Marie Hart – Contributed photo
A Great Life – Celebrating Dance, Music, and Yoga!
On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Marie Prabha Hart of San Juan Island Passed away in Bellingham, Washington. Marie is survived by her son Ivan Reiff and his wife Jackie, grandson Brendan, and sister Evelyn Long.
Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Marie took up ballet at an early age, dancing professionally from 1972 to 1981 in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. She had a great love of the arts, and frequented museums and performances. Spiritual callings made themselves known early on.
During a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she came upon an exhibit that partially recreated a medieval chapel with a beautiful stained-glass window. Even though she wasn’t religious and somewhat suspicious of spiritual traditions, Marie instinctively bowed down before the window. She felt that she was in the presence of something greater than herself.
She soon started living the life of a spiritual seeker. In her 20s, she moved to California. She lived in a commune in Oregon and made her own granola long before most people even knew what that was. In Berkeley, California, she co-owned with 16 other people a locally famous house, called the Derby Dump, despite the fact that it was a beautiful old home in a nice neighborhood just off Telegraph Avenue. It was there she raised her adored son Ivan. The proceeds from selling her share enabled her to take her first trip to India, whose traditions would come to define her later life. Read More »