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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)

Holidays & special events   •   4-month calendar (PDF) (June-Sept '16)

 

JUNE

At the feet of a great teacher

Lessons from Life with Swami Kriyananda
At the Feet of a Great Teacher

Wednesdays, June 1-22 7:30 pm, $60 (drop-ins welcome)  Register 
None of us currently at Ananda spent time with Yogananda, as he passed away in 1952. Yet, through hearing Swami Kriyananda tell of his life with Master and lessons learned, we have come to feel close to our Guru. Swami Kriyananda said that every word and every glance of Yogananda's was filled with meaning, much of which he did not understand fully until years later.

So too with Swami Kriyananda. Come enjoy seldom-before-heard stories of Swami—each a tiny gift of understanding and inspiration. Most of the presenters knew and worked with Swami Kriyananda for more than 30 years, observing him guide Ananda's development, interacting closely with others, and especially, helping each individual to develop spiritually. This will be an informal, relaxed evening of personal storytelling and inspiration.
Hosted by Rammurti; stories from many who worked with Swami Kriyananda (Rambhakta, David P, Lahari, David G, Karen and more)

 

CSA Packing Party
at Ananda Valley Farm

Thursdays, June 2-30
& Tuesdays, June 7-28 (on-going weekly), 9 am-noon

Join with friends and make new ones as you harvest, clean and package fresh produce for Ananda’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. There’s something for everyone to do. These packing parties happen every week, but it’s worth checking the farm calendar to confirm before you come out. A lovely time of satsang and sharing, shoulder to shoulder, in the company of other yogi farmers.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, June 2-23, 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 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 3: Devotion
Thursdays, June 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60  Register  Learn more
Pre-requisite: Energy (Meditation 2)
Instructor: David Praver

 

Meditation 6: Chakras and Preparation for Kriya Initiation
Thursdays, June 2-23, 7:30 pm, $60  Register    Learn more
Instructor: Nayaswami Chidambar & Amara Fiesterman

 

Webinar with Asha
Act Enthusiastic and You'll Be Enthusiastic
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, June 3, 6-7 pm
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda

If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, June 3 & 17, 7:30 pm, free (1st & 3rd Fridays)
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, June 4 (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.

 

Spiritual Psychology

Spiritual Psychology
Saturday, June 4, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Human beings have three levels of consciousness: subconscious, conscious, and superconscious. Your subconscious mind is like a computer hard disk storing your every thought, emotion, action, tendency, and habit—even from past lives. The superconscious is your Higher Self that is creative and an inexhaustible resource for problem solving. The conscious is the field where these two meet and you work with them to determine your destiny. With awareness and effort you can learn to access your superconscious to retrain the subconscious to serve you wisely and well.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

katelyn harvestingEvery Saturday is Volunteer Day
at Ananda Valley Farm

Saturday, June 4-25 (and ongoing till Thanksgiving)
Everyone is welcome — all ages, all skills. Confirm on our online calendar before coming out. You can come for all or any part of the day. The schedule:

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

 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 the farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

Asha

Conversations with Yogananda
Every Tuesday, June 7-28 (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

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, June 8 & 22, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

meditation at farm

A Silent Retreat at the Farm
Saturday, June 11, 9 am-7 pm, $65  Register

“In the Temple of Silence, God comes. When your mental temple is silent, free from thoughts and restless energy and muscular motion, then God comes. Meditation is the real panacea by which you can permanently cure yourself of the day-dream of matter and all its evils and realize yourself as pure Spirit.”    
—Paramhansa Yogananda

While experiencing a whole day of silence in the serene beauty of the Ananda Valley Farm, we will deepen our understanding and practice of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. We will start the retreat with a sharing of Master’s teachings on the subject of silence, followed by exploring ways to deepen inner introspection and awareness. Before lunch, we will have a 3-hour meditation (with hourly possibilities to leave silently). After a light lunch, we will enjoy a gentle, walking meditation in nature. The afternoon will also offer further uplifting and deepening practices for an unforgettable experience of the joy and power of stillness. In this retreat, we will:

