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May 2021



Nature is an indispensable part of life on Earth. Everything relies on nature to live. We are not different from nature; we are an interdependent part of it. Our lives depend on the well-being of the whole. Therefore, it is one of our foremost duties to lovingly care for all living things.
In this edition…
Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Retreat
Amrita University
The Amma Shop
What's On

Bhagavad Gita & Yoga Retreat
The Promises

May 11th-16th


Join us for an all new five-day immersion into the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga. The course weaves together Brahmachari Atmaprakash Chaitanya’s profound knowledge of the scriptures with Narendra & Vinod’s inspired yoga classes.

The scripture section of the retreat centres on five important promises Lord Krishna makes to spiritual seekers. In Br. Atmaprakash’s own words, “The Lord’s teachings instil a confidence and peace of mind in the seeker, helping him or her to understand, ‘I am not alone. The Lord is always with me.’”

The yoga classes continue with the theme of promises, exploring the benefits of a regular yoga practice and lifestyle.

All levels of yoga practitioners are welcome. The instructors will offer variations of more difficult postures to accommodate all.

Daily Retreat Features:–

Early morning meditation

– 2 hours of Bhagavad Gita class

– 2 yoga asana classes

Question & Answer session

Online Participants:

– Intensive practice in the comfort of your own home

– Live Zoom calls with instructors

– Recorded sessions available for participants outside of India, following the schedule in their own time zone

– Sessions available for 10 days from the date of recording

– Individual support provided by retreat facilitators

– Translations available in French, Spanish, German and Japanese

More information                             Register

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Amrita University has been highly ranked among universities in India and the world.  See this link. It is a multi-disciplinary private institution, located across five campuses (Coimbatore, Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Kochi, Mysore) in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka.  The University was founded in 2003.  In only its sixth year, it became the youngest institution to be credited ‘A’ by the National Assessment Accreditation Council, India’s higher education institution assessment body – which requires an institution to have been in operation for a minimum of five years.  At 900 acres and eight million square feet built-up space, Amrita is India’s largest private institution. Its 18,000 students are overseen by over 1,700 faculty members.

The Amma Shop is open

You can now use the Amma Shop to buy products from Amrita Organics, including seeds, and olive oil.  Please support the effort to sell products which would have been for sale at Amma's visit but for the Covid crisis.

Use this link.

Saukyam Reusable Pads
We now have a new stock of Saukyam reusable menstrual  pads in the Amma shop. To find out more about this Embracing the World initiative please go to Amma.

Watch this short inspiring video about how one person's reflection on the waste generated by disposable pads prompted her to take action and switch to saukyam pads.

Litter picking

Our latest blog talks about a truly inspiring Herefordshire based community of litter pickers and the impact of litter on our environment: here.

We would love to hear your litter picking stories, so please feel free to post comments on our blog.

GetGrowing Fortnightly Share

The GetGrowing Team are holding fortnightly sessions for anyone wishing to share their ideas, stories or ask questions about growing organic vegetables. Here is a recurring link:-

Every 2 weeks on Monday, until June 21st 2021

May 10th 7pm

May 24th 7pm

June 7th 7pm

June 21st 7pm

Join Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 816 0733 5728              Passcode: 185346

GetGrowing books

If you would like to purchase a copy of the GetGrowing manual, an electronic version is now available on Amazon.



What's On

Daily Meditation:  7:30-8.30pm
  • MA-OM meditation and White Flower Meditation for World Peace
  • Chanting Lokah Samastah mantra 108 times
  • Arati
Thursday Satsang: 6:30-7:30pm
  • 108 Names of Amma
  • Bhajans with lyrics on screen
  • Reading
  • Amma's Heart episode
  • Arati
Sunday Satsang: 8.30-10.30am (please note new timing)
  • Archana (Amma's 108 names, Lalita Sahasranamam)
  • Mahishasura Mardhini
  • Reading
  • Arati and an opportunity to chat via video

Details for all these Zoom meetings: Zoom
Meeting ID: 642 298 098
Password: 567123

Donation Link

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