Living Wisdom Family Yoga Retreat

At Ananda Village 2016

Sunday June 26th to Saturday July 2nd

For children 5 to 12 years old

A week-long residential camp for families seeking an uplifting summer

experience!

 “Thank you again for such an amazing week. We are still radiating peace and joy from it. My patients are all telling me how happy I look this morning, and my nurse is asking me, “Did you get a facial? Did you go to a spa?” I can’t stop smiling!” – RS – Physician

Exploring Spiritual Community for Families for over 40 years!

Explore, discover, relax, and play with other spiritually-minded families in the joyful setting of Ananda Village in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Learn how to nourish your family’s innate spirituality through classes and activities, conducted by Ananda Living Wisdom School teachers and community residents. The Family Camp is one of our most popular programs, so reserve early in order to hold your space.

Retreat highlights include:

Family circles, Yoga & meditation,  Nature outings & games, Overnight camp-outs for teens, Arts & crafts, Discussion sessions on Education for Life topics for parents, Delicious, family-friendly vegetarian meals.

The Environment

Ananda Village is situated in the Sierra Nevada foothills, just 25min from Nevada City/Grass Valley. From San Francisco/Bay Area it’s about 3 to 4 hrs drive, depending on traffic. We offer 800 acres of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and forests. It houses Ananda’s first spiritual intentional community, where over 200 people live and work together. (Watch Finding Happiness, a movie about who we are and what we do.) This is an ideal setting for the children and parents to experience what it is like to live in nature and in a spiritual community.  We have goats, cows, and chickens that children can visit. We also have wild animals. Deer love to come by at dusk to eat in our green area.
The closest airports are Sacramento (SFM) or Reno (RNO,) a 90min car ride.

Banyan House

The program is offered in Banyan House, (see photos below) our Living Wisdom high school dorm. It’s a large luminous home with seven bedrooms, large kitchen, and dining/living room area. Bathrooms are shared with adjoining rooms.

Rooms have large windows and are spacious. They fit two to four people. In the rooms you’ll find beds, quilts, and pillows. Some of them have queen, or double, size beds; the others are just single beds. If needed, a mattress can be put on the floor. If you can, we appreciate if you bring your own bedding, towels, and river towels. (There is an extra cleaning charge if we need to provide bedding and towels.) We have the majestic Yuba River near by, which offers great swimming holes for the whole family to enjoy.

Summer Room Rentals

Banyan House is also available for families who want an uplifted vacation, to rent per room or the entire house, every summer during the months of June through August.

Tent Sites

Tent sites, we have three or four, tent sites next to Banyan House, under willow trees. You’ll have access to an adjoining bathhouse. Please bring your own tent, sleeping bag, and whatever is needed to make your camping experience comfortable.

Master’s Market

Master’s Market is a vegetarian grocery, bakery, deli and café, a two-minute walk from Banyan House. It offers organic produces, great selection of gluten free items, as well as fun treats for the whole family. Sit indoors or on the tables on the green lawn, looking into an expansive green field, and savor a meal or treat while enjoying good food, good company and the uplifting surroundings of Ananda Village.

Playground

Best Playground ever, with two covered towers, hanging bridge, two slides, small climbing wall, picnic table for children, swings, and more. It’s just in front of Banyan House. It’s a great place for kids to enjoy creative play and get a good workout.

Staff: Lilavati Aguilar

Lilavati Aguilar:  Lilavati is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher who loves to spend her days with children and their families in uplifting natural environments.  She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts as well as an M.S. in Education from California State University East Bay. She holds a California Teaching Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. She has been teaching social studies, language arts, drama, art, and Spanish in the California middle schools for the past 20 years. Being an accredited meditation and yoga teacher she introduces students of all ages to these calming and inspiring techniques. After being trained by Nitai Deranja and Usha Dermond in the Education for Life methods she incorporated them into the public school classroom curriculum and has been documenting this experience on her blog: http://eflinpublicschool.blogspot.com/

Staff: Mary Katherine

Mary Katherine attended Living Wisdom School inPalo Alto for seven years and Living Wisdom High School at Ananda Village for two years, until 2011. She loves the creativity and expansion that cooking gives her, as well as preparing wholesome foods to feed and nurture our bodies and souls. She has been cooking since she was a kid. At age 14 she started preparing vegetarian meals for 30 people at Ananda Palo Alto’s community kitchen. She is now studying environmental geoscience and geomatics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Staff: Bhaktimarg

Bhaktimarg Goering has moved from Spain to USA in 1988, and Ananda Village in 1991. She is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a mother of a former Living Wisdom Student, (now attending UC Davis,) and wife of 27 years. She is the Family minister for Ananda Village and enjoys helping parents and children find harmony and balance in their lives by using Education for Life principles. She was trained by Usha Dermond, co-director of Education for Life, and has taught Spanish in Ananda Village for Jr. High and High School.

Program Donations

To make this program accessible to everyone, we are offering a sliding scale. Please be generous. Your generosity will help us, and help families in need, to be able to attend the program. If you are in a position to offer, or donate towards a scholarship, please let us know.

This program offers: An all-inclusive week. Organic foods, healthy snacks for the children, great teachers, and a fun program for the whole family.

Room in Banyan House:

1 Adult  +  1 Child –  Between $1,100 and $695

2 Adults + 1 Child – Between $1,650 and $895

2 Adults + 2 Children – Between $2,000 and $1,100

2 Adults + 3 Children – Between 2,350 and $1,300

Tent:

1 Adult + 1 Child –  between $900 and $499

2 Adults + 1 Child – between $1,450 and $699

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy:

    • Cancellation made before May 1st are 100% refundable except for the $100 deposit
    • Cancellation and refunds requested after May 2nd can be credited for a year toward next year’s program. Or a request can be made for the reimbursement of 3/4 of the program cost.

Our Facilities:

Ananda Village is situated in the Sierra Nevada foothills, just 25min from Nevada City/Grass Valley. From San Francisco/Bay Area it’s about 3 to 4 hrs drive, depending on traffic. We offer 800 acres of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, and forests. It houses Ananda’s first spiritual intentional community, where over 200 people live and work together. (Watch Finding Happiness, a movie about who we are and what we do.) This is an ideal setting for the children and parents to experience what it is like to live in nature and in a spiritual community.  We have goats, cows, and chickens that children can visit. We also have wild animals. Deer love to come by at dusk to eat in our green area.

The closest airports are Sacramento (SFM) or Reno (RNO,) a 90min car ride. The program is offered in Banyan House, (see photos below) our Living Wisdom high school dorm. It’s a large luminous home with seven bedrooms, large kitchen, and dining/living room area. Bathrooms are shared with adjoining rooms.

Rooms have large windows and are spacious. They fit two to four people. In the rooms you’ll find beds, quilts, and pillows. Some of them have queen, or double, size beds; the others are just single beds. If needed, a mattress can be put on the floor. If you can, we appreciate if you bring your own bedding, towels, and river towels. (There is an extra cleaning charge if we need to provide bedding and towels.) We have the majestic Yuba River near by, which offers great swimming holes for the whole family to enjoy.

Banyan House is also available for families who want an uplifted vacation, to rent per room or the entire house, every summer during the months of June through August.