In Service Through Sacred Sound

Shāktānanda Āshram is a sanctuary located on occupied Ssts ‘p-abc (Sammamish) land.  It is founded on the Universal principles of Love, Compassion, Cooperation, Integrity, Grace, and Ease.  We are a safe and welcoming space for people of all races, religions, genders, sexual preferences, and political leaningsRespecting our inherent right to self-determination is of the utmost importance.

We are a community āshram; a private residence that is used as a gathering place for people from all walks of life and practitioners of all spiritual paths. We gather at pre-determined times to explore our individual, internal connection to the Divine, in community.

All events at Shāktānanda Āshram use Matṛka Shakti, the power of Sacred Sound, woven together with New Thought principles, which hold we co-create with the Universe.  The sacred sound practices are sourced from Indian Yogic Philosophy including Tantrism and Hinduism.  We honor and give gratitude to the elders and teachers who have preserved these practices and shared them so generously down through the millennia.  We strive to teach them as authentically as possible, to protect and honor their legacy.  Their purpose is to expand our awareness, so that we awaken to our true divine nature, and they enhance our experience of life on many levels.  Beneficial side-effects include an increased capacity to live in the world with peace and power.

When we align our personal frequencies with the larger natural frequencies of the Universe, our nervous systems calm down and go off of high alert.  In these volatile times we live in, giving our nervous systems time off is essential for health and well-being, and creates a better world for all beings.

Sacred activism is a responsibility we take seriously.  Sound is generative, including the words we speak and thoughts we think.  We use our voices backed up by our actions to create an inclusive, compassionate world.  We do this by using our time and energy to center indigenous voices, promote indigenous events, and using any privilege we may have to speak up for the purpose of dismantling systems of oppression and exploitation.

To facilitate experiencing the benefits of Sacred Sound, we host the following events:

  • Monthly Community Kirtans (Bhakti tradition of call and response chanting) on the third Wednesday evening of the month, at 7pm. At these family friendly kirtans, anyone can lead, play an instrument, accompany on percussion, dance, chant, or simply sit quietly and let the energy wash through them.
  • Private and group classes in meditation, chanting, and sacred yantra painting.
  • Prerecorded Sanskrit studies and book discussion groups, both local and online.
  • Space to participate in building a Gift Economy of both goods and services.
  • Sacred fire ceremonies called “homams” from a Sri Vidyā lineage of Shākta Tantra that consist of chanting and offering ghee and puffed rice into the fire. These are effective vehicles for clearing out unwanted patterns and energy from our lives.
  • Community conversations on Cultural Appropriation, Decolonization, Dismantling Systems of Oppression, and other important topics.

Shāktānanda” means the all encompassing bliss that comes from recognizing our true nature of Oneness with Shakti, also known as Consciousness in form.  Shakti is the power of the entire Universe, and is the power that animates our body/minds.  She is the source of our aliveness.

Āshram comes from the Sanskrit root śram (shram), meaning to make effort or to strive toward higher consciousness. Adding the ā at the beginning of a word in Sanskrit denotes the opposite of. So, āśram literally means with ease. It’s also closely related to āśrayaya which means refuge.

You are welcome to share your ideas for how this community space can be used for the benefit of our individual and collective journeys.

Devi Bhaktānanda offers spiritual coaching sessions, workshops and private sessions in chanting, meditation, and sacred art, leads kirtan, and hosts community events that encourage mindfulness and spiritual exploration. They healed a 8 1/2 year chronic disability through chanting Mantra for six short weeks back in 2007, which ignited their passion and insatiable appetite for ancient Indian spiritual practices, which has taken them to India for a combined 24 months over the last 10 years.  They claim multiple lineages, both in the US and in India, including Guruji Amṛtananda Nātha Saraswati of Devipuram, Gina Salā –> Papaji –> Sri Rāmana Mahāṛshi, Pt. Vāgish Shāstriji of Varānasi, and recently began studying Sanskrit and Non-dual Shaiva Tantra with Christopher Wallis.