We are delighted to announce 3 new members to our Anahata Community! Stephanie, Marcus and Leilani arrived in early September and have chosen Anahata Education Center as their new home. We have just begun the membership process which includes weekly meetings, check-ins, feedback, logging community service hours and more!
Stephanie will be helping to build our media, marketing and public relations. Marcus is a skilled carpenter and has already started to transform our property in beautiful ways! Leilani is the brightest light here at Anahata and we are so honored to have the whole family here. Soon their parents Deanna & Chris will be joining us as well!
We are actively seeking new members who feel called to joining us here for long term stay. If you are interested, we would suggest going over to our Vision/Mission/Goals page to see if the information provided resonates with what you are looking for in the next steps of your life. We are happy to talk with you and answer any questions you need!
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 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.
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!
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. : )
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:
Come to the front porch entrance. Someone will be there to meet/greet you or soon after if we know your arrival time.
a place of learning
renewal & healing
communion with nature
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 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.
Anahata is seeking interns to come participate in community life and work projects of all kinds. We are a year-round internship and cultural exchange program! Projects might include stonework, childcare, painting, carpentry, eventing, web/computer/publicity work, landscaping, beautification/artistry, garden and greenhouse work, building projects, guest hosting services, and other permaculture projects on the land. Your skills, interests and ambitions will factor into the equation! Collaboration, mentoring and support are amply provided.
Participants typically work a half a day (4 hours) in exchange for room and board. Hours can be flexed. We play on Sundays! Local transportation can be provided. Our interns may stay in our Bliss Cabin, a riverside tent, or another space in our buildings or on the land. You are then welcome to participate in community activities and events, Floyd area culture, swim or kayak on the river, etc. We typically have potluck dinners and provide foods for you to prepare for breakfast and lunch. We are part of Workaway.info and the WWOOF movement — World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming!
For more information and to start the communication process, contact Ashera at KathrynAshera@gmail.com or call 571-422-3024.
Sharing Form for Prospective Anahata Community Members
How would you describe yourself?
What is most important to you in life? What are your primary goals in life?
What activities/experiences in your life have brought you the greatest fulfillment?
What have been or are some of your most difficult life challenges? How do/did you deal with these?
If you have a personal ‘vision/mission statement’, what is it?
What draws you to living in community, and to Anahata in particular?
Please describe any previous community living experience. What were the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ parts? How would you like your experience at Anahata to be different or the same?
In getting to know the Anahata community, and reading over our vision/mission statement, what resonates most? What do you have questions about? What might you want to see changed in some way?
What do you want to receive from this experience? How do you wish to contribute to the community?
What do you feel and think it takes to be a good community member?
What kinds of relationships/connections do you hope to cultivate at Anahata?
How comfortable are you with processing issues that arise in the course of community life? What skills do you have or aspire to in terms of communication, teamwork and problem solving?
Please give an overview of the types of jobs you’ve held, training, education and other life experiences that have shaped your path and livelihood thus far.
How do you see yourself ‘making your living’ going forward? What is your perspective on money/the mainstream economic system?
Do you have a spiritual discipline? What form does that take? What are your aspirations in that regard?
Do you have musical skills/delight? What forms does this take?
What other creative/playful pursuits do you enjoy?
Please share anything else you are inspired to share, and/or that would give us a better sense of you!
Please rate and comment briefly on your interest, training, experience, and facilitation skills in any of the following areas.
1 2 — you have some interest
3 4 5 — you have some training and experience
6 7 8 — you have a fairly solid foundation
9 10 — you have some mastery and ability to mentor/teach others
|Relational skills/compassionate communication(NVC)||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Group dynamics/community building||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Emotional Healing – deep inner/shadow work||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Mind-Body Modalities – Massage, Yoga, Qi Gong||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Spiritual Discipline||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Permaculture||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Livestock: Bee-keeping, Chicken, Goats, etc.||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Organic gardening||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Wildcrafting & Other ‘Cottage Industries’||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Landscaping||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Green Building & Building Maintenance||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Housekeeping/Beautification/Creating Sacred Space||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Event/Group Cooking||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Eventing – Publicity, Hosting, Guest Services||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Musicality||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Creative-Artistic Expression||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Leading/Performance/Teaching/Facilitation||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|
|Other:||1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10|