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 join us in celebrating this joyful occasion with your worldwide Ananda family.
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.
8:30 am — Breakfast; information is given when you make your room reservation.
10:30 – 12:00 pm — In Temple of Light every day except Sunday:
- Monday — 50 Years of Manifesting the Vision of the Masters
- Tuesday — Manifesting the Vision of a Dwapara Way of Life
- Wednesday — Spreading the Vision Throughout the World
- Thursday — Practical Expressions of the Vision
- Friday — Swami Kriyananda and Ananda’s Place in World Consciousness
- Saturday — Invocation of Light, a dedication of the temple 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:
- Tours of community
- Buses to Crystal Hermitage, Moksha Mandir, and Swami Kriyananda’s apartment
- 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, including:
- Learn about Education for Life and teaching meditation to children
- Practice advanced pranayama exercises and take part in Ananda Yoga Therapy
- See videos of our works in Italy and India and hear stories from those who are building the work in those countries
- Inspired by Master and Swami Kriyananda: Transformations in Science, Medicine, Nature Awareness, and the Arts (with Puru, Dr. Peter Van Houten, Bharat, and Dana Andersen)
- Hear from Nayaswami Asha about her newly completed biography of Swami Kriyananda
- Enjoy Indian stories by Murali, sing Swamiji’s music with Bhagavati, meet Temple builders, and more…
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
Welcoming the Light
Guests arrive and settle into their accommodations. The evening program will be a “Welcoming the Light” satsang with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi.
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
Manifesting the Vision of a Dwapara Way of Life
Learn how the divine consciousness and mission of the Masters descended to the physical and spiritual expression of our work in creating Ananda with talks from Nayaswamis Jaya, Shivani, and Asha. 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
Spreading the Vision Throughout the World
With Nayaswamis Ananta, Kirtani, and Dhyana, 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
Practical Expressions of the Vision
Kshama Kellogg, David Eby, Sundara Traymar, Nayaswami Dharmarajan, Michelle Dossett, Zach Abbey, and Atman Goering will share the importance of Ananda’s teachings in their lives and the lives of others. The afternoon will include a Parade of Nations, with inspirational messages and music from 24 countries that are home to Ananda meditation groups. The evening is a concert of the music of Swami Kriyananda.
Friday, July 5
Swami Kriyananda and Ananda’s Place in World Consciousness
Including a talk by our beloved friend and “spiritual brother” of Swamiji, D.R. Kaarthikeyan, an ambassador for world peace, as well as Nayaswami Dharmadas, Narya, and Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi. The evening will include Indian dance, devotional chanting led by guests from India, and videos by Swami Kriyananda.
Saturday, July 6
Invocation of Light
A day dedicated to blessing the Temple of Light in many ways. Morning sadhana in the Temple will be “Inviting the Presence of the Masters.” The 10:30 am program is “Invocation of Light,” with representatives of other great religions adding the light of God as it flows through their religion. The evening is “Celebrating the Light,” with music, arati, and blessings.
Sunday, July 7
Sunday Service Farewell
Our first Sunday Service in the Temple of Light, with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi.
Learn More About…
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.
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.
Your Questions Answered Here
If this still isn’t enough, make sure to contact us.
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 email@example.com.
With 250 beds, guest accommodations at Shady Creek will feel like an extension of Ananda Village. Bedding or towels are not provided.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Still have questions? Please write to us and we’ll help sort things out.