Gangaji joined her husband, Eli Jaxon-Bear for this 7-day retreat at the Wailea Healing Center on Maui in January 2020. Living a Free Life Retreat with Gangaji & Eli was hosted by the Leela Foundation. To learn more about events with Gangaji and Eli visit leela.org.
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A shout out to all the beautiful volunteers here and around the world who have brought their love and attention to hosting Gangaji wherever she visits. You, alongside our donors, are the lifeblood of the Gangaji Foundation. We are so grateful to each and every one of you. Not just event volunteers, but transcribers, translators, prison correspondents, office volunteers and many more. See here the setup and gorgeous setting for Gangaji’s Small Group Retreat in Byron Bay.
Our beautiful and dedicated home volunteer team came together on a Sunday afternoon in Ashland, OR to transform the Havorah Temple into a satsang hall for Gangaji’s Open Meeting. We were blessed to have helpers of all ages and from around the world. Many friends were in town from Germany, Holland, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere for the Leela School, which made this an especially rich gathering.
Gangaji and a group of 100 returned again in August to the unique sacred space of the Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, a place that has been dedicated “to the contemplative way of being” for decades. This oasis of quiet is a place to truly seek refuge in the silence of your own being.
This 6-day silent retreat with Gangaji took place at Stowel Lake Farm on beautiful Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. See some of the people who came together in retreat, and the stunning landscape of this thriving organic farm and retreat center, set amid the fields and rolling hills of Salt Spring Island. Click on any image to enlarge and then scroll through the lightbox.
“My life is given to what I have received, which is the truth of living peace, fresh fulfillment. My life is given to serving that truth, that fulfillment in you.” —Gangaji
Filled with gratitude for the recognition that he pointed her to, Gangaji asked Papaji how she could truly thank him. He said, “Give your life to this.” Without having any idea what that would mean, she said “yes.” Papaji first sent her to give satsang in the sacred sites in India. And when she returned home, some of her first meetings were held in her own living room.
Born in India in 1879, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi spontaneously awakened to his eternal nature at the age of 16. Confronted by his father’s recent death, and overcome with fear for his own, he profoundly inquired into death, and discovered himself to be that life which cannot die. After keeping silent for 11 years, Ramana began to answer questions from the people who had come to sit in silence with him.
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Sri Harilal W. Poonja, or Papaji, as he is affectionately known, was born in the Western Punjab in 1910. After traveling throughout India on a spiritual quest in search of God, in his early 30s he saw a vision of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and was directed to go to Tiruvannamalai. There, in the presence of Bhagavan, his Master, he ended his search. After the partition of India, Papaji settled his family in Lucknow. It was there, towards the end of his life, that he began to be discovered by Western devotees. When Gangaji met Papaji in 1990, he was 80 years old. He welcomed her as he welcomed all who came to his door, with eyes that were flashing with truth. Papaji died in 1997.
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“This desire to discover freedom inside is the one true desire from which all other desires emerge. To realize this inner freedom is the possibility for all of us wherever we find ourselves, in whatever circumstances we face. No exceptions.” —Gangaji
This spring time retreat took place at Hidden Springs Wellness Center in Ashland, OR. The retreat brought together retreatants from far and wide, including prison program volunteers and former prisoners.