Instructor: Nayaswami Bhajana

"Bhajana’s understanding of the physical body and the breath is phenomenal and you could see how much experience she brings in leading such workshops. We did yoga, stretching and pranayam for about 3.5 hrs and meditation the rest of our retreat. It was unbelievable how the body and mind felt after the evening. I carpooled with a couple of others and we were discussing how (although slightly impractical) wonderful it would be to do this same workshop every Saturday!”
—Saiganesh Sairamen

 

Webinar with Asha
Don't Wait for Others to Love You. Love Them!
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, June 17, 6-7 pm

To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
One of the most difficult lessons in life to learn is how to accept things the way they really are. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

chakras

The Chakras:
Roadmap to Self-Realization

Sat, June 18, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
The chakras hold the key to who you are, how you think, feel, and react to the world around you. The chakras are storehouses of your karma—complex, fascinating, and helpful to understand for those interested in spiritual development. They have long been associated with the mystical side of religious practice. We’ll explore:

Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

summer solsticeSummer Solstice Kirtan with Raghu
An Evening of Devotional Chanting at the Farm
Saturday, June 18, 7 pm, free 

Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness that dwells within us all. The sun at the peak of its annual journey symbolizes the awakening of that consciousness into enlightenment. 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 even if it is your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants. We will meet at the uplifting and beautiful Ananda Valley Farm. All are welcome.
Guided by Raghu Clark and a host of fellow kirtan musicians

 

Resonate With Inspiration
Friday, June 24, 7:30 pm, Free, but call to reserve a seat   Information
Note: this event is at East West Bookshop in Mountain View

Enthusiasm fades, passion dissipates, but inspiration is an ever-flowing fountain that can sustain us through all life’s ups and downs. Are you ready to generate consistent inspired living? This class will teach you how to deepen your inspiration through a four-step process for singing, playing, speaking, or simply listening. This class serves as a free introduction and preparation for David’s Saturday workshop. (See Saturday, June 25 class at Ananda)
Presenter: David Eby

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, June 25, 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 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

 

DavidFrom Stage Fright
to Inspired Performance
Workshop for musicians, performers, speakers, and presenters

Saturday, June 25, 10 am-5 pm, $125  Register
& Sunday, 1-3 pm (presentation of
workshop performances & David Eby's ‘Concert for Meditation’ • free)

Tired of being anxious? Feeling burnt out? Ready to connect with your audience on a deeper level? This two-day workshop will integrate your spiritual life into the pressures of publicly speaking and performing in the material world. During this workshop you will:

Open to all who wish to attune more deeply to the transformative power of inspiration through speech or performance, regardless of ability.
Instructor: David Eby

Sorry, no 10% discount for tithing members for programs like these, by visiting guest presenters.

 

JULY

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Fridays, July 1 & 15, 7:30 pm, free (1st & 3rd Fridays)
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.

 

katelyn harvestingEvery Saturday is Volunteer Day at Ananda Valley Farm
Saturday, July 2-30 (and ongoing till Thanksgiving)
Everyone is welcome — all ages, all skills. Confirm on our online calendar before coming out. You can come for all or any part of the day. The schedule:

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

 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 the farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

Tandava & guitarsFamily Worship Service
Saturday, July 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.

 

“Throw the Dog a Bone”
Yogic Techniques for Vitalizing the Body

Saturday, July 2, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
To keep the body fine tuned for self-realization, the life force must be kept alive and alert. Learn yogic guidelines for appropriate eating, drinking and elimination. Learn how to vitalize the body with proper breathing, heliotropic exercises, sleep and deep relaxation techniques. This is an experiential class. Wear loose clothing and come prepared to have fun.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita Reed

 

July 4

July 4th Afternoon Picnic and Games
Monday, July 4, Ananda Community
240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View
Bring a potluck salad, munchie, or dessert

1 pm  Swimming and relaxing with friends
2 pm  Organized games
4:30 pm  Early dinner ($10) followed by dessert and entertainment
Feel free to bring a potluck salad, munchie, or dessert — we’ll bring the rest

There's nothing quite like the small-town feeling of an old-fashioned 4th of July. Enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon with great vegetarian food, laughter, loads of games for young and old, and a serious dose of silly fun. The community provides basics for veggie dogs and burgers from the grill. (Plenty of parking in unnumbered spots in the community, or anywhere on Monroe Drive)

 

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, July 5-26 (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

 

CSA Packing Party
at Ananda Valley Farm

Tuesdays, July 5-26
& Thursdays, July 7-28 (and on-going) 9 am-noon

Join with friends and make new ones as you harvest, clean and package fresh produce for Ananda’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. There’s something for everyone to do. These packing parties happen every week, but it’s worth checking the farm calendar to confirm before you come out. A lovely time of satsang and sharing, shoulder to shoulder, in the company of other yogi farmers.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

death & dying

Our Spiritual Journey
Death, Dying, Karma and Reincarnation

Wednesdays, July 6-27, 6 pm, $60  Register

6 pm Conversation, ceremony, celebration, release...
Share your story, and listen as others share theirs
7 pm Snack time: bring a vegetarian dish to share
7:30 pm Class and discussion

“He who made us must surely also love us. His reason for ordaining death as the final act of life must, therefore, be somehow connected with His love.”
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained by Swami Kriyananda

Birth, death, and reincarnation seem to us fragmented realities. We have little memory of what came before, and no knowledge of what is to come. In fact, these apparently separate experiences are one continuous flow of expanding consciousness. Reincarnation is the highway, karma is the roadmap, astral and physical birth and death are the vehicles in which we travel.
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, MD, Connie Hernandez, ND, & Nayaswami Lahiri

 

Jyotish & Devi

Special Weekend with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
Rare opportunity — their only visit here this year

Friday evening satsang
Paramhansa Yogananda:
Guide to Finding Your Own Inner Power

Friday, July 8, 7 pm, free

All-Day Meditation Retreat
Spirituality and Daily Life:
Achieving Outer Balance and Inner Depth

Saturday, July 9, 7 am-5 pm
(please bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided)
(come for all, or any part of the day)

watch live

Friday, 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am & 1:30 pm
Sunday, 10 am

7 am Meditation
10 am Class/Satsang: Hope for a Better World
noon Lunch (bring bag lunch, or eat nearby)
1:30 pm Yogananda’s Vision Alive Around the World
3 pm Meditation

Sunday Service
9 am Meditation and fire ceremony
10 am Sunday worship service (child care provided 10-11:30 am)

Before Swami passed away in 2013, he named Jyotish as his spiritual successor. serve as spiritual directors for Ananda worldwide. He and his wife, Devi, serve as spiritual directors for Ananda worldwide.

These two great souls keep up the pace that Swami set (no easy task!) sharing inspiration and support with devotees everywhere they go. Their time is divided, as Swami’s was, between India, Europe, and America.

They are among Ananda's founding members—warm, deep, remarkable disciples who have dedicated over 45 years to serving and teaching, and have helped to guide many of Ananda's departments and members. Perhaps indispensable on the path, they both have a delightful sense of humor.

We look forward to hosting them this rare weekend in the Bay Area, their only visit this year. They will address the changes occurring in the world today and what the future may hold for spirituality generally, and for Yogananda’s teachings. In this larger context, they explain Yogananda’s and Swami Kriyananda’s work bringing India’s timeless spiritual teachings of Yoga to millions in the west, the role of Kriya Yoga in global awakening, and what lies ahead in our service to others. There will be opportunities for questions and answers and informal connecting.



Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, July 13 & 27, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, July 14-28 (3-week series), 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 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: Shanti Rubenstone

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, July 14-28 (3-week series), 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 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, July 21-28 & Aug 4 (3-week series), 7:30 pm, $45  Register     
Learn more
Pre-requisite: Meditation 3 & 4
Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

Energy: The Missed Link
Saturday, July 16, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Yogananda was the prime messenger of energy as a fundamental force in the spiritual life. He came to this country riding the same wave as Einstein and the other greats who understood the underlying energetic principles guiding our material world. We'll go deep into the meaning of  "leading with your energy", exploring the simple practices developed by Yogananda and expanded upon by Swami Kriyananda. You'll come out of this class refreshed, restored, and knowing how, in any given moment, to tap into the flow of "Conscious Cosmic Energy" that surrounds us.
Instructor: Steven Manus

 

Webinar with Asha
View Life as a Unity
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, July 22, 6-7 pm (donations welcome to watch in person)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda

Being supportive of those with whom you work will alleviate irritation and discontent. Join Asha online or in person to learn more about practicing cooperation and building harmonious relationships. Asha teaches an interactive webinar throughout the year, usually two Fridays a month when she is in Palo Alto. Explore the range of topics here. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

guru retreatGuru Day

Guru Retreat
An Evening of Storytelling and Pilgrimage

Saturday, July 23, 6-10 pm, free
Outdoors at Ananda Community    Directions

This is one of the most sacred events of our year. Guru is Sanskrit, meaning “to lead out of darkness.” India has had a long tradition of passing spiritual truths from teacher to student, from guru to disciple. In tonight’s retreat Asha guides us in an evening of inspiring stories and music celebrating the life and teachings of the gurus particular to Ananda. Learn about Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the past century, as well as his own lineage of teachers: Swami Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji, and Jesus Christ. If you have read Autobiography of a Yogi and thrilled to the stories of these saints’ lives, you will have the opportunity to feel their presence and spirit in this special evening of stories, chanting, and meditating outdoors in the community courtyard, visiting shrines dedicated to each of the gurus. It’s like being on a mini-pilgrimage without the long flight to India. Learn more about these saints

Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own meditation seating. Bring a blanket and dress in layers, as the evening often becomes cool.
*Park in any uncovered spot in the community or on Monroe Drive
Guided by Nayaswami Asha

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, July 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 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: Nayaswami Biraj

 

Taming the Monkey Mind
Saturday, July 30, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
You, the real YOU, is not your body, your thoughts, the voices in your head, or the roles you play. The real YOU is your higher consciousness, the silent witness, which is wise, peaceful and loving at all times. And, you can learn to relate to the world from this higher perspective silencing the chatter in your mind. This workshop will help you differentiate between your higher consciousness and your ego: the monkey mind. It will help you understand how the ego works, why it creates those thoughts—often conflicting, circular and neurotic. Learn how it relates to your emotions and inner energy. Armed with this knowledge, you can begin to tame the ego and operate from your higher self, connecting to the right solution for every challenge and opportunity in every moment.
Presenter: Raghu Clark


AUGUST

Asha

Conversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, August 2-23 (and ongoing) (no class Aug 9)
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

 

CSA Packing Party
at Ananda Valley Farm

Tuesdays, August 2-23
& Thursdays, August 4-25 (and on-going) 9 am-noon

Join with friends and make new ones as you harvest, clean and package fresh produce for Ananda’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. There’s something for everyone to do. These packing parties happen every week, but it’s worth checking the farm calendar to confirm before you come out. A lovely time of satsang and sharing, shoulder to shoulder, in the company of other yogi farmers.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, August 4, 18, 25 (3-week series) 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 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

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, August 5, 7:30 pm (no kirtan on 8/19), free
Friday, August 26: a special kirtan celebrating Krishna, 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.

 

Webinar with Asha
Avoid Wishful Thinking
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, August 5, 6-7 pm (donations welcome to watch in person)
To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda

Being supportive of those with whom you work will alleviate irritation and discontent. If you wish, you can watch the webinar where it is being filmed in Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, August 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.

 

peace

Finding Peace
Saturday, August 6, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
It is easy to be anxious in these challenging times. What is true peace and how do you find it? Is it all about better organizing our lives on the outside, deepening our spiritual practice, or both? What would you be willing to change if you knew it would give you more peace? These topics will be explored and practical approaches offered to open your experience to the benefits of true peace.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

katelyn harvestingEvery Saturday is Volunteer Day
at Ananda Valley Farm

Saturday, August 6-27 (and ongoing till Thanksgiving)
Everyone is welcome — all ages, all skills. Confirm on our online calendar before coming out. You can come for all or any part of the day. The schedule:

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

 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 the farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

SRWSpiritual Renewal Week
Sunday, August 7–Sunday, August 14       Learn more or Register
Ananda Village Nevada City, CA

This is the spiritual highlight of the year at Ananda Village. It’s also a wonderful time of renewal in the peaceful, rural surroundings of one of the largest intentional communities in the country. Enjoy seven days of inspiration and spiritual transformation (or as many days as you can come), through daily yoga and meditation, devotional chanting, music and theater, fellowship with like-minded seekers, and daily morning classes outdoors overlooking Lotus Lake, with remarkable speakers who have been living these teachings, many of them for more than 30 years. Ananda Village is where Ananda began more than 40 years ago, and is located just outside of Nevada City, CA, about 4 hours northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area. Call soon for housing as accommodations are likely to fill quickly: The Expanding Light Retreat, (800) 346-5350. Schedule:

Monday: Paramhansa Yogananda: India's Messenger of Joy
with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Tuesday: The Science of Religion

Wednesday: Spirituality in Daily Life

Thursday: World Peace and Harmony

Friday: The Practice of Kriya Yoga

Saturday: The Path of Devotion: The Guru-Disciple Relationship

Saturday: The Pilgrim's Vow of Intention

Sunday Service with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

 

bliss

Reprogramming Yourself for Bliss
Wednesdays, August 17-31 (three-week series), $45  Register
Class: 6-7 pm
Vegetarian pot-luck: 7 pm
Class and discussion: 7:30 pm

“Each of your habits creates a specific ‘groove,’ or pathway, in the brain. These patterns make you behave in a certain way, often against your wish. Your life follows those grooves that you yourself have created in the brain. Your thoughts will inevitably bring you either to failure or to success—according to which thought is the strongest.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Redirect and control your thoughts and habits by reprograming your brain to work towards your own wishes and goals. Learn specific techniques to undo, even in a few minutes, the negative effects of a lifetime. Together we will practice these powerful techniques that you can take into your daily life. This is an experiential class. Wear loose clothing and come prepared to have fun.
Instructors: Rammurti & Sita Reed, & Saranya LaCosse

 

KundaliniPreparing for Kundalini
Saturday, August 20, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
“Into our hands have been delivered the sacred keys of awakening.” We hear that phrase in our Ananda temple every Sunday morning. But is it anything more than an empty platitude—a religious placebo? Demonstrable fact: spiritual awakening takes place when kundalini energy rises up through the body to the third eye. That brings us to the goal of all spiritual practice. But it doesn’t matter so much whether we believe in kundalini or not. Either way, it won’t do us much good unless we can experience it for ourselves. This class starts from the premise that the raising of kundalini is not just for emaciated sages off in remote Himalayan caves. We assert that kundalini awakening could become a reproducible experience in your sadhana, too. This class can rebuild your confidence in using the spiritual technologies that “have been delivered” to increase that likelihood.
Instructor: Nayaswami Biraj

 

Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, Aug 24, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(usually offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, except this month)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

KrishnaKrishna Kirtan (Janmashtami)
with Raghu

Friday, August 26, 7:30 pm, free
Honor Krishna by coming to this special kirtan. Join in singing or meditating to many chants devoted to one of the most beloved saints of India. King, warrior, peacemaker, great lover of God — Krishna is worshipped and understood to be an incarnation of the Divine, much like Jesus is in the West. His remarkable life and teachings are captured in the epic Mahabharata, of which a small part is the Bhagavad Gita—a sacred scripture of the East.
Guided by Raghu Clark and a host of fellow kirtan musicians

