Amma's Pacific Northwest Region

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Seva in Indian Villages by Scotti Rice from Portland Satsang

Om Namah Shivaya

Just as a beautiful lotus flower will bloom from the dirtiest of ponds, so too a human soul can shine even in the midst of severe poverty. That has been my personal lesson for the past six weeks as I have traveled with teams from AmmachiLabs to Amma's Adopted Villages in Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, and Bihar. Living in those villages, I have spent time with the people we come to help, learning both what is good in their lives and where they desperately need our help. Here are a few of the beautiful souls who blessed my camera in Ratanpur, Bihar, the poorest village I have visited.

Scotti Rice

Village life is the heart and soul of India. In the following blog posts, I have tried to describe things Amma is doing to improve and sustain it.

Women Empowerment Village Workshops

Sanitation: Slowly Changing Minds

500 Toilets to be built in Himachal Pradesh

From Rat to Yoga

Change comes one slow step at a time

Baby Yoga

Please check back again at in a few weeks. There are still more stories to be told from my trip.

There are many opportunities to serve in Indian villages. Short term, there are seva trips from Amritapuri to close by Kerala villages happening often. Just ask and watch the bulletin boards while you are there. Longer term, there is a Fellowship Program with AmritaServe to spend a year in a village. See Designed for recent Indian college graduates, the fellowship program is actually open to everyone. Ursula Luciano from Portland is currently serving a year in Uttarkashi, in the Himalaya mountains.

In Amma,
Scotti Rice
Portland Satsang

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PNW Retreat at Loon Lake, BC, Canada Feb 6-8, 2016

Room Rates

Residence 2 / 1 night USD 2 / 1 night CAD
Koerner single 204 / 92 255 / 150
Koerner double 175 / 80 219 / 130
Johnston 131 / 64 164 / 104
Student 103 / 52 129 / 85
Kids 5-10 56 / 31 70 / 50
Kids 11-20 in Student 56 / 31 70 / 50
Kids 11-20 in Johnston 72 / 37 90 / 60
Kids 11-20 in Koerner 112 / 50 140 / 80
**Adult students 76 / 42 95 / 68
Day kids 24 / 10 30 / 15
Day adults 56 / 22 70 / 35
** Adult students up to 30 years in Student

Seva Opportunities - Loon Lake Retreat

As you know every year in February, we all come together to enjoy our regional Amma community, and celebrate and strengthen our practice and devotion, as we await Amma's arrival in May. This year we will once again be in beautiful Loon Lake. As we begin preparations, we invite anyone who would like to be on the planning group to contact us. These are some of the areas we're calling for participation:

Kitchen seva: 2 leads to manage lunch and dinner for Saturday; lunch and dinner Sunday. Breakfast lead for Sunday and Monday - Additional sevites will be rostered on to help with food prep, veggie chopping, and meal serving, clean up, etc. Menus and shopping lists have been created

Snack shop: lead persons and assistants. People to prepare and donate snack food

Flowers: purchase and arrangement

Decorations: for dinning area; cafe area; main hall; dormitory areas

Signage: Setting up and taking down signs (signs are pre-prepared?)

Dining room co-ordinator: to supervise the rostered sevites during meal times.

Cafe co-ordinator: keep area clean and tidy, keep clean cups in adequate supply, take dirty crockery up to kitchen

Sound equipment: set up and manage

Children’s program: offer activities and oversee the children when the program is offered.

Work Shop Activities: if you have teachable skills that translate into a workshop such as yoga, crafts, bush walking guides.

Book store lead and assistant: set up and manage before and after satsangs

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Satsang Events

Seattle Holiday Bazaar Nov 27 - 28

Holiday Bazaar

IAM Course Vancouver, B.C. Dec 5, 6

The Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique is a short and simple approach to meditation that anyone can learn. It is a powerful way to reconnect with our real center, and thereby experience true joy and peace in life. Born out of Amma's deep resolve for our spiritual enhancement, this technique, when practiced with dedication, is designed to bring integration into our lives - an integration of body, mind, intellect, and heart. It includes movement, breath, sound, and visualization.

When:   Dec 5 - IAM-20 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Dec 6 - IAM-35 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where:   Venue TBA
To Register Contact:   Rajeswari at or 604-251-3015

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