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If you aren't quite sure where to begin, try Suggestions for Newcomers. There's no right way to get started. Yogananda’s teachings encompass so many aspects of life, it’s easy to find something that you might enjoy, or that will be meaningful to you. You may also enjoy reading this general introduction to Ananda, its offerings, and approach to spirituality: Ananda: A Place of Awakening (PDF)

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February

Conversations with Yogananda bookConversations with Yogananda
Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 pm, $15/class
This class resumes again March 1
drop-ins welcome
 Register
What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, February 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Navashen Jones

 

Meditation 3: Devotion
Thursdays, February 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Energy (Meditation 2)
For more information, see Advanced Meditation classes.

 

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, February 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Expanding Your Awareness (Meditation 5)
For more information, see Advanced Meditation classes.

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, February 5 & 19, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Tandava & guitarsFamily Worship Service
Saturday, February 6 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

crossroads

Crises & Crossroads: How To Make Friends with Change
Saturday, February 6, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Whether welcome, or painful, global or personal, change is the only constant in life. All of us face times when cherished beliefs, values, accomplishments and possessions are threatened. Difficult decisions have to be made. A willow tree does not fear the wind because it knows how to bend. A rock has a different strength, steadfast, unmoving. Both are needed. Sometimes the lesson is to stand against the tide, sometimes to go with the flow. Always the challenge is to meet the changing world around us with love and joy. Learn to understand and how to have the courage to face what God is asking of you.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 


veggiesVegetarian Cooking for Healthy Living
Saturday, February 6, 3-6:30 pm
Cost: $40 including dinner
Class is now full; drop a note to Chandra
to be placed on the wait-list

Location: Ananda Community, Mountain View

Explore new healthy recipes, learn essential skills, meet new friends, and start cooking! Join Rose for an afternoon of dicing and sautéing. Learn how to make a delicious vegetarian menu, including recipes from Nayaswami Diksha’s new book, The Healing Kitchen.
Instructor: Rose Atwell

 

 

welcomeWelcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, February 10 & 24, 7:30 pm, free
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Most evening are 45-60 minutes in length. We look forward to meeting you.

“Your explanations were so clear, I understand things that I've simply never understood before, even though I've been a serious spiritual seeker for many years. But what really touches me is how welcome I feel.” —Deborah

 

workday
Saturday Volunteer Days at the Farm
Every Saturday from Feb 13 until Thanksgiving
Come for the morning, afternoon, or any part of the day

9:30-12:30 Morning volunteers
12:30 Meditation
1-2 Lunch (bring a bag lunch)
2-5 Afternoon volunteers

There’s something for everyone to do: create new garden beds, add compost to enrich the soil, sow seeds for the new crops, join in clean-up projects, harvesting, packaging, caring for our chickens, and other fun opportunities to serve together in joy. Add your energy to the land in tending to the plants and fruit trees, landscape beautification, and giving Ananda Valley Farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.

Get away from the city for a few hours and bask in the revitalizing joys of nature in the beautiful valley. So many find it amazingly healing, giving an inspirational lift that last for days and weeks. Afterwards, you can enjoy the sunset on the beach or have dinner in Half Moon Bay.

 

coupleLove, Happiness, & Health
Saturday, February 13, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
What is the formula for a balanced life? The “Yogi’s Prescription” offers a straightforward pathway. As we learn to love in a more impersonal way, we come to understand how to sincerely want what is best for those around us. Our happiness grows as we focus, not on our own needs, but on those of our friends, family, and co-workers. Our health blossoms as our compassion grows; our inner strength develops, and a natural joy unfolds from within. We find the keys to long term happiness by making simple changes in our lives.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

choiristersChoir Concert
A Celebration of Love: Human and Divine

Sunday, February 14, 12:15 pm, donation
(11:30 am: Sandwiches available for those attending the concert. Cost: $5)

Celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a relaxed, joyful program of vocal music devoted to love in all its forms. You’ll hear many pieces by Swami Kriyananda that are rarely heard, including some from his Shakespeare collection, Rumanian love songs, as well as mystic songs of love for the Divine. We’ll share a new arrangement of a popular piece Master loved. You’ll hear some newer soloists stretching their wings. And you’ll hear more solo pieces than our usual concerts, for the pleasure of digging deeper into Swami’s fairly large repertoire.

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, February 20, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Santosh

 

candlesMembers’ Candlelight Tea
Saturday, February 20, 7 pm (invitational - for all members)
Mingle and enjoy this beautiful annual, evening celebration for members—a gala event. It's a time to get to know others better, be delightfully entertained, enjoy tasty morsels, and be inspired by the blessings of spiritual family. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here or talk to an Ananda friend or staffer.

 

David EbyResonate With Inspiration:
An Interactive Workshop for Everyone Looking for Inspiration

Saturday, February 27, 10 am-1 pm, $45*  Register
Enthusiasm fades, passion dissipates, but inspiration is an ever-flowing fountain that can sustain us through all life’s ups and downs. Inspiration
lifts our energy out of the drudgery that so often accompanies daily routine,
and fill us with dynamic inner joy in everything we undertake. It is the key to creating a successful and meaningful life.

In this program we will address:
• what inspiration is and how it works
• the blockages to the flow of inspiration and how to remove them
• how to contact and resonate with inspiration on a daily basis
• how to share it with power and effectiveness in everything we do

This workshop is designed to inspire people in all fields to connect with their innate ability to expand beyond self imposed limitations into their fullest potential.
Instructor: David Eby
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

“David's four-part process not only opened my heart as a singer, it opened my eyes. It was an amazing experience. Once I allowed the process to lift my energy and open my heart, it was incredibly easy and richly fulfilling to blend with others to create something bigger than ourselves—something that truly lifts the listener and creates a healing.”
—Lori Ritchie, Copy Writer, Portland, OR

 

David Eby: A Concert of Inspired Performance
Saturday, February 27, 7 pm, suggested donation, $15
In this solo cello performance, David presents the dynamic relationships between music and consciousness, composer and inspiration, and performer and audience, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Swami Kriyananda, and David Eby.
Performer: David Eby

 

March

Asha

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, March 1 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
drop-ins welcome

What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha


Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, March 3-31 (no class 3/24), 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita Reed

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, March 3-24, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this series. As well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in Meditation 1, you will learn to:

Instructor: David Praver

 

Meditation 5: Expanding Your Awareness
Thursdays, March 10-31, 7:30 pm, $60  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 3 & 4
For more information, see Advanced Meditation classes.

 

Tandava & guitarsFamily Worship Service
Saturday, March 5 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

fearFacing and Overcoming Fear
Saturday, March 5, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Nearly everyone has fears, though the vast majority of people tend to avoid facing them. These days you can add financial security to the usual list of worries: relationships, work, health, inner struggles, what the future will bring. But fear is one of the tests that God lovingly places before us, to help us grow in strength and faith. Inwardly, we know what the lesson is: to be like the willow that bends but does not break, or the rock that is steadfast and strong. But it is not always easy to do what we know is right. In this class we will talk about the difference between facing and avoiding fears, and how to develop courage, even in the face of fear.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

workday
Saturday Volunteer Days at the Farm
Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Come for the morning, afternoon, or any part of the day

9:30-12:30 Morning volunteers
12:30 Meditation
1-2 Lunch (bring a bag lunch)
2-5 Afternoon volunteers

There’s something for everyone to do: create new garden beds, add compost to enrich the soil, sow seeds for the new crops, join in clean-up projects, harvesting, packaging, caring for our chickens, and other fun opportunities to serve together in joy. Add your energy to the land in tending to the plants and fruit trees, landscape beautification, and giving Ananda Valley Farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.

Get away from the city for a few hours and bask in the revitalizing joys of nature in the beautiful valley. So many find it amazingly healing, giving an inspirational lift that last for days and weeks. Afterwards, you can enjoy the sunset on the beach or have dinner in Half Moon Bay.