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, August 27, 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 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

 

life balanceHow to Bring Your Life into Balance
Saturday, August 27, 10 am-1 pm, $30
Everyone feels out of balance at times. Your best choice in these circumstances is to change the way you experience the world. Even a small change can have profound effects. It doesn’t take a lot of time, if you know where to start. We’ll explore ways to consciously bring happiness and a sense of peace into our lives. Learn how, by looking at the vital interplay of attitude, energy, attunement, and devotion, you can conquer feeling overwhelmed by life and, instead, feel a sense of mastery and calm.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone


SEPTEMBER

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Thursdays, September 1-22, 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 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

 

Meditation 2: Energy
Thursdays, September 1-15 (3-week series), 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 generate energy at will and direct it where you wish.We will learn the complete set of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, as well as how to:

Instructor: David Praver

 

Kirtan: An Evening of Devotional Chanting
Friday, September 2 & 16, 7:30 pm, free (1st & 3rd Fridays)
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.

 

Family Worship Service
Saturday, September 3 (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.

 

inner guidance

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Saturday, September 3, 10 am-1 pm, $30  Register
Beyond wishful thinking, imagination, or channeling, true inner guidance is calm, centered knowing. But sometimes fears and conflicting desires obscure the truth. Learn to still your mind and open your heart to the whispers of guidance that are freely available to you. Learn specific, proven techniques for drawing inner guidance, and testing its validity in your life. Discover who you really are, and all you are meant to become. Topics include:

Instructor: David G

 

katelyn harvestingEvery Saturday is Volunteer Day
at Ananda Valley Farm

Saturday, September 3-24 (and ongoing till Thanksgiving)
Everyone is welcome — all ages, all skills. Confirm on our online calendar before coming out. You can come for all or any part of the day. The schedule:

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

 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 the farm the loving care it needs to continue thriving.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

Conversations with YoganandaConversations with Yogananda
Tuesdays, September 6-27 (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

 

CSA Packing Party
at Ananda Valley Farm

Tuesdays, September 6-27
& Thursdays, September 1-29 (and on-going) 9 am-noon

Join with friends and make new ones as you harvest, clean and package fresh produce for Ananda’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. There’s something for everyone to do. These packing parties happen every week, but it’s worth checking the farm calendar to confirm before you come out. A lovely time of satsang and sharing, shoulder to shoulder, in the company of other yogi farmers.
More about Ananda Valley FarmDirections

 

harmonium class

Chanting with the Harmonium
Wednesdays, September 7-28, 7:30, $60  Register

“Chanting is half the battle.”
—Yogananda

This hands-on class will help beginners and others learn or improve their playing of the harmonium, chanting on their own or leading others. (No previous singing or musical experience is necessary.) It doesn't take long to get familiar and comfortable with a harmonium keyboard and reading simple music. Many people find they can play by ear surprisingly quickly. You'll experience everything you need to make chanting a life-long pleasure and a powerful tool for developing devotion and depth in your spiritual life. Tandava, one of our longtime chant leaders and a lifelong musician, will help you explore this joyful practice.

Note: Loaner harmoniums are available to borrow during class for those who don't own one. And if you have one, bring it along.
Instructor: Tandava Waldon

 

Webinar with Asha
Work With Others, Not Against Them
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, September 9, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)

To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
If you wish, you can watch the webinar as it is being broadcast from Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

Celebrate

Celebrate Ananda
Saturday, September 10, 5-9 pm, free
Dinner included; Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community

Come to a birthday and anniversary party in which everyone is the guest of honor. It’s a time to look back in gratitude for achievements of the past year, challenges met, and blessings received. Ananda friends will share their experiences on the path, hear beautiful music, and share a lovely evening program of inspiration. Children are welcome. Wear layers as a warm September afternoon may give way to a cooler evening.

