, even if initially a stranger, was remarkably comforting. It felt like being with family. Our connection through Sai allowed us to easily understand one another and share our concerns."

Reflecting on the event, the organizers expressed their joy and pride in witnessing the women actively sharing their thoughts and speaking up about various concerns. They felt uplifted to observe participants collaboratively devise solutions, which fostered a sense of camaraderie and empowerment in all the attendees.