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Amma Satsang

MONTHLY SATSANG: The 1st Sunday of EVERY MONTH at 5:30pm*
FREE and Priceless.

Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning a close association or companionship with a Self-Realized Soul. It can also refer to discussion or hearing of spiritual truths expressed by Self-Realized Masters. In the scorching heat of worldliness, being in the presence of a Master or a Master’s teachings is like a cool breeze in the shade of a huge tree. Although Amma is the inspiration for this particular gathering, devotees of all traditions are welcome.

Please join us as we gather with some of Amma’s longtime devotees for an inspiring evening of prayer, puja (sacred ceremony) and song. We oftenIMG_20150117_194748398 begin the evening with a short video of Amma or her teachings, followed by a little song (bhajans/kirtan), meditation, and Aarati. In Sanskrit, the word arti – written as aarati – is composed of the prefix aa, meaning complete, and rati, meaning love. Aarti is thus an expression of one’s complete and unflinching love towards the Divine. It is sung and performed with a deep sense of reverence, adoration, and meditative awareness.

Known as The Hugging Saint, Amma (Mother) has physically hugged more than 34 million people from all parts of the world. Her tireless spirit of dedication to uplifting others over the past 38 years has inspired a vast network of charitable activities through which people are discovering the beauty and sense of peace that comes from selflessly serving others. We hope that you will join us in immersing ourSelves in the nectar of devotion and bringing boundless love to life here in Athens!

(It is customary to bring an offering to the symbolic feet of the Master…whether that be Amma or to whomever you bow, and offerings often include incense, flowers, fruit…whatever you would offer the Divine. Please know that this is not a requirement, just a tradition.)

For more information, please see the organization’s website at or call Meghan Madhavi Burke at (706) 613.1143



Insight Meditation

Every MONDAY 7-8:30pm
(meets on the ground level/first office on right)

This Vipasana Mediation group has been meeting at the Healing Arts Centre for 14 years and welcomes all levels of meditation experience. If you are new to meditation and would like an introduction, please contact David Kurtz (706)340-7288. This is a Dana (donation based) gathering.


TM Meditation Group

The LAST Sunday monthly at 5:50pm ( & joining a National Group meditation at 6:05pm). uzk5zs2l

This gathering is for those who have completed the TM training and want to share a monthly meditation with other TM practitioners. We will hold a 20 minute group meditation and fellowship with other meditators. It will be a chance for us to boost our practice and learn from each others’ experiences. We may also listen to teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to thousands of people. Should only last 30-45 minutes. For more information, please contact Forrest Leffer (706) 338-4690. To learn more about Transcendental Meditation and how to receive that training, please contact Deidre Meehan (404) 909-5007.


Past Events


Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Friday, November 2nd -Sunday, November 4th
with John Orr
* Learn Mindfulness (Insight) Meditation
* Receive Instruction and Practice in Sitting, Standing & Walking Meditation
* Become Aware and Comfortable with your Body, Thoughts and Emotions
* Learn How to Develop a Daily Meditation Practice
* Suitable for Beginners and Those with Previous Experience
Friday, 7-8:30pm
Introductory Talk: Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Life (suggested donation $10-$15)
All are encouraged to attend.
Saturday & Sunday Retreat: Instruction & Practice of Mindfulness Meditation.
9:30am-4:30 pm ($75/daily)
(Beginners are encouraged to attend Saturday if scheduling requires them to choose btwn Saturday or Sunday.)
Sponsored by and held at Sangha Yoga Studio, located within the Healing Arts Centre
834 Prince Avenue/ Athens, GA 30606
For more information about the weekend program email or call Sangha Yoga Studio in Athens at (706) 613-1143 or
John Orr received Theravada Buddhist ordination while living in Thailand and India as a monk for 8 years in the 1970’s. He has been teaching dharma and meditation since then. John is an Interfaith Minister and the guiding teacher for the New Hope Sangha in Durham, North Carolina. He recently retired from teaching 31 years at Duke University.
More about John:



WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm / Sept 12th- Oct 17th. ($75/6 weeks)
You feel stuck and just want to feel better.
You don’t have the support you need and you are just so tired.
You can’t do it alone anymore.
You’ve tried everything and don’t know what to do, but you know you need something. Some way to make a change.
You just want to feel better.
It is possible to feel better in your body.
To feel like you can breathe again and like you can deal with all of life’s daily challenges.
To want to take care of yourself.
To know you will be ok.
Rebecca Shisler Marshall, PhD (CCC-SLP), is a yoga and meditation instructor, researcher, teacher, wellness enthusiast, Reiki Master, Martha Beck Life Coach, and shamanic practitioner.



