December 8: An Urban Retreat Day at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts

Greetings All,

What a beautiful day it has been!  I spent it at an urban retreat held at one of my favorite U Street sanctuaries, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts ( 

The retreat was organized for Smith Farm artists-in-residence who work at local hospitals.  I joined Smith Farm in 2001.  I started working in the hospital setting in January 2003.   Howard University Hospital was the first place I worked.  I have also conducted workshops at Washington Hospital Center’s Cancer Conferences, Holy Cross Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Groups, and the annual conferences held by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare ( 

Smith Farm is an amazing place to work.  The organization always takes care of its artists with retreats and professional development workshops.  We are always learning and growing.  That’s why I love my Smith Farm family!

The urban retreat began with an amazing writing workshop.  Eight of us had a great time writing poetry and journaling exercises.  We also shared our thoughts.  Right before we lunch we experienced a wonderful gentle yoga session.  My favorite part was the yoga nidra.  That was the piece de resistance for me.  I felt like I was melting away! Yoga yummy! We had a yummy healthy lunch while we held our December meeting and shared our latest news.  I left feeling more relaxed and open to the holiday season and 2010!

What are you doing to relax and prepare for 2010?

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, and Gratitude OMs,


Ananda’s December 6th book release party featured in The Cotillion Magazine

Me and author/performer Margaux Delotte-Bennett (one of my favorite poets! –

Photo Credits: Jessica Solomon, founder of The Saartjie Project –


Greetings All,

Many thanks to Pamela L. Pressley, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Cotillion (, a daily online  publication, for writing an article about my official release party that celebrated my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery on December 6 at SHAKTI MindBody Studio ( in Washington, D.C.  Click here to read the article:  It includes some great photos. 

I will post some webisodes from the book party later this week.  My photographer Leigh Mosley ( will give me photos of the event this weekend or early next week. So hold tight until then!  My videographer Matt Leeke of Majik Productions (yep he’s my brother) will edit the video footage this holiday season.  Look for the videos on Ananda Leeke TV ( this winter!

If you missed the book party, you can watch my online book party featured on the December 5th webisode of Ananda Leeke Live! on

That Which Awakens Me and my debut novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (2007 – are available on  Click here to purchase the books:  That Which Awakens Me – and Love’s Troubadours –

Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Joy, Compassion, and Gratitude,


Here’s something new I learned about today – Healthy You Now

Happy Monday!

My Blogalicious sistalove Xina Eiland sent me a Facebook invitation to become a fan of Healthy You Now (, a new bi-monthly online health magazine that launches on December 8.  Healthy You Now’s mission is to: 

  • promote information on good eating habits,
  • change the conversation from weight to health & healthy choices, and 
  • challenge each individual to make adjustments to their overall lifestyle.

Tonya Lewis Lee is serving as Editor-in-Chief.  Lee is a lawyer, writer, mother, wife, and lead spokesperson for The Office of Minority Health’s “A Healthy Baby Begins With You” campaign (  Lee penned a best-selling novel Gotham Diaries.  She also co-authored the children’s book Please Baby Please with her husband Spike Lee.  Visit for more information.

After checking Healthy You Now’s web site out, I happily accepted the invitation and proceeded to tweet about this wonderful new online magazine so that my BAP Living ( and Sisterhood, the Blog ( audiences would know more about it.  Please support this new publication by visiting and signing up for the free newsletter. If you are on Facebook, join the Healthy You Now Fan Page:  Tell your friends to join too!

 Enjoy your day and week!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Healthy Living,


Watch Ananda Leeke Live! on tonite at 7pm for That Which Awakens Me online book party.

Happy Saturday!

Join me at 7:00 p.m. EST tonight for my online book party celebrating That Which Awakens Me on Ananda Leeke Live! –

Enjoy your weekend!


REMINDER – Ananda Leeke’s Dec. 6 book reading @4pm in DC

Happy Friday!

Join me in celebrating my new book That Which Awakens Me on Sunday, December 6 at 4pm. The event will be held at SHAKTI MindBody Studio (, 1302 9th Street, N.W, Washington D.C. The Chinatown Metro (walk 3 blocks north on 7th Street) and Mt. Vernon Street Metro (walk 1 block South on 7th Street) are located near SHAKTI. Judy Weathers, my financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Inc., will provide a gift certificate for a free consultation to individuals who purchase copies of That Which Awakens Me and Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One (my debut novel about a yoga teacher in D.C. – The book party will be videotaped by Matt Leeke of Majik Productions, Inc.

The book is available on If you cannot make the official book release party, join me on December 5th at 7pm for an author chat on Ananda Leeke Live!, my show: Don’t panic if you miss the live show. You can watch a video of it and other shows when time permits.

FYI – Check out Ananda Leeke TV on YouTube for webisodes featuring my official book release countdown:

Thank you for your positive energy, love, and support! Enjoy your holiday season!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Holiday OMs,

Ananda Leeke

That Which Awakens Me Book Release Pty Countdown-Day 4 – Sisterhood

My cousin and sister Sharon Malachi


Greetings All,

It’s day four in my book release party countdown.  Today I talked about sisterhood and read a poem from Chapter 8 of my new book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on –  See the video below.  Enjoy!

My cousin/stylist Sharon Malachi a/k/a Butterfly LP is a true sister to me. We share many things in common: natural hair, music, traveling, art, dancing, yoga, meditation, nature, green living, shopping on a budget, eating healthy, running, and vintage clothing.  Sharon is an amazing, talented woman.  I am grateful for her presence in my life.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your day!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and Sisterhood/Brotherhood,


That Which Awakens Me Book Release Pty Countdown-Day 3 – World AIDS Day poem dedicated to Tim’m West, HIV/AIDS activist

Tim’m West –


Tim’m West’s first poetic memoir Red Dirt Revival (inspired my memoir)

Tim’m West’s book Flirting (my current favorite)

Greetings All,

Click on the video below to learn about day 3 of my book party countdown. It features a poem dedicated to my brothalove Tim’m West. Enjoy!

Peace, Creativity, Compassion, Gratitude, and HIV/AIDS Awareness,