AHAM Weekend Retreat Gathering on June 12-14, 2015
It's Gathering Season!
Come and join us for the AHAM Weekend Retreat Gathering on June 12-14, 2015 at the AHAM Meditation Retreat and Training Center in Asheboro, NC, USA.
Our guest speaker at this year’s Gathering will be Kamala Devi, a long-time student of Ramana Maharshi and founder of the Hill of Fire Sanctuary in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Kamala is very excited about being with us for this special retreat gathering. More info about Kamala below.
After the evening meal on Friday, we will come together for group meditation (guided) and a spiritual sharing/message. Each day we will dive deeply into the joy of inner stillness and delight in fellowship and uplifting, transformative, spiritual sharings. Even if you have visited the Center recently, this will be a great opportunity to come and reconnect with your AHAM family and friends. You do not have to be a graduate of an AHAM program to attend this event. You and your friends are always welcome here. It’s an exciting time at AHAM, so please come and join us. Let’s “hang out” together!
Please let us know if you plan to attend ASAP or by no later than May 25th, as there is quite a bit of planning and preparation involved in this retreat. Phone 336.381.3988 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no charge for the actual event. If you are inspired to give a donation, it would be most appreciated. As you may know, AHAM operates through donations and tithes from its graduates and friends. The fee for overnight stay for the entire weekend event, which includes lodging and all meals, is $165 (normal $70 per day retreat rate, plus a $25 administration fee). The fee for Day-only participants is $65, which includes all meals for the weekend and the administration fee. Space is limited, so please reserve ASAP. We encourage you to do it Now! If no space is available at the AHAM Center when you make your reservation for this event or you choose to stay at a hotel, there are some very nice and reasonably priced hotels in Asheboro.
About Kamala Devi
Kamala Devi was first drawn to visit the sacred mountain, Arunachala, and Ramanasramam in South India in 1976. The deeply transformative experience awoke in her a longing to devote her life to Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Practical Teaching of Self-Inquiry and His Way of Surrender, as exemplified in His exultant poetic songs.
Returning to Australia in 1977, she established the Hill of Fire Sanctuary, a small ashram named after the Sacred Mountain. This rustic wildlife Sanctuary is on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, near the town of Coffs Harbour. A small group of students has gathered for Sat Sanga ever since that time and her four children grew up there.
In 1995, while staying in Sri Ramanasramam, Kamala met A. Ramana (whom she affectionately calls Ramana-ji) and Elizabeth MacDonald. They had established the AHAM Meditation Retreat and Spiritual Training Center in Asheboro, North Carolina, U.S.A. A. Ramana generously invited Kamala to visit AHAM, while Elizabeth smoothed the way for this to happen.
So, for some months during 1995 and 1996, she undertook the development of menus and the preparation of food for the AHAM community. She participated in AHAM programs and also assisted in some editing work for A. Ramana.
She says of this time: “When I arrived at the AHAM Center, I felt very much at home. I fell in love with the whole AHAM community. I felt ‘this is how people should be together - focused and conscious, not distracting one another unnecessarily, but carried along in their purpose with harmony, affection and understanding.’ The days were ordered, with a great sense of ‘yes!’ and abundance. It was a very joyous time for me!”
In 1997, Kamala published “The Conscious Cook”, which contain her vegetarian recipes. They are very exceptional recipes. As a pioneer in the field of healthy and light vegetarian cuisine, throughout the 1980s, Kamala served as the chef for a number of gourmet vegetarian restaurants in Australia.
After many years of serving the local community in Australia as a Grief Counselor, Gestalt Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Vegetarian Caterer, she has retreated to a more contemplative life, enjoying time gardening, writing, singing devotional songs and swimming in the ocean. Being with the students of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teaching is her great delight.
She also resides in India for two months each year and periodically visits U.S.A.
For more information about Kamala and her book, The Conscious Cook, go to this website: http://www.bigshakti.com/about/contributors/kamala-devi/
Some participants from the June 2014 Gathering
Heart-Felt Appreciation to everyone who participated in and contributed to the 2014 AHAM Weekend Retreat Gathering which was held on June 6-8. It was a complete success!
Also, much gratitude to our dear friend, V. Ganesan, who was featured as guest speaker at our 2014 Gathering. The theme of Ganesan's sharing was “Everything Is Unfolding As It Should" and this was realized throughout the entire retreat. A deep sense of gratitude and community permeated the weekend as graduates and friends came together in this conscious gathering.
Below is a Gathering sharing from V. Ganesan.
Thank you for joining in the celebration of 36 years of AHAM! We look forward to many more years of gathering in conscious community and sharing of Self-inquiry, the transformational process for awakening to who we all really are. For more information on our retreat and program schedule, please click here: Programs page.
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Some AHAM Graduates and Friends who attended the Gathering
*Photos courtesy of Theresa Morton and Jim Dillinger