Bhakti Academy, Gainesville


Gainesville's Krishna House was established in 1971 by a young student couple who had turned their apartment into a peaceful place for students to practice bhakti yoga. In 1989 we moved to our current location at 214 NW 14th St.

What is Bhakti Academy?

Today the center is home to the Bhakti Academy, an educational program designed to provide full-immersion experiences for students interested in practicing bhakti yoga in a temple atmosphere.

Purpose of Bhakti Academy

Bhakti Academy students live in the temple ashram for one to two semesters, studying ancient Vedic scriptures, including the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-bhagavatam, which provide foundational teachings on the philosophy of bhakti yoga. In addition to philosophy, other aspects of bhakti yoga are taught including mantra meditation, vegetarian cooking, devotional music, and Sanskrit.

How are the students maintained?

In exchange for tuition and room & board, Bhakti Academy students serve Krishna Lunch on campus, organize community educational classes, assist in temple programs, and help maintain the temple/ashram facility. Students are also given an opportunity to learn community living skills, organic gardening techniques, composting systems, restaurant/kitchen management skills, and vegan cooking.


Mornings & Afternoons (Monday-Friday)

  1. 6 am- Mangal Arati (kirtan)
  2. 6:30 am- Mantra Meditation (japa)
  3. 7:30 am- Srimad-bhagavatam Class
  4. 8:30 am- Breakfast
  5. 11 am to 1:30 pm- Krishna Lunch (served on campus)
  6. Noon to 4 pm- Krishna Late Lunch (served at Krishna House)


  1. Mon -Thursday, 6 pm- Gaura Arati (kirtan)
  2. Mondays, 7 pm- Mantra Meditation
  3. Tuesdays, 6:30 pm- Journey of Self-Realization
  4. Wednesdays, 7 pm- Vegetarian Cooking Workshop
  5. Fridays, 7 pm- Science of Self-Realization

Krishna House is open when UF is in session and is closed during semester breaks and holidays.


For further information please download these files:
Application form Bhakti Academy.pdf
Sixty New Devotees Join Gainesville’s Krishna House Over Three Years.pdf

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Contact Details

Kalakantha Devi Dasi