Pre-Navaratri Meditation Retreat

October 2 – 4, 2020

Join the Pre-Navaratri Online Meditation Retreat including Yoga Asanas, Mantra Japam, Bhajan Kirtan, Ayurveda & Spiritual Discourses

As the world continues to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic and the various social restrictions in place, Amma is deeply saddened that she is unable to see Her children in person. In order to help devotees feel more connected to Amma, you are invited to join Her Holiness for a pre-Navaratri online meditation retreat live from Manidweepa Mahasmasthanam, Penusila Forest Ashram.

These special three-day meditation sessions together with yoga asanas, mantra japam, bhajan kirtan, ayurveda and spiritual discourses are a profound spiritual immersion for one’s inner wellbeing – the perfect vacation for your mind body and soul during these challenging times. The Pre-Navaratri meditation retreat will provide ideal conditions for quieting the mental chatter, diving into the depths of inner silence, and experiencing profound rest and rejuvenation.

Take advantage of this special chance to set aside day-to-day concerns and dive deep into the blissful ocean of the Self within – all in Amma’s divine virtual presence. It is only when we look within through meditation that we find the presence of Divine Mother deep within our hearts.


  • While every effort will be made to broadcast these live sessions with Amma, you may experience technical and/or connectivity issues before and during the sessions due to Amma’s ashram being located in a remote forested hill area of Andhra Pradesh, India, Sessions are currently scheduled on Zoom Webinar (non-interactive) but may be subject to change.
  • Yoga asana sessions will be pre-recorded and will last 1 hour.
  • Mantra japam/Bhajan Kirtan sessions will be live on Zoom Webinar and will last 1 hour


  • Session #1 | Begins Friday, Oct. 2 – 6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT / 9AM ET / 1PM GMT
  • Session #2 | Begins Saturday, Oct. 3 – 6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT / 9AM ET / 1PM GMT
  • Session #3 | Begins Sunday, Oct. 4 – 6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT / 9AM ET / 1PM GMT


Due to time constraints with Amma’s schedule in India the retreat schedule has been revised. Please check the updated schedule below.

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Amma’s Divine Meditation and  Ayurveda Retreat

6:30 PM

6:00 AM

8:00 AM

9:00 AM

1:00 PM

Yoga Asanas with Lily Goncalves

8:30 PM

8:00 AM

10:00 AM

11:00 AM

3:00 PM

Mantra Japam/Bhajan Kirtan with Pallavi Subhraveti

9:30 PM

9:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

4:00 PM

Lily Goncalves

Yoga Asana Sessions with Lily Goncalves

Through the immeasurable love and compassion of her Satguru, Amma Sri Karunamayi, Lily has been blessed to humbly serve yoga students from around the world by passing on the teachings of the Awakened Ones. As a devotee of Amma, Sri Sri Sri Vijayeswari Devi, for 10 years, Lily spends extensive time in retreat and pilgrimage every year with Amma in India, practicing deep meditation and yoga, and humbly offering her service.

For over 20 years Lily has helped thousands of yoga students deepen their practice, find purpose, live healthier and connect to the Divine, as the Founder and Teacher of the Blooming Lotus Yoga School in Bali. With an MA in Counseling Psychology, and her intensive immersion in the traditional ashrams of South India, Lily bridges the gap between the mystical and spiritual practices of the Sages of India, with a grounded, practical and scientific approach to body/mind dynamics.

Lily is honored to share with you Amma’s incredible Yoga Program that She specifically designed to meet the modern times with all its challenges and pressures. Amma has created a powerful program of 11 core asanas that methodologically purifies the 7 chakras and is imbued with Her protection and Grace. Amma’s profound Yoga Program is simple enough to incorporate into our often-busy lives and provides us with all that we need to maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Lily invites you to join her in Amma’s very special yoga sessions and experience the amazing benefits and Grace of Amma.

PLEASE NOTE: All of these session are pre-recorded.

Lily Goncalves

Mantra Japam/Bhajan Kirtan with Pallavi Subhraveti

Pallavi and her family have been devotees of Amma and Sri Rudram for approximately ten years. Pallavi has been teaching Rudram for a couple of years and has prepared over 100 students for the 2019 Atirudram Maha Yagnam at SRIM, Atlanta, GA.

Upon Amma’s request, Pallavi recently coordinated the chanting of the Mrutyunjaya and the Shiva Panchakshari mantras to help mitigate the coronavirus pandemic. Amma has again requested Pallavi to lead us in this three-day special mantra japam (*) and bhajan kirtan with musical accompaniment (**) sessions.

Professionally, Pallavi is an engineer in a bioinformatics research organization in the Bay area.

(*) Japam is the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. Through mantra meditation, we learn to take control of our thoughts and emotions and begin to steer into them into the present moment. Mantra meditation creates a safe way into a higher perspective of our own thinking where we can alleviate stress, anger, jealousy and other negative states and calm our nervous system and relax. Mantras have transformative power. They protect the mind by calling upon and awakening transcendental energy.

(**) In the Yoga Sutras, one of the ancient, foundational yogic texts, Patanjali says the eight-limbed path consists of hatha, karma, bhakti, tantra, jnana, guru, mantra, and raja yogas. Kirtan is a form of bhakti the yoga of devotion; jnana, the yoga of wisdom; and mantra, the yoga of sound. Kirtan offers the possibility for stillness of mind, without the struggle or striving to concentrate. The practice is also one way to focus the mind and for some, it has a powerful heart-opening effect as well.

Amma’s Sessions

Join Amma for a special time live from 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.

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, Amma’s meditation sessions are are healing, transformational and spiritually uplifting.

Leave your worries behind and come to your Mother’s Home virtually. Take this time to answer your soul’s inner calling. Receive the grace and blessings that our beloved Amma have to offer.

In addition, experience the ancient treasure of Ayurveda as you learn first-hand from Amma in these informative sessions. Amma’s Penusila Ashram and the surrounding Penusila Forest; a land not only charged by the meditations of India’s great sages, but also a land valued for its vast collection of healing plants and herbs.

Session #1

Friday October. 2
6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT

Session #2

Saturday October 3
6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT

Session #3

Sunday October 4
6:30PM IST / 6AM PT / 8AM CT

Cost per session is $72 per participant per device paid via PayPal.
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