A Place Called Ananda, Spirituality and Nature

God’s Plans

Tulips sprouting at Crystal Hermitage. If you read my last post you knew I would be writing to you next from India. However, shortly before we were to leave we got one of those phone calls nobody likes to get. A beloved family member passed away. I went over to one of my favorite places: Crystal Hermitage and found solace … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Meditation, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Spirituality and Nature

Make My Heart a Hermitage

My inspiration in writing this was Swami Kriyananda’s new book on renunciation, A Renunciate Order for the New Age. Also my own desire to be a monk… but also to be married. The old cloistered form of monasticism says you need to renounce and “get away from the world” to find God. One might say that monastics living a reclusive … Read More

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

Discovering Joy

Dear Friends, Writing and posting on this site has been moved up the priority list in my life; I hope to be sharing more regularly with you. Paramhansa Yogananda said we should regulate our lives – approach our days with a sense of order. We also have to flow with life and be willing to change our priorities when circumstances … 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, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature, Travel and Pilgrimage

Crystal Hermitage Gardens Tour

Looking for this year’s garden tour? Visit the Spring Garden Tours page for current dates and times that the garden is open, plus directions and more. For the past two years, spring tours of Crystal Hermitage Gardens have become a Northern California event. About 1,000 people drove from as far as the Bay Area during two weekends in April to … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature, Yoga

Yoga for Cyclists

Ananda Velo, our bicycling club at Ananda Village, is planning a special retreat for the first time at the Expanding Light. The “Yoga for Cyclists” program, held the weekend of June 4-7, will be hosted by Dr. Craig Roberts DC, Panduranga Heater, Bob Stolzman and yours truly. We have been preparing for this retreat for the past couple of months. … Read More

Spirituality and Nature

Nature as a Bridge to the Divine

When I was five-years-old, I was in my backyard and looking intently upward into a thick fog when all of a sudden, bursting through a gap in the fog, came a flock of pearl-white snow geese. Seeing the snow geese thrilled me deeply, and ever since I’ve wanted to immerse myself in nature.

A Place Called Ananda, Spirituality and Nature

The Veils Are Thinner

Being in nature is where I’ve always felt most comfortable and at home. I also appreciate a snug house and a warm stove on a cold, rainy night. But if the weather is agreeable and I have the opportunity to be outside, then that would always be my first choice. Perhaps you feel the same way? Have you ever wondered … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature

Fall at Ananda 2008

I should title this blog: It’s a Small World, since reports are now coming in about Swamiji Kriyananda’s return to India and his talk to a packed crowd in Delhi. But, I just wanted to share a few more photos with you of Swami’s visit in America and also photos of our beautiful fall colors. This year has been unusual. … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Spiritual Community, Spirituality and Nature

Overcoming a Karmic Bomb

Last month I took my 3 year old daughter Caitlin on a 5 day backpacking trip in Yosemite with our friend’s 3rd and 4th grade class. While we were there, I had enough challenges to qualify, in my mind, as a karmic bomb. For those of you saying already “What were you thinking?!”, part of the reason we went was … Read More