Meditation Retreats with Amma Sri Karunamayi

Karthika Masam Retreat:   Nov. 1st – 30th 2019

Margali Masam Retreat:   Dec. 7th – Dec. 24th 2019

Penusila Forest Ashram in Andhra Pradesh, India

Join Amma for a special time in this sacred land energized by the divine vibrations of all of the great rishis and sages that have meditated here. Nestled at the foot of the Garudachala Mountains, against a backdrop of waterfalls and greenery, the Penusila Ashram is a celestial abode on Mother Earth.  To quote Amma:
“One day of meditation spent in Penusila is the equivalent of meditating 10,000 years–this assurance I am giving to you;  I am not speaking any exaggerated words.
Whether you are an experienced meditator interested in deepening your practice, or new to meditation and yearning for a richer experience of your own divinity, meditation retreats in Penusila are the ideal place for any spiritual seeker.  Time spent in the Penusila Ashram performing spiritual practices while in the Divine presence of our beloved Amma is healing, transformational and spiritually uplifting.
Leave your worries behind and come to your Mother’s Home.  Take this time to answer your soul’s inner calling.  Receive the grace and blessings that this holy land and our beloved Amma have to offer.

Benefits of Attending Meditation Retreats

Meditation retreats offer the sacred opportunity for performing many hours of meditation under the divine protection and guidance of Amma. Meditation is always a wonderfully purifying practice, but according to tradition, group meditation that is performed in the presence of a holy person is much more powerful than meditation done by oneself. During retreats, participants are encouraged to set aside their day-to-day concerns and dive deep into the ocean of the Self within. As Amma teaches, it is only when we look within through meditation that we find the true presence of Divine Mother deep within our inner hearts.
In the more intimate setting of a retreat, Amma is able to teach in more detail than she normally does during public programs. She often focuses her teachings on sacred chants and practices that help aspirants to make their meditation practice more powerful and profound. Learning these sacred Sanskrit mantras from Amma is more than just learning how to pronounce the words, it is really like an initiation. When Amma teaches, she pours her own energy directly into the participants. Many have experienced that it is much easier to pronounce mantras and practice various techniques that they have learned directly from Amma, rather than from a book.
The venue for the India retreats is the beautiful surroundings of Amma’s Penusila Ashram in Andhra Pradesh. Within this pristine setting, great rishis such as Viswamitra and Kanva Maharishi performed their tapas, or divine austerities. This is also the same Penusila Forest that has been sanctified by our beloved Amma’s presence during her own 10-year period of austerities.
Amma has designed the retreat format for participants’ maximum growth and purification. The day begins with meditation at 5 a.m. At sunrise, participants perform the sacred “Surya namaskara” practice, which involves offering flowers and water to the Divine in the form of the sun, while chanting sacred mantras. Meditation sessions are interspersed with deep esoteric teachings from Amma.
Retreat accommodations consist of 12′ by 15′ rooms with beds, bedding and attached baths with solar hot water showers. Men and women will be housed separately, with a maximum of two participants per room. Sattwic Indian vegetarian food will be served.

What is Expected

Please be advised that Amma expects all participants to maintain verbal silence for the length of the retreat. As it is Amma’s intention that everyone benefit as much as possible from her meditation retreats, she has made this request for verbal silence so that participants will experience deeper and more fruitful meditations. A great deal of spiritual energy is lost through speaking; only verbal silence allows us to preserve that energy and make the most of our precious time in the sacred land of Penusila.

2019 Karthika Masam Meditation Retreat Sessions

During the very auspicious month known as Karthika Masam, Amma will be conducting 5 sessions of meditation. Sadhakas may register for as many sessions as they like. This divine month also hosts the following special festivals
Nov 4th – Koti Somavaram Vratam & Savitri Vratam This extremely sacred and powerful day brings untold blessings and good fortune into our lives. The benefits (or merits) of any spiritual practices that we perform on this day (for example, fasting, meditation, Shiva puja, etc.) are multiplied 10 million times more beneficial than performing on other days (‘Koti’ means 1 crore — that is, 10 million).
Nov 7th – Arogyalakshmi Vratam Observing this special Thursday is done for good health.
Nov 12th – Karthika Masam Pournami The full moon in the month of Karthika is also know to be an exceptional time for spiritual practices and intense sadhana.

Session 1

 Nov 1 – 6

 $399 USD 


Session 2

Nov 7 – 12

 $399 USD




Session 3

Nov 13 – 18

  $399 USD 

Session 4

 Nov 19 – 24

 $399 USD 


Session 5

 Nov 25 – 30

 $399 USD 


2019 Margali Masam Retreat Sessions


There are three session of meditation retreat this month. Participants may register for as many as they would like. Dec 1 – 2 will be an international health fair conducted at the ashram’s free hospital–all retreatants are welcome to attend this event as well. December 10th marks the auspicious day of Tiruvannamalai Deepam. Also, kindly note that prior to this retreat, Her Holiness will lead a group pilgrimage and temple tour to Chidambaram details are online here.

Session 1

 Dec 7 – Dec 12

 $399 USD 


Session 2

Dec 13 – 18

 $399 USD


Session 3

Dec 19 – 24

  $399 USD 

Shaktipat - Divine Radiance Transmission will be given during the Intense Sadhana Retreat

According to India’s ancient yoga tradition, the human body contains spiritual energy centers, known as ‘chakras.’ The seven main chakras lie along the sushumna nadi like beautiful lotus flowers strung on a garland. Although the chakras are naturally radiant and vibrant with divine energy, their beauty is veiled by our karma, which is like a thick layer of dust.
The accumulation of this blanket of dust over innumerable lifetimes creates barriers to the upward movement of the divine kundalini energy and prevents us from realizing our full spiritual potential. This karmic dust also acts on the chakras to create disease and commotion in our lives as the fulfillment of our negative karma.
During the chakra meditation retreats, Amma will be speaking in depth on the nature of the chakras in our subtle body and teaching specific techniques for opening them. Advanced meditators as well as beginners are welcome to apply.


Waterfalls at the Ashram

Beyond belief. Enter the world of tapas and experience inner peace. Be at the peak of the world of meditation–in the pure winds at the feet of the magnificent Garudachala Mountains.
“The first time I set foot in the Ashram, after getting out of my taxi, I felt a wave of warm delicious energy pass over my body… It was like the Earth Herself was welcoming me to the ashram… I felt embraced.  I knew that I had answered Amma’s (inner) call to come (for meditation)”

Looking for a change, for something new?  Escape from the mundane world and dive deep into the stillness of your Self. Remodel your life by meditating in a temperate rainforest valley, situated in the foothills of the divine Penusila Mountains, hours away from bustling distractions of the nearest city.
Welcome to the best place for Meditation, a land of tapas, where the temptation to close your eyes and sink into the immense peace of your heart, is a pull too strong to resist.

Vishnu Teertham - Holy Bathing Place at Ashram




Amma's Penusila Ashram


How to Apply


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Cancellation Policy

Refunds will only be issued before Oct. 25, 2019, minus a $50 admin fee (+ online transaction fees) for the a Meditation Retreats at the discretion of the ashram. After Oct 25, 2019 there is not any guarantee that any refund will be given.


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