Anahata

Floyd, Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: September 13, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 21, 2010

Mission Statement

OUR VISION STATEMENT:

We are a loving community that lives from the heart in order to create a more beautiful world.

Community Description

Anahata is . . .

a place of learning
self-discovery
renewal & healing
harmony & cooperation
authentic connection
creative expression
celebration
nature immersion
inclusive spirituality
service to all

Anahata is a loving community and gathering place situated on 35 pristine acres along the Little River in Floyd County, Virginia. We are incorporated as an 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.

CORE VALUES:

CO-ENLIGHTENING KINDNESS ~ We practice being fully present to one another, deep listening, truthful sharing, and mutual encouragement. We commit to loving communication and skillful conflict resolution, supporting and one another to do and be our best.
SELF-DISCOVERY ~ We explore the inner dimension of self, cultivating a humble heart, ‘beginner’s mind’, self-reflection, self-responsibility, self-empowerment, self-healing, and self-actualization.
CO-EMPOWERMENT ~ We share responsibility and leadership, each person making a significant contribution to the overall vision and activities of the community, with consensus decision-making wherever practical.
SACREDNESS ~ We deepen in our chosen spiritual paths, find our place within nature/the cosmos, commune together in spiritual brother-sisterhood, serve the greater good, and celebrate the deeper meanings, rhythms and passages of life.
CREATIVITY & CELEBRATION ~ We flourish through the arts in our playful ‘renaissance community’, which cultivates merrymaking and creative expression through song, music, dance, visual arts, games, crafts, and the practice of living fully in each moment. Co-enlivening!
LEARNING & EVOLUTION ~ We strive beyond our current parameters of understanding to embody the dynamic flow of new ideas, skills and attitudes that will enable collective evolution, while appreciating our individual dreams and perspectives, styles of expression, and unique contributions to the common good.
HOLISTIC WELL-BEING ~ We strive for a mostly organic, whole food, locally sourced diet, active lifestyles, connection to nature, and use a variety of holistic healing modalities to cultivate full-spectrum well-being.
ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY ~ We work toward ecological sustainability through permaculture landscaping, organic gardening, food preserving, wildcrafting, green construction methods, alternative energy production, supporting the local economy, and more.
ECONOMIC THRIVANCE ~ We seek individual and collective economic well-being, through stewardship of various enterprises, including our educational and guest programs and member-initiated cottage industries. We encourage economic self-responsibility and autonomy while celebrating expressions of interdependence as we share resources and simplify our lives, in gratitude for present moment abundance.
CONNECTION & SHARING ~ We reach out to others, sharing our many gifts, network within the local and global new-paradigm community, and create space for the larger community to gather to celebrate, learn and share.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

In 2017-2018, we are pursuing the following collective initiatives:

Generating more of our own food through expansion of our organic gardens and edible landscapes.
Beautifying our landscape for greater ease and enjoyment of the land.
Increasing the flow of visitors to Anahata by enhancing our guest spaces and programs.
Increasing the number of living spaces on the land — finishing a cabin, yurt and a tiny house – for increased guest or member capacity.
Planning for additional solar and gassifier renewable energy sources to be installed on the land in the next one-four years.
Developing a long-term legal/financial strategy that includes member land-home ownership and collective stewardship of shared land.
Calling in members who are aligned with our vision and ready to become land and home owners.
Building community by holding twice-weekly community business-connection meetings, and sharing three or more community meals per week.
Contributing 5+ hours of community service per member per week, with frequent work parties/teams.
Hosting frequent circles and classes/events, quarterly retreats, and seasonal rituals and celebrations.
Gathering with other communities in the area to share our collective stories, wisdom and strategies for successful community living.
Learning how to more deeply support one another’s growth by exploring different modalities of connection and communication.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Spiritual or Religious Community, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Retreats, Weddings
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 35 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned number of residences: 12
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Most of the property is gently wooded, with the Little River—a wide, peaceful waterway perfect for swimming, kayaking and canoeing—running along one border. The property also features a large organic garden, a number of smaller gardens, an orchard, berry patches, wild edibles, and walking trails throughout. Floyd is known for its wide array of intentional communities, many of which have existed since the 1980s. Since Anahata is bordered by several of these longstanding communities, our land is surrounded by large tracts of woodland and farmland and the organically oriented, community-minded folk who live there. We have a large community house with several guest bedrooms, four earthbermed studio apartments, a little cabin, a yurt, and a multi-room farmhouse.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us to arrange an interview regarding a prospective visit, through
    [email protected] or by calling Ashera at 571-422-3024.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Prospective members go through a courtship phase, with some pauses and time for reflection/evaluation. Initial visits, a tour, joining in with events and work teams, attending a community meeting and potluck, reading through our orientation literature, and good conversations all give us a good sense of one another. Residing here for a period of one to two years before making a formal commitment is standard.

  • Additional Comments:

    Membership in the Anahata Community is a journey with several dimensions and stages that unfold over time. It requires a soul-calling to engage with Anahata’s vision and mission, self-awareness and positive working relationships with community members, and an active embracing of community guidelines and agreements.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Everyone has a voice, and is encouraged to take on leadership.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $15000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $150
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    We are transitioning into an ownership model – individual homes on plots of land, plus commonly owned land. We are researching at this point. When folks own their own spaces and are no longer renting, they pay a monthly contribution toward annual taxes, insurance, shared resources and equipment, maintenance, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Hot tub or hot springs, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Gym or sports area, Internet, River pavilion, sound chamber
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Quaker, Sufi, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Bahai, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are a diverse collective of musicians, artists, healers, gardeners, and holistic practitioners seeking to live in harmony with nature and each other.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA)

Community Affiliations

Blue Mountain School, FIC

Keywords

connection, spiritual evolution, permaculture, creativity, education