 

SHIVASpecial Kirtan Celebrating Shivaratri
Guided by Raghu
Friday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Yogananda didn’t come to bring Hinduism to America. But we can’t resist celebrating some of India’s beloved holidays. Tonight’s kirtan is in honor of Lord Shiva, symbolic of the destructive force in creation, sometimes feared, but also needed to clear away the old and make room for new beginnings. Shivaratri is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. It is also the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati.  The ‘Great Night of Shiva’, marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti, divine feminine energy. We will invoke Shiva’s supreme power through meditation, chanting, storytelling. Come and join in singing chants of celebration and chants of longing in the Indian Hindu tradition. Join us for all or any part of the festival. This will go later than usual, but not all night.

 

MasterParamhansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi*
Monday, March 7
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm, free

*Mahasamadhi: a great yogi's final, conscious exit from the body.
Since Yogananda’s passing on March 7 in 1952, this day has become a sacred occasion for his students. Millions of people around the world have been touched by the life of Yogananda, and inspired by his Autobiography of a Yogi. We’ll gather tonight to hear Asha share stories and inspiration from his life, chant and meditate, listen to recordings of his voice, and receive his inward blessing. All are welcome to this devotional, beautiful evening.

 

welcomeWelcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, March 9 & 23, 7:30 pm, free
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Most evening are 45-60 minutes in length. We look forward to meeting you.

“Your explanations were so clear, I understand things that I've simply never understood before, even though I've been a serious spiritual seeker for many years. But what really touches me is how welcome I feel.” —Deborah

 

 

BernadetteLiving Wisdom School’s annual Theater Magic Production
Healing Waters: The Story of Bernadette of Lourdes
Wednesday, March 16, 10 am*
Friday, March 18, 7 pm
Saturday, March 19, 7 pm — all tickets $10

One of the most beloved saints of the west, Bernadette’s purity of heart and devotion is utterly captivating. She was an instrument of healing in a world fraught with change: political, scientific, social, artistic, and industrial. A timeless story with drama, conflict, and transcendence. For tickets or info, call Anika at(650) 462-8150.
*Admission is free for schools and teachers interested in attending Wednesday; please call for a reservation.

 

calmConsciously Coping with Stress
Saturday, March 12, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Stress in any area in our lives can lead us into illness or expansive wellness. There is always a choice between the two, but most of us follow well-worn, familiar paths, feeling unwell in times of unrest. Shanti Rubenstone is a Stanford-trained physician who practices “transformational medicine,” as she offers ways to turn stresses into stepping-stones instead of stumbling blocks.
Instructor: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

creativityCreativity and the Spiritual Path
Saturday, March 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
In his book, Art as a Hidden Message, Swami Kriyananda shows the importance of seeing oneself and all things as aspects of a greater reality, of seeking to enter into conscious attunement with that reality, and of seeing all things as channels for the expression of that reality. We may or may not become creative artists, but we all must master the art of living creatively to flourish spiritually. We'll explore the importance of communication, clarity of mind, and how to establish the right consciousness for receiving creative inspiration in any endeavor, from the arts to cooking, from writing to arranging flowers.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, March 19, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Easter

EASTER WEEK EVENTS

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 20, Worship Service, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
Commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—the beginning also of his final days on earth. Music and readings help draw you into his spirit of courage and transcendence.

 

Good Friday
Friday, March 25
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm, free

We reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will—the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask ourselves how we may open ourselves to that most profound of spiritual acts: openness to God’s will for us. Asha leads this inward evening of storytelling and music, evoking the mystery and power of Christ’s last days on earth.


Touch me not

Easter Retreat & All-Sing
The Life of Christ

Saturday, March 26, 10 am–2 pm
Come join in singing the story of Jesus, from His birth to His resurrection. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training required! In a quiet retreat atmosphere, we’ll sing through Swami Kriyananda's Oratorio, Christ Lives and reflect on the meaning of Christ’s life. Asha introduces each section of the music, relating the events of Jesus’ life, their context, meaning and present-day relevance. The retreat is half music and half storytelling, with brief interludes of meditation. Ananda singers help lead the music and everyone joins in; words and music are provided. This is our favorite “performance,” since we are singing only for ourselves and for God. Many people say this retreat is one of the most inspiring events of their year.
Guided by Nayaswami Asha

 

lilies

Easter Sunday
Sunday Service, March 27, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am

One of the spiritual highlights of the year—join in a music-filled, joyful celebration of Christ’s triumph over all earthly limitations, and awaken within yourself the all-conquering power of Spirit.

