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Triple Goddess Retreat

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REGISTER HERE! https://forms.gle/sTwpgtsqirGwtNFEA

Begins with arrival Friday afternoon, August 9th to settle into your space, walk the land.  Ends Sunday at 3:00 pm ~ optional extra time/overnight can be spent in integration!


carol irelandCarol Campbell, MA, travels regionally as a teaching artist and lecturer. Her contributions include award winning theatrical projects and published works aimed at ending gender oppression. Her commitment to broadcasting, performance and education is framed in social justice work.  Currently, Carol is a professor of the humanities at Germanna Community College, a radio host for the hit music and talk show, Music Alley, WERA 96.7FM in Arlington.  www.carolleecampbell.com  703/901-9010  ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x57Bs-V4PDc&feature=share

AshSoundHEalingAshley Cash is a singer, sound healer, musician, and artist.  She performs a range of musical offerings from ambient soundscape journeys to concerts featuring a signature blend of folk, rock, world, and new age music.  Ashley also presents workshops that weave together science and spirituality, sound and vibrational healing, metaphysics, and mysticism.  Ashley holds a B.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology from George Mason University focusing on mythology, psychology, eastern religion, and philosophy. She has been involved in extensive private studies in the areas of yoga, energy healing, shamanism, and sound healing. Ashley and her husband Jim are currently touring nationally and internationally under the musical name, Woven Green.  Woven Green has released multiple fan-funded albums that are available to download on digital download and streaming platforms and through their website wovengreenmusic.com

Katie Wells Bio PhotoKatie Wells teaches Somatics, Modern Dance, and Dance Appreciation at Radford University and is the founder of Interweave®, a movement meditation practice. Since earning degrees in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder, she has been certified in Spiritual Embodiment from the Realization Process and is currently training to be a teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. Katie has led opening ceremonies and workshops for both Floyd Fest and Yoga Jam; as well as, leading ecstatic dance and Goddess Retreats in the SWVA community.

Christina DiEnoChristina DiEno has had a full career as a community organizer, midwife, homeopath and herbalist. She is available as a mentor and counselor for women and families, and hosts a new moon ceremony every month as she has for over 45 years. She will be offering a glimpse into the Women’s Wheel of Life, as developed by Elizabeth Davis and Carol Leonard with particular emphasis on the view from her quadrant of Wisdom.

Leia Jones Bio PhotoLeia Jones has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and a teaching certificate in Hatha Yoga. She is designing yoga teacher trainings within her new yoga school.  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.

Kathryn Ashera Rose Bio PhotoKathryn Ashera Rose is an interfaith minister, mentor teacher of the Dances of Universal Peace, author/teacher peace skills, Reiki and healing sound practitioner, retreat guide, and lifelong songstress and dancer. She has directed programs for adults and youth in religious, educational and community settings.


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Katie Lu Wryn Roberts is a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner, professional caterer, and is currently pursuing certifications in yoga and Ayurvedic lifestyle.  Wryn will be catering the retreat, offering her songs and wisdom, and offering massage during open times and after the retreat.  





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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Men’s Fall Equinox Retreat 2019

Hold the date now for our second annual Men’s Fall Equinox Retreat

September 20 – 22, 2019 at Anahata Education & Retreat Center

More details to follow soon!



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

Men's Retreat 2019 Flyer


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.


Deepening Intimacy Coaching & Retreats

Relationship Counseling ~ Anahata is committed to loving, authentic connections, and so we offer ongoing deepenings, trainings, retreats and individual counseling sessions for couples and individuals seeking greater interpersonal fulfillment.

We use a combination of modalities to promote deeper intimacy with self and other —

  • heart presence
  • authentic communication
  • breathing and visualization
  • deeper wisdom/shadow work
  • transformation using the elements of nature
  • journaling and other self-awareness activities
  • somatic/body-based awareness and practices
  • nurturing, fun, playful and romantic activities!

We offer a free introductory phone call to get to know us and our way of working together! Contact Luke or Ashera to set up a private session, and check our online calendar for the next upcoming relationship workshop!  LukeStaengl@mindspring.com or  KathrynAshera@gmail.com


Opportunities at Anahata!

