Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’s devotion to spirituality was the central purpose of the final four decades of her life, an often-overlooked awakening that largely took shape during her four-year marriage to John Coltrane and after his 1967 death. By 1983, Alice had established the 48-acre Sai Anantam Ashram outside of Los Angeles, in Agoura Hills, California. She quietly began recording music from the ashram, releasing it within her spiritual community in the form of private press cassette tapes.
The Ashram became a sanctuary and refuge for many, and a multi-ethnic and multi generational community developed. One of the high points of this very special and loving environment took shape on Sundays when Alice, also referred to as Swamini or Turiyasangitananda by her family and students would lead the community in a spiritual ceremony that featured devotional music.
This was filmed in March 2017, ten years after Alice left her body.
In October, 2017, the Ashram closed its original location. However, the Ashram still continues, and the work of Swamini Alice Coltrane Turiysangitananda keeps spreading.
With this film, we hope to support that.
A film by Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon
Produced by Luaka Bop, Boiler Room and Petites Planètes
Images, sounds, editing by Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon
Production by Eric Welles-Nystrom & Yale Evelev
Executive Producers Joe Alexander & Harry Benson
With the voices of Purushottama Hickson, Marilyn McLeod, Uma E. Pierson and Surya Botofasina
Dedicated with love to THE MEMBERS OF THE SAI ANANTAM ASHRAM & THE FAMILY OF ALICE & JOHN COLTRANE