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About the Sri Aurobindo Association

Sri AurobindoThe Sri Aurobindo Association of America is a California nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to be of service to groups and individuals devoted to realizing the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

The Sri Aurobindo Association:

  • Hosts the collaboration.org Integral Yoga website
  • Hosts the aurobindo.org discussion groups and email lists
  • Publishes Collaboration, a journal of Integral Yoga
  • Supports the annual All-USA Meeting (AUM) Integral Yoga conference and other gatherings related to Integral Yoga
  • Supports projects related to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, and Integral Yoga in America
  • Forwards donations to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville
  • Facilitates collaboration and cooperation in the Integral Yoga community, but does not represent that community as any kind of authority

Activities

For information on some of SAA's current projects, see the activities page.

Contact

Sri Aurobindo Association
2715 W. Kettleman Lane Suite 203-174
Lodi, CA 95242

Email: info@collaboration.org
Phone: (808) 214-3220

Donate

Donations to SAA for its work and the activities it supports are tax-deductible and always appreciated.

 

Officers

Lynda Lester
Lynda Lester, president: Lynda edited the Integral Yoga journal Collaboration for 10 years and has given numerous presentations on yoga around the U.S. She co-organized the All USA Meeting (AUM) in 1988 and 2008 and provided support for AUM 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. She is a member of the AUM Continuity team and a past member of the board of Auroville International USA. Lynda was a writer/editor for 16 years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where she managed communications on scientific computing, high-performance networking, and big data. She now lives in Lodi, California, where she pursues writing projects and participates in the extended Bay Area Integral Yoga community.
Mateo Needham

Mateo Needham, vice president: Mateo has been a student of the perennial philosophy since a young age. Integral Yoga entered his study and practice with force in 2002. He organizes the Santa Cruz Savitri circle and the annual four-day vernal equinox Savitri immersion at Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham. He also coordinates Auropods, rotating circles of Integral Yoga practitioners devoted to developing our gnostic community, deepening our individual and collective practice, and creating potential for spontaneous co-creation among practitioners. Mateo visited Auroville/Pondicherry in the summer of 2006, attended the School for Perfect Eyesight, helped with pre-publication editing at the Sri Aurobindo Center for Advanced Research, and meditated in the Matrimandir daily. Professionally, he consults with biopharmaceutical and biotechnology start-up companies, manages property, and teaches molecular biology laboratories at the University of California Santa Cruz. He currently lives in the Santa Cruz mountain coastal redwood forest.

John Robert Cornell
John Robert Cornell, secretary: John Robert found Home when he met Sri Aurobindo and Mother in 1980 by the grace of a spiritual teacher named Elena DeJoya in California. He made his first pilgrimage to Pondicherry in 1994 with his wife Karen. During later trips he fell in love with Auroville and spent two years living there (2006–2008). He is haunted by light and by the veil of the Divine in the American landscape. His compelling interests are writing, Integral Yoga, and the search for the American soul and the American yoga. He and Karen make their residence in a small town in the California foothills.
Margaret Phanes
Margaret Astrid Phanes, communications officer and chief financial officer: Margaret came to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother through a psycho-spiritual meditation and process group lead by Dr. Carl Peters. She has offered classes based on Integral Yoga at the College of Botanical Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California, and the University of Hawaii, Maui College. She has also facilitated courses in the Orientation Programme at the University of Tomorrow and taught at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Advanced Research. Her artwork has been published in Collaboration and New Race: A Journal of Integral Studies, and her digital media presentations were offered at the All USA Meeting (AUM) in 2007 and 2011. Margaret and her husband Jim Page moved from Maui to Lodi, California, to participate in the collective yoga at Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham.
Mira Patel
Mira Patel, director: Mira was introduced to Mother and Sri Aurobindo by her family. As a child she connected with the Mother, finding in her a loving mother, friend, and companion. Much later, in her early to mid-twenties, she started getting a taste of Integral Yoga by reading compilations and books on Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s teachings. Professionally Mira worked as a software QA engineer for several years and then pursued a career in counseling psychology to integrate her interest in yoga into work. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner Saru. She likes to visit Pondicherry and Auroville every year to recharge her batteries, and aspires to bring the Mother’s love and consciousness into her life and being.

Associates

Ananda

Ananda, treasurer: Ananda is a former resident member of the Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham (SASP), where he was an integral part of the day-to-day operations of Auromere, a for-profit business specializing in the importation and distribution of Sri Aurobindo books, incense, and ayurvedic body care products from India that helps to sustain the SASP community. Currently he lives in Puducherry, India, where he works in Mother's Garden and assists with Mother’s House, a small guesthouse meant for devotees of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He brings with him over 30 years of administrative and accounting experience.

   
Nick Rytlewsky

Nick Rytlewski, information technology consultant: Nick is a resident of the Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham in Lodi, California. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University and is a classically trained musician.

 

 

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