Registration fee includes five gourmet meals, all programming, and a life-enhancing experience. Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of YOU taking retreat, so you can return to your life more resourced, clear, confident and fulfilled. Join together in an intimate intergenerational group of like-hearted, committed and experienced men for 3 powerful days of personal growth, self-discovery, shadow work,sacred wound work, dance, play, music making, sharing and storytelling. We are stronger together than we are in isolation!
Wants to connect to a bigger vision and purpose for his life?
Could use some time away from everyday life to reflect and recharge?
Is curious about what it means to be a man in the changing modern world?
Wants to better understand his Shadow to live free from its constraints?
Would like to contribute to the growth and development of other men?
Wants to create improved results in his life (e.g. health, career, love, etc.)?
If you are a “YES” to these questions, we invite you join us in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to dive deep into our greatest desires and our biggest fears and to create new clarity about how we as men can fulfill our own unique destinies. Join together with like-hearted, committed and experienced men for 3 powerful days of personal growth, self discovery, shadow-work, dance, play, music-making, visioning and storytelling. We are stronger together than we are in isolation! Give yourself (and your loved ones) the gift of YOU taking retreat, so you can return to your life more resourced, clear, confident and fulfilled.
Join us for all or part of this week-long immersion on the Anahata Riverfront celebrating collaboration, creativity, and beauty.
Join us in welcoming an array of Artists in Residence leading a variety of creative experiences. Each day we begin with a guided yoga class and a creativity circle with time for journaling and connecting.
We continue with a morning workshop lead by an Artist in Residence and then a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we can continue our learning adventure with a variety of choices — including assisting an artist in their onsite project such as mural making, community macramé, tile mosaic and more. The afternoons are also open time for hiking, swimming, kayaking, open studio with a variety of materials, various ‘pop-up playshops’, or receiving a wellness session from one of our spa practitioners.
Each afternoon before dinner we have a time to come together for a reflection circle and after dinner there is a bonfire with singing and music making, flow arts (poi, or ‘fire-spinning’), drumming, ecstatic dance, and more.
We are sharing 3 delicious organic, mainly plant-based meals together outside of the River Kitchen. Much of the produce will come from Anahata’s gardens!
Camping included – bring your own tent – or indoor accommodations for an extra fee.
7:30-9:00am YOGA & MEDITATION at the River Pavilion
9:00-10:00am BREAKFAST at the Riverside
10:00-11:00am CREATIVITY CIRCLE at the River
11:00am-12:45pm ART STUDIO WORKSHOP at the River Tent
1:00-2:00pm LUNCH at the Riverside
2:00-4:00pm OPEN TIME: Artist in Residence Project Immersion: Macrame, Mural, Mosaic, Spa/Wellness Sessions, Rest, Play, Open Studio, Continuation of morning projects
4:00-5:00pm FLOW ARTS PLAYSHOP: Optional, or continue with projects!
Experience the delight of yoga on the river pavilion as the sun rises over the trees and the birds sing! Taught by an all-star cast of yoga teachers, including Wryn Magdalyn, Mahadevi Angela Kennedy, Jo Tinhat and others!
DELICIOUS ORGANIC MEALS
Colorful, fresh and as organic and local as possible, including veggie from our own garden! Our taste-bud pleasing meals feature a variety of ethnic cuisines, and are always gluten-free friendly, mostly plant-based, with vegetarian, vegan and occasional omni options.
THE ANAHATA STAFF
. . . works tirelessly to create an integrated, flowing experience to free your spirit, your creativity, and your joy!
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At the Living Juicy Women’s Retreat we be exploring the real medicine of Tantra and tuning into ourselves and each other on the subtle realm. This is not about sex practices, although there may be some juicy discussions, the real Tantra is about finding the simple and subtle pleasures in all of life, and using the energy of pleasure and satisfaction to manifest our dreams.
