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Transforming His-Story: Men’s Spring Equinox Retreat 2019

What: Transformative Men’s Retreat
When: March 22-24, 2019
Where: Anahata Education Center, Floyd VA
Cost: $230 includes lodging, meals, and participation in the retreat. Reduced rates for campers or commuters. Partial scholarships may be available upon request.

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, dance, play, music making, sharing and storytelling. We are stronger together than we are in isolation!

Heal your ancestral shadow; Find your voice in song, resonant sound and healing music!

Click here to register:  MEN’S SPRING EQUINOX RETREAT

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For the past few years, every spring through early fall, we’ve had the opportunity to work and play with some extraordinary people. Our interns find us — some through Workaway, others through WWOOF.org. others through pure ingenuity! We get together, sometimes for a few weeks, sometimes for a few months, but in short . . .

We create together! What do we create? Beauty, structure, art, sustainability, permaculture gardens, building additions, goddess gardens, rock and earth sculptures, fences, landscapes, murals, events, beautiful spaces to live and dream in, dreamcatchers, fountains, pathways, staircases, orchards, greenhouse roofs, mushroom beds, a full root cellar, a pantry lined with canned tomatoes and applesauce, and unforgettable connections. We grow fruits, flowers, vegetables, chicks. We create amazingly nutritious delicious meals for each other.

We adventure! We take field trips, short journeys, enjoy Floyd culture, volunteer at local festivals like FloydFest and Floyd Yoga Jam. We laugh, have deep conversations, play music, go dancing, do yoga together, sometimes have family and friends visit, drum and fire spin, have fire circles, swim in the river, listen to our soul impulses and sometimes dive deeply into spiritual practice.

Everyone shares their gifts, works hard, learns a lot, and hopefully grows as a person inside.

Here are some photos of prior year adventures!  Contact us for more specifics and possible opportunities.

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Dear Friends,

We can’t wait to gather with you during this sacred holiday season ~ come join us! 

Song Circle, Open House, Solstice Ceremony, New Year’s Eve Celebration, Visioning Retreat!

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Sacred Song Circle

Thursday, December 13th, 7:00-9:00 pm at Anahata

Bring your songs, musical instruments, 

open heart and soulful voice!  Harmoniums now on board!!

Fully participating children welcome ~ we have ages 6, 13 on board!

Love offerings appreciated!

Ending with Birthday Celebration, Songs & Cake for Angelica Perry!  


Holiday Open House

Caroling, Party & Potluck

Welcoming Friends & Neighbors Old and New!

December 16th, 2pm – 6pm at Anahata

Great Food, Caroling & Revelry

Drop in as you can ~ family friendly ~ no charge!

Bring potluck refreshments, musical instruments, song books!


Winter Solstice Circle 

Candlelighting Ceremony

Friday, December 21st, 7pm-9pm at Anahata

Adults only ~ $11 Love Offering requested ~ no one turned away!

Song, singing bowls, meditation, visioning, co-creative offerings!

Bring a prayer, poem, song, and intentions/visions for 2018

Bring light refreshments for afterwards!


New Year’s Eve Celebration

at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Blacksburg, VA

Monday, December 31st, 8:30 pm- just past midnight!

$20 love offering ~ adults only

Dances of Universal Peace, Dance Party with Katie Wells,

Universal Kirtan with Bhakti Kulani, 

New Year’s Welcoming Ceremony, Refreshments


Fresh Wave Visioning Retreat 

Saturday & Sunday, January 5-6th, 2019

10:00 – 5:00 Saturday

Saturday Evening Devotional Music Celebration 7:30 – 9:00 pm

10:00 – 2:00 pm Sunday

$132 includes two lunches and one dinner

overnight accommodations $35/night additional ~ commuters welcome!

Highlights include:

Meditation, Reflection, Intention Setting, Group Sharing

Ceremonies of Release & Affirmation

Vision Board Art Creation

Devotional Music/Song

Yoga with Leia Jones

& More!

