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The Earth reaches for the Divine, and the Divine Breath pours into the Earth. Matter is changing, holding more Light, becoming sanctified. Every day more is possible, every day Light is more accessible, more tangible.
Despite appearances, humanity is waking up to the reality that all life is connected, and all life is sacred. The future will not be a repetition of the past, and we need new ways of relating to ourselves and each other that complement our expanding consciousness.
Come with us on a collective yogic adventure in search of our future. Through artistic co-creation, intimate sharing circles, and silence, we will explore the frontiers of individual and collective consciousness.
The AUM conference arises from a stream of wisdom and blessing initiated by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, whose work in the world was not to create a new religion or belief system, but to literally transform the Earth itself, to bring down, awaken, and manifest Divinity in the material world. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s force and action in the world are not theories, ideas. They are tangible, concrete movements of Divine Love that can be felt by the heart. The aim of this conference is to seek and align with this stream of Love as it continues to flow and transform the Earth and all of life.
Additional historical info about the AUM can be found here. At this year’s conference, we will seek to move from sharing ideas to sharing experiences, so there will be no lectures or traditional presentations of work. Collective activities drawing inspiration from the Mother’s symbol and Savitri will involve art, music, poetry, and dance.
“We are now witnessing the birth of a new world… it is an absolutely unexpected and unpredictable adventure. There are people who love adventure. It is these I call, and I tell them this: ‘I invite you to the great adventure.'”-The Mother
Special Guest Tara Jauhar
We are deeply honored and grateful that Tara Jauhar will be joining us for the 2017 AUM Conference. She currently directs the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, which is home to Mother’s International School, one of the top schools in India, as well as several other successful social service projects related to education for rural Indian youth. Click here for more about Tara’s history with the Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
Julie of Light Omega
We in the Amherst area are blessed by the presence of Julie of Light Omega, an inspired teacher who feels profoundly connected to the vision and promise of Auroville, to the spiritual destiny of America, and to the heart of the One that manifested through Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. It is this Heart that she brings to this Conference.
Julie’s being radiates a tangible vibration of Divine Love, and she has offered to participate in creating this conference with the AUM planning group. Her presence and the Light that she carries will guide and flow through the conference, supporting our explorations, creating unexpected possibilities, and opening unseen doors. She has written several books, which can be found here, and an archive of 60+ podcasts is available here.
Additional guides for our collective exploration will include:
The 2017 AUM will also host a preview of the film Conscious, created by CIIS graduates Alan Baiss and Joseh Garcia. Conscious is a one hour documentary film inspired by the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and it features interviews with Matthijs Cornelissen, Aster Patel, Michael Murphy, Shraddhavan, Bahman Shirazi, Stanisav Grof, Larry Seidlitz, and Pravir Malik.
Cost of the full conference residential pass includes 3 nights in the Amherst College dorms, plus all meals (Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch), all programs, and the concert with the Raga Mantra Trio. Commuter costs include everything except dorm accommodations.
EARLY BIRD Pricing until May 15 – after May 15 costs will increase to:
Full Conference Residential Single – $375
Full Conference Residential Couple – $725
Full Conference Commuter – $200
Scholarships are available – click here to complete an application
Register by clicking the link above to complete the form. Payment can be made with credit card via the links below the registration link, or by mailing a check made out to:
Yoga Center Amherst
17 Kellogg Ave, Ste 2
Amherst, MA 01002
The 2017 AUM Conference will begin with registration from 2pm-5:30pm on Thursday August 3rd. After dinner, we will gather for an invocation and evening program from 7pm-9:30pm on Thursday.
The RagaMantra Trio Concert will take place in the Amherst College Chapel on Saturday August 5th in the evening, from 7pm-9:30pm. We will be selling tickets for this concert, but anyone who has paid to attend the AUM will have free admission to the concert.
The conference closing ceremony will end at 12:30pm on Sunday August 6th, after which lunch will be served. Box lunch options will be available for those who need to leave right after the closing. An optional trip to the New England Peace Pagoda will be arranged for Sunday afternoon.
The Amherst College facilities are an excellent spot for our collective exploration. Located right in downtown Amherst, with access to hiking trails and striking views of the Norwottuck Range, and plenty of outdoor green space, the campus is beautiful and comfortable. The dorms offer clean, simple accommodations in single and double rooms, and access to the campus gym can be arranged by request.
Amherst College Dining Services sources their food locally, and prioritizes fresh and organic options. During the summer we’ll enjoy veggies from the Amherst College Farm and other local farms, Northeast raised dairy, eggs and meat, and even grains, beans, and other staples from local suppliers. See more about Amherst College’s food services here.
Will you be traveling by air to join us? The best local airports are Bradley International – which is in Windsor Locks Connecticut, and Logan International – which is in Boston. Bradley is closer – less than an hour, while Logan is about 90 minutes. Valley Transporter can arrange rides from either airport to Amherst College.