A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Life Mantra

Dear all – here is the recording of Life Mantra from last night – enjoy!life-mantra-srw-09.mp3

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Growth

The Sacred Art of Singing

What is it that truly happens when we sing? Are we merely creating waves of sound, or is there a deeper, metaphysical aspect that we can explore? For myself, I’m beginning to realize that every time my bow touches the cello, or a note comes out of my throat, I have the opportunity to witness the birth of an energetic … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

July 4th Celebration, part 2

Happy 4th of July. I am posting a collection of photos from yesterday’s (Saturday) celebration of our 40th anniversary and our nations anniversary. We had beautiful songs, yummy food, and great company. Swamiji visited each of the booths that showed the many aspects of Ananda Worldwide. He sang with the choir and also greeted many of the guests personally. I … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

4th of July Weekend Celebration Pt. 1

Happy Ananda Anniversary! The first day of our three day celebration was lovely. It was so nice to see all of our friends at the morning talk and the evening concert. The morning included talks from 5 different and wonderful speakers. The concert was beautiful. I never get tired of watching the choir members channel this incredible music. Swamiji had … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature

Spring at Crystal Hermitage Gardens

Greetings from Ananda Village. Lisa Powers wrote a wonderful blog post about the open houses at Crystal Hermitage Gardens. It was great to see people from the surrounding area come and enjoy the gardens. I spent a lot of time in the gardens recently. I have been working on a book of photos of the gardens and was rewarded with … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community

Winter Renewal Week

As you can tell from Ananda’s homepage, we had a wonderful Winter Renewal Week, with Divine Mother’s added gift of snow. It began snowing Monday morning, and I was amazed to see how many people braved the weather to come to the classes. On Wednesday evening, it snowed about 4 or 5 inches within an hour, and I was able … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Music and the Arts, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

Stories of Yogananda

My Mother and Father always made a point to keep Paramhansa Yogananda as part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are hearing stories of his life when they would paraphrase stories from the Autobiography of a Yogi. I also remember informally acting out several scenes from his life when my Mother did an Ananda preschool in our home. … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Tuesday’s Recording Session

The past month has held many many wonderful musical events: The two school concerts (including the High School’s breathtaking presentation of Handel’s Messiah), World Brotherhood Day, our Ananda Christmas Concert (when my baton flew in a 30 foot graceful arc while conducting the Halleluiah Chorus), our Christmas Sunday Service, our Christmas Eve crèche program, and then Master’s Birthday celebration. With … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community

Joy Is Within You: Ananda Village Entry Sign

In the spring of 2007 a dear friend suggested that we build a new entry sign at Ananda Village to welcome people to the community. To help it happen, she volunteered money for the project. This started discussions in our monthly planning meetings about building an informational sign that was also “nice-to-look-at.” So began the long saga of drawing up … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

The Peace Treaty 2008

This year’s production of the Peace Treaty was magical. The newly renovated amphitheater was very welcoming, the costumes were better than ever, and the lighting highlighted the beauty of the backdrop and the commitment of the actors. Each of the actors has made the part they played their own. It has been very fun to watch their characters evolve over … Read More