Easter Brunch
Sunday, March 27
Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30 pm
Brunch, 1 pm
Adults/$15, $5 children (under 6 free)

We will be at Ananda Community in Mountain View, weather permitting, and otherwise in the Ananda Temple. Easter would not be complete without this lovely family brunch in a beautiful, relaxing, out-door setting. Reservations appreciated, but not required; all are welcome.

 

April

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, April 1 & 15, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Tandava & guitarsFamily Worship Service
Saturday, April 2 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

pathRoadmap to the Spiritual Journey
Saturday, April 2, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Countless years ago the Indian sage, Patanjali, created a roadmap describing the journey that every soul must follow. He distilled the journey to its essence so that we may understand where we are and where we are going—regardless of religious affiliation. By the end of class, we’ll have created a clear map of the spiritual quest and all of its components on a single page. The simplicity of the journey provides clarity and hope; that what we are trying to achieve is more attainable than we might have imagined. Topics include:
•The goal of all spiritual seeking
•The three paths of Yoga
•The “ten commandments” of Yoga
•The eight stages to Self-realization and enlightenment
Instructor: Biraj Palmer

 

katelyn harvestingSaturday Volunteer Days at the Farm
Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Come for the morning, afternoon, or any part of the day

9:30-12:30 Morning volunteers
12:30 Meditation
1-2 Lunch (bring a bag lunch)
2-5 Afternoon volunteers

There’s something for everyone to do: create new garden beds, add compost to enrich the soil, sow seeds for the new crops, join in clean-up projects, harvesting, packaging, caring for our chickens, and other fun opportunities to serve together in joy. Add your energy to the land in tending to the plants and fruit trees, landscape beautification, and giving Ananda Valley Farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.

Get away from the city for a few hours and bask in the revitalizing joys of nature in the beautiful valley. So many find it amazingly healing, giving an inspirational lift that last for days and weeks. Afterwards, you can enjoy the sunset on the beach or have dinner in Half Moon Bay.

 

Pranaba & Parvati

Visiting guest ministers
Pranaba and Parvati Hanson

Sunday, April 3, 10 am, Sunday Service
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati are two of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. They helped to create and direct Ananda centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Together they have been sharing Yogananda’s teachings for almost 60 years. Pranaba has been Director of the Yoga Teacher Training program and Manager of The Expanding Light as well as Ananda’s Retreat in Assisi, Italy. Pranaba has directed the membership training program at Ananda Village and has coordinated Ananda’s Meditation Centers and Groups. He now manages Ananda Sangha Worldwide, Ananda’s outreach ministry. An excellent teacher, he is known for his unfailing kindness and gentle manner. Parvati currently administers the Janaka Foundation at Ananda. She is a beautiful expression of wisdom and deep calmness, along with a keen sense of humor.

 

Annual Appeal Satsang
Sunday, April 3, 12:15-1 pm
Once a year, we hear tales from Ananda’s service projects around the world, and have a chance to donate to the annual appeal. It’s amazing how much happens with a pretty tiny annual budget, from Kriya initiations in every corner of the globe to a huge number of teachers traveling hither and yon to share Yogananda’s teachings.
Shared by Pranaba and Parvati Hanson, Gita McGilloway

 

chakrasFreeing the Power of Your Chakras
For Use in Everyday Life

Wednesdays, April 6-27, 6-9 pm
$60 (drop-ins welcome)  Register

Bring something to share for a vegetarian potluck dinner 
   6-7 pm     Class and practice
   7-7:45      Potluck: bring a vegetarian dish to share
   7:45-9      Class and discussion
Spend 4 weeks exploring the inner universe of the chakras with Bhajana MacDow, longtime and worldwide teacher of yoga, and Shanti Rubenstone, medical doctor, minister, and teacher. The chakras contain the energy patterns of our past lives and the karmic tendencies we carry into this life. Understanding them gives us the power to change our thoughts and attitudes, and to change our lives. Bhajana has taught for years at Ananda Assisi's retreat, a major spiritual center for visitors from throughout Europe. 
Instructors: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD & Nayaswami Bhajana

