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:

A sample of her devotional style of presentation:

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 – I can send you links for registration and payment OR by sending $120 via Paypal to 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.

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! or

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 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 for further information.



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.  : )