Ananda Community : Open House & Solstice Celebration

Farm fresh produce, fresh ideas to chew on, re-fresh-ments to munch on, music to savor, joy-filled art to digest, Solstice inspiration & energy to synthesize, and, a freshly-made vegetarian dinner with new friends to enjoy. Free and all are welcome!

Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood 98036

The Ananda Community in Lynnwood invites you to a summer solstice afternoon enjoying market faire booths with organic no-till farm produce, bakery items, crafts, gifts, books, activities for children, and much more. 

This annual open house and solstice celebration includes music, refreshments, art gallery, farm-garden tours, and a free vegetarian dinner!

Special guest speakers at the one-hour Solstice Celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. will be Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak, spiritual directors of the nine intentional Ananda Communities worldwide. 

Other special guests will include members from other local intentional communities.

Vendors will include Ananda Farms of Camano Island, East West Bookshop of Seattle, Living Wisdom Thrift and Gifts, Living Wisdom School of Seattle, Ananda Meditation Center, and individual vendors, artists, and health practitioners.

Ananda Community Open House & Solstice Celebration

Intentional Communities: sustaining and celebrating life! 

Saturday, June 21, 3 to 7:00pm    Free!
20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA (I-5 Exit 181)

Ananda Community hosts its annual Open House and Solstice Celebration in cooperation with other local intentional communities. All are welcome. Please come to all or part…

3:00 to 4:30pm

  • Tours of grounds, gardens, homes

3:00 to 5:00pm

  • Live Music
  • Art gallery
  • Refreshments
  • Demonstration of healing treatments
  • Products for sale and display
  • Activities for children


  • Solstice Celebration with guest speakers from local intentional communities

6:00 pm

  • Vegetarian dinner – free!

We hope to see you there!

NICA Board Members Circuit Portland Area Intentional Communities

In January, NICA Board Members Larry Rider and Nancy Lanphear made a trip to visit the following communities in Portland:

  • Peninsula Park Cohousing
  • Columbia Ecovillage
  • Kailash Ecovillage
  • Trillium Hollow Cohousing
  • Cascadia Commons Cohousing
  • Ananda Community of Portland
  • Daybreak Cohousing

We also visited Woodard Lane Cohousing in Olympia, WA.

We were given tours of these communities and spent time talking with some community residents. It was good to hear stories of the activities and challenges of communities that we had not connected with for several years. Challenges included financial issues, participation in community activities, loss of former members, and connection with other communities.

We were pleased to find that PDX Coho, a group of most of these communities, has been meeting quarterly and exchanging information about nuts and bolts of community life. We also visited the Ananda College at Laurelwood, in Gaston, OR, where we will be helping with a course this fall on Intentional Communities and Sustainability.

Altogether it was a fulfilling and inspiring trip to see the current state of IC’s in the Portland area.

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NICA Spring Gathering: Relationships in Community, April 13, 2013

Among the many benefits of community living is sharing the joy of relationships. Join us at the Ananda Community Lynnwood for a day of exploring the world of intentional community. Our focus will be Relationships in Community, including workshop/discussions on

  • Having more harmonious relationships
  • Romantic relationships in community
  • Leadership, authority, and influence
  • Working out conflicts in community

And we will all make some new friends and share in our own community for the day.


10-12   Opening circle, introductions, reports, etc.

noon     Potluck lunch – bring a dish to share

1pm     Excerpts from the new movie Within Reach, a bike tour of 100 intentional communities

2-4       Workshop/discussions, led by members of several local communities

4-5       A Tour of the Ananda Community

All are welcome. We ask for a $10 donation to defray costs for the day


  • Event: NICA Spring Gathering
  • Date: Saturday April 13, 2013
  • Time: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: Ananda Community of Lynnwood (20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood WA, just off exit 181A on I-5)
  • Requested donation: $10


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NICA presents Within Reach Movie, March 23, East West Bookshop

WITHIN REACH explores one couple’s pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to “bikepack” 6,500 miles for nearly 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within, sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

Larry Rider, Nancy Lanphear and others from NICA (Northwest Intentional Communities Ass’n) will lead a short discussion afterwards about the issues raised in the film. They will and also talk about the vibrant Intentional Communities here in the Seattle area, how to connect with a community near you, and other topics of local interest.

The cost is $10 which helps to defray the costs of producing this film.

  • Event: Screening and discussion of film, Within Reach
  • Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Location: East West Bookshop (6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115; 206-523-3726;
  • Cost: $10
See the trailer and more information on the Within Reach Web site

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