Nayaswami Maria came to Ananda in 1976 and served on the Ananda Organic Farm from 1976 through 1986. In 1979, she was married to Ananta in a ceremony performed by Swami Kriyananda. In 1986, Swami Kriyananda asked Maria and Ananta to direct and further develop the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served for 23 years as ministers and spiritual directors. In 2009, Kriyananda asked them to return to Ananda Village. Since that time Maria has served again on Ananda Farm, with Online with Ananda, Village Membership, and Ministerial Outreach. She loves chanting and singing, being in nature, and is an avid bird-watcher.

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