Eco-Vrindaban (Eco-V) is a team on ministers and volunteers that work together to taking care of the cows and goats, being stewards to the land, and serving the devotees in New Vrindaban and the community at large.
New Vrindaban is managed by ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban. These two legal entities work cooperatively to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s vision for New Vrindaban as a sacred village known worldwide for cow protection, simple living, holy pilgrimage, spiritual education, and most importantly, loving Krishna.
Read on to learn more about the Eco-V team.
ECO VRINDABAN BOARD MEMBERS:
Anuttama Das (GBC), Ranaka Das, Chaitanya Mangala Das, Vraja Dasi, Olivia Browning, Makhara Das, Jamuna Jivani Dasi
ECOV VRINDABAN MANAGEMENT TEAM:
Administrator: Ranaka Das
Milking: Lalita Gopi Dasi & Ananda Vidya Das
Jamuna Jivani Devi Dasi – ECO-V Board Member
Jamuna Jivani came to the path of bhakti-yoga through asthanga-yoga. As an established yoga teacher, she began spreading the teachings of Krishna consciousness (bhakti-yoga) through her classes. Over the past few years, she has immersed herself in scriptural study, spending half the year in India and the rest in New Vrindaban. Jamuna Jivani has been a lifelong supporter of animal rights and environmental justice. In 2014, she took up the position of board secretary for ECO-V, then became an advisor, and is now serving on the board of directors.
Makara Devi Dasi – ECO-V Board Member
Makara Devi Dasi has been a long-time resident of New Vrindaban since the 1980s. Inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s vision of “high thinking and plain living,” she has served the New Vrindaban community in various capacities: sewing and making garlands for the Deities, growing flowers at the Palace gardens, and other agricultural services.
Now she enjoys simple country life. She has a small herd of angora goats that she loves caring for. Their beautiful mohair is perfect for her fiber arts to make a variety of hand-dyed items and hand-spun yarn. She also continues with gardening, cultivating flowers and vegetables for the Deities and the community.
Olivia Snider – ECO-V Board Member
Olivia is from Moundsville and has been regularly visiting New Vrindaban for the past 25 years and has been an active participator in the community’s activities and events. She taught art at public school for 13 years and is working towards a master’s degree in art therapy. She now manages the Palace Lodge in New Vrindaban.
Despite her busy schedule, Olivia’s love for Krishna and Srila Prabhupada continues to inspire her to serve New Vrindaban: it’s cows, land, and devotees as a board member for Eco-V.
Vraja Priya Johnson – ECO-V Board Member
Vraja Priya Johnson was born and raised in New Vrindaban, and since 2002 has been living in Colorado with her husband and daughter. For several years, Vraja has been working as an early childhood educator and has been active in the Fort Collins community, dedicated to helping families improve their quality of life. Vraja is a volunteer at the Poudre School District, a co-founder of The Family Center community gardens, Girl Scout Troop co-leader, a second-hand smoke liasion for Larimer Community, and sits on the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County for Family Mentoring and Strengthening Services. She continues to serve the New Vrindaban community as a board member of Eco-V.