2020 Kriyaban Retreat

  • Sep 9 – 13, 2020



This special weekend can transform and permanently uplift your Kriya Yoga Sadhana! NOTE: The Kriyaban Retreat is for those who have already been initiated into the Kriya Yoga Technique. For more information on initiation, see https://www.ananda.org/kriya-yoga/

During this 4-day weekend, you'll join together with other Kriya initiates, both new and longtime Kriyabans, as well as Kriyacharyas (Kriya ministers) to explore the depth and practice of the technique, how to deepen your life as a Kriya Yogi and to make your practice more effective.

The Kriya Yoga path and techniques, for those who have received initiation into them, are the most precious part of the devotee's life. Kriya Yoga is a vast and deep subject.

To Be Confirmed: Following the Kriyaban Retreat there may be a guided Kriyaban Seclusion program at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. For more details, please call 530-478-7557 to book a place. 

2018 Program Sample. The Sept 9-13, 2020 program will be coming out early in 2020; it will have a similar format to the one given below: 

Kriyaban group retreat image

Wednsday, May 16

4:45pm Sadhana and guided Kriya meditation 

7:30pm Welcoming satsang 

Thursday, May 17

Choice of 3 morning meditation sites

  • Temple of Light
  • Moksha Mandir
  • Swamiji’s Apartment


5:30 am Meditation (no entry after 5:30 until the 6:30 am break)

6:30 – 8:25 am  Prayer, Chant, Reading, and Meditation

8:30am Breakfast in silence

10:30am Opening Satsang

12:15pm Lunch until 1:15pm in silence
Silence in the afternoon. Meditation sites available at Swamiji’s Apartment, Crystal Hermitage, Meditation Retreat, Lahiri Mandir, Hansa Mandir

5:30pm Meditation

6:00pm Initiation Ceremony for First Kriya

Light Dinner in Silence 

Friday, May 18

Kriyaban group retreat image

Choice of 3 morning meditation sites

  • Temple of Light, will include guided Kriya practice 
  • Moksha Mandir
  • Swamiji’s Apartment

5:30 am Meditation (no entry after 5:30 until the 6:30 am break)

6:30 – 8:25  Prayer, Chant, Reading, and Meditation

8:30am Breakfast in silence

10:30 am Class with Kriyacharyas from Ananda Worldwide 

Noon  Meditation

12:30pm Lunch

Silent afternoon

2pm Kechari Class, Wisdom Classroom in Temple of Light

2pm Option of personal consultation on your Kriya practice 

5:30pm Initiation ceremony for Second Kriya


5:30 pm Initiation ceremony for Third/Fourth Kriyas

Or (for those not taking Higher Kriya initiation)

6:30 pm Dinner

7:30pm Class on Preparing for Higher Kriya Initiation

Saturday May 19 Swami Kriyananda's Birthday

Inside the Moksha Mandhir at Ananda Village

Choice of 3 morning meditation sites

  • Temple of Light will include Online Global Ananda Meditation
  • Moksha Mandir
  • Swamiji’s Apartment


5:30 am Meditation (no entry after 5:30 until the 6:30 am break)

6:30 – 8:25  Prayer, Chant, Reading, and Meditation

10:30 am  Class with Kriyacharyas from Ananda Worldwide

Noon Meditation

Lunch 12:30 pm

Choice of Kriya Reviews

1:45pm-2:45pm   First Kriya Review/Q and A

1:45pm-2:45pm   Second Review/Q and A  
1:45pm-2:45pm  Third/Fourth Review/Q and A  

3 – 4 pm Satsangs with Kriyacharyas in Small Groups

Choice of Sadhanas


  • Energization exercises, yoga postures, pranayama, and guided Kriya practice
  • Energization and Guided First Kriya
  •  Silent Kriya Meditation with Kriyacharyas in Swamiji’s Apartment
  •  Silent Kriya Meditation with Kriyacharyas in Moksha Mandir

6:30   Dinner
7:30–9:00 pm Celebration of Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday

happy kriyabans at the Kriyaban retreat

Sunday, May 20

Choice of 3 morning meditation sites

  • Temple of Light
  • Moksha Mandir
  • Swamiji’s Apartment


5:30–8:25am  Prayer, Chant, Reading, and Meditation (with chanting break at 7 am)

8:30 Breakfast

10 am Fire Ceremony

11 am Sunday Service 

12:30  Lunch and go with love

This Kriyaban Retreat has become an annual tradition to help us go more deeply into the sacred practice of Kriya.

Kriyaban Retreat at Ananda Village


Comments about Kriyaban Retreat 2016:

"The Kriya retreat weekend was incredibly special and deep. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed all the classes, meditations, and events of the weekend. It was enormously recharging."  M.B., Portland, OR

"It was the most incredible Kriyaban weekend I have ever experienced (and there have been many). After the talks on Saturday by Nayaswamis Jaya, Dharmadas and Dhyana, I was moved to blissful tears.  The predominate thought that came to my mind was, “if ever I needed living  proof that the Kriya yoga of our Masters works – I had just witnessed it in a way that was beyond all doubt.  Of course I had witnessed it in our beloved Swamiji, too, but now I was seeing it and hearing it with my own eyes and ears in my gurubhais who have grown into shining examples of the light that is the fruit of the practice of Kriya yoga.  All kriyabans who can, should listen to the talks and should plan to be at the Kriyaban retreat next year!"—Nayaswami Jayanti

"All I can say is every moment was exquisite. I now see many brilliant facets of the sacred diamond, Kriya Yoga, that I had never seen before.  I came away grateful and having reverence for the sacred blessing and responsibility of our discipleship and Kriya initiation.  I was awed by the level of wisdom, insight, and inspiration each speaker shared, revealing the extraordinary fruit of their spiritual practices. It ignited my Kriya practice!" —M.H., Nevada City, CA

"I felt the speakers delivered 'the experience', all fresh and with new approaches to deepening our Kriyas. Bimal and I drove home on Monday and talked about this for about 8 hours straight! We loved every minute of it." —P.W., Portland, CA

"I thought this Retreat was the best I have come to.  But then every event now gets better and better! am sure the Saturday panel’s talks were the best I had ever heard." —C.B., Palo Alto, CA

"I heard exactly what I needed to hear at the Kriyaban Retreat. Have been doing my Kriyas regularly since returning home. Had gotten sick back in the winter and let my practices get sparse. I felt like it was a mini Spiritual Renewal Week." —M.F., Texas

"A blessing indeed.  My heart was bursting more than once. The first thing that comes to mind was the class with Jaya, Dharmadas, and Dhyana—Incredible, rich, loving.  Huge heart opener. Gyandev’s class reminded me of the power of Yoga in general, and for our Kriya practice. Very helpful.  It re-inspired my practice. I can never get too much of Jyotish and Devi.  God’s gift to us, everytime. It was a great weekend.  This is the same review I write for every weekend: Inspiring, Helpful Joyful.  Blessed, truly."—M.M., Lake Tahoe, CA

"I really loved the Kriya weekend and felt both inspired and uplifted.  The talks were beautiful. I love group meditations -- they really help me meditate deeper and longer, something that is more challenging at home." —L.L., Mt Shasta, CA

"The concentrated time helped me to open and deepen my attunement with Master more strongly. And receiving initiation was the perfect culmination that again strengthened my connection with God and Guru."—J.P., Nevada City, CA


Moksha Mandir at Ananda Village

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Costs (KRIYA)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Sep 9 – 13, 2020
$480 $636 $892 $816 $1160

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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2020 Kriyaban Retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

2020 Kriyaban Retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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