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Ananda Intern Diary: Realizing Swami Kriyananda’s Original Vision of Communities Collaboration
July 19, 2013

When I was a senior with Ananda Living Wisdom High School, we took our annual “Service Adventure” trip to Quebec and the east coast of the United States. Our first scheduled stop was to spend one week at an intentional community in Quebec called “Cite Ecologique.” To put it lightly, I was not enthused about…

Ananda Intern Diary: The Importance of Membership
July 9, 2013

Perhaps the quickest way to gain an insightful glance into an organization or community is through their procedure (or lack thereof) to become a member of the respective organization. Not too long ago, during my senior year at Ananda Living Wisdom High School, I was churning out college applications to schools around the country (eight…

Ananda Intern Diary: Practical Idealism in Intentional Communities
June 26, 2013

Participating in Ananda’s labor environment throughout the summer thus far has helped me observe some similarities between the ethos of Ananda and Berea College, a small liberal arts college in Kentucky with 1,600 students, where I will graduate from in 2014. Berea, a work college that requires all students to work at least ten hours…

Ananda Intern Diary: The Guinea Pig Intern
June 19, 2013

Having been born and raised in Ananda Village my entire life up until my college days, it has been a delightful journey back to Ananda this summer to experience the Village through an entirely new light as an intern. My interest in intentional communities was sparked during my senior year at Ananda’s Living Wisdom School.…