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. If you are unable to join us in person at Ananda Village, join us online for a live stream of events throughout the week.


Questions?

Contact Jayeswari at ananda50@ananda.org.


What's Happening?



Event Schedule and Overview

Daily Schedule, July 1 – 7

Morning Sadhana Options

6:30 – 8:30 am — At The Expanding Light Retreat Temple (energization, yoga postures, and meditation)
6:30 – 8:15 am — In Temple of Light (chanting and meditation only)

Sadhanas are also offered at Shady Creek and the Meditation Retreat.

Breakfast

8:30 am — Breakfast; information is given when you make your room reservation.

Morning Class

10:30 – 12:00 pm — In Temple of Light every day except Sunday:

  • Monday — 50 Years of Manifesting the Vision of the Masters
  • Tuesday — The History of Ananda Expressing in the World
  • Wednesday — Expansion in America, Europe, India and the World
  • Thursday — How to Live the Masters’ Vision
  • Friday — Swami Kriyananda and Ananda’s Place in the World Religions
  • Saturday — Dedication of the Temple of Light, with representatives from other great world religions
  • Sunday — Sunday Service with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Lunch and Afternoon Activities

12:00 – 3:00 pm — Lunch (advanced reservation required), followed by free time or “meet and greet” activities such as:

  • Teas in Village homes
  • Tours of community
  • Trip to Crystal Hermitage
  • Coffee and dessert with friends
  • World Market, featuring products from Ananda members and businesses and open all afternoon

3:15 – 4:30 pm — A variety of experiential class choices daily. Ananda expressing its teachings creatively.

Evening Sadhana Options

4:45 pm – Energization Exercises led outside the Temple of Light
5:00 – 6:15 pm — Sadhana in Temple of Light (chanting and meditation only)
4:45 – 6:30 pm — Sadhana in Expanding Light Temple (Energization, yoga postures, meditation)

Dinner and Evening Programs

6:30 pm — Dinner (advanced reservation required)
7:45 pm — Evening programs, including: concert, kirtan, theater, The Answer movie, and special videos


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

    Nayaswamis Jyotish and 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.

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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
  3. Registering online through The Expanding Light Retreat

(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

Admission to the event and does not include accommodations or meals.

All guests must purchase an Event Pass to attend. This option is for guests who will arrange their own accommodations. These guests may request to purchase meals and/or scheduled shuttle transfers.

Ananda will have exclusive use of the Shady Creek Facility during this week. With 250 beds and 8 RV spots, guest accommodations at Shady Creek will feel like an extension of Ananda Village with joyful satsang at breakfast, cooling down after lunch outside at the pool or inside the cool sadhana space or rooms.

This all-inclusive package includes:

  • Admission to Ananda’s 50th Anniversary event
  • A twin bunk bed (Shady Creek is not providing towels or bedding; bring your own or email us for options to have towels and bedding provided) or RV spot (hookups not available; please email us to request a spot)
  • Shared shower and bathroom facilities
  • Breakfast at Shady Creek and lunch and dinner at The Expanding Light Retreat
  • Free shuttle service throughout the day to Ananda Village

Notable features at Shady Creek include a swimming pool, cool rooms for sleeping, eating, meditating, and daily event shuttle service.

Full Week — $693 — Sunday, June 30 to Sunday, July 7
4-Day — $396 — Wednesday evening, July 3 to Sunday, July 7

This all-inclusive package includes admission to Ananda’s 50th Anniversary Event, a tentsite at campgrounds created especially for this event and centrally located to the Temple of Light with access to shared shower houses and bathroom facilities, breakfast available for purchase at Master’s Market, lunch and dinner included at The Expanding Light Retreat. Camping gear not provided. Please, no camp stoves or open flames permitted.

Full Week — $443 — Sunday, June 30 to Sunday, July 7
4-Day — $256 — Wednesday evening, July 3 to Sunday, July 7

Family Camping

For families with children interested in camping, our Living Wisdom Center will be outfitted with a small campsite providing tent sites, restrooms, electricity, potable water and food storage (not for cooking or substantial meals).

This will also be the site of daily programs for children and is centrally located in Ananda Village, providing relatively easy access to Master’s Market and adjacent shower facilities, The Expanding Light and the new Temple of Light.

For More Information

If you’d like to know more about camping, please contact Badri at badri@ananda.org or 530-478-7651.

Questions?

Contact Jayeswari at ananda50@ananda.org.



Step 3: Register Online


Shady Creek

$693 / $396

Full Week / 4-Day

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

Register

Camping

$443 / $256

Full Week / 4-Day

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

Register

Learn More About…


Transportation

Airport shuttle transfers and rides are available for purchase prior to June 1, 2019 for $50 each way to/from the Sacramento Airport (SMF).

Shuttles will operate between 9 am – 5 pm PDT 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.

Learn More

Your Questions Answered Here

Do you need more information? We have you covered! If this still isn’t enough, make sure to contact us.


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.
The event takes place June 30 – July 7, 2019.
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.
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.
No, we are not offering the option to purchase individual day passes. Further inquiry can be made at ananda50@ananda.org.
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 highway 49. Ananda will run scheduled daily event shuttles back-and-forth between Shady Creek and Ananda Village.
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, etc. 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 ananda50@ananda.org.

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.

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 ananda50@ananda.org. As we get an idea of how many sets to purchase we will be able to give a more accurate quote.
Sorry, private rooms are not available at Shady Creek.
Yes, there are limited RV parking spots available at Shady Creek. Hook ups are not available.
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 $50 one way. Please include your flight information in your reservation when you select to add a scheduled ride and/or send an email to ananda50@ananda.org.
Yes, we hope to get a close to accurate count of guests for this event in order to accommodate every one.
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.
At this time, we do not have food storage options for guests.
Unfortunately, no! Due to high risk of fire in Northern California’s dry season, camp stoves and open flames are too dangerous to permit.
No, guests who are accommodated through a standard camping registration are welcome to purchase breakfast daily at Master’s Market.
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 ananda50@ananda.org.

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

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.

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 ananda50@ananda.org.

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.

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 at badri@ananda.org.
Yes, group registrations are joyfully welcomed for this event. All inquiries regarding group registration can be directed to Jayeswari at jayeswari@expandinglight.org.

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