AUM 2020

Trinity Retreat Center
Trinity Retreat Center

AUM 2020
The Life and Legacy of Mirra Alfassa: Observing the Centenary of Her Return to Pondicherry

July 23-26
At the Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut

Each year the extended community of those connected with integral yoga and Auroville gather to deepen their practice, share insights and enjoy one another’s company. From July 23rd-26th we will gather at the beautiful Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut.

As it is the centenary of the April 24th Darshan Day, when Mother returned to Pondicherry to stay, we are focusing on her life and legacy. Our keynote speaker we hope will be Gilles Guigan, from the Auroville Archives. Gilles, along with a team of others, have been involved in researching Mother’s family history and life in Paris. As a researcher in the Auroville Archives he has carried on the legacy of Krishna Tewari in collecting photos and stories about the founding and history of Auroville in a dedicated building near Town Hall and the Matrimandir.

In 2018 many of us enjoyed the wonderful retrospective on Mother’s life as an artist showing her paintings and drawings over the years as compiled by Mandakini to benefit Acres for Auroville, so Gilles’ presentation should bring our understanding to another level.

Other presenters will include:

Tara Jauhar: Arriving in 1944 at the age of 8, Tara Jauhar grew up at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry while both Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were still alive. She spent nearly 30 years in close and intimate contact with the Mother. She helped establish two highly regarded schools in Delhi and two retreat centers in the Himalayan foothills. She continues to administer the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch.

Episcopal priest and Zen and Vipassana practitioner, Mary Gates

Psychotherapist and Auroville Pioneer, Tom O’Brien

Wealth Management Advisor and Board Member of the Foundation for World Education, Jerry Schwartz

Awareness Through the Body Trainer and Aurovilian, Amir Azoulay

Yoga Teacher and Doula, Camille Rustige Abbe

Yoga Teacher, Auroville Pioneer and Matagiri Board Member, Wendy Lines

Yoga Teacher and Foundation for World Education Board member, John Schlorholtz

Birder and Naturalist, Eileen Fielding

Wendy Lines – Yoga Teacher, Auroville Pioneer and Matagiri Board Member

John Schlorholtz a Hatha Yoga Teacher and Foundation for World Education Board member

We expect more presenters and will be updating this page and Facebook.

The food and facilities are outstanding in this beautiful location. Only 25 rooms, each with twin beds are available on site. So your early registration and deposit are suggested.


Trinity Retreat Center
79 Lower River Rd
West Cornwall, CT 06796

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