A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Also Starring God (as Himself)

Last weekend marked the culmination of an extraordinary year as over 700 people filled the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California to watch the debut screening of the film Finding Happiness. I had the great honor to be part of the cast and also produce the soundtrack for this exquisite film by director Ted Nicolaou which was based on … Read More

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

Sharing the Inner Presence of Ananda

Many of you may know that we are in the midst of creating the Cities of Light film here at Ananda, and of the honor I’ve had of being a part of the whole process. What you may not know is how transformational it has been for me, personally. You can read about my first 5 days in my blogs … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Day 4 on the set

Today feels really good so far, and I’m getting more and more comfortable with the whole process. We started with shots at Lotus Lake, with the gorgeous natural morning light. It is a joy to see the directors work together, searching for “where the money is”, or the best shots for light and color. One of the scenes we shot … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Day 3 on the set of Cities of Light

I’d like to introduce our director, Ted Nicolaou, who is an extraordinary gentleman and director. Ted has been working with us on this film for the past 2 years, and is an extraordinarily good fit. He describes himself as “a storyteller with an open mind”, and has a vibration about him that is quite contrary to what you think a … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Cities of Light Day 2 of filming

Good morning! So here we are in Crystal Hermitage dining room, where we come first thing for makeup and wardrobe. Here is Sarah Kreutz on the left, wardrobe director, and Elisabeth Granli on the right, who is here from LA to assist Elisabeth Rohm during the filming. This morning we will be shooting a “point of view” shot as we … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Day 1 on the Set of Cities of Light

There is a tangible presence of God on the set here, as I step into my role for the film, Cities of Light. I had no idea what to expect from this process, and what a process it is! A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep, as I knew my life was heading into a complete unknown. The film itself … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community

An Extraodinary Meeting

An extraordinary meeting has just taken place, and I will try to convey in words the presence of God that I am feeling so strongly. This is one of those moments that I am trying to absorb to the fullest extent possible, so that I can call upon for it inspiration in the future – one not to be forgotten! … Read More