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, April 7-28 (no class 4/21), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Steven Manus

 

magnetismMagnetism: How to Acquire
& Strengthen It

Saturday, April 9, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
It’s a scientific fact that a strong flow of energy generates a strong magnetic field. It is also common knowledge that certain people emit powerful magnetism—some of them in an uplifting way; others because their negative energy can pull us down.The right kind of magnetic power has expanding, uplifting and spiritual influences. Just being in the presence of a positively magnetic person can inspire us and expand our consciousness. Learn techniques to strengthen this positive magnetic energy in yourself and how to project it outward into the world, to attract to yourself whatever good you seek in life.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita Reed

 

Conversations with Yogananda bookConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, April 12 (and ongoing; except April 5)
7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
drop-ins welcome

What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

welcomeWelcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, April 13 & 27, 7:30 pm, free
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Most evening are 45-60 minutes in length. We look forward to meeting you.

“Your explanations were so clear, I understand things that I've simply never understood before, even though I've been a serious spiritual seeker for many years. But what really touches me is how welcome I feel.” —Deborah

 

Carianne artOpen Heart Art: Painting Magic into Your Life
Saturday, April 16, 10 am-5 pm
$45* including art supplies  Register

Ignite your creativity as you play with paint, pastels, collage and more. Carianne will guide you through a layering technique using paper, writing, stamps, and paint that is both a fun, joy-filled experience and a process producing beautiful, often whimsical art. Come, create, play! Awaken your joyful self!

Carianne writes, “Creativity is so much more than painting. It is how we think, how we approach a challenge, how we allow spontaneity into our busy lives. The creative process isn’t about technique, it’s about learning to think outside of the box, to express yourself and bring to life something that has never before existed. It’s about allowing the energy to flow through you.” Carianne is the Visual Arts Director for Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village, Nevada City, California.
Instructor: Carianne James
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

“Carianne is an inspired, nurturing, intuitive art teacher. She is guaranteed to boost your confidence and help you expand!”
—E.F., Nevada City, CA

 

Swami praying

Swami Kriyananda’s Anniversary of Passing
Thursday, April 21
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Evening program, 7:30 pm, free

Join us for a two hour meditation followed by a celebration the life of this great teacher who guided so many of us on our spiritual paths. The evening program will include a brief meditation, and a talk by Asha. It will end with an opportunity to make a personal spiritual offering to Swami.
Guided by Asha

 

kriya beadsKriya Initiation and Renewal
Saturday, April 23 (invitational)
This sacred evening is invitational: for those who have received Kriya through Ananda, or have completed initiation preparation and have permission from someone here. Please speak with one of the staff or call (650) 323-3363 if you are interested in participating this year, or in the future.

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Santosh LaMarche

 

farm chickensAnanda Valley Farm Open House
Saturday, April 30, 10 am-3 pm, free
Come to the farm for a wonderful day outdoors in a lush, nature-filled environment. It’s an opportunity to see how our farm is progressing as we enter our third organic growing season: the new, sustainably cultivated fields, beautiful orchard, happy chickens and the lovely temple. Drop in or come for the whole day. Many local people will be coming to the Farm for the first time for this event. Would you like to help? We have opportunities for greeters, cooks, food servers, tour guides and children’s activities leaders. Contact Trisha.

 

May

Asha

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, May 3 (and ongoing), 7:30 pm, $15/class  Register
drop-ins welcome

What does a great master talk about when he is with his close disciples? Asha shares insights and spiritual gems to help guide our lives as we slowly read through Conversations with Yogananda. These words were lovingly captured by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, in this 466 page treasure. Each class stands alone, so you may drop in at any time.