Learn more





All events except New Year’s Eve held at:

811 Dobbins Farm Road NE, Floyd VA 24091

Harmonium & Kirtan Immersion

Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018 at Anahata Education Center, Floyd VA!

An experiential, devotional, in-learning workshop for beginner to intermediate harmonium players and kirtan singers who would like to go to another level. Experience the heart of Bhakti Yoga through the integration of song and vocal development, physical yoga, meditation, sound healing immersion, stories of the Hindu deities, and more! Saturday night kirtan concert/sing-a-long. Individual and group instruction, practice time, and a community of fellow learners making heart connections.

Harmonium II PlayerAmah brings deep wisdom and insight into which songs to sing when for deep personal transformation. She is offering private harmonium lessons before/after the retreat. She will bring some harmoniums to play and some to sell! Anyone buying a harmonium gets a free personal lesson as well.

$120 fee covers everything, including two lunches and Saturday dinner. (All bring a snack to share.)

9:30 Gathering, tea, settling in, meet and greet
10 am-12:30 pm Kirtan Camp Part 1: Introduction to Playing Harmonium and Leading Kirtan Chants
1-2 pm Lunch
2-4 pm Music Mantra Mindfulness
4-5:30 pm Open time/practice
5:45-6:30 pm Dinner
7-8:30 pm Kirtan Concert

9:00 am Gathering, tea, settling in
9:30-10 am Guided Meditation
10-12 pm Bhakti Vinyasa Yoga
12-1 pm Lunch
1-3:30 pm Kirtan Camp Part II: A Flow of Learning & Practice
3:30-4 pm Closing Ceremony

4-6 pm Optional Private Lessons (additional fee applies)
Other private lessons by appointment

See Amah’s website at: https://www.amahdevi.com/

A sample of her devotional style of presentation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMYaO-wBnxg

There are a few ways to register for this workshop!

$120 covers everything, including two lunches and a dinner!

For those not doing the whole weekend: Saturday evening alone is $15; and the Sunday morning yoga class is $15. You can come early for an Indian vegan dinner Saturday for and extra $15 and stay for Sunday lunch for $10 if you like.

You can register by emailing KathrynAshera@gmail.com – I can send you links for registration and payment OR by sending $120 via Paypal to AnahataEvents123@gmail.com or mail a check to: Anahata Education Center, 144 Anahata Circle NE, Floyd VA 24091.

We have a registration form now! You can fill it out online, and say whether you’re bringing a harmonium, need one, your experience level, etc. https://goo.gl/forms/g3ZFJutsj3n8RzIx1

Got Beauty?? The Artistic Adventure is on!

Hi Everyone!  We’ve just solidified our daily schedule of adventures for the next 10 days of artistic adventure!  Drop in for a class or two, or dive in for a life-changing immersion in the midst of our nature sanctuary.




9:00 – 9:30 am at the Celebration Space


9:30 am – 10:00 am at the Celebration Space or Outdoors

Deepen your journey with centering, reflections,

connection and creativity igniters – open to all class participants!

MORNING ART CLASSES – see full schedule below!

10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the River Arts Studio

$15 drop-in fee per class

LUNCH 12:30 – bring your own or pay $10 for a delicious healthy lunch ~ with advance notice if possible, please!


2:00-5:00 pm at various locations on the Anahata land

$15 for use of the river studio and art materials

Continue the morning’s focus, pursue your own projects, or participate in a guided experience!


