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The Happy Valley Foundation

The Happy Valley Foundation

The Happy Valley Foundation was established in 1927 by Dr. Annie Besant, one of the great women of the 20th Century. Dr. Besant, president of the worldwide Theosophical Society for more than twenty-five years, was a renowned social activist who generated significant social and humanitarian reforms in Britain and lent strong support to India's independence movement. 

   
The Happy Valley Cultural Center

The Happy Valley Cultural Center

The Happy Valley Cultural Center was established in 2000 as an activity of the Happy Valley Foundation, and is dedicated to the support and encouragement of international and intercultural understanding. The Cultural Center provides a venue for all the arts as well as for dialogues on social and scientific issues that will be of interest to the community at large and that will introduce the students of the Besant Hill School to diversity in both traditional and non-traditional spheres of human endeavor.

 
Chamber On The Mountain

Chamber On The Mountain

An Extraordinary Musical Experience in a Setting of Extraordinary Beauty.

Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center under the Artistic Direction of renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder. Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.

   
Besant Hill School

The Besant Hill School of Happy Valley

(Besant rhymes with "pheasant")
The Founders of the Besant Hill School (formerly Happy Valley School) embraced the Socratic method of teaching to develop in students inquiring, rather than acquiring, minds. They developed an integrated approach to subjects. They accentuated self-motivation, non-competitiveness, and a sense of playfulness. The non-sectarian and international nature of the school reflected Happy Valley Foundation principles. An emphasis on good nutrition, with menus to accommodate diverse cultural backgrounds and healthy activities, have been a constant throughout the existence of the school. On October 1, 1946, the Happy Valley School (now called the Besant Hill School) opened with eight dedicated teachers and ten students. Dr. Ferrando was the first director. Rosalind Rajagopal, who succeeded him, remained director for the next two decades.  

 
The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts celebrates the life and work of Beatrice Wood while presenting exhibitions of contemporary art, workshops and events. The Center, housed in the Happy Valley homes once occupied by Beatrice Wood and her good friend Rosalind Rajagopal, features a permanent exhibition sharing Beatrice Wood's life story with memorabilia, her collection of folk art and wonderful examples of her ceramic art. Changing exhibitions feature work by contemporary artists. 


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