People from around the world are watching Asha's book study classes, which take us deeply into Swami's writings about the spiritual life (Patanjali, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Revelations of Christ, and many more can be found online at Nayaswami Asha’s YouTube Channel. What others are treasuring in cyberspace, you can enjoy here in person.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha


Joy of singing

The Joy of Singing:
Singing as a Spiritual Practice

open to everyone (don't be shy)
Wednesdays, May 4-25, 7:30 pm, $60  Register

“Music consists essentially of sound vibrations condensed from the music of Creation. Without music, life itself would cease to be...Of all the musical instruments, the voice is the most perfect because it most instantly and clearly expresses the feelings and consciousness behind it.”
—Swami Kriyananda

Have you been moved by the music at Ananda, and wanted to experience it more deeply for yourself? Perhaps you haven't had time or skills to join the choir? This class is open to all regardless of musical background. Let's sing, sing, sing!

We'll explore together:
• singing Swami's songs (classes will be mostly experiential and singing)
• the story behind the music
• how music influences consciousness
• songs as "remedies" for emotional and spiritual healing

Singing Swamiji’s music and experiencing what happens to us as we do forms the heart of the class. Enjoy the science experiment, and see what you discover. "If you want to know me, listen to my music," said Swami once, in an interview with a journalist. The more we have explored this idea, the more we find singing a window to expanded awareness and understanding far beyond what most of us could imagine.
Guided by Karen G, Tandava, and Saiganesh

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, May 5-26 (no class 5/19), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructors: Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, May 5-26 (no class 5/19), 7:30 pm, $45  Register
Pre-requisite: Meditation 1 (Learn to Meditate)
The secret of success in life, and in meditation practice, is to be able to generate energy at will and direct it where you wish. Yogananda developed the Energization Exercises, which you will learn as an integral part of this 4-week series, as well as deepening your practice of the techniques learned in "Learn to Meditate".

Instructor: David Praver

 

chanting

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, May 6 & 20, 7:30 pm, free
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

Tandava & guitarsFamily Worship Service
Saturday, May 7 (1st Saturday each month), 10 am
Come together in worship and joy with the whole family. Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Children, parents, and extended family are all invited to this child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Family Worship Service offers spiritual wisdom for families in a joyful atmosphere of music, storytelling, and love.

 

 

katelyn harvestingSaturday Volunteer Days at the Farm
Every Saturday until Thanksgiving
Two sessions to choose from:
9:30 am-12:30 pm and 2-5 pm


Also every Saturday: 12:30 pm meditation
1-2 pm lunch (bring a bag lunch and enjoy some great company)

There’s something for everyone to do: create new garden beds, add compost to enrich the soil, sow seeds for the new crops, join in clean-up projects, harvesting, packaging, caring for our chickens, and other fun opportunities to serve together in joy.

Add your energy to the land in tending to the plants and fruit trees, landscape beautification, and giving Ananda Valley Farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving. Get away from the city for a few hours, and bask in the revitalizing joys of nature in the beautiful valley. So many find it amazingly healing, giving them an inspirational lift that last for days and weeks after.

 

yugasThe Yugas : Ancient History and Future Consciousness
Saturday, May 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
What is the future for mankind? For this planet? Is there a larger pattern to human history? Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, presented a fascinating description of distinct ages (yugas) that our planet cycles through every 24,000 years. Each of the four yugas profoundly affects man’s consciousness, from the highest spiritual age to the lowest material age. The matter-bound civilizations of recent history were preceded by higher ages of the ancient past, that left behind such anomalies as the Great Pyramid. Studying the yugas helps explain our current age of energy awareness and rapid change. We get a glimpse of a profoundly hopeful future, in which greater spirituality and intuition will be gifts not only of a few, but many more people around the earth.
Instructor: Rammurti Reed

 

welcomeWelcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, May 11 & 25, 7:30 pm, free
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple

Many people understand the need for a stronger inner life. But it is often hard to know what to do, where to go, or how to find a path that will work for you personally. This evening is designed to answer those questions in an informal and engaging way.

