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

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

Spiritual Renewal Week 2008, Evening Concert

Greetings everyone! Last nights performance was so beautiful. I hope you enjoy the sampling of photos from the evening. Blessings to you. Barbara Swamiji arriving at the evening concert in The Expanding Light amphitheater Swamiji rehearsing with musicians just prior to the concert The World Brotherhood choir singing the Ananda theme song, “Many Hands Make a Miracle” Jamuna enjoying the … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Dramatic Improvisation for Fun and Spiritual Upliftment

I played the part of a Self-realized master last Thursday.

A small group of us at Ananda Village had gathered to do theater improv “for fun and spiritual upliftment.” One improvisation game we played went like this: 4 people got on stage, each inventing a character with a specific level of consciousness. …

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

Thank you, Los Angeles!

Blessings and greetings from Southern California. We are currently on the road (Hwy 99) on our way back to Ananda Village. We are basking in the glow of the wonderful weekend spent in the LA area with our divine friends and Swami Kriyananda. There is so much to share. The talks Swamiji gave will be online soon. I encourage you … Read More

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

Christ Lives

Last night, July 18, a beautiful event took place in Palo Alto, California. As part of Ananda’s 40th Anniversary celebrations the Oratorio “Christ Lives” was performed. This was a special performance in that Swami Kriyananda sang many of his divinely inspired songs. The collection of songs depicts the mystic life and teachings of Christ. Swamiji introduced the Oratorio by saying … Read More