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Ananda’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: 50 Years of Sharing the Light

  • Ananda Village 14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA, 95959 United States (map)

Monday July 1-Sunday July 7

Hundreds of friends from around the world will gather in the birthplace of Ananda, Ananda Village in Nevada City. This week-long program will weave together all aspects of Ananda’s worldwide mission—fulfilling the will of the Masters, spiritual community, yoga in daily life, the path of Self-realization—into an experience of divine friendship for all. Culminating in the Temple of Light dedication of Saturday July 6th, this week celebrates the joy shared through our worldwide Ananda family, honoring the work inspired by Yogananda, through his disciple Swami Kriyananda.

For information on how to sign up, visit

Note: Sangha is closed July 1-7, with NO Sunday service on July 7.


Q: I want to come! How do I get started?

A: Please join us for Ananda’s 50th Anniversary celebration and register for the event by purchasing an Event Pass or an All-Inclusive Pass. Please pay 50% of the total price to confirm your reservation. You may arrange your own accommodations and purchase an Event Pass or stay in our event accommodations and register for an All-Inclusive Pass.

Q: When does the event take place?

A: The event takes place June 30-July 7, 2019.

Q: I have a place to stay and I do not want to purchase meals. Do I need to register?

A: If you have accommodations and meals covered, please purchase an Event Pass Only. There are two Event Pass Only options, a 7-day pass and a 4-day pass. The 7-day pass provides access to the event from June 30-July 7, 2019. The four day pass provides access to the event from July 3-July 7, 2019.

Q: Why do I need to purchase an event pass?

A: We ask that everyone who plans to attend this event purchase an Event Pass prior to June 1, 2019. We intend to do our best to accommodate all of our guests. Timely registration provides a way to coordinate an event program in which all guests are blessed with an inspiring and memorable 50th Anniversary experience.

Q: Can I purchase a one-day pass?

A: No, we are not offering the option to purchase individual day passes. Further inquiry can be made at

Q: Where is Shady Creek?

A: Shady Creek is about a 5 minute ride away from Ananda Village, off of Tyler Foote Road. You pass it on the way to the Village from the 49N. Ananda will run scheduled daily event shuttles back-and-forth between Shady Creek and Ananda Village.

Q: What can I expect at Shady Creek?

A: From their website: Shady Creek Outdoor School is a residential environmental science camp. Our goal is to teach to the whole child including:
developing a feeling of personal responsibility to help preserve, conserve, and enhance our environment; developing heightened observation skills to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural world; and developing a feeling of self-confidence and self-acceptance while also instilling the ability to cooperate with and appreciate the diversity of others.

This beautifully stewarded 130 acres of nature, rammed earth and eco-conscious facilities will offer a retreat of quiet comfort with the simple essentials for a blissful and celebratory pilgrimage. Shared rooms may accommodate up to 250 guests according to their requests and the logistics. Each room has the capacity to sleep 6-8 people, as needed. For example, a group of 8 traveling together could all share one room or they could share two rooms depending upon availability and assignments. A group of friends could request to share a room together. Please feel free to collaborate with your friends, center leaders... We are all gurubais coming together to celebrate 50 years of Ananda sharing the light! Make a note in your reservation about who you would like to share a room with and/or send an email to

Q: What do the rooms at Shady Creek include?

A: The rooms at Shady Creek include twin bunk beds and shared shower and bathroom facilities. Notable features include a swimming pool, cool rooms for sleeping, breakfast, meditation space, daily event shuttle service. With 250 beds, guest accommodations at Shady Creek will feel like an extension of Ananda Village. Bedding or towels are not provided.

Q: Can I rent bedding and towels for Shady Creek?

A: You may request to purchase bedding and towels from us. Make a comment in your reservation requesting to purchase bedding and/or send an email to As we get an idea of how many sets to purchase we will be able to give a more accurate quote.

Q: Can I have a private room at Shady Creek?

A: Sorry, private rooms are not available at Shady Creek.

Q: What does standard camping at Ananda Village include?

A: Standard camping provides a camp site location on Ananda Village property, in close proximity to shower houses and restrooms. Standard camping requires that guests provide their own tent and sleeping supplies.

Q: If I am camping, can I bring my own food to store

A: At this time, we do not have food storage options for guests.

Q: If I am camping, can I cook my own food?

A: Unfortunately, no! Due to high risk of fire in Northern California's dry season, we can't provide you with a place to cook outdoors or allow anyone to bring stoves or open-flame stoves.

Q: Can I purchase a meal pass only?  

A: Meals are available for purchase with an Event Pass reservation. Please purchase your Event Pass and include a comment in the reservation that you would like to purchase meals and/or send an email to Guests who have arranged accommodations on their own have the option to  purchase a 7-day or 4-day meal pass, opting to select lunches only, dinners only, or both.

Prices for meal passes:

  • 7-day, lunch and dinner: $168

  • 4-day, lunch and dinner: $96

  • 7-day, lunch OR dinner only: $ 84

  • 4-day, lunch OR dinner only: $ 48

  • Temple Dedication Dinner July 6: $15

Q: Can I purchase meals a-la-carte?

A: Meals may be purchased with an event reservation but are not available for purchase a-la-carte or after June 1, 2019. Lunches and dinners will be catered by Taste Your Roots and require payment prior to June 1, 2019. Food items will be available for purchase at Master's Market during the week.

Q: Can I purchase an individual meal pass for the Temple dedication dinner?

A: Yes! The only meal option we are offer individually for this event is the Temple dedication dinner on Saturday July 6, 2019. This meal will follow our day-long celebration of the Temple of Light. A single meal pass for the Temple of Light dedication dinner is $15. This meal pass is available for purchase with an Event Pass reservation. Please purchase your Event Pass and include a comment in the reservation that you would like to purchase meals and/or send an email to For guests who purchase a 7-day or 4-day meal pass or a 7-day or 4-day dinner meal pass, the Temple of Light dedication dinner is included in that purchase.  

Q: Can I bring my family to the event?

A: Yes, we welcome all to join us with their children. We will have childcare provided during special events and family-friendly activities throughout the day. For information regarding family registration and family accommodations, please contact Badri Matlock,

Q: I am bringing a group, can I register the group together?

A: Yes, group registrations are joyfully welcomed for this event. All inquiries regarding group registration can be directed to Jayeswari at

Q: Can I bring my RV?

A: Yes, there are limited RV parking spots available at Shady Creek. Hook ups are not available.

Q: Is airport pick-up and drop-off available?

A: Yes, we are happy to offer pick-ups from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) between 9am - 5pm on Sunday July 30 and Wednesday July 3, and drop offs on Sunday July 7, between 9 am-5 pm for $85 one way. Please include your flight information in your reservation when you select to add a scheduled ride and/or send an email to

Q: If I am staying with an Ananda Village Resident, do I need to register?

A: Yes, we hope to get a close to accurate count of guests for this event in order to accommodate every one.

Q: Does standard camping at Ananda Village include breakfast?

A: No, guests who are accommodated through a standard camping registration are welcome to purchase breakfast daily at Master’s Market.

Earlier Event: June 30
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Later Event: July 10
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