In response to the violence, terrorism and rapid environmental destruction we see around us, AYUDH will be emphasizing the role of love in service, empowerment and global community. AYUDH is unique in its focus because we do not only work to support our communities through service or empowerment of young people, we do this with the mission of love, compassion and belief in the ultimate goodness of the world as espoused by Amma.  

At The Ripple Effect, we offer a platform for 200 youth from 10+ countries come together in a high-level discussion on the most pressing issues of today. These discussions result in practical action– initiatives that will be carried out by our 20+ chapters across South and North America. 

Here are some of the highlights from out retreat last summer! To see more images, please visit our facebook page.


(More to be announced soon!)


BR. RAMANAND, director 

Br. Ramanand, a long time monastic disciple of Amma met Her at the age of 3 and has had the good fortune of growing up at Amma's ashram from a very young age. Br. Ramanand directs the Amma's organizations and its activities in the eastern US and Canada. He travels around the US and Canada conducting satsangs in various cities, delivering talks at Universities, to share Amma's message of selfless service and love. He has written and composed many devotional songs and his melodious voice can often be heard alongside Amma’s during many bhajans. One can feel the divine grace flow through his soulful singing. Br. Ramanand is a PhD graduate in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and his talks, usually conveyed humorously, are very inspiring and uplifting.          



Born and raised in the USA, Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya met Amma in 1990. He became a Brahmachari (monk) in her Indian Monastery in 1993 and has been engaged in Amma’s social, educational and spiritual activities around the world ever since. He was based in Tokyo for ten years as Director of M.A. Center Japan, primarily active in East Asia, the Pacific Rim and Africa until 2012. Since then, he has been based in MA Center Chicago, conducting regular spiritual and social service programs there, and inspiring spiritual seekers throughout the central US with his heartfelt talks.



This year, workshops will revolve around self development. As a community we will focus on strategies to promote inner strength, self-love, self-care, and awareness.



As usual, we will provide transportation to and from the airport to M.A. Center Chicago. This year we are only offering rides to and from O’hare International Airport. If you book a flight to/from Midway, please arrange your own transportation.

In order to receive transportation to and from the airport, you must fill out the transportation form by July 24th (see link below).


  • July 30th: There will be shuttles from ORD to MACC between 10AM and 5PM.


  • August 4th: There will be shuttles from MACC to ORD for flights departing between 12PM and 8PM

  • August 5th: There will be shuttles from MACC to ORD for flights departing between 10AM and 1PM

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us:

Interested in volunteering? 

We have a limited number of volunteering spots for those interested in coming during the five days and helping out. We need lots of help in transportation, accommodation, food, and summit prep. If you are interested in coming as a volunteer out of the AYUDH age range, please email and fill out the form below. 

At AYUDH, we believe that personal transformation lies at the heart of lasting change. Therefore, in addition to cultural, social, political and ecological perspectives, we also consider a spiritual dimension when addressing the main themes of the summit. The teachings of spiritual leader and humanitarian Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi) form an important part of this reflection.