Long Beach, California, United States
- Last updated: December 4, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: July 19, 2014
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: contemplative meditation performed by service to our local community with repurposed food and goods.
Founded in 1973, Morningland Monastery is a thriving non-residential Yoga community formed around our dharma tradition. We are a self-sustaining urban intentional community that maintains a sanctuary of healing, peace and meditation open to all faiths.
Our spiritual practice is Maha Anu Ati Yoga, a path of kundalini awakening
and unfoldment. It is a path sustainable in modern life and a diversity of lifestyles. Our core principles are non-violence and contemplative service.
We maintain an active Seva program for our community and visitors with an organic garden and a food program in which waste is transformed into viable support to our local community. Known to our neighbors as “the bread people,” we have been able to feed people and sustain ourselves for over 45 years through “simple living and high thinking” (Yogananda).
We have chosen to remain offline and unplugged. The Monastery has no WiFi and we do not maintain any web or social media presence, dedicating our sanctuary to the human warmth and connection essential to deep states of meditation. People come to our Monastery exclusively by referral.
Open to visitors every Sunday for dharma talk 1:45-3pm, and for weekly meditation and yoga classes.
- 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
- Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
- Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Urban
- 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
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
- Current food produced: From 50-75%
- Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Workshop
- Internet Available: No
- Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per 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
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
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