Tune in to Nature • Tune in to Desire • Tune in to Spirit
Using practices such as yoga, mudra, mantra, mandala and more, will take us into the stillness of the heart where we will call forth and activate our dharma – or truest heart’s longing. From this place we will find our powerful intention or sankalpa and utilizing the practice of yoga nidra, we will imprint it on our subconscious. Participants will be given the tools to make lasting change and the work we do in the retreat will help immensely towards the fulfillment of life purpose and deep longings.
Living Juicy is learning to love ourselves, our family, and this earth so that we can live the juiciest, most fulfilling life possible.
The word Tantra: is Sanskrit and literally means, “a continuum, or unbroken stream [of energy].”
The term Tantra refers first (1) to the continuum of vital energy that sustains all existence, and second (2) to the class of knowledge and practices that harnesses that vital energy, thereby transforming the practitioner.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. The literal Sanskrit translation is the ‘science of life’.
It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
In Sanskrit Yoga means ‘to yoke’ or to find union with your higher self. It is more than just stretching, yoga is a spiritual practice that incorporates many tools, all with the intent to help quiet the mind and prepare the body to connect deeply to the source.
A mantra is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit that has psychological and/or spiritual powers. Mantra, whether chanted, whispered, or silently recited, is a powerful meditation and therapy tool.
A mudra (/muˈdrɑː/ Sanskrit: मुद्रा, IAST: mudrā, “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”; is a symbolic or ritual gesture performed by the hands, often used in practicing Hinduism and Buddhism; it is a spiritual gesture that acts as an “energetic seal of authenticity”. Mudras act to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of energy in the body and even one’s mood.
Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.
Yantra (यन्त्र) (Sanskrit) (literally “machine, contraption”) is a mystical diagram, an instrument for restraining or fastening, a prop, support or barrier, etymologically from the root yam “to sustain, support” and the -tra suffix expressing instruments.
The retreat will be held here at Anahata Education Center and includes meals, lodging and the hot tub! Early bird pricing at below the cost of a hotel room for two nights, makes this an amazing opportunity to connect with women, practice heart centering techniques and immerse in nature. ($50 off Commuter and Camping discounts available at checkout.)
Camping is available and encouraged – to connect more deeply with nature. Anahata has a beautiful riverfront camp with a camp kitchen and outhouses. Most of the facilitators will be camping.
47 acres of nature on the Little river.
Hot tub on the deck for star gazing.
Private rooms available.
Wryn’s deepest heart’s longing is to be of service to the divine in all beings by cultivating vibrant health and sharing her most sacred gifts: healing touch, devotional song, self-care practices and the teachings of yoga.
She has been a student of yoga for 20 years with teachers such as Jeff Tiebout and Mary Brown and has received her 200-hr yoga teacher training at In Balance with Nicole Boyle and Noelle Whittington. Wryn is a certified massage therapist through the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga and is also trained in Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Focusing, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Reiki. She is certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach and is honored to be the recipient of this 5000 year old oral tradition with teachers such as Katie Silcox, Indu Aurora and Mary Thompson.
Katie Wells is a movement teacher, dance artist, mother, spiritual activist and perpetual student. Her conscious performances are an offering to express what others can’t or won’t. Her classes are an array of practices that can open realms of connection with one’s self and beyond as well as expand the expressive toolbox for creative purposes. She is fascinated with designing movement curriculums and weaves many tools and topics that continue to aid her in her own personal growth and hopefully others.
She offers seasonal Goddess Retreats here at Anahata and personal one-on-one sessions using somatic embodiment therapies in addition to her many ongoing classes and workshops.
With a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and a teaching certificate in Hatha Yoga, Leia’s personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. Through this combination she brings mindfulness to movement inspiring us to quiet the mind, come deep into the body, and connect to our joyful-spirit.
Winter is an herbalist, priestess, and creator of amazing ceremonies, medicines and experiences. She has harnessed the power of her Divine Feminine to create and heal the deep wounds of our time. Through her unique gifts and her loving heart she is a bringing of change and a seer of truth.
Kyra is a multi-talent artist, musician and yoga teacher. Her art reflects all of the many facets of her being – sometimes loose and painterly, sometimes tight and concise, but always stunning. She can also be found drumming or teaching dance alongside her partner Casey and their little boy Anu. Kyra can often be found in her studio in downtown Floyd, Threefold Arts.
Ashera seeks to cultivate connection and beauty through the awakening of the heart, creative expression, and intergenerational community celebration. She is an interfaith minister, mentor teacher of the Dances of Universal Peace, author and teacher of art of peace curriculums, Reiki-Sound healing practitioner, Connection Practice Coach, and lifelong songstress and dancer.
Eden is a delight and it reflects in her food. Her unique combinations of flavors and ingredients always amaze. She holds a degree in nutrition and is a license massage therapist and a yoga teacher. When she is not preparing food for someone she cares about, she is practicing massage or creating artwork out of something she has crafted, collected or finds fascinating. She will be creating the food for the weekend and we are honored to have her as part of the team.
Mahadevi has been practicing yogic exercise and studying yogic philosophy for over 20 years. Her explorations have taken her through ashrams at home and abroad, studyiny, serving, and teaching in the US, India, and Thailand. She enjoys sharing the devotional practices of bhakti yoga, and is interested in the vibrational power of Sanskrit and chanting as a direct path to personal transformation. She now lives in Floyd VA, where she teaches regular asana classes, and offers Thai massage.
We are ready to open our doors and invite you to attend our community yoga classes. Classes are held on. . .
Tuesday & Thursday mornings with Mahadevi at8am
Occasional Sunday afternoons (monthly – to be announced!)
Participants must pre-register ~ always double check before you come! Group size is limited, and social distancing will be honored. We will be outside on the river pavilion when enjoyable for the enhanced nature effect!
Classes will be a suggested donation of $12 or pay what you can.
The classes will be open to all levels and include asana, mantra, pranayama, meditation, and off the mat lifestyle practices, including the yamas and niyamas, ayurvedic practices and tantric techniques.
Join the email list by RSVPing — Yes, I am interested in community yoga to:
It is one thing to appreciate nature, it is another to become it.
Immersed in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, “Nature Calls the Goddess” holds EXPERIENCES that open our intuition to the wisdom and aliveness of the elements. We nourish and affirm our lives through the senses, deep embodiment, symbolism, and prayer. We grow in natural sensuality, process the destruction of mother earth, and play together in the celebration of love.
“This retreat created a nurturing environment that offered the opportunity for deep internal unfolding from within with the support of divine sisterhood and wilderness. This was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in a retreat before – truly transformative.” – Angela McGoldrick, Licensed Counselor and Director of Life in Balance
Be Replenished by Water
Stabilized by Earth
Inspired by Air and
Transformed by Fire
To be a part of this soulful retreat please visit :
Ready to practice together again? Outdoor yoga is a great way to have sangha and share energy in a safe way. Enjoy the sounds of nature and the flowing river as you are guided by our on site yoga instructor, Wryn Magdalyn, through a flowing vinyasa practice, breathwork, guided relaxation and meditation.
Classes will be held on Saturday’s at 3pm for 90 mins for the next 4 weeks. $12/drop in or $35/all 4 weeks. In the case of inclement weather classes will be held virtually. To reserve your spot contact Wryn at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM Kathryn Magdalyn on Facebook.
Connect with Others Connect to Self Connect to Oneness
Tuesday September 1, 2020. Come celebrate this Full Corn Moon by gathering together safely with social distance ecstatic dancing. We will be outside, we will be spread out, and we will be feeling the collective vibes of movement to music on this sacred land.
Dance starts at 7 and goes until 8:30. $12/person
An optional cacao ceremony with Guatamalan Cacao, purchased directly from the indigenous people there, will be offered before hand (6:30-7pm) for an additional $5.
Let us gather together again, in love, in harmony and in safety. Carpe diem. So Much Love.
Our founder and friend, Luke, was diagnosed in February 2020 with Prostate Cancer. Further imagining showed it to be one large tumor and several smaller satellite tumors attached to different organs. Luke made a challenging decision to pursue alternative treatment methods which are not supported by the AMA and standard medical insurances. The various alternative treatments are all available at a hospital in Mexico. Luke is prepared to seek treatment in Mexico for a 3-week intensive program to eliminate the cancer.
