MA Center Chicago (MACC)

Yajna Bhava - A Weekend Retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya

Yajna Bhava - A Weekend Retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
May 25, 2019 9:30am to May 27, 2019 2:00pm 

YAJNA BHAVA – Spirit of Sacred Offering

A Memorial Day weekend retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya at MA Center Chicago
Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27, 2019

The concept of sacred offering is one familiar to all spiritual traditions, and it holds an especially important place in both Amma's teachings as well as India's scriptures, where it is called yajna bhava. During this weekend retreat, we will be diving into the deeper aspects of this notion, as well as learning how to incorporate this spirit of sacred offering in our daily lives. For planning purposes, pre-registration is kindly requested. Onsite registration will be available for last-minute participants.

Important: Bring warm work clothes suitable for farm work outdoors – durable work gloves are a must!

  • Adults (over 25) $60 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $40 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments)
  • Youths (18-24) $30 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $20 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments)
  • Children (8 - 17) $15 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $10 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments). Children under 8 attend for free.
  • Family Packages (2 adults and 2 youth) $155 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $125 for 2 adults and 1 youth (includes meals and refreshments)

Mode of Payment: PayPal or personal check made out to: MA Center Chicago, with ‘Yajna Bhava’ noted. Click here to pay for Yajna Bhava Retreat.  Please forward PayPal receipt to chicago@macenters.org. If paying by check, mail to: MA Center Chicago, 4W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119, Attn: MACC Yajna Bhava.

Learn more..Click here for Yajna Bhava event flyer

Retreat Schedule:

Saturday

9:30-10:00 - Registration
10:00-10.30 – Introductory talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya on the divine nature of seva
10:30-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:15 – Lunch 
1:15-1:30 - Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
1:30-4:00 - SEVA
4:00-4:30 – Tea/Snacks
4:30-5:00 - Break
5:00-6:00 - Archana
6:00-6:45 - Satsang talk on the Spirit of Sacred Offering by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
6:45-7:45 – Bhajans
7:45-8:15 – Arati, Meditation, Prasadam
8:15-9:15 - Dinner
9:15-9:30 - Debrief for the day/preparatory remarks for Sunday

Sunday

6:00-7:00 – Archana
7:00-7:15 – Ayi Giri Nandini
7:15-7:45 - Tea
7:45-8:30 - IAM (meditation session)
8:30-9:15 – Breakfast
9:15-9:45 – Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
9:45-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:15 – Lunch
1:15-1:30 - Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
1:30-4:00 - SEVA
4:00-4:30 – Tea/Snacks
4:30-5:00 - Break
5:00-7:00 - Seva
7:00-8:30 – Gita Class, Q&A
8:30-8:45 – Arati, Meditation, Prasadam
8:45-9:30 - Dinner

Monday

6:00-7:00 – Archana
7:00-7:15 – Ayi Giri Nandini
7:15-7:45 - Tea
7:45-8:30 - IAM (meditation session)
8:30-9:15 – Breakfast
9:15-9:45 – Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
9:45-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-2:00 – Closing talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya

Tuesday
Jan
01
8:30pm - 11:30pm
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Saturday
May
25
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ABK is structured to teach spiritual values to children through the application of Amma's teachings. Classes often include fun and engaging educational activities such as stories, games, music, and arts and crafts. ABK is open to children ages 4 and up. For more information, email... more ›
Saturday
May
25
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday Satsang at MA Center Chicago Join us for a day of devotion and community at MA Center Chicago. Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, the Director of the Center and a longtime disciple of Amma, leads satsang whenever he is at the Center. REGULAR SATSANG SCHEDULE (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE)... more ›
Friday
May
31
A Multi-Day Event
Click here to learn how to sign up.   Public Open Classes & Private Yoga Therapy Sessions.   We are blessed to have Brahmacharini Shobhana, Global Director of Amrita Yoga, offering yoga sessions at MA Center Chicago.   Amrita Yoga & Amma. Amrita Yoga was born from the... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ABK is structured to teach spiritual values to children through the application of Amma's teachings. Classes often include fun and engaging educational activities such as stories, games, music, and arts and crafts. ABK is open to children ages 4 and up. For more information, email... more ›
Saturday
Jun
01
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday Satsang at MA Center Chicago Join us for a day of devotion and community at MA Center Chicago. Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, the Director of the Center and a longtime disciple of Amma, leads satsang whenever he is at the Center. REGULAR SATSANG SCHEDULE (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE)... more ›
Saturday
Jun
08
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ABK is structured to teach spiritual values to children through the application of Amma's teachings. Classes often include fun and engaging educational activities such as stories, games, music, and arts and crafts. ABK is open to children ages 4 and up. For more information, email... more ›
Saturday
Jun
08
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday Satsang at MA Center Chicago Join us for a day of devotion and community at MA Center Chicago. Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, the Director of the Center and a longtime disciple of Amma, leads satsang whenever he is at the Center. REGULAR SATSANG SCHEDULE (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE)... more ›
Saturday
Jun
15
3:00pm - 4:30pm
ABK is structured to teach spiritual values to children through the application of Amma's teachings. Classes often include fun and engaging educational activities such as stories, games, music, and arts and crafts. ABK is open to children ages 4 and up. For more information, email... more ›
Saturday
Jun
15
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Saturday Satsang at MA Center Chicago Join us for a day of devotion and community at MA Center Chicago. Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya, the Director of the Center and a longtime disciple of Amma, leads satsang whenever he is at the Center. REGULAR SATSANG SCHEDULE (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE)... more ›

Our daily spiritual practices at the MA Center Chicago Satsang Hall include:

MORNING ARCHANA
Daily at 6:00 am

  • 108 Names of Amma
  • 1000 Names of the Divine Mother, Sri Lalitha Sahasranam
  • Mahisasuradmardini Stotram 

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 7:00 pm

  • Guru Stotram Chanting
  • Bhajans, Devotional singing
  • Closing prayers and Arati

*Note: On Fridays, if Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya is at MA Center Chicago, we typically have a Bhagavad Gita class with him instead of daily bhajans. On Saturdays, bhajans are part of the regular Saturday program.