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Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village

Watch this beautiful new video of the Ananda Village Living Wisdom School: We are a child-centered, nonsectarian, consciousness-based private pre-K thru High School nestled in the heart of Ananda Village on the San Juan Ridge. School starts Wednesday, September 4th, so call now to tour our campus and meet our teachers! All are welcome. (530) 478-7640 or visit us at www.livingwisdom.org … Read More

Parenting and Education

How Toddlers Teach Us

The road to the nursery school follows a steep ridge at the western boundary of the village. At the top of that hill, a panoramic view is favored by sunset watchers. In the evenings, star watchers come here to observe the heavens as we spin through space. The interconnectedness of our little lives can be felt in expansive vistas. From … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community

Growing Up Ananda: How a Bunch of Hippies Got it Right

I was born and raised in a spiritual intentional community. To answer your first question, yes, I loved it. If you google “intentional community” and try to find a glowing testimonial from a child raised in one, you’ll most likely find none. I certainly haven’t. Every article I’ve ever read has been from someone who is coming to grips with … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

Generosity is Genetic: The Yoga of Prosperous Parenting

This week my husband and I did our annual budget. With two kids and barely-above-the-poverty-line salaries, this might be a terrifying experience, but for us it is not. For us, our budget is a tangible experience of the Divine; an ongoing testament to the truth that, “a consciousness of abundance, attracts abundance,” as Swami Kriyananda taught. This year we were … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

From Tantrums to Treats: Meditation with a Toddler

In a recent conversation with other yogi parents, I had a realization. It had been slowly creeping into my awareness, but now it solidified and it’s importance finally made sense. My spiritual practice affects my children, and if I want them to have a positive association with spirituality, I need to understand how they experience it. This reality began with … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

10 Reasons Community Is for Kids!

The final chapter of Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, finds him walking with his dear friend and first American disciple, Dr. Lewis through his Encinitas Hermitage grounds. Dr. Lewis asks about a construction project underway on the far side of the grounds and Yogananda begins to describe his vision for world brotherhood colonies: In these beautiful surroundings I … Read More

Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

The Taming of Sascha

Here I was, trying to be a peace-loving, sixties-style hippie, but my reception committee was a canine cat killer and a racist. I put the word out about Sascha. John in particular I warned, asking him please to let me know whenever he was coming over.

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education

Divine Remembrance

One day, after Sunday service at Ananda Palo Alto, I walked through our beautiful sanctuary with my 3-year-old nephew Drew. He wanted to see the altar, which has large photos of our line of five Masters. Drew was looking up, craning his neck. He said, “Lift me up, Wohwee, I want to see Babaji.” (Wohwee is the 3-year-old version of … Read More

Overcoming Challenging Karma, Parenting and Education

Raising My Daughter: A Path of Surrender

I believe the blessing I received was a gift from Divine Mother to help me in the ongoing process of surrendering my desires and expectations in bringing up my child, and following divine guidance to the best of my ability.