At Ananda Village – 2019
Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th 
For families with children, 5 to 11 years old

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What Participants Say About the Program

“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, Palo Alto

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

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

Family circles, Yoga & meditation,  nature outings & games, swimming, Arts & crafts, discussion sessions on Education for Life topics for parents, delicious, family-friendly vegetarian meals.

If you are interested, please, request to Bhaktimarg, the pre-registration form, to see if we are a good fit for you and your family: bhaktimarg@ananda.org

Our Staff

Rose Neal, has worked with children most of her life. After 18 years of working as a registered nurse, she changed careers to follow her dream of bringing spiritual principles into education and family life. In addition to nursing, she has a background in teaching both children and adults in community settings as well as running businesses related to health and healing. She has been with Living Wisdom School since 2007. Her three children, have been raised in spiritual community with the principles of Education of Life and all of them attended Living Wisdom Schools.

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Lilavati Aguilar, 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/

Bhaktimarg Goering, has moved from Spain to USA in 1988, and to Ananda Village in 1991. She is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as a mother of a former Living Wisdom Student, (now a graduate from UC Davis,) and wife of 30 years. She 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.

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Carianne James, has been teaching art at the Ananda Living Wisdom School for the past seventeen years, and is currently the art director.  She leads a girls adventure group called Spirit Warriors, and lives at Ananda Village with her two daughters.

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Mary Katherine attended Living Wisdom School in Palo 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.

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. The closest airports are Sacramento (SFM) or Reno (RNO,) a 90min car ride.

We offer 800 acres of rolling hills, meadows, lakes, Joy-Symbol-Entrance clear-1and 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.

The program is offered in Banyan House, (see photos below) our Living Wisdom high school dorm. It’s a large luminous home with eight large 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. Most of the beds are single. 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 nearby, which offers great swimming holes for the whole family to enjoy.

There is a tent area, next to Banyan, for those families that enjoy the outdoors.

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 July and August.

Banyan House

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The program is offered in Banyan House, our Living Wisdom high school dorm. It’s a large luminous home with eight 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.

Costs

This program is limited to 10 families, about 30 to 40 people, and fills very quickly.

Request the pre-registration, to Bhaktimarg@Ananda.org , to see if we are a good fit for you and your family.

It’s an all-inclusive week: lodging, food, outings and programs. We offer mostly organic foods, healthy snacks for the children, fun, creative, and magnetic teachers, river outings, outdoor camping for older kids, and a fun program for the whole family, all these included in the price.

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Room in Banyan House

$600 per adult, $600 per child, for all inclusive week.

Tent

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.

$450 per adult, $450 per child, for all inclusive week.

Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation made before May 1st are 100% refundable except for the  non-refundable deposit of $100
  • Cancellation and refunds requested after May 2nd and before June 15th, 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.
  • No refunds after June 15th