Saturday, September 29th  6-8pm
Join us for a celebration of World Peace with a Master of Yoga and a Master of Sound. Together we will inquire with our hearts and hands into the nature of Peace.
Q & A with Swami Asokananda, a lifelong monastic in the Yoga Tradition. Swami Asokananda was initiated into monkhood in 1973 by Sri Swami Satchidananda and is the President of Integral Yoga Institute of New York as well as and one of Integral Yoga’s foremost international teachers.
DRUMMING with Dr. Arvin Scott, a multi-award winning percussion artist, youth program developer/coordinator, and educator with over three decades of national and international experience Dr. Scott was on the faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and was guest faculty at The New England Conservatory before relocating to his present home in Athens, GA. where he has taught at the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music since 1991. He is the founder of Drumming for Success.
Bring your questions, bring your percussion instruments, bring your friends!
Cost: Donations gratefully welcome.

Saturday, January 27th / 2pm onward

WittAn Impromptu Glorious Chorus™

Low Pressure, High Pleasure

Elise leads sessions of glorious group singing, teaching in a style so easy that, before you know it, the room is in perfect harmony!

Drawing from her love of diverse melodies and rhythms, Elise may introduce a Brazilian samba, a Congolese storysong, an Italian round, or four-part harmonies from Zimbabwe.

There are lots of songs in English, including songs from the African American tradition, quirky rounds, food songs, Bobby McFerrin style Circle Songs, Elise originals, and lots more. All of the songs are broken down into easily learnable parts and become thrilling to sing in a group. Whether you’ve sung all your life or think you “can’t carry a tune in a bucket,” in no time at all, you’ll find yourself part of an Impromptu Glorious Chorus™.

Singers of all abilities, styles, and experience are welcome. No music reading required.

WORKSHOP: 2-5pm (Cost: $25-85 sliding scale, please be affordable & generous)


CONCERT: 7pm (Tickets: $15-55 sliding scale; included for participants)

Explore: Elise Witt


Saturday, January 20th at 8pm

An Enchanting Evening of Ambient Music featuring Matt Venuti Matt Venuti Concert at Healing Arts Centre in Athens

Matt Venuti is an artist who truly defies categorization. He’s a singer-songwriter, a one-man ensemble and modern-day troubadour who tours much of the year. He’s a longtime bandleader and a masterful instrumentalist known for playing rare and captivating acoustic and electronic instruments. He’s also a video-artist/producer, a poet and storyteller. His lyrics speak a language inspired by a yearning for a deeper connection to the heart; to love itself, while the music can be described as mystical and entrancing, with strong melodic hooks and hypnotic grooves. He often enhances his solo shows with a looping device that allows him to create lush layers of cinematic and other-worldly sounds, effects and melodies. All performed in the moment and never pre-recorded.

Matt accompanies himself playing rare and captivating melodic-percussive acoustic instruments developed in Switzerland, as well as the highly expressive and dynamic Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) wind synthesizer, He was among the first to explore both of these instruments and share them with the world. His singing voice fully compliments the instruments that he plays with a distinctive, warm inviting quality and dynamic range.

Visit Matt’s website at for more information, album releases and his highly acclaimed self-produced music videos. Most of Matt’s commercial recordings are available as CDs and digital downloads at the most popular sales sites.

7:30pm Reception with beverages & snacks -and Please, feel free to bring your own whatever makes you smile!
8pm Concert

$15 Advanced Reservations (Simply call 706.613.1143 or e-mail
$20 at the door


Friday, Jan. 19th / 5:30-6:30pm

A whole new Happy Hour is here…
Cultivating Peaceful Relations w/ John Lash

Fridays 5:30-6:30pm, Jan. 19th-Feb. 23rd
6 weeks/ $66Unknown

This 6 week Course is based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. And perhaps somewhere along the road we picked up unkind habits taught and supported by the prevailing culture.

People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.

25487158_1545825382130157_6667023961080387076_o“Sometimes I forget that looking at conflict as an opportunity isn’t the common view. Most of us avoid conflict when we can. That isn’t always a bad strategy, but sometimes the cost can be high. Similarly, looking at justice questions through a restorative lens is still uncommon, though when I explain it to people they like the idea. The connection for me, based on my own life and on observing many others, is a fundamental and unshakeable faith in our human ability to change and to grow into ever better versions of ourselves. Given the skills and a safe space to work in, people will take responsibility for their actions, they will willingly listen to others, they will practice empathy and they will look for ways to contribute to others and to meet their own needs in ways that don’t harm others. This isn’t an idealistic dream; it’s my (mostly) daily experience.” JOHN LASH (NVC facilitator)

PLEASE pre-register if possible: 706/613-1143


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Saturday, January 6th / 3-4:15pm

Stress Relief Toning with Quartz Crystal Bowls

Set sacred intentions for the new calendar year or simply take time to tune in…Toning is the creation of extended vocal sounds on a single vowel in order to open the flow to the 7 main chakras and experience the sound and its effects throughout the body. Benefits include IMMEDIATE stress relief, improved listening abilities, release of physical and emotional pain, balancing both hemispheres of the brain, union of body and spirit, heightened intuitive abilities, and more.Toning is for people of ALL ages, ALL religions, and ALL belief systems. Toning is NOT singing. If you can moan, you can tone.

Join Sound Therapist Vee Baker in taking time for yourSelf to
Relax deeply, Rejuvenate your energy, Feel Peace and Presence!…All are Welcome! ($: donation)

Saturday, December 2nd / 2-3:30pm

Lullaby Yoga w/ Johanna Beekman

Johanna Beekman returns from Oregon to revisit Sangha and help us prepare for the Holy Days!
Saturday, Dec. 2nd / 2-3:30pm23172409_1505909876121708_1101963920055060231_n
(Sliding scale $20-$30)
Lullaby Yoga™, created by Johanna Beekman, RYT 500, is a unique blend of restorative and yin yoga with heart-opening live music. Her classes focus on deep relaxation and healing using principles from therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, bhakti yoga and nada (sound) yoga.
In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of deeply relaxing poses while singing to them. The music—a soothing blend of original and traditional pieces from a variety of global cultures—facilitates the healing process by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself. Johanna teaches Lullaby Yoga classes at world-class festivals and studios across the US.
PLEASE call Sangha to reserve: 706/613-1143

Sat., Oct. 7th/ INDIA in ATHENS !

3-8pm: BOMBAY BOUTIQUE- New and gently used Indian Clothing store (men’s, women’s & children’s styles) …great Halloween cotumes!
3-8pm: BOMBAY CAFE- Authentic Indian Food and Beverages (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options) open
3-8pm: MEHNDI (Henna Tattoos) by artist Maya Padmalayam begin at 3pm
3pm: LIVE INDIAN MUSIC begins flowing from the stage at 3pm with Gershone and Krishna. Other sets will include Manjula and the Satchidananda Mission Kirtan Collective, and Amma Atlanta satsang musicians!
4-5pm: FREE BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASS! Learn a few of the moves from an Indian dancer while having a blast.
7pm: FASHION SHOW brought to you by Sangha instructors and students…come see your friends and teachers sample the Indian clothes in a live auction on the catwalk!
This is a FUNdraiser for Embracing the World, the largest NGO in the world providing relief all over the world. 100% of proceeds will go to this charity. We welcome your generosty and encourage you to come eat and shop freely, suggested $5 donation for music/ dance class/ fashion show-and, everyone is welcome regardless!
Embracing the World ™ is a global network of regional humanitarian organizations inspired by the India-based humanitarian initiatives of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math. Embracing the World exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor through helping to meet each of their five basic needs — food, shelter, healthcare, education, and livelihood — wherever and whenever possible.


Sunday, Oct. 1st / 8-9pm/ $10

gina Breedlove Oneness Concert:

Songs for Peace & Unity

”In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her privileged audience the recipients of her pure Spirit and deep vocal well”- holly near

Singer, Songwriter, Sound Healer & Medicine Woman​, gina was born in​ Brooklyn, NY.

She began performing at age 15, singing back up for the incomparable Phyllis Hyman​. Since, gina has toured all over the world with artists who, like herself, define and redefine genre; Harry Belafonte, Toshi Reagon, Ronny Jordan, Ani Difranco, Craig Harris, and Sekou Sundiata, to name a few.

She calls her music Folksoul, a coalescence of Rhythm & Blues, with story telling cadences of Folk, Soul, and the gospel truth. Folksoul is music that lifts the Spirit, opens the heart and allows one to find their way. Breathing into the Sound of this woman’s voice,​ gina embodies healing artistry.​ A​n ​Actress​ as well​, gina created the role of “Sarabi” for the Broadway production of “The Lion King”​, and recently​ appears in ​​2 Spike Lee films, ​”Living Da Dream” for NBA 2k16 and “Chiraq“.

With folksoul, gina Breedlove has invented a delectable melange,  a contemporary sound with classic orchestration and an irresistible groove. It is indeed the medicine many of us have been waiting for. It’s music that celebrates the lives we struggle to build, and represents a courageous kind of beauty– that essential antidote to what ails us. Simply put, we need this. “gina‘s voice is sheer revelry, and her beauty captures your heart & mind” -jazztimes



International Peace Day Celebrations begin Friday, Sept 29th...

Satchidananda Mission and Sangha Yoga Studio are pleased to welcome Swami Asokananda to Athens for Peace Day celebrations!
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers and is known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, since he has absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of the primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he has served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.
Swami Asokananda will be leading an All Levels Hatha Yoga class at Sangha Yoga Studio on Friday, Sept. 29th / 7-8:45pm. Suggested donation is $25 to cover Swami’s travel expenses, and no one will be turned away. Since space is limited, please RSVP by calling Sangha (706) 613-1143.
Yurt Yoga Athens is hosting Swami Asokananda at Satchidananda Mission on Saturday, Sept. 30th at 5pm for Kirtan followed by Satsang and a Vegetarian Potluck. The subject of Asokanandaji’s talk is “Peace Within, Peace in the Community, and Peace in the World”. Please RSVP for this event and Manjula will give directions (706) 548-3625.
(Donations are welcome for this event.)
And please remember the Peace and Unity 108 Sun Salutations event at the Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 1st at 5:30pm…
you will get to hear Swami Askananda share a few words of inspiration there as well.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.


Friday, Sept. 29th /5-6:30pm

Vibration of Grace™ Healing through Sound Circle

In this experience with Gina Breedlove, you will learn (or deepen) the practice of using the Sound of your Voice to shift stuck energy in your Body temple. We use Breath, Bija (seed) Sounds, Vowels, Words, Intention, & more, to move what no longer serves. This practice creates a sense of spaciousness, and opportunity for Healing your Mind, Body, Spirit. Sound is one way to ignite the Power that is You. 

“This ancient, indigenous Healing modality is rapidly being rediscovered, as more people become aware of how the body responds to Sound. The human body is made up of about 60 – 90 trillion cells, which carry about 70% percent water. Sound travels through water almost 5 times faster then it does though air, this makes Sound an excellent method for penetrating the body on a cellular level as our bodies have an immediate response to Sound. Sound Healers harmonize the cells in the body. Yes, this is Science, and my work is rooted in Divine Love, also know as Spirit.” gina

Come be in the room for our International Peace circle of Grace family.
Bring Your Spirit, You will leave Lifted ~
Sliding Scale offering, $15 – $25

Medincine Woman Gina Breedlove is a Sound Healer, Singer & Songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Gina will be doing private healing sessions on Saturday, and a Oneness concert on Sunday at 8pm.



A Discussion on Spiritual Practice

Saturday, July 29th (2017)

Swami Sarvadevananda, the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. He lived near Belur Math (Swami Ramakrisna’s Ashram) from 1960 onward, and thus got the opportunity to come into contact with many monks who were initiated by Holy Mother, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, and other direct disciples of Ramakrishna.

Swami was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the 7th President of the Order, in 1961, and joined the monastery at Belur Math, near Kolkata, in 1965. For the next two decades, he served at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution next to Belur Math, managing and imparting spiritual values to the students of the teachers’ training institute, the Vidyamandir college, and the technical training schools. During this time, he also had the privilege to serve at a camp for refugees affected by the Bangladesh war in 1971.

Swami became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission, Sikra, the birthplace of Swami Brahmananda, in 1988. While there, he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless.

In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California to serve as assistant minister, under Swami Swahananda. He was appointed the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society in 2012.

In addition to regular lectures and classes, Swami Sarvadevananda addresses schools, colleges, and religious groups throughout Southern California and other parts of the United States whenever called upon. He represented the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic and Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue of Los Angeles, serves as one of the directors of the Hindu Students’ Organization at USC, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Guibord Center. Swami frequently visits Vedanta centers throughout the United States.

This 10-11am gathering is freely open to all with a spiritual thirst or curiosity…please, join us. It will be followed later that afternoon by a class on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali entitled How to Know God (3-4:30pm).