In 1930, the United Christian Ashram movement was started by Dr. E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India and a worldwide evangelist. He envisioned people gathering across generational, racial and cultural divides to sit at the feet of Jesus and to learn from Him how we can live together in the Kingdom of God.
Ashram is a Sanskrit word meaning “retreat from hard work.” These retreats have enriched the lives of people all over the world. Jesus is the center of the Christian Ashram. All who attend are brothers and sisters in Christ. As we open our hearts to God and to each other, we begin to see our lives transformed! Jesus is Lord!
In 1940, the first Christian Ashram was held in North America. And soon, Christian Ashrams were held all over the world. In 2015, United Christian Ashrams are celebrating our 75th anniversary in North America! Four regional celebrations are taking places in California, Texas, Minnesota, and Canada. The Redwood Christian Ashram is hosting the one in California!
The Redwood Christian Ashram has been meeting at the beautiful Redwood Christian Park in the Santa Cruz mountains for over 55 years.
“Coming to the Redwood Christian Ashram is something we look forward to all year. The kids love it.”
The Sierra Christian Ashram is held every summer near Shaver Lake, CA and the amazing Sequoia National Park.
“I love the Sierra Christian Ashram. It’s a wonderful vacation with God. And being able to swim in the potholes is just one of the special Sierra Ashram traditions. ”
The Winter Christian Ashram, held in Idyllwild, CA, each Presidents’ Day weekend in February has the added bonus of snow some years!
“Our youth group this year was fantastic. I love the way all the generations come together. Ashram is awesome!”