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All upcoming live events and classes.
Dates are in IST (India Standard Time).

Program Date
Dates with (*) vary by class group and time zone
Format
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Class 8 (all Groups)
Feb 1, 2 or 4*
Live Zoom Class
Class 9
Feb 9, 10 or 11*
Live Zoom Class

Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Class 9 (all Groups)
Feb 8, 9 or 11*

Live Zoom Class
Class 10
Feb 16, 17 or 18* Live Zoom Class
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Class 10 (all Groups)
Feb 15, 16 or 18*
Live Zoom Class
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Class 11 (all Groups)
Feb 22, 23 or 25* Live Zoom Class
Closing Ceremony
TBD Live Zoom Class
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Class 12 (all Groups)
Mar 1, 2 or 4* Live Zoom Class
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Closing Ceremony
Mar 5 Live Zoom Class
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 2 Mar 24 - June 11 Live Zoom Class


Past Events

Now available on-demand!

LEARN SANSKRIT THE TRADITIONAL WAY
Spoken Sanskrit: Level 1
Dec 15, 2022 - Mar 5, 2023

Get a friendly introduction to Samskritam, the sacred language of ancient India. This course will allow a beginning level student to develop hearing, understanding and speaking Sanskrit through a streamlined set of exercises. If you have studied Sanskrit before and want a refresher, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your foundation from the beginning.

Learn like a child and immerse in the beautiful sounds, slowly increasing comprehension and vocabulary over time.

  • Pronounce simple Sanskrit words with the correct pronunciation.
  • Understand and speak in simple sentences.
  • Develop an introductory Sanskrit vocabulary.
  • Complete simple exercises and gain the right skills required for further studies in Sanskrit.
Amritabhaasha: Learn Malayalam!
A Dialogue with Amma & Devi Bhajan Lyrics
Oct 2022 - Feb 2023
Enrollment is open!

Learn Malayalam through a dialogue with Amma and by studying four of Amma’s Malayalam bhajans in depth. Students will learn and understand the lyrics focusing on meaning, pronunciation, and grammar. Explore the stories, traditions and spiritual significance associated with Amma and the goddesses Durga, Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

  • A Dialogue with Amma & 4 Malayalam Devi Bhajans
  • 10 Interactive Zoom Classes with Replay
  • Vocabulary, Grammar & Pronunciation Audio
  • Karaoke Tracks & Bhajan Lessons
  • Spiritual Teachings, Culture & Disciple Satsangs
Free Live Session - Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam: Chat & Chant
The Perfect Holiday Potluck Dish
FREE LIVE SESSION

Saturday, Dec 10 at 9:30 PM IST
See your local time

Learn to make a delicious vegetable biryani - the perfect holiday potluck dish - in this Free Live Zoom session with Amrita Prasadam’s culinary instructor, Vaju. Everyone is welcome!

  • Free live session & Holiday event. Invite friends & family!
  • Receive a free Kerala-style Vegetable Biryani recipe PDF and step-by-step video tutorial
  • Join an informal chat, share cooking experiences and stories, and get to know your instructor, Vaju!
  • Enjoy a sacred Ganapati Vedic chant
  • Participate in live Q&A
Amritaculture
Let’s Grow Tulasi!
New Workshop!

Caring for the Sacred & Medicinal Tulasi Devi Plant
An inspiring and informative workshop covering all aspects of the growth and care of the Sacred Tulasi plant. Focusing on growing Tulasi in temperate and non-native climates.

  • This is a self-paced workshop. You can enroll at any time with 1-year access upon enrollment.
  • Detailed instructional videos for all aspects of Tulasi growth.
  • Includes an introduction to Tulasi that shares the story of Amma’s inspiring guidance behind growing Tulasi!
  • Gain access to an exclusive online community of like-minded Tulasi growers. Share and exchange knowledge.
Online Retreat
The Gītā in a Day: Chapter 3
On-demand Retreat

This is the second in a multi-part series of retreats in which Swami Atmananda Puri will guide us through the essence of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gītā—one chapter at a time—one retreat at a time. This session will cover "Chapter 3 - Karma Yoga: The Yoga of Action".

