AWARENESS IN ACTION - AYUDH retreat at M.A. Center Chicago


AYUDH North America, Amma’s youth group invites you to the first annual national youth retreat on August 15, 16 and 17 of this year at MA Center Chicago. The AYUDH International theme for the year is “Awareness in Action”. 

As AYUDH North America takes shape, we would like the event to be a kickstarter for the many service projects and other initiatives that regional AYUDH groups across North America can undertake for the next year, pertaining to the theme – Awareness in Action.

This retreat will be for youth aged 14 – 30 across North America, to create a community uniting people from all walks of life. There will be music, discussions, question and answer sessions, yoga, service projects, activities in nature, and plenty of fun with youth of all ages!


The event begins at 6pm on Friday, August 15 2014 and concludes at 3pm on Sunday, August 17 2014.


The three days of the retreat will have activities and discussions focusing on integrated living, ecological sustainability, team dynamics, conscious consumption and social outreach. Some of the activities are listed below:

•   Discussions and Q/A with the swamis and brahmacharis (Amma’s monastic disciples)

•   Project initiatives, presentations and discussions – pertaining to the theme “Awareness in Action”

•   Nature walk in the scenic grounds of MA Center Chicago

•   Meditation

•   Bhajans

•   Constructive games and team building activities

•   Permaculture classes and hands on training

•   Nature related activities (gardening, In-Deed initiatives)

•   Music and talent exhibition

•   Discussions on AYUDH North America yearly curriculum and plans for the next one year

After the retreat ends, on Sunday evening, we plan to celebrate Krishna Jayanti which would include uriyadi (pot breaking game like a pinata), nagara samkeertanam (procession with bhajans and chants),  bhajans and bhagavatam chanting describing  Lord Krishna’s birth. The celebrations would conclude around 8 pm. All AYUDH members are welcome and encouraged to participate in this free event.


MA Center Chicago (MACC)
41W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119, United States
* Group rides will be arranged from nearby airport (Chicago – ORD)


Click here to register for AYUDH Retreat at MACC

$50 (whole retreat) | $25 (single day) – early registration until August 3rd.
 $70 (whole retreat) | $35 (single day) – after August 3rd.
 The retreat includes accommodations, food and all activities.


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