Dear Friend,

As 2018 gets underway, Anahata is rededicating itself to providing evolutionary programs, events, and retreats — and developing itself as a model permaculture community. To this end, Anahata is looking to fill the following two positions. This situation is ideally suited for a conscious couple or two individuals looking to live and thrive in a holistic community setting in beautiful Floyd Virginia.

March – November 2018
An 8-month paid internship at Anahata Education Center in Floyd Virginia.

Passion for holistic living, living in harmony with nature
General handyman skills
Proficiency with tools and light farm equipment
Gardening/permaculture experience
Building & carpentry skills
Love of the outdoors
Flexible positive vibes

Buildings – maintenance and repair, painting, carpentry, light construction
Grounds – mowing, landscaping, brush and overgrowth clearing, maintenance of pathways/roads and riverside.
Event facilitation – logistics, parking, facilities set up and break down
Artistic/creative – opportunities to enhance the beauty in and around the land and buildings

Permaculture and other sustainability projects
Help with creation of rooftop garden
Planning and cultivation of large vegetable garden
Orchard maintenance

Participation in community living – meetings, celebrations, connections
Working as a team with other interns & community participants

Average of 30 hours per week, flexible schedule.

What is provided: $400 per month stipend. Living space, all utilities, high speed internet, land line, many amenities in and around the land and education center. Mostly organic whole foods (you will supplement as you like your own specialty foods), free participation in some events, guidance and support from our Executive Director, Luke. Occasional opportunities for additional income for special projects outside of the scope of this position (depending upon interests and skills). Opportunity to work and play with other interns. The fun and friendliness of Floyd. The beauty of nature, river fishing/kayaking/swimming; local hikes. Field trips to other organic/holistic centers in the area. Possibility of extending your living space through the winter months.

“Anahata is truly a hidden paradise of Floyd County. Lush grounds running down to the beautiful Little River offer both the wild and the delightfully landscaped. The position of Grounds Manager demands creativity and love of this role as well as a desire to find areas that need extra love. I was daily rewarded for my efforts with the river and fly-fishing for it’s elusive smallmouth bass.” – Nikita L., Grounds Manager 2017

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March – November 2018

An 8-month paid internship at Anahata Education Center in Floyd Virginia.

Personal Qualities:
Passion for holistic living, alignment to living in harmony with nature
Friendly, communicative, flexible, creative, self-organized
Skills in enhanced holistic living a plus – such as massage, holistic healing arts, meditation, music, visual art, yoga, creative expression

Tending/harvesting of garden, greenhouse, wild edibles, herbs & hen house
Whole foods cooking – sometimes for large groups
Putting up food (canning, freezing, dehydrating)
Kitchen management/organization

Plant care
Team participation in guest/event laundry, cleaning & enhancement of indoor/outdoor spaces – some landscaping

Planning & coordination of events
Greeting and orientation of guests
Creativity and skill-sharing encouraged!

Participation in community living – meetings, celebrations, connections
Artistic/creative projects that beautify the environment
Opportunity to pursue your bliss/share your gifts as you are inspired
Average of 30 hours per week, flexible schedule.

Intern will work with other interns and have the guidance and support of Ashera, Luke and others. Opportunities for additional income on occasion, ie cooking for an event, presenting a class and otherwise, depending upon interests and skills.

What is provided: $400 per month stipend. A nice living space, all utilities, high speed internet, land line, many amenities in and around on the education center facilities. Mostly organic whole foods (you will supplement as you like your own specialty foods), free participation in some events, mentoring support. Opportunity to work and play with other interns. The fun and friendliness of Floyd. The beauty of nature, local hikes. Field trips to other organic/holistic centers in the area. Possibility of extending your living space through the winter months.

“I interned at Anahata for about a month, and loved it! The work was nice and varied, sometimes working on the farm and other times working on a project that needed to be done in the community. The community was very welcoming and I was able to attend their meetings- I learned a lot about what it takes to maintain an intentional community. Also, the host couple is incredible! Ashera makes delicious dinners and is so sweet and loving. And Luke is a kind of “holy man” with tons of energy and always willing to have a meaningful conversation. I really enjoyed my stay there and hope to visit again, soon!” Katherine M, Intern 2017

Contact Ashera at kathrynashera@gmail.com or call 571-422-3024