There are so many ways to explore Ananda around the world. There are communities, retreat centers, online resources, books, pilgrimages, and more.
Great places to start
Weekly Blog: A Touch of Light
Touch of Light is a weekly email letter/blog from Jyotish or Devi. These letters are delightful, deep, sometimes humorous, and always a bright reminder for living with greater awareness and joy. Swamiji named Jyotish his spiritual successor. He and Devi serve as spiritual directors for Ananda worldwide.
The Expanding Light Retreat
The Expanding Light Retreat is located at Ananda Village, Nevada City. It’s a peaceful, rural retreat that lets you dive deeply into Yogananda’s teachings, or take a personal retreat on your own. Explore their full calendar of classes and training programs. They also host pilgrimages to sacred places around the world.
Both of these retreats (above) are in or near Ananda Village—where it all began in the late 1960s. Take a video tour of Ananda, and visit as part of your retreat stay. Ananda Village is a community of a few hundred people—the fulfillment of Yogananda’s dream of “world brotherhood colonies” devoted to “simple living and high thinking.” Every aspect of life is expressed here—families, work, service, play—with spirituality as the pulsing heart that animates everything you see.
The peace and power of St Francis permeate the Umbrian hills of Italy near his birthplace. The Ananda community and retreat are unusually integrated here, with guests and community alike gathering daily for shared meals and meditation. Classes are offered with translation into many languages. If you are planning a trip to Italy, don’t miss this sacred place.
Visit Ananda communities and centers around the world: