Homely feelings, nature, and hospitality attracted more and more people to the Ananda Dhiira Master Unit in Grass Valley, California, Los Angeles Region. Avadhutika Ananda Acira Acarya organized four small retreats in the last six months, and this helped the people to deepen their daily spiritual practices.
The rainy season was long this year, and storms affected our property. Some fallen trees and erosion in some parts of our land needed to be taken care of. We started to clean up the garden, cultivate the soil and prepare for the plantation. We had karma yoga and took care of repairs daily with our volunteers. In this small retreat, we had four times Kiirtana and meditation, regular yoga asanas, sharing on philosophy and spirituality, being in nature, and giving a chance to do service by doing karma yoga. Of course, the participants also got their meditation lessons reviewed and personalized asanas. Even though a small retreat but everyone feels good energy and inspiration.
Avtk. Ananda Acira Acarya and Ac. Diiptimanananda Avt. organized a beginner retreat at Ananda Dhiira Master Unit from March 29 – April 2, 2023, with the participation of sixteen people. Most of the people were new to Ananda Marga, and they enjoyed spending time in nature, classes, and other activities.
It was a very nice and inspiring retreat because even though the participants are of different nationalities, backgrounds, and cultural diversity, there is so much connection between us. A lot of laughter, sharing, enjoying nature, singing, and meditating together were unforgettable memories.