Jaya Kula is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering opportunities to learn and practice in the traditions of direct realization Tantra and Anandamayi Ma. Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director.

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Mavis Gewant

Yantra Workshop with Mavis Gewant

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm Yantra Workshop with Mavis Gewant
Matrika House, Portland ME

Learn to paint and meditate with traditional Yantras from India!

Yantras are beautiful and ancient sacred geometric diagrams. When we paint and meditate with yantras, we can discover and activate within ourselves natural wisdoms such as compassion, clarity, persistence and courage.

What you will Learn

  • How to paint a traditional Ganesha yantra
  • How to chant the mantra (a purifying sound) for your yantra
  • How to integrate yantras into your personal life
  • For more advanced students, or those who finish the Ganesha yantra: Mavis will guide you in painting a yantra of your choosing, or one she feels is appropriate for you.

No experience with either yantras or painting is necessary.  Materials will be provided and are included in the workshop fee.

Workshop times:
Saturday 21st 9:30am–5:00pm
Sunday 22nd 9:30am–4:30pm
*Please note our calendar does not reflect Sunday’s earlier end time. There will be breaks each day for lunch.

About the Teacher


Mavis Gewant is a sacred artist, educator, doula, and practitioner of Vedic astrology. She learned the ancient techniques of yantra and deity painting from Tantric master Dada Shri Harish Johari in a relationship that spanned more than 20 years. She is the illustrator of his last book, Planetary Meditation Kit. Mavis uses mandalas and meditation to help women prepare for birth and to heal from birth trauma. She recently published her own book, Planet Mandala Coloring Book. Check out Mavis’ website. 



Satsang with Shambhavi

Sunday, October 22, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Satsang with Shambhavi
Matrika House, Portland ME

Satsang = Being in Reality Together

Come learn, have fun, find community, sing
and remember who you really are.

Satsang is a lively, ancient spiritual practice from India. People gather for a relaxed, “anything goes” conversation about the nature of reality, self-realization, spiritual life, and all aspects of human experience from the most ordinary to the most cosmic.

Exactly what happens at satsang?

We chant some chants. Then Shambhavi leads a free-flowing conversation during which people ask questions about anything. The conversation is followed by open-mic, community kirtan.

What is community kirtan?

Kirtan is call and response singing accompanied by musical instruments such as harmonium, drums, bells and whatever other instruments people like to play!

We play kirtan together as a community in the ancient style. Anyone can lead the singing, or play an instrument. The emphasis is on having fun and feeling the joy of singing together. We have a harmonium and loads of percussion instruments that anyone can play. Mistakes are part of the fun.

Please join us for these unique and inspiring evenings.


$10 Suggested Donation, or Give What You Can. No additional donation required for Dashamamsha contributors or members of Milk, Ghee, Ojas (MGO).