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Amma Sri Karunamayi visits San Francisco, CA - 2020

Amma Sri Karunamayi in San Francisco, CA

Jai Karunamayi

Regretfully, this year’s San Francisco programs have been cancelled due to growing concerns with the international corona virus outbreaks.

IMPORTANT: If you have already registered and paid for a retreat program, we will be processing full refunds to all the participants. Please allow up to 14 days for us to complete your refund.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you at Amma’s 2021 North American Tour.


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Contact Information

If you have any questions about the San Francisco programs please contact city co-ordinator Vinay Mamidi at

Individual Blessing DAYS/Saraswati Diksha – (Free Public Program)

Thursday, March 12 & Friday March 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Individual Blessings are offered on a first come, first served basis. Please be prepared to relax for some time in the charged atmosphere of the hall. Due to the large number of people attending this program, individuals arriving after 2:30 pm are not guaranteed an Individual Blessing with Amma.

(Please note: Each person may only receive one individual blessing per yearly tour. First time attendees who have never received an individual blessing from Amma before will be given priority in the group)..

Saraswati Mantra Diksha is available for students, ages 4-24. Those who wish to receive Diksha should come fully bathed or showered (with head and hair washed) and dressed in modest, white attire. Saraswati Diksha is offered periodically throughout the day, as groups of students coalesce.

While Individual Blessings are free, there is a nominal suggested donation for Saraswati Mantra Diksha.

For more information on individual blessings please see our Guide to Individual Blessings

Day 1 – Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cyprian’s Center
2097 Turk Blvd,
San Francisco, CA 94115

Street Parking and paid parking nearby. Use to find the closest paid parking.

Day 2 – Friday, March 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Unity Palo Alto
3391 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Parking lot parking is available. You can also use to find the closest paid parking.


1 Day Silent Meditation Retreat – (Half-Day options are also available)

Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

We cordially invite you to join Amma for a one-day silent meditation retreat in San Francisco, California. All meditators, from beginners to those with an established practice, will benefit from the special retreat atmosphere. Participants will be spiritually nourished by Amma’s serene presence, silent meditations, discourses and spiritual chanting.

Based on the success of last year’s retreats, Amma has graciously offered to continue having one-day retreats as part of her 2020 Tour. They are being offered so that more people can take advantage of this precious time with Amma in a retreat setting without disrupting their busy schedules. The retreats will provide an invaluable opportunity for devotees to deepen their meditation practice and to listen to the inspirational wisdom of Amma’s divine discourses.

Amma has specially designed her one-day meditation retreats so that all who attend will derive the most benefit. For this purpose, participants are requested to maintain silence throughout the retreat.

You will receive a confirmation letter with more information, including guidelines on what to bring to the retreat, after your registration form has been processed.

Refunds will be given through March 6th only (with $15 cancellation fee). No refunds after this date.

Additional Details:

  • Full-day or half-day registration is available
  • Participants are also requested to wear modest, white attire to the retreat
  • The morning session concludes after lunch. The afternoon session begins with lunch
  • Light breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided for half- and full-day attendees
  • Accommodations are not included for one-day retreats
  • Children under 17 years of age need special permission to attend the retreat
  • Amma does not grant personal interviews during meditation retreats

For more information on the mediation retreat please see our Guide to Meditation Retreats

Unity Palo Alto
3391 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Parking lot parking is available. You can also use to find the closest paid parking.


Homa Sacred Fire Ceremony – (Free Public Program)

Sunday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Homa is the most ancient and sacred ceremony in the Vedic tradition of Sanatana Dharma. It is a fire in which forms of the Divine are invoked through the power of mantra and profound spiritual intention. Special offerings are cast into the fire while Sanskrit mantras are chanted, and the combined energy of the fire, offerings, and mantras generates powerful spiritual vibrations that bless and purify everyone present, spreading peace and healing through the world.

Things to know and bring

  • Please wear clean, modest attire that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Bring a pillow or blanket if you plan on sitting on the ground. Chairs are also provided
  • Please turn all beepers and cell phones off or to blink/vibrate mode so that others are not disturbed
  • Please do not take photos without special permission beforehand. Video and audio-taping are not permitted

For more information on the homa sarcred fire ceremony please see our Guide to Sacred Fire Ceremonies


Sanatana Dharma Kendra
3102 Landess Ave,
San Jose, CA 95132

Ayurvedic Care (4 Day) Retreat Program
(Program Fee is $999 and does not include accommodations at the hotel)

Thursday, March 19 – Sunday March 22

We cordially invite you to join Amma for a special 4 day Ayurvedic Care Retreat program above in the San Francisco, CA area at the Unity Palo Alto – 3391 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Plesae do not call the venue for information. Please contact Vinay Mamidi at with any questions.

Also please note start and end times may vary based on Amma’s Guidance.


Unity Palo Alto
3391 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Lodging & Parking
Nearby hotels and lodging. Parking lot parking is available. You can also use to find the closest paid parking.

We look forward to a blissful time with Amma basking in her radiant love, taking in her blessings, bhajans and absorbing her Divine grace and wisdom!

For more information on Amma’s 2020 US Tour please visit:

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu


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