The 50th anniversary of Ananda will be a week-long gala affair filled with deep inspiration, divine joy, and celebration.

Hundreds of friends from around the world will gather in the birthplace of this movement, Ananda Village, to honor the life of Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder and direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and look to the future together. 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 who come.

The culminating event of the week will be the dedication of the Temple of Light at Ananda Village, a symbol of the uniting spirit that Ananda represents. Dedicated to truth-seekers everywhere, the Temple of Light is a physical manifestation of Ananda’s mission in every way. We hope you can come and celebrate this joyful occasion with your worldwide Ananda family.


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What's Happening?

Event Schedule and Overview

Daily Flow

  • Morning sadhana in the Temple of Light
  • Breakfast (details depend upon reservation)
  • Morning keynote speaker(s) in the Temple of Light
  • Catered lunch served at The Expanding Light Retreat by reservation only
  • Afternoon sadhana options
  • Many choices throughout Ananda Village for afternoon sharing, experiential workshops, and activities
  • Catered dinner served at The Expanding Light Retreat by reservation only
  • Evening entertainment

Schedule for the Week

  • Sunday, June 30
    Welcome Day

    Guests arrive and settle into their accommodations. The evening program will be a welcome and orientation for all.

  • Monday, July 1
    50 Years of Manifesting the Vision of the Masters

    Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi will launch our week of inspiration. The evening will be a kirtan in the new Temple of Light.

  • Tuesday, July 2
    The History of Ananda Expressing in the World

    Learn how the divine consciousness and mission of the Masters descended to the physical and spiritual expression of our work in creating Ananda. The evening will feature a showing of The Answer, the award-winning film written by Swamiji to show his life with his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda.

  • Wednesday, July 3
    Expansion in America, Europe, India, and the World

    With ministers who helped spread this work around the world. The evening will celebrate three of Swamiji’s plays, with short excerpts from The Land of Golden Sunshine, The Peace Treaty, and Jewel in the Lotus.

  • Thursday, 4th of July
    How to Live the Masters’ Vision

    On this day we will share how Ananda has manifested to meet the basic needs of people: intellectual, emotional, material. The evening will be a concert of the music of Swami Kriyananda performed by Ananda’s worldwide choir.

  • Friday, July 5
    Swami Kriyananda and Ananda’s Place in the World Religions

    Including a talk by our beloved friend and “spiritual brother” of Swamiji, D.R. Kaarthikeyan, an ambassador for world peace, as well as Ananda ministers. The evening will include historical footage of Swamiji’s talks as well as some of his slide shows.

  • Saturday, July 6
    Dedication of the Temple of Light

    This day will be highlighted by special ceremonies to honor our line of Masters, as well as to dedicate the Temple to the Light of all religions, with guest spiritual leaders from the great world religions. The day will end with a special dinner and program in the Temple of Light.

  • Sunday, July 7
    Sunday Service Farewell

    Our first Sunday Service in the Temple of Light.

to Share In
Ananda friends from around the world
Special guests to honor this occasion
Ananda Village, transformed into a festival campus
The new Temple of Light
The most magnetic gathering in Ananda’s history

Celebration Through Food

Kayla Wexelberg, culinary anthropologist, educator and caterer is the chef and owner of Taste Your Roots and caterer of Ananda’s 50th Anniversary!

Lunch and dinners, served at The Expanding Light Retreat, are available for purchase by reservation before June 1, 2019.

About Taste Your Roots

Taste Your Roots catering is designed to help support and nurture community events such as weddings, birthdays, healing retreats, festivals and various conscious gatherings.

These lovingly prepared meals are specialized around meeting the dietary and health needs/desires of the participants as well as including and encouraging a connection to the local foods and cooking traditions in the area. Most of the meals are vegetarian with gluten free, raw and vegan options.

Taste Your Roots has catered for retreat centers and events all over the world such as America, Italy, France, Australia and Thailand.

Learn more about meal plans

How to Register

Everyone will need to register, which includes:

  1. Choosing when to visit
  2. Exploring accommodations options (or get only an Event Pass)
  3. Registering online through either The Expanding Light Retreat or Online with Ananda

(Purchasing meal tickets is coming soon.)

Step 1: Choose When to Visit

Come for either a full week or for 4 days:

  • Full week: Sunday, June 30 through Sunday, July 7
  • 4-day: Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7

Step 2: Explore Accommodation Choices


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Step 3: Register Online

Shady Creek

$693 / $396

Full Week / 4-Day

All-inclusive package including admission, lunch and dinner, and accommod­ations.



$443 / $256

Full Week / 4-Day

All-inclusive package including admission, lunch and dinner, and accommod­ations.




Full Week

Covers all master­classes, morning meditations, and evening enter­tainment including the Temple Dedication Ceremony.


Learn More About…


Airport shuttle transfers and rides are available for purchase prior to June 1, 2019 for $85 each way to/from the Sacramento Airport (SMF).

Shuttles will operate between 9 am–5 pm PST for arrival on June 30 and July 3 and for departure on July 7.

Event shuttles will operate on a daily schedule between various locations within Ananda Village. This is included in the Event Pass and the all-inclusive packages.

For guests staying at Shady Creek, daily shuttle service to and from Ananda Village is included.

Event Sponsorship

Own a small business? Want to put your marketing dollars to a great cause and reach Ananda’s members around the world? Sponsorship options are available starting as low as $1,000.

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