Didi Ananda Devapriya: Yoga and Meditation Teacher in Romania

Living the Romanian dream!

Our organic farm in Buzau county Romania gets a lot of attention as it has a very special story – growing vegetables not only as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture project) for a consumer group in Bucharest and Buzau, but also for the children at the AMURTEL Family. The media loves it that an American is embodying the popular Romanian dream of having a farm in the village. Indeed, the traditional life of the Romanian village I believe is one of the hidden treasures of this beautiful country, and it is no wonder that everyone dreams of the rural countryside with so much romanticism.

In reality – I do spend a lot of time in the city, directing AMURTEL’s activities, but I just love my escapes to the farm and children’s home as often as possible.

Here are two pieces from this season:

On AgroTV:

“The Romanian Dream, as lived by an American woman in Buzau”
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On Kanal D:

“An American woman sells organic vegetables to Romanians”
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On TV for a “Hero of the Day” program

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The title was “Didi A. Devapriya, guardian angel for many children”….while I feel it is an exaggeration, it was an honor to be invited to the program, and I am very grateful for the opportunity and their kind words. Hopefully more people choose to support the distance adoption program for the AMURTEL Family home!

You can find the video of the whole TV show, and the lovely article they wrote here. 


Neohumanist Awakened Conscience in Wild West Mediascape


Curated vs horizontal information spaces

We are all living in an increasingly information saturated world, literally at our fingertips. With a touch of a screen, we can delve deeply into any area of interest, and find answers to even random curiosities. Part of the uniqueness and beauty of this historical moment is the horizontal, participative way these vast resources of information are being continuously constructed, mostly on a voluntary basis. Whether one is 16 or 66, an expert, a newbie, a professional, or an amateur, all can contribute to this relatively open space provided by the internet and social media.

In the past, medical, scientific, technological, and other types of specialized knowledge were mostly only available in curated spaces, such as journals that were regulated by certain kinds of professional standards. Journalists of mainstream broadcasting companies also had some ethical standards of fact-checking to adhere to, in order to be published in the mass media that reached most of us. Official narratives and propaganda were easier to distribute and control as there were fewer channels that enjoyed enough legitimacy or readership to seriously challenge them. Read more

50 days Kiirtan in Jamalpur

50 Days Kiirtan, Jamalpur India from Didi Devapriya on Vimeo.

In 2005, I was invited to India for a very special, sacred moment: my avadhutika diiksha.  I had already been a brahmacarinii (the equivalent of a novitiate) for four years, posted in Italy, but now I would have the opportunity to learn a special, advanced form of tantra sadhana called kapalika sadhana, and take a deeper set of sannyasi (renunciate) vows. I was full of excitement, and arrived in India, eager to begin the lessons.

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Sadhana Camp in Brazil


It was a profound experience to have the honor to lead an intensive 10-day silent sadhana camp in Brazil in January 2020, at the Ananda Kiirtana MU.

It followed a powerful start to the new year with ecstatic, energetic kiirtan greeting 2020 at midnight and through the whole night. Here is a recording of the kiirtan that heralded the new year.  The natural, green setting of Ananda Kiirtana was spectacular.

The sadhana camp program had included hours of deep sadhana, beginning at 5 in the morning with 3 sessions of 45 minutes, punctuated by interludes of 15 minutes of kiirtan.   The group strictly observed maonabrata (silence) during the program, except for the kiirtan and classes.

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Story in Susan Perrow’s “Therapeutic Storytelling”

Therapeutic Storytelling Susan Perrow

After reading Susan Perrow’s “Healing stories for Challenging behaviors” –  I was so inspired, I sat down and immediately wrote a therapeutic story for one of the children in AMURTEL Family, using the metaphor of a rabbit who is adopted from a crowded, competitive litter to live in a spacious new home, with plenty of food and a clean bed of straw.

I looked Susan up on the web, found her email address, and sent her a thank you letter. Imagine my surprise when only hours later, I received a personal response directly from Susan and a request to publish my story in her upcoming collection.

That is how “Juniper the Rabbit” ended up in Therapeutic Storytelling, on page 133!


Peace in your Hands – early years supplement

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I wrote this early-childhood adaptation of the “Peace in your Hands” teachers manual, together with Anke Keulen of Mutant, in the Netherlands. It is part of a wonderful set of free materials available on the Peace Education in Action website for free.  The early-childhood version is already translated into Romania, and the primary-school version is available in many languages.

This manual includes story, songs, games, and discussions to help children connect to peace in themselves,  recognize peace-makers in their communities and the wider world, and challenge them to be active participants in creating peace.


Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share in Education

Children permaculture Didi

The Children in Permaculture Manual


This book was the result of an intensive collaboration during the three years of the Erasmus plus funded project, “Children in Permaculture”, which brought together formal and non-formal educators and permaculturists from 5 countries and 7 organisations!

I was one of the three co-authors – together with Lusi Alderslowe and Gaye Amus, but the book was the fruit of many hours of discussion and sharing with all of the members of the CIP team.

Here are some of the reviews:

“Earth care, People care and Fair share can serve as principles for all seasons and all professions. If incorporated into the lives of enough children, and the lives of the adults who care for them, this philosophy can change the world.”

— Richard Louv, author of “Vitamin N,” “The Nature Principle,” and “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”

“Making use of this book is a great way to start taking learning outdoors. The ‘hidden potential’ in the outdoors should be placed into the hands of conscious educators to a much larger extent. There it can provide a foundation for developing reflective learners and a paradigm for critical thinking and knowledge in action, not only in Europe but all over the globe. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to do permaculture with children because a muddy child is a happy child in an affective and cognitive way! I wish everyone an enjoyable, playful and fruitful time outdoors with this book.”

-Dr. (Fil lic) Anders Szczepanski, author of Outdoor Education, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education, Spetsa Company at University Holding, Linköping University Sweden.

“Brimming with practical examples of how to support children in connecting with themselves, each other and the growing cycle. This handbook illustrates the scope of permaculture that is relevant for children, using gardening as an entry point into wider issues of fairness and connection. Written with such a deep sense of care and consideration for the future generations, it is invaluable for parents and educators alike.”

– Looby Macnamara, author of People and Permaculture, and 7 Ways to Think Differently, and co-founder of Cultural Emergence project.




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