On June 28th Luke will fly to a hospital in Mexico (CHIPSA) where they have been treating cancer for 37 years with alternative methods. Their program includes the following:
CHIPSA Hospital utilizes intravenous Vitamin CK3 as part of our integrative approach to treating cancer and autoimmune disease. Here are some of the protocols they utilize:
Apatone (IV & Oral Vitamin CK3)
Insulin Potentiate Therapy
The total cost of travel, treatment, and the stay will be around $35,000. Luke has reserved a spot at the hospital for June 29-July 18th. He is able to come up with $15,000. He is humbly seeking $20,000 to meet his financial needs.
Luke is a visionary pioneer in many fields of human endeavor – from learning to understand the human psyche, sociology, as well as practical solutions to some of the world’s pressing problems of resource conservation, environmental preservation, and the development of renewable energy systems for communities.
Anyone who knows Luke knows the magic that happens in and because of his Presence. He lives with an abundance of trust and acceptance knowing in his heart of hearts that what will be will be. While there is acceptance in Luke’s diagnosis, we are not ready to let this powerfully influential being be taken from us and the community at large! There is so much life and many more offerings that Luke has left to share with the world. The world is a better place because he is in it.
We have less than 4 weeks to raise these funds to support our Beloved friend and brother who is a gift to all who value love, community, consciousness, Truth, generosity, protecting and honoring the sacredness of humanity, and our dearly Beloved Mother Earth and the Universe.
DETAILED BIO ON LUKE:
Luke founded an Intentional Community in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Anahata Bio-Community) and a revolutionary education center (Anahata Education Center) which focus on personal growth, interpersonal relationship, new ways of accessing and processing our unconscious contents, and understanding human behavior and motivation. Another aspect of these centers is the study and application of renewable energy, symbiotic systems and permaculture, as well as other evolutionary modalities and technologies.
Because of his interest in a different approach to education he co-founded Blue Mountain School in the early 80s, and is a strong supporter, both with his time and his money. He serves on the Blue Mountain School Board of Trustees.
From 1979 – 1990 Luke was also the leader in several renewable energy projects which produced ethanol, methane, feed and fertilizer from agricultural and industrial wastes.
In 1991, Luke founded Pragmatic Environmental Solutions Company [PESCO]. As president of PESCO he has led it from modest beginnings to a company with international recognition. PESCO systems are recycling everything from acetone to xylene and motor oil, in locations ranging from Australia to Virginia.
In 2007, PESCO merged with its long term fabrication and engineering partners, Beam Engineering, Pvt. Ltd. to form a new company, PESCO-BEAM Environmental Solutions. PESCO-BEAM continues to develop state of the art environmental equipment and systems.
Luke also served as Board Member and Vice President of Sustain Floyd Organization (SFO – http://www.sustainfloyd.org) which focuses on creating a sustainable resilient Floyd Community, through the development of local industries which will provide markets for local crops, and creating value added industries for local raw materials, resources and talent.
Personal or Silent Retreat Design Your Own ~ Choose Your Dates
Winter is a time of stillness, depth and dreams Entering the chrysalis of reflection To emerge with crystalline purity of vision Clear light of purpose renewed
$600 includes 2 nights with all meals and accommodations as well as – Daily Yoga, Meditation, Individualized Guided Sessions – Simple Organic Meals, optional Detox Cleansing Diet – Universal, Inclusive Approach – Choice of Guides by the Anahata team: Ashera Rose, Luke Staengl, Wryn Roberts or Christina Morrison. – Optional Reiki, Massage, Ayurvedic Consultations. (additional fees)
Couple & Small Group Retreats ‘Design Your Own’ with flexible timeframes for your loved one, a friend circle, board members or co-workers. Create a customized program at reasonable rates.
– Choice of spaces including Flower of Life Yurt, Bliss Cabin, Wisteria Chapel, Sunrise Apartment or a room in our Celebration Space or Sunflower House.