20 November 2006

Self Enquiry Retreat

Arunachala Retreat group from a previous year

Premananda is holding an intensive three week Arunachala Pilgrimage Retreat, focusing on Self Inquiry, from 31st Dec 2006 to 21st Jan 2007. For more information about the Retreat please check link:


The Retreat will be conducted at the peaceful Sri Nannagaru Ashram which is located a short distance from Ramana Ashram. During the Retreat there will be a tour of Ramana Ashram, visits to Skandashram and Virupaksha Caves and a visit to the Arunachaleswarar Temple. As well as guided giripradakshina on the inner Mountain Path, there will also be visits to the countryside and local villages.

Five day Bus trip visiting Indian Saints
Towards the end of the Retreat there will be a five day bus trip which will include: a visit to Thuli Baba at Anbin Kudil Ashram, joining Swami Dayananda at his Ashram outside Coimbatore, darshan with Satchitananda at Anandashram, Kanhangad, Kerala, a meeting with Sri Gangoli, a Vedic authority, a trip to the tapas cave of Nityananda and finally a visit to Ajja at his Ananda Kutira Ashram.

Information about Premananda
Premananda was born in 1944 in Wales. He grew up in England where he studied engineering and architecture.

In his twenties he worked and studied in Japan where he was introduced to his first master, Osho. His longing for Truth took him to Osho's ashram in Pune, India. On arrival he recognised the question that had always been present: 'Who am I?' For the next fifteen years he lived as an Osho sannyasin in India, America and England.

In 1992, two years after Osho's death, he found himself in Lucknow in the presence of the great Advaita Master Sri Harilal Poonja, known to his many devotees as Papaji. After three weeks with Papaji, identification with a separate 'I' dropped. Premananda stayed with his master for five years, running a guesthouse and the Sangha bookshop.

From Lucknow he moved to Australia where he began offering Satsang in 1998. Since 2003 he has been based in Germany and traveling widely in Europe, wherever he is invited. At present he lives in a residential Satsang Community in Germany.

This will be his sixth Arunachala Retreat at Nanagaru Ashram.

He is also a writer. His first book, Papaji, Amazing Grace is to be published in 2006. Arunachala Shiva, a book about Ramana Maharshi, and Blueprints for Awakening, interviews with Indian Masters, will be published in 2007.

As an artist, he has exhibited his paintings in India, Australia and Germany. His joy-filled abstract paintings are an expression of the playfulness at the core of his being. See

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