Morningland Monastery

Long Beach, California, United States

  • Last updated: December 4, 2018 (3 seconds 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: contemplative meditation performed by service to our local community with repurposed food and goods.

Community Description

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
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • 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

About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on

Membership

  • Adult Members: 100
  • 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, spiritual astrology, esoteric Christianity, and all inclusive, gnostic thought. Our community is an ashram environment.

Government

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

Economics

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

Sustainability Practices

  • 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%

Lifestyle

  • 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

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 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.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

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