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

UPDATE ON BOILER COLLECTION

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
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

Half Gallon Whole Milk DC Only
 
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;

Half Gallon Milk CNJ Only
5) NEWBURGH, NY

6) MICHIGAN, DETROIT

7) GENERAL - ANY AMOUNT

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.