 

Swami DiscipleshipSwami Kriyananda’s
Discipleship Anniversary

Monday, September 12, free
5-7 pm, meditation
7:30 pm, service

Sixty-eight years ago, J. Donald Walters met Yogananda for the first time. In that first meeting, he offered himself utterly to the search for God. “I want to be your disciple.” he told the Master. His consciousness and life were transformed in that moment, and in the many years since then, countless others have been touched in turn. watch liveTonight, we’ll honor Swami’s life-long example of discipleship in story and song, looking for gems that will help us, individually, deepen our commitment to the spiritual life—wherever we may be in our spiritual development. All are welcome.

 


Welcome/Orientation for Newcomers
Wednesdays, September 14 & 28, 7:30 pm, free
Meets in the Teaching Center, the building just behind the Temple
(offered 2nd and 4th Wednesdays)

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. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Webinar with Asha
Be True to Your Word
based on 26 Keys to Greater Awareness, by Swami Kriyananda
Friday, September 9, 6-7 pm (donations welcome)

To watch remotely, register at OnlineWithAnanda
If you wish, you can watch the webinar as it is being broadcast from Chela Bhavan at Ananda Community in Mountain View. Come 10 minutes early and remain quiet during filming.

 

subconscious mindThe Amazing Subconscious Mind:
Friend or Foe?

Saturday, September 17
10 am-1 pm, $30
 Register
Nothing escapes your subconscious mind. It records and retains everything about you… forever! Even your past-life tendencies and traits are stored in its deep recesses, ready to re-deploy as habit allows. Your subconscious mind can lead you to repeat the same wearisome mistakes. Or, with awareness and effort, you can re-train it to serve you wisely and well. You made it what it is, and you can change it, not by force, but with loving care. Join Asha for insightful, inspiring ways to turn this frequent foe into a friend for life.
Instructor: Nayaswami Asha

 

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ToddConcert: Piano Interpretations
of Swami Kriyananda

Saturday, September 17, 3 pm, free
donations gladly accepted

Join us for a first-time event. This concert will be both a meditative and playful journey through the music of Swami Kriyananda, including a few compositions by his incarnation, Alfonso X, who lived in the 13th century.

Todd studied jazz and classical performance at Ithaca College School of Music. He performed with percussionist Atilla Engin and his New World Orchestra in New York City. A longtime member of Ananda, Todd is a concert pianist, church organist, and resident accompanist with Palo Alto High School’s choral and musical theater departments.
Performer: Todd Billingsley

 

Meditation 1: Learn to Meditate
Saturday, September 24, 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 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

 

patanjaliThe Yoga Sutras:
Backbone of Your Spiritual Life

Saturday, September 24
10 am-1 pm, $30
 Register

“The journey to God was defined by the ancient sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. Yogananda made it clear, that what Patanjali described was the path everyone must follow to God; it is essential for every seeker. “
—Swami Kriyananda

Writing over 2000 years ago, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras explained yoga so succinctly, yet comprehensively, that they are unquestionably accepted as the scripture of yoga. These 196 aphorisms inform not only the path of yoga, but the nature of the mind and the entire human condition. They are the foundation of understanding and attaining higher states of consciousness, primarily through meditation, but also through right attitude and action. The Sutras come from revealed knowledge and serve as the fundamental road map for those who would explore the realm of Self-realization.
Instructor: Shanti Rubenstone

 

Autumnal Equinox Kirtan with Raghu
An Evening of Devotional Chanting at the Farm
Saturday, September 24, 7 pm, free
Join us in an evening of sacred chanting at this auspicious time of year. The autumnal equinox symbolizes the inner preparation for spiritual enlightenment. Retreat, introspection, seclusion characterize this precious time of year. 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 even if it is your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants. We will meet at the uplifting and beautiful Ananda Valley Farm. All are welcome.
Guided by Raghu Clark and a host of fellow kirtan musicians


 

 

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.