MORNING ART CLASSES ~ 10:00 am–12:00 noon
Monday, August 6th ~ Introduction: Setting Our Journey Into Motion– through movement, visualization and christening our very own art journal we will set sacred intention for our journey as artists – weaving nature, spirit, and personal expression!
Tuesday, August 7th ~ Watercolor Techniques with Jamielie Tarrago: Mixing, gradients, brush techniques, oriental brush strokes and more. Learn how to both control watercolor and allow it to do its magic!
Wednesday, August 8th ~ Landscape Sculpting with Zane Ancheta: create outdoor livingscapes with mounded chairs, benches and more by sculpting the earth. Bring gloves, old clothes!
Thursday, August 9th ~ DreamWeavings with Jen and Ashley – grapevine hoops, frames, twine, feathers and stones interweave to create sacred energy portals such as dreamcatchers!
Friday, August 10th ~ Di-Vine Creations! Sculpting with vine, wood, stone, wire and clay with Bradley Carter & Jamielie Tarrago:   Create a walking stick, abstract sculpture, or something else – perhaps adding beads, leather, wire and symbols
Saturday, August 11th ~ Abstract Color Exploration with Acrylics with Jamielie Tarrago: A dynamic exploration of color theory and design composition as well as practice in mixing tints, tones, and shades from pure colors as well as noticing the effect color has on perspective, dimension, and texture.  Artists will have one or two designs  to complete at home and more knowledge of design elements and principles.
Sunday, August 12th ~ Visionary Self-Portrait with Aaron Staengl: A mystical look at oneself and one’s life journey with symbolic images surrounding a self-portrait. Multi-media. Including Pencil, watercolor, collage
Monday, August 13th ~ Orgonite Creations with Patrice Good: Create your own sacred orgone generator in a sequenced process created by Willhelm Reich using four power ingredients – copper coils, quartz crystals, shaved metal and resin in the shape of your choice.   Results in a visually stunning handheld orgonite device that draws in energizing life force, creates a balancing and protective shield, and neutralizes negative energies such as electromagnetic frequencies. $20 fee includes materials
Tuesday, August 14th ~ Life Drawing with Zane Ancheta: Still life creations using pencil and charcoal.
Wednesday, August 15th ~ Ink Painting with Jamielie Tarrago: Explore dilutions, gradients, 3-D effects, using black India ink, brushes and found tools, such as feathers, flowers, sticks and leaves
Thursday, August 16th ~ Completion of Projects ~ Open Time
Friday, August 17th ~ Completion of Projects ~ Open Time
Saturday, August 18th ~ Living Gallery Appreciation Celebration! A reflective and empowering celebration of our artistic journey! We will move through the living gallery of our creations, appreciating each person’s growth, contributions and creations.



2:00-5:00 pm at various locations on the Anahata land

Continue the morning’s focus, pursue your own projects,

or participate in one of the following guided experiences!

$10 for lunch; $15 for use of studio & materials;

Tree of Life Mural(with Jamielie Tarrago & others) Paint a 6-foot tall ‘Tree of Life Mandala’ mural that will greet people as they arrive at Anahata.

Elements of Nature Landscape Art – Sculpt a multi-level magical oasis using earth, cement, clay, stone, plants, wood, water, and other natural elements – may include stone mosaics, driftwood borders, rock-wire sculptures, pathways, rustic seats (with Jamilie Tarrago, Garren Murdoch & others)

DreamWeavings – create woven outdoor masterpieces with branches, twine, vines, and more (with Jen & Ashley!)

Rustic Creations with Bradley Carter and Garren Murdoch: Help make a vine and wood arbor, decorative fence sections, outdoor furniture and more with these creative craftsmen!

Sacred Geometry Yurt Art (with Jamielie Tarrago and others) Paint with golden lines of light as we continue to explore sacred geometric forms and symbols.

Tile Mosaic (with the team) Transform an ordinary cinderblock wall into a magical landscape with paint and tile mosaics!




The summer of 2018 is fulfilling our dreams!  In June, we have hosted a young adult retreat, a day-long goddess gathering, Luke’s 70th birthday celebration, and a men’s retreat.  In July we host a family reunion, some singing, and a bunch of nice folks for Floydfest.  In August we will stretch our creative wings with an ARTISTS EXPERIENCE ~ a weekend intensive with extended time over a two-week period possible ~ an immersion in co-creative and solo art creations with facilitation and instruction as desired by 3 artists-in-residence!  All this while expanding our edible landscape and permaculture gardens, and constructing an addition to one of our residences.

To sign up for some of the excitement, check out our individual event descriptions on this site, as well as our online google calendar!

In between, we’ve hosted a number of old friends, new guests, and solo retreats.