Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HH Radhanath Swami Retreat on-farm accommodation bookings open tomorrow!

Dearest Devotees

Hare Krsna!

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We will be starting our accommodation process for the upcoming Gita Nagari Annual retreat with H.H.Radhanath Swami  on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM EST. If you wish to stay on the farm,  please book your  accommodation here at the retreat registration website http://krishnaconnections.com/.

As our system is little restrictive, please read the mail carefully
  1. Before you decide to book the room, please CHECK ROOM TYPE to see number of devotees a room can accommodate.
  2. If you would like to share with other families, kindly arrange that among yourselves and allocate the person who will book and make payment. The room/s will be reserved in the name of that person and we will record that as "......das and Party". All rates are per ROOM for 2 nights and the booking is set up for the maximum rate for each room.
  3. In our Yoga Studio Level 2, Rooms 1 and 3 are 10 sleepers. Please book that for the maximum rate and then arrange among family and friends to fill up the beds. We are not able to take individual bookings for this.
  4. We have floor space (lovely organic bamboo floors:)) in our Yoga Studio Level 1 for men only.

 Once our on-farm accommodation is booked, kindly contact the surrounding Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, etc (google Mifflintown, PA). Within a 20 mile radius, we have:
Econolodge - Mifflintown–717 436 5981
Budget Inn - Mifflintown – 717 436 2127
Super 8 – Burnham – 717 242 8888
Quality Inn – Burnham – 717 248 4961
Best Western – Milroy – 717 667 9595
Rose House Bed & Breakfast –Mifflintown - ph: Nancy Zimmerman on 717 436 6605 - http://www.rosehousebandb.com/rooms.html  - 11 miles from Gita Nagari
Buttonwood Campground - you can book a Cabin with them - https://buttonwoodcamp.com/campsites_cabins.htm - 9 miles from Gita Nagari
We eagerly await your arrival.
Your servants,
The Gita Nagari Retreat Planning Team
For all other queries : Brajavilasini devi dasi - varadabhat85@gmail.com

Monday, March 30, 2015


Dearest Devotees

Hare Krsna!

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Please consider this as our personal invitation to the GITA NAGARI ANNUAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERING with His Holiness RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ. We hope you will  join again this May and make it a memorable gathering.

Over the years, this retreat gets sweeter, with a weekend full of enlivening lectures, soulful kirtans and saintly association, accompanied by delicious meals and fun-filled activities for kids.  This year, we are honored to welcome His Holiness Giriraj Swami Maharaj as our special guest.

The retreat begins on Friday May 29 at 12:30 PM with an ekadasi lunch and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday with lunch. We have an early bird discounted fee of $112 (per adult) for the retreat till April 21st. After that, the price will be increased to $122 per adult.

As our system is little restrictive, you will have to follow a two-step registration and payment process. Please follow these guidelines.
1.    Go to the payments page - make a payment via Paypal. Note down your paypal ID
2.    Submit the registration form online at  http://krishnaconnections.com/
 (please Remember to include your PAYPAL ID)

Registration is mandatory for all attendees. Reserve your spot today.
If you have any questions, please check our FAQs Section first and if it’s still not answered, please email us.
 So please register early so you can take advantage of the early bird discounts.

Please note: Accommodation Bookings and "Kids Camp" Registration is separate to the main event registration - we will release the link for this shortly.

We eagerly await your arrival.
Your servants,
The Gita Nagari Retreat Planning Team
For all other queries
Brajavilasini devi dasi - varadabhat85@gmail.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

BOILER GOAL REACHED! Thank You, Friends!

From Yasoda-dulal Prabhu: A BIG thank you and my sincere pranams to all who donated and shared these status updates: Gitanagari has the amount needed to get a new boiler and put it in, so that the residents can have heat!!! (This includes amounts pledged but not yet received by Gitanagari, I am told, so please do send those amounts in, else they could be short!) 

And from all of us here in Gita Nagari: A HUGE and HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all our friends and well-wishers for your generous contributions towards our central heating. Will post list of donors and an update in our weekly newsletter which comes out every Thursday. The residents here in Gita Nagari are very grateful and touched by your love and concern and by your active support. Thank you, dearest friends, and special Thank You to Yasoda-dulal Das Prabhu for leading this Project!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Dearest Friends

The residents are very humbled and grateful. By your compassion and generosity, approximately half of the amount we need has been collected. We urge you to please donate urgently as winter is getting colder.

A huge grateful thanks to those who have helped us collect half of the required amount so far!

Thank you so very much!

your indebted servant
Dhruva Maharaj das

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Heating needed at Gita Nagari

Dear Friends and Well-wishers.

While I was away in Mayapur last month, we had a setback: our wood boiler which provides the central heating for Sri Sri Radha Damodar and the devotees, caught on fire.  We have not established the cause yet.  Fortunately no-one was hurt in any way (the location and building is secured in that way to prevent injury and risk to other buildings).  We are requesting anyone who would like to contribute to restoring our heating to please contact me on dhruva@theyogafarm.com or Snana Yatra prabhu on theyatras@theyogafarm.com with queries and any support that you would like to offer.  
The cost of the boiler including installation is $12000.  There are several precautionary measures we plan to take this time around so as to prevent such a re-occurence.
You can send a check payable to ISKCON Gita Nagari, to 534 Gita Nagari Road, Port Royal, Pa, 17082 or alternatively use the link below:

Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support.  The residents are indebted.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It may be cooling down, but The Yoga Farm, Yoga Studio FREE FALL PROGRAM is heating up.

108 Degrees of Learning, October 4 –November 29. 2014
The Gita Nagari Yoga Farm in beautiful Juniata County offers a diverse Fall program free of charge to those that are looking to expand their knowledge, improve their health, and meet new people.  Workshops on Tai Chi and  home brewing Kombucha;  classes on Compassionate Communication, Meditation and Reiki,  guest speakers on topics that include Holistic Health, Finances for young adults and much,  much more.  Details can be found at www.theyogafarm.com.  Call in for free registration or go to our Facebook page. Tell your friends, spread the word and plan on joining us over the next two months for an interesting change from the ordinary.    

The Yoga Studio 2014 Fall Program:
108 Degrees of Learning
Compassionate Communication
Saturday October 4- 5.30-7.30pm
Friday October 10, 17, 24- 6.00-7.30pm
Do you feel you're suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually?
Does the idea of feeling and being a whole person fill you with fear?
Do you feel unworthy of love?
Are you willing to make some simple changes with guaranteed spiritual tools and practices to make permanent changes?
Facilitator: Gilda Dixon, (Vraja Lila dasi)
Vrajalila is a practitioner, teacher, and mentor of bhakti-yoga for over 30 years.  She brings deep listening, empathic insight, grounded compassion and informed guidance to the chaos, confusion and fear people face in their day to day living.  She has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, Africa, India, as well as South America bringing love and compassion through the transformational tools she teaches.  

Meditation for the Reduction of Stress and the Management of Anger.

Monday October 6, 13, 20- 6.00-7.00pm
Monday November 3, 10, 17- 6.00-7.00pm

A 6 week cycle that will offer very practical ways in which to begin controlling and mitigating the effect of stress in your life and give you a handle on controlling anger issues. Several different processes are covered including breathing or pranayama, emotional freedom techniques, or “Tapping” (EFT) and mantra or sound meditation. There will be ample opportunity to practice the techniques under instruction, and each participant will receive a workbook that they can keep.
Facilitator: Yasoda Mensah
A practitioner of Bhakti yoga for 30 years, Yasoda has taught meditation classes to individuals and groups, in private homes, schools, institutions and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Juvenile development centers. She has travelled extensively and is currently working on a Masters in Therapeutic Herbalism. Yasoda is a self-styled environmentalist, has three grown kids and loves to can her own produce.

Movie and a Meal
Watch a stimulating movie, and then join the discourse while enjoying a scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meal. Share your realizations and insights while making new friends. Meals always include a gluten-free option and movies are suitable for young viewers with parent discretion.
Saturday October 18- 6.00-8.00pm   King Corn
King Corn is a humorous and touching documentary about two best friends who decide to move to Iowa to grow an acre of corn after finding out through laboratory hair analysis that their bodies are primarily made out of corn.  But this is not your typical buddy picture.  While it traces a year in the life of two friends, the film focuses on the history of corn in modern America and the filmmakers' relationship with the crop they've decided to grow.
Film review:  Grace Communications Foundation                                                        

Kombucha: Home brew-Who knew?
Tuesday October 21- 6.00-7.00pm
If you have ever noticed the overpriced bottles of Kombucha on the health food store shelves, ever tried it, or wondered if it was possible to make it yourself, then this workshop is for you. Kombucha has been called everything from the Elixir of Life, to funky tea, although it has been around for 2,000 years some people claim a myriad of health benefits including anti-cancer action, while others say there is no scientific proof that it can do anything. Come and learn how to brew it and you can make your own mind up.
Facilitator: Yasoda Mensah
Yasoda has a degree in Microbiology and is pursuing a Master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism.  She has brewed Kombucha for the last ten years, prepares her own herbal tinctures and salves as well as probiotic foods under the Homestead Botanical and Homestead Kitchens label, and offers community workshops in the pursuit of better health.  

Young Adults and Money: Finding Your Financial Feet
Saturday November 1- 2.00-3.00pm
Facilitator: Hladini Mensah-Dzomley
A recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Hladini holds a degree in environmental design.

Introduction to Tai Chi
Saturday November 8- 1.00-3.00pm
If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider the ancient Chinese tradition of tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements, performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. (Mayo Clinic)
This two hour workshop will offer in the first hour, warmup exercises and qigong, (life energy cultivation). After a short break the second hour will be a focus on tai chi chuan technique and movement.

Please wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers or comfortable shoes suitable for exercise
Facilitator: Bonnie Luther
Bonnie Luther maintains a Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association Chapter in Newport, (www.mountaintaichi.com) which has offered classes in Tai Chi to the general public for many years.  Bonnie has been certified by Sifu Mark to offer instruction in Tai Chi Chuan as well as qigong.

Movie and a Meal
Watch a stimulating movie, and then join the discourse while enjoying a scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meal. Share your realizations and insights while making new friends. Meals always include a gluten-free option and movies are suitable for young viewers with parent discretion.

Saturday November 15- 6.00-7.00pm Sanctity of Sanctuary
Meigs County, Ohio, in the foothills of Appalachia, is the home of renowned herbalist Paul Strauss. Paul has rehabilitated land left bare by strip mines and has helped to create the United Plant Savers Sanctuary to preserve endangered medicinal plants. He is visited by herbalists from all over the world and holds classes on his 300-acre organic farm. Paul’s vision and transformational leadership have attracted like-minded people to purchase land in the area. These tracts of farms are joined together by a community walking trail that has turned into an eco-tourist destination called “The Talking Forest Medicine Trail.”
Paul is a charismatic person with wonderful stories to tell and has been referred to as a walking encyclopedia of plants. This feature documentary speaks to a man’s passion for nature and his marriage to the earth. This film is an igniting of the green spark and a call to living a sustainable life!
Film review: Kickstarter

Holistic Health: Every Day is a New Start
Saturday November 22- 2.00-3.00pm
Facilitator: Eric Dixon, (Ekavira Das)

YOGA CLASSES to SUIT YOUR SCHEDULE AVAILABLE from October 6th to December 8th - pls email PJ on parijata@theyogafarm.com with queries or to book your classes!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gita Nagari Creamery

The Gita Nagari Creamery is now open!

First Slaughter Free Dairy in the USA - No cows or bulls were either killed or exploited to produce it!
Our cows and bulls are protected for their entire lives!

We are now Grade A! We now can ship pasteurized products nationwide

When signing up make sure you pick the amount you want delivered weekly. The system has been set up to automatically bill you for your order each week.

If you have questions, please call Parijata dasi 717-527-4101 or send an e-mail to:  milk@theyogafarm.com 
Addresses for pick-up on Sundays:

1) ISKCON OF DC;10310 Oaklyn Dr;Potomac, MD 20854

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2) ISKCON PHILADELPHIA - 41 W Allens Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19111

3) ISKCON of TOWACO (NJ) - 100 Jacksonville Rd, Montville, NJ 07082

4) ISKCON of CENTRAL NEW JERSEY 1020 W 7th St, Plainfield, NJ 07063;

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