Morningland Monastery

Long Beach, California, United States

  • Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: July 19, 2014

Mission Statement

The focus of our community is to maintain a sanctuary for the practice of Maha-Anu-Ati-Yoga. This practice unites body, mind and spirit in seva: devotional service performed by serving our community with repurposed food and goods.

Community Description

COMMUNITY DESCRIPTION: Morningland Monastery is a non-residential lay-monastery and spiritual community formed around the teachings of our guru, Sri Donato. Founded in 1973, we are an offline urban community that maintains a sanctuary of Healing, peace and meditation for the purpose of practicing Maha-Anu-Ati-Yoga, which is a Kundalini path. The Kundalini, the light of God in all people, is raised through the Shaktipat of Sri Donato through her spiritual successors, the Gopis. The Gopis are a monastic order of women who run the Monastery. Maha-Anu-Ati-Yoga is a practice deeply rooted in both Eastern and Western dharma teachings on devotional service as a spiritual practice. Seva, selfless service, is the cornerstone of our community and is accessible to all. Our core principles are non-violence, mindfulness and seva. Our seva is to feed our local community and surrounding city with repurposed food, goods and spiritual services. Each month, we feed hundreds of people. Most of our members maintain professional and family lives, and attend in the evening and weekend. Due to our urban location, members maintain private, small group residences.
We do not maintain an internet presence and rely on word-of-mouth. Nor do we keep digital records about visitors and members; we are digitally unplugged in this regard. At a time when so much work and life require being online or on a computer, we think it’s refreshing to take a break now and then. Our sanctuary is a place to do this.
Our dharma tradition acknowledges and builds on the essential truths of esoteric Christianity, Yoga, and Buddhism. Our tradition is indigenous to Morningland Monastery. Our teachers, the Gopis, provide instruction in spiritual practice for self-realization that is sustainable in a busy modern life, and workable in a diversity of lifestyles.
Year round, we offer classes in meditation and yogic practices. Visitors are welcome to attend our weekly Dharma Talk where the ceremony of Shaktipat is takes place monthly.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1973
  • Start Living Together: 1973
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Guest Coordinator
  • Phone: (562) 433-9906
  • Community Address:
    2600 E. 7th Street
    Long Beach, California, 90804
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2014
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Urban



  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact our Guest Coordinator at (562) 433-9906.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Call our Guest Coordinator and attend our weekly Dharma Talk to learn about our membership program.

  • Additional Comments:

    The spiritual traditions we observe include yoga.


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

Sustainability Practices


  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, MahaAnuAti Yoga
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes

Additional Comments

In the spirit of the growing trend toward a ‘new monasticism’, we invite others to join who are interested in Utopian community. Ours has been thriving for over 40 years. Our seva program was established by our founder and guru, Sri Donato. Our seva program feeds hundreds of people each month. Along with local farmers and businesses, we work to restore human dignity and value by giving food, goods and clothing to those in need.
We have chosen not to maintain a website; nor do we keep digital records about visitors and members. We are digitally unplugged in this regard. At a time when so much of work and life require being online or on a computer, we think it’s refreshing to take a break now and then. Our sanctuary is a place to do this.


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