Most evening are 45-60 minutes in length. We look forward to meeting you.

“Your explanations were so clear, I understand things that I've simply never understood before, even though I've been a serious spiritual seeker for many years. But what really touches me is how welcome I feel.” —Deborah

 

writingWriting from Nature
Staying Connected
to the Heart of Life

Saturday, May 14, 9:30 am-1 pm, $45*  Register
Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community in Mountain View

Explore writing as a tool to deeply experience Spirit in nature. The act of nature-aware writing can help you connect consciously, in the course of your everyday world, with wildness close by in neighborhoods, along commutes, morning walks or in backyards, as well as on more serious forays among rivers, hills and woods. Through conscious expression we can nurture our wonder and curiosity, and breathe into wildness more deeply — furthering awakening to ourselves as an integral part of The Great Life. Nature offers countless, frequent openings through which we can look with awe into the heart of life, and into our own essential nature.
Instructor: Garth Gilchrist
*Guest presenter program costs apply to everyone, including tithing members

 

John MuirJohn Muir, Hitched to the Heart of the World (A One-Man Show)
Saturday, May 14, 7 pm, suggested donation $15
outdoors at the Ananda Community in Mountain View

One hundred years after John Muir went camping in the Sierras with President Theodore Roosevelt, Muir has become an environmental icon. Spend an evening with Storyteller Garth Gilchrist as he recreates John Muir, recounting childhood escapades through Scottish castle ruins and the forests of the Wisconsin wilderness. You will follow the young genius as he invents remarkable machines, walks 1,000 miles, and lives through the thrills and lessons of hair-raising mountain adventures. Accompany Muir the man, the inspired writer and orator, as he guides presidents and the entire nation to found the National Parks and to care for America's wild land. An amazing journey of laughter, learning and inspiration.
Garth Gilchrist

 

Swami KriyanandaSwami Kriyananda’s Birthday Celebration
Thursday, May 19
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Celebration, 7:30 pm, free

Everything you see at Ananda is the result of one disciple’s deep receptivity to his guru, and his unceasing willingness to help others. Whether a disciple or a seeker, one can appreciate the openness and generosity that is expressed in Swami’s life, and which can serve as a model for our own. We’ll honor Kriyananda with music, chanting, and a talk by Asha about his life and teachings. Everyone is invited to participate in this devotional evening. Celebrates the birthday of a great disciple and a tireless teacher who has guided so many in their spiritual lives, whatever path they may walk.

 

goldenLand of Golden Sunshine
An Allegory of Soul-Yearning by Swami Kriyananda
Friday & Saturday, May 27 & 28, 7 pm, $10

“…all people who sincerely seek truth must sooner or later hear in their souls the call to a higher life. How, if you hear the call, will you respond?”

Swami Kriyananda’s book, The Land of Golden Sunshine, has been described as a poetic treasure cherished by thousands of readers over the years. Swami said, “This little story, more than anything else I’ve ever written in words—more deeply than even than my autobiography, is an expression of who I am inside.”

A brief synopsis: A young factory worker in a grim city begins to open her heart to the possibility of something transcendent. Her gradual awakening is deeply affecting.

The Ananda Palo Alto Players share an original adaptation of this story by Swami Kriyananda with live music, dance, pageantry, interpretive costuming and set-design, acting, and narration.
The Ananda Palo Alto Players

 

prayingPray with Power,
Belief, & Certainty

Saturday, May 28
10 am-1 pm, $30  Register

Prayer works because everything in the universe is interconnected. Energy can be transferred instantaneously without limitation of time or space. The key is attuning yourself to the vibration you wish to transfer, then harmonizing your will with Divine will to direct that energy with power, intuition, and concentration wherever it’s needed.

Instructor: Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, May 28, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. Ananda is one of the oldest and largest centers for meditation training in the Bay Area. Thousands of people from every walk of life have learned to meditate in Ananda classes over the past fifty years.
Instructor: Vinny Jones

 

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.

Occasionally, a class or event takes place at Ananda Community, just a few miles south of the Temple and Teaching Center. You'll see a special mention of it in the description, along with directions.