Ananda Spiritual Travels: Pilgrimage Hosts

“Also, if you go to a place where masters have lived, the vibrations there will quicken your realization. That is the value of pilgrimage to holy places.” –Paramhansa Yogananda

Ananda has a long history and deep experience in leading pilgrimages to holy sites around the world. Each Ananda spiritual travels host is lovingly attuned to the vibrations of the Saint or Master whose essence is imbued in the site we help pilgrims experience – the footpath which Jesus Christ walked, the place where Paramhansa Yogananda lived as a child, the cave which Babaji still energizes, the holy remains of King Ferdinand in the Seville Cