Holidays, celebrations & special events
through September, 2016


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



Celebrate Ananda
Saturday, September 10, 5-9 pm, free    Directions
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. Tonight, 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 watch livespiritual development. All are welcome.


How to find us:

Directions to our main Temple and classrooms in Palo Alto

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.

Nearly all our classes and events take place at our main Temple and classrooms in Palo Alto. But occasionally, programs are at Ananda Community in Mountain View. If so, the class description will mention it and provide directions.