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
October
Compassionate Communication
Saturday October 4- 5.30-7.30pm
Friday October 10, 17, 24- 6.00-7.30pm
CHOOSING LOVE OVER FEAR:  LOVING ALL OF ME
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.  

November
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!




                 

Monday, June 2, 2014

HH Radhanath Swami Retreat July 2014 - Gita Nagari Farm, PA


July 11-13, 2014


Gita Nagari Annual Friends and Family
Gathering
with HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj
Lord Caitanya's Movement in the West

Join us for a weekend of enlivening lectures, soulful kirtans and saintly association, accompanied by delicious meals and fun-filled Children's Activities, as we reflect on the glories of Lord Caitanya's Movement in the West.

The retreat will take place in the beautiful forests of Sri Gita Nagari Dham, Port Royal, Pennsylvania, at the lotus feet of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Damodar, amid content cows and beautiful peacocks, led by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

Click here for more details (registration, on-site accommodation bookings and Children's Program Registration)


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

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 at the Marathi VISHWA COMMUNITY CENTRE (MVCC) - 143 Rt 35, Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879

5) NEWBURGH, NY

6) MICHIGAN, DETROIT

Please place your orders here: http://www.gitanagari.org/node/286

Friday, October 18, 2013

GOVARDHANA & GO PUJA - SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3rd 2013 - you are invited...


New Vrindavana has The Festival of Inspiration, New Hastinapura has the Dushera Festival, Atlanta has The Panihati Festival , New York has the biggest Ratha Yatra on the East Coast, and we, my dear devotees have the delightfully benevolent presence of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara, the cows, (and cowherd boys and girls. . . ) and Govardhana Hill. What a perfect combination for Gita Nagari's signature festival Govardhana Puja.  That sublime opportunity to really relish the pastimes of the residents of Vraja by re-enacting the decoration and worship of the cows at the Goshalla in the company of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara, reciting the Damodarastakam prayers under Their watchful eyes and dancing ecstatically around Krishna in His MOST attractive form as a Hill of Sweets! Jaya Giri Govardhana! Let's come together in gratitude for the opportunity to have this Holy Dhama in our lives, let's spread the word and bring not just ourselves but our friends and neighbours to join in the fun with us.

7am-8am          Srimad-Bhagavatam class
8am-8.30am     Guru-puja and Kirtan
8.30am              Greeting the dieties in their new outfit.
9.00am              Prepare Their Lordships for procession to the Goshalla.
9.15am              Kirtan with the cows
9.30am              Decorating, feeding the cows and arati for their Lordships.
10.30am            Procession of Their Lordships back to the Mandir
12 noon             Arati to their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Damodara.
2pm                   Welcome and Greeting of guests to Gita Nagari
2.30-3.00pm      Singing of Damodarastakam offering of lamps.
3.00-4.00pm      Drama: The lifting of Govardhana Hill by the Gita Nagari Players.
4.00-5.00pm      Simultaneous arati to Sri Sri Radha-Damodara and Giri Govardhana
                          Circumambulation of the Hill.
5.30pm              Feast and distribution of the sweets.


Monday, August 19, 2013

come chant with us!!!



24 HOUR KIRTAN

LABOR DAY WEEKEND - AUG 31ST & SEPT 1ST 

SRI GITA NAGARI DHAMA
Join us in Enchanting Sri Gita Nagari Dham
for enlivening and soothing kirtan
ABSORB yourself in the HOLY NAME after the FESTIVAL MARATHON
You have not slept most likely for more than 24 hours, being “blissed out” in full surrendered service for Janmasthami and Vyasa Puja.  Let us serve you - just CHANT CHANT CHANT here in Gita Nagari, and we will take care of the rest.  Arrive Friday evening and depart Monday (holiday) - special breakfast served Monday morning.
Swing Sri Sri Radha Damodara in the Grove with the cows on Sunday
Saturday, Aug 31st 10am to 10pm - Annada Ekadasi
Sunday, Sept 1st 10am to 10pm.  

Fee: Donation - based

In our efforts to make this Festival accessible to all,  please visit http://www.gitanagari.org/node/292 to donate towards this event.
Comfortable Accommodation available - please email Braja-vilasini dd on varadabhat85@gmail.com 
Full Prasadam Feasts served - Delicious and nutritious
Thank You! 
             



Thursday, June 27, 2013


ABSORPTION IN BHAKTI - A Retreat with HH Radhanatha Swami - Aug 9-11 - Gita Nagari

The residents of Gita Nagari are delighted to welcome His Holiness Srila Radhanath Maharaj, all his wonderful disciples and well-wishers, back to enchanting Sri Gita Nagari Dhama.

This year, we welcome you into the mood of Absorption in Bhakti, and invite you experience the simplicity and sweetness of the dhama.

Please register on http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=cok8ctjab&oeidk=a07e7nke909fe9dba43&oseq=a001h1dqftl8  by selecting the number of adults, youth and children in your party. 

Please also book your Gita Nagari accommodation - which is practically taken: http://www.gitanagari.org/node/287.  We have listed some Motels for you below.

We have some limited floor space (lovely organic bamboo floors :)) in our Yoga Studio Level 1 for either men or women or large families/friends.  Please arrange among family and friends and call us to book that as a large group booking.  We are not able to take individual bookings for this.  Rooms 1 (men) & 2 (ladies) in the Yoga Studio Level 2 take individual bookings of either men or ladies - 10 per room - a few beds are still available.

Once our on-farm accommodation is booked, kindly contact the surrounding Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, etc:

* Econolodge - Mifflintown - 717 437 5981

* Budget Inn - Mifflintown - 717 436 2127

* Super 8 - Burnham - 717 242 888

* Quality Inn - Burnham - 717 248 4961

* Best Western - Milroy - 717 667 9595

* Rose House Bed & Breakfast - ph: Nancy Zimmerman on 717 436 6605 / 717 953 6043 - http://www.rosehousebandb.com/rooms.html 11 miles from Gita Nagari
Call us also as some members in our Community have a room or 2 to host you.

We eagerly await your arrival.

Please contact us with any queries

Your servants,
Parijata devi dasi - 717 527 4101; parijata@theyogafarm.com
Mother Ortrun 717 532 5331; ortrung@me.com
Braja Vilasini devi dasi varadahbhat85@gmail.com