WHAT’S NEWS!

SUMMER DREAMS

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.

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS MANAGER/GARDEN MANAGER
March – November 2018
An 8-month paid internship at Anahata Education Center in Floyd Virginia.

Requirements:
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 & GROUNDS:
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

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

OTHER:
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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GUEST & EVENT COORDINATOR
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

FARM TO TABLE:
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

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

GUEST & EVENT COORDINATION:
Planning & coordination of events
Greeting and orientation of guests
Creativity and skill-sharing encouraged!

OTHER:
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

Blissing Out!

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We are so happy to be able to offer a peaceful place for family, friends and guests to spend time in nature.

Set in the woods near the Little River, Bliss Cabin features a rustic charm with southwestern decor.  A perfect retreat for one or two people, it features a warm rug and plentiful quilts on the full size bed, an ample desk-table and chairs, and plenty of places to store your things.  The woodstove, lanterns and candles create a cozy ambiance.  Step outside to a covered porch with rocker, and a fire circle with a well-stocked woodshed nearby. When nature calls, there is a private outhouse just next to the cabin.

For nourishment, we provide fruit, coffee/tea, teakettle and french press, and arrangements can be made to set a tiny fridge on the front porch.  Food can be warmed or cooked with the hardy cookware provided – either on the woodstove or directly over  the fire on a raised iron grid.

You are just steps from a gorgeous riverside area complete with hammock, picnic tables, a swimming area, kayaks and walking paths.  You will also find a yoga/meditation pavilion, spiral labyrinth, and a larger fire circle on the riverfront.  In warmer months, an open air river kitchen and warm outdoor showers are also available.  All bed linens and towels provided.

See our retreat page to design a special retreat for yourself.

Check out our Airbnb listing for Bliss Cabin at Bliss Cabin in the Woods!

Anahata ~ the opportunity!

Anahata is looking for a few committed people to join our community. The right people will feel a calling to the vision and the land, be balanced, creative and contributive, deeply aligned with compassionate connection, sustainability – i.e. organic farming and permaculture, and the activities of a retreat and education center offering transformational experiences. Community membership involves one business meeting and one connection meeting per week, potlucks and events, teamwork on community projects, service hours of 20+ hours per month, $450 per month contribution. Your own furnished apartment with a full bath and kitchenette, plus access to our beautiful community center, 35 acres of pristine wooded splendor bordering the little river, and participation in our many evolutionary events. This is a passion and a mission, not just a place to live! We especially welcome green builders, organic farmers, mentors/teachers/healers, and those ready to buy into the land and become permanent residents and trustees. Contact Ashera and see our website at AnahataCommunityCenter.com for further information.

 

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Our interns make all the difference!

Since the spring of 2016, we’ve had a stream of amazing interns here at Anahata.  Most of them have come through the worldwide organizations of WWOOFUSA.ORG and WORKAWAY.INFO.  These young adults have brought exuberance, charm, dedication and fun into our lives!  Typically, interns stay a week to up to a month or longer, and a few of them travel in pairs or as a couple.  Our arrangement involves their contribution of 30 hours a week, or 5 hours a day for a shorter stay, and our in-kind contribution of a nice place to stay, plenty of great food – mostly organic, tailored to their dietary preferences (ie vegan, vegetarian or omni), and as much of it home-grown as possible!  We embrace the concept of this being a ‘cultural exchange’, and so spend time getting to know our interns, playing music with them, taking them into town for a fun excursion, and celebrating their visit at the end with a ‘going away part’ of sorts — perhaps a fire circle, a cake, and some dancing.  What they bring to us is often inspiration – their vision of how the world could be – which is exactly what we’ve been trying to create!  Sustainable, green, cooperative, kind and just.  For instance, some of our interns have just completed a degree in environmental sustainability and are going on for degrees in human rights, environmental policy, etc.  Wow!

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Here is a photo of our  most recent intern, Sarah — her first internship!  It was an honor and a joy to host her, and we can’t help feeling more hopeful for our world as a result.  : )

 

DIRECTIONS

CLICK HERE TO GOOGLE DIRECTIONS TO ANAHATA

NOTE:  Navigation systems sometimes fizzle out in rural areas.  WAZE on a Verizon phone seems to work well, and GOOGLE MAPS has improved — see link above.  But other systems may mislead, and sometimes quit completely!  Please DO NOT go onto Roger Road (it leads to a river) and DO NOT go to Dobbins Hollow in Pilot, VA. : )

Also, unless you have a Verizon cell phone, please be sure to make your travel communications ahead of time or ‘in town’. For added assurance, please review and save or print out the following directions for ease of finding us.

Address: 811 Dobbins Farm Road NE, Floyd VA 24091

(aka 144 Anahata Circle, Floyd VA 24091)

Kathryn Ashera’s cell phone: 571-422-3024

Luke’s cell phone: 540-529-1588

 

DIRECTIONS From the center of Floyd stoplight:

Take 221 North (first called Main Street, then Floyd Highway) – go 6.5 miles
(Pass red brick church on left, pass over Little River bridge just before . . .)
Turn left onto Bethlehem Church Road – go 2.7 miles
Turn left onto Red Oak Grove – go half a mile
Turn left onto Dobbins Farm Road – go 1.3 miles
(Pass sky blue mailbox with sunflowers on left and look for the very next left . . . )
Turn left at ‘Anahata Circle’ street sign and a mailbox with the numbers ‘811’ and ‘144’
Drive downhill until you see signs for ‘Celebration Space’ – turn right there and park near the big house and greenhouse.

Come to the front porch entrance.  Someone will be there to meet/greet you or soon after if we know your arrival time.

GOOGLE DIRECTIONS TO ANAHATA

ANAHATA IS . . . 

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a place of learning 

self-discovery 

renewal & healing 

communion with nature 

authentic connection 

creative expression 

celebration 

inclusive spirituality 

service to all

Anahata is a loving community and gathering place situated on 35 pristine acres in Floyd County, Virginia. We are incorporated as a church and education center, and consider ourselves to be a nature sanctuary as well. 

Since 1995, we have explored the sacred interrelation of people, nature and the cosmos.  We have striven to create a sustainable and mutually thrivant connection with nature and each other.  We invite you to come explore, learn and share with us as we live from the ‘Anahata’ – a Sanskrit word for the heart center.

Anahata Seeks New Members

Anahata is looking for a few good people to join our community. The right people will feel a calling to the vision and the land, be mature, creative and contributive, deeply aligned with compassionate connection, sustainability – i.e. organic farming and permaculture, and the activities of a retreat and education center offering transformational experiences. Community membership involves one business meeting and one connection meeting per week, potlucks and events, teamwork on community projects, service hours of 20+ hours per month, $400 per month contribution. Your own furnished apartment with a full bath and kitchenette, plus access to our beautiful community center, 35 acres of pristine wooded splendor bordering the little river, and participation in our many evolutionary events. This is a passion and a mission, not just a place to live! We especially welcome green builders, organic farmers, mentors/teachers/healers, and those ready to buy into the land and become permanent residents and trustees. Contact Ashera and see our website at AnahataCommunityCenter.com for further information.