Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.

This is a weekend that will be filled with hilarity and fun, and at the same time tremendous inspiration. The story of Ananda's early days has much to teach any serious spiritual aspirant:

  • How to live courageously
  • How to move forward when everything seems impossible
  • How to live harmoniously with others
  • Ways to experience the benefits of meditation throughout your day

We offered this for the first time in 2013, with the earliest pioneers—those who were here before there were houses. Guests were profoundly moved by the stories of those early times.

Speakers in 2017 will include: Jyotish, Devi, and others to be announced.

If you love Ananda and the people of Ananda, you will love this weekend. The founding members of the community, Ananda’s “old-timers,” will share the adventures, the humor, the joyful figuring it out together, trying to attune to the power and grace of the Masters to manifest Their vision of community.

You will leave this weekend feeling uplifted, hopeful, and more committed to your own spiritual journey.

If you are interested in spiritual community, if you are interested in people, if you want more joy in your own life, please join us!



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Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, Kriyacharyas, and Ananda Ministers
What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide. Longtime devotees of Yogananda, Jyotish and Devi have worked closely with Swami Kriyananda since 1969 and before.

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Early Days of Ananda: Living History 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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