AUM 2018

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AUM 2018: Art as a bridge

Celebrating Matagiri’s 50th anniversary

August 2–5, 2018
Olivebridge, NY

Hosted by Matagiri Sri Aurobindo Center for the Evolution of Conciousness
1218 Wittenberg Road, Mount Tremper, New York 12457
(845) 679-8322

“The discipline of Art has at its centre the same principle as the discipline of Yoga. In both the aim is to become more and more conscious; in both you have to learn to see and feel something that is beyond the ordinary vision and feeling, to go within and bring out from there deeper things. Painters have to follow a discipline for the growth of the consciousness of their eyes, which in itself is almost a Yoga. If they are true artists and try to see beyond and use their art for the expression of the inner world, they grow in consciousness by this concentration, which is not other than the consciousness given by Yoga.”The Mother

Aurobindo Ghose (Sri Aurobindo) had his first poem published at age ten; at age twelve young Mira Alfassa (the Mother) was already doing portraits and had her first exhibition at age fourteen—so in the roots of our path of Integral Yoga are the arts.

Fifty years ago the name Matagiri, Mother’s Mountain, was given. Co-founder Sam Spanier was an actor and artist, Eric Hughes was a playwright, and Lee Brooks a jewelry and fashion designer.

Matagiri is located just outside of Woodstock, NY, an artist colony.

Our time together at AUM 2018 will allow us to explore the arts as a bridge to our inner life through the expressive arts, mask making, music, storytelling, and dance.


The Ashokan Center is a beautiful compound with trails, streams, and a covered bridge, and it’s only 15 minutes from Matagiri:

The Ashokan Center
477 Beaverkill Rd
Olivebridge, NY 12461

For more information about The Ashokan Center, visit their website.

Artists, instructors, & facilitators (tentative)

Shayna Kay
Bill and Livia Vanaver
Krupa Jhaveri
Wendy Lines
Violante Binazzi
Raina Imig
Lucy Barbera
Julie Manna
Jonathan Kay
Aviram Rozin
Andrew Kay



Car: New York State Thruway Exit 19 coming from New York, Exit 20 coming from Albany.

Bus: Trailways offers daily bus service to Woodstock and Mount Tremper.

Air: Albany (ALB) and Stewart (SWF) are the closest airports, followed by Newark (EWR), White Plains (HPN), LaGuardia (LAG), and JFK. Car rentals are available at each. Where possible we will pick up clusters of participants.

Train: Amtrak service is to Rhinecliff (RHI), but the bus is easier.


For cost and registration, see the Matagiri Events page for AUM 2018



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