  • The sessions will consist of satsangs (spiritual talks), Q&A, and guided meditation by Swami Atmananda Puri.
  • There will also be a session of traditional chanting of all the verses of the third chapter.
  • On-demand for your convenience!
Amritabhaasha: Learn Malayalam!
Free Live Session
Oct 27 or 29

A Dialogue with Amma & Devi Bhajan Lyrics
Learn Malayalam through a dialogue with Amma and by studying four of Amma’s Malayalam bhajans in depth. Students will learn and understand the lyrics focusing on meaning, pronunciation, and grammar. Explore the stories, traditions and spiritual significance associated with Amma and the goddesses Durga, Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

  • Free live session
  • Meets over Zoom
  • Meet your instructor
  • Drop in and sample the class
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go: Garden
Wrap-Up
On-demand

As the growing season winds to a close, we are ready to joyfully put the garden to rest. With easy step-by-step practices, give back to the soil for next year and contribute to a healthy organic ecosystem. Now is a great time to review our year’s successes, challenges and lessons.

  • Review best practices for soil-building and feeding your garden in the off season.
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of cover crops, and how to make them work best for you.
  • Join in! Share treasures and stories from your own growing season during the live workshop, by email or in the Community Discussion Board.
  • Missed the first 6 workshops? Join now to get the full series on-demand.
Online Retreat
Mantra Japa: Level 1&2
On-Demand Retreats

A mantra is a powerful and transformative tool if we know how to use it. Mantra sadhana is the spiritual practice of meditative repetition of mantras. It is a powerful technique for harnessing the body/mind’s subtle energies on the yogic path of self-transformation.

Level 1 is a single, full-day retreat. Level 2 is a two-day retreat.

The sessions guided by Swami Atmananda Puri include:

  • A guided mantra purification visualization
  • Mantra sadhana with japa mala
  • Walking mantra meditation
  • A detailed talk on, “The Power and Importance of Mantra Meditation"
  • Access to all Q&A sessions conducted over a year
On-demand Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam -
August Episodes: Krishna Janmashtami Special!

Sri Krishna Janmashtami occurs during the auspicious time of Ashtami Rohini, usually in the month of August. As we celebrate the birth of Lord Sri Krishna, we invite you to partake in some beautiful Satsangs and learn how to make delicious prasad offerings & more.

Episodes include:

  • Satsang by Swami Amritageetananda Puri - “Food and Spirituality”
  • Vedic Chanting of Gita Dhyanam followed by Narayana Suktam
  • Sri Krishna Janmashtami Satsang by Vaju
  • Krishna Jayanthi Unniyappam - Lord Krishna’s favorite, this sweet fritter is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside
  • Pav Bhaji - Popular street food consisting of a spicy vegetable gravy served with soft buns
  • Masala Dosa & Coconut Chutney - A South Indian favorite, a crisp rice and lentil crepe stuffed with savory potato filling paired with scrumptious coconut chutney
  • Dosa Batter - make perfect dosa batter with a step-by-step recipe
  • Kitchen 101 | Episode 11- take a closer look at key ingredients, equipment and spices.
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go:
Harvest and Storage
Sunday, August 21

It’s almost the end of the season, and we hope you’re getting a BIG harvest. But how do you make sure you harvest every last one of those zucchini, and encourage your plants to keep giving for as long as possible? And once you have a mountain of cucumbers and tomatoes, what do you do with them? Some things can be stored dry, and others canned, while others make great jams and sauces!
Harvest and Storage is the sixth of a 7 workshop interactive series that takes us through the growing season month-by-month. We’ll talk about some harvest techniques, methods of preserving, and what to do with all that food! We’ll cover this and more, with pre-recorded content and a 1.5 hour live discussion call on all things Harvest and Storage!

  • Bring in the harvest with Seetala, a fun and loving experience!
  • Find out about new ways to store some of your most bountiful harvest, and get inspired to plant next season’s crops based on the storage methods you like best.
  • Join in! Participate in the harvest & storage activity during the live workshop.
  • Missed the first 5 workshops? No sweat! Join now to get the recorded workshops and all the same content, and you can ask the panel of instructors questions about all the topics covered and more, by email or on the Community Discussion Board.
Active Course!
The Art of Natural Plant Dyeing

Dyeing with plants is an incredible art form. It is a way to put forth our love and efforts to restore harmony back to the earth. We see that any small effort to help to reduce the effects of pollution in the world today can go a long way. This is a devotional creative approach to natural dyeing, with the hope of using it as a sadhana to deepen our bond to the Divine Mother.

In this course, you will get:

  • Dye instructions and recipes
  • Two group discussion sessions on the artistic creativity and wellness benefits of natural plant dyeing
  • Guided meditations, prayers and plant contemplations
  • Creative prompts for home practice
On-demand Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam -
July Episodes: Gurupurnima Special!

This month, join us for some special episodes honoring the Guru Purnima tradition. Guru Purnima is a celebration to express reverence and pay gratitude to our teachers that traditionally falls in the month of July. Bring Amma into your hearts and kitchen.

Episodes include:

  • Satsang with Br. Rishi Chaitanya, “Receiving The Guru's Prasadam Within"
  • Guru Purnima Satsang with Vaju
  • Chant the sacred Purusha Suktam with Vaju
  • Vermicelli Payasam - a traditional sweet pudding offering on Guru Purnima
  • Besan Dosa & Healthy Salad - delicious and healthy savory pancake recipe with healthy salad
  • Kitchen 101 - Take a closer look at key ingredients, equipment and spices
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go:
Relationship with Plants
Sunday, July 17

As we meander into the long, hot days of midsummer, many of our plants are now well established. It’s a great time to hone our skills in caring for the plants and garden. Victoria, with decades of professional organic growing experience and a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, will guide us to refine our methods of understanding the signals we get from our plants, and share ways to let the garden itself teach us how to water, prune, harvest, and do succession planting.

Relationship with Plants is the fifth of a 7-workshop interactive series that takes us through the growing season month-by-month. Wondering about the best way to prune those wild tomato plants? Curious about how much compost is safe to add near your plants at this season? We’ll cover this and more, with pre-recorded content and a 1.5 hour live discussion call on all things garden maintenance!

  • Explore how to combine intellectual and intuitive awareness to care for your plants.
  • Learn from a passionate gardener with decades of experience and a BS in Ornamental Horticulture.
  • Join in! Participate in the Carrots for the Winter activity during the live workshop.
On-demand Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam -
New June Episodes: Special Satsang with Swamini Ambikamrita Prana

This month take part a special Satsang with Swamini Ambikamrita Prana from MA Center San Ramon, “Food and Spirituality: the Ingredient of Our Mind.” Also learn the sacred Devi Suktam and chant along with Vaju.

Episodes include:

  • Kuzhi Paniyaram (Dumplings): Savory and irresistible South Indian dumplings paired with Coconut Cilantro Chutney.
  • Baingan Bharta: Flame roasted eggplant curry — vegan and delicious!
  • Lemon Rice: Tangy and flavorful rice dish — a US Tour favorite!
  • Kitchen 101, Episode 9: Take a closer look at key ingredients, equipment and spices.
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go: Critters!
Sunday, June 19

Now that our crops are growing, we may start to notice that we are not alone in the garden. Many critters such as insects, moles, deer, beetles, slugs, and household pets are also enjoying our garden. Many of these visitors are actually beneficial for your garden, some can devastate your crops, and all of them have an important role to play in Nature.

In Amritaculture, we try to stay attuned to Nature and loving towards all living creatures — so how do we cultivate balance and make sure we get to harvest time successfully? Let's ask questions and learn from each other and our panel of experienced gardeners to become more and more harmonious and successful cultivators!

  • Learn about voles, and moles as well as diseases and bugs that can affect your plants.
  • Discuss prevention and treatment methods to address insect invasions.
  • Find out about plants you can grow to attract beneficial insects.
  • Participate in our critters activity during the live workshop.
  • Missed the first few workshops? No sweat! Join now to get the recorded workshops and all the same content, and you can ask the panel of instructors questions about past topics by email or on the Community Discussion Board.
On-demand Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam - May Episodes: South Indian Flavors & Fusion

Join us for a special Satsang by Br. Sachinmayamrita Chaitanya about "Food and Spirituality." Learn the Medha Suktam and chant along with Vaju.
Get to know some of the scrumptious flavors of South Indian cuisine from the five southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Take a closer look at key ingredients, equipment and spices—like curd, chilies, cardamom, cashews and peanuts.

May episodes include:

  • Satsang by Br. Sachinmayamrita Chaitanya: “Food and Spirituality”
  • Vedic Chanting with Vaju: Medha Suktam
  • Curd Rice, Mixed Vegetable Thoran and Potato Fry demonstration and recipes
  • Uttappam & Chayote chutney demonstration and recipes
  • Kitchen 101 - Episode 8
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go: Garden Maintenance

We are in the swing of spring, and it’s time to start maintaining all the lovely baby vegetables and flowers we planted! Garden Maintenance is the third of a 7 workshop interactive series that takes us through the growing season month-by-month. Wondering about the best way to prune those wild tomato plants? Curious about how much compost is safe to add near your plants at this season? We’ll cover this and more, with pre-recorded content and a 1.5 hour live discussion call on all things garden maintenance!

  • Check how much water you should be giving your beds.
  • Learn from a passionate gardener with 35 years experience and a Masters in Plant Physiology.
  • Experience the yoga of weed control.
  • Missed the first 2 workshops? No sweat! Join now to get the recorded workshops and all the same content, and you can ask the panel of instructors questions about seeds and planting by email or on the Community Discussion Board.
On-demand Authentic Indian Cooking
Amrita Prasadam - April Episodes: Vishu & Spring Recipes

With Spring comes Vishu, the Kerala festival of the vernal equinox (when day and night are of equal length). We have many delicious recipes and special episodes in store for you!

  • Homemade Idli: a soft and fluffy batter made from a mixture of soaked, ground and fermented rice and lentils.
  • Vegetable Sambar: A rich and savory lentil-based vegetable soup made with pigeon peas, vegetables and aromatic spices.
  • Avial and Kerala Rice: Learn to make the delicious mixed vegetable dish served every Tuesday in Amritapuri by Amma!
  • Cultural programs and satsangs: Nourish the body and soul!
Amritaculture Live Workshop
Grow as We Go: Planting Workshop

Now is the perfect time to start planting most seedlings! Planting is the 2nd of a 7-workshop interactive series that takes us through the growing season month-by-month. Have fun and learn more about putting your beloved plants in the soil with pre-recorded videos, articles, and slideshows, and a 1.5 hour live discussion call on everything all the steps of planting seeds and seedlings!

  • Both potted and in-ground planting will be covered.
  • Plant tomatoes and companion plants with the grandchild of a professional tomato farmer.
  • Join in! Participate in our planting activity during the live workshop.
Online Retreat
The Gītā in a Day: Chapter 2
On-Demand Retreat

This is the first in a multi-part series of retreats in which Swami Atmananda Puri will guide us through the essence of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gītā—one chapter at a time—one retreat at a time.

  • The sessions will consist of satsangs (spiritual talks), Q&A, and guided meditation by Swami Atmananda Puri.
  • There will also be a session of traditional chanting of all the verses of the second chapter.
  • On-demand for your convenience!