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Nevada City
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): around 800 acres
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 55079
Region: West

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Last Updated: March 18, 2020

We are currently closed to all visitors due to safety precautions taken to avoid the coronavirus. I would still love for you to fill out an application for a future visit.
We have goats, ducks, chickens and sunflowers! Learn how to keep your spiritual balance through meditation and working on a humane and free range goat farm in the midst of Ananda, a spiritual community based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda- Autobiography of a Yogi. We have a magical atmosphere that includes 21 dairy goats (9 are pregnant!) and 7 mowing goats, 4 burros, 29 chickens,1 guinea fowl and 14 ducks. Depending on the length of your stay (at least 2 months is advised if you want to go deep) you will learn daily chores, milking, herding, cheese making and more. I can show you easy ways to make chevre, feta, cottage cheese and cheddar that taste amazing! 

You’ll stay in a charming tiny house (paid for by my winnings on The Price is Right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsGbeyb7ToY), an artsy divine gypsy wagon, or a T frame Chalet trailer with great facilities nearby. Your spiritual life will be enhanced with meditation classes and support for your practice, and you’ll meet people from all over the world at our Expanding Light retreat center.

Often the first week begins at The Expanding Light, and then afterwards you will be housed at the Yogoata area. During this week there will be 6 shifts with Yogoata and 5 shifts with The Expanding Light. Here is a video that describes the experience of one of my helpers, Lauren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9nsmFT7_z8

You will be giving up to 33 hours a week of service for room and board, and use of a cool golf cart during chores and shared use afterwards. The shifts are divided into 11 shifts of 3 hours each. A typical day is 7am to 10 am and 1:30pm to 4:30 pm.  

When there is time after the basic farm chores, we will be working on special projects such as fencing repair, cobb and straw bale barn maintenance and whatever needs to be done.

I have lots of videos on youtube (search Yogoata- here is one example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuLPlSSLgu4) that will give you an idea of what we can offer you. Also, if you watch the movie “Finding Happiness” , available at http://findinghappinessmovie.com/  or on Amazon, you’ll get to see what it’s like here at Ananda, which offers far more than just goats.

We ask that you commit to practicing meditation on a daily basis while you are with us, and you will get to do so at our world renown retreat center, The Expanding Light. We call it sadhana and it combines energization exercises from Paramhansa Yogananda, yoga postures, and silent meditation. Your body cells will tingle with calmness and joy- an amazing combination that feels balancing and uplifting.

We have a strict no drugs policy- not even alcohol, even when you go off the land.

You must also have health insurance. If you need to get some quickly and inexpensively, check out traveler’s insurance such as https://www.volunteercard.com/compareplans/. This is the plan that WWOOF partners with, and it is very reasonably priced.

I have an application for you to fill out if you are interested in coming. I love the wwoofers and helpx folks that have already been here! 

Please come ready with your own boots, rain gear, swimsuit, or whatever  is necessary for the weather you arrive in. I have hodge podge left over stuff here to pick from, but there is no guarantee it will fit or work for you- it’s best to bring your own!!! I recommend: Muck boots for wet and winter time, barefoot swim shoes for summer, Darn tough socks or REI wool socks- there are many good brands out there but this is what I use. I am happy to go into more detail during our interview.

On a side note, I have had 2  people come who were doing online school, just a few classes, and they were able to fully complete their schoolwork and Yogoata responsibilities without strain. We have excellent internet- a wonderful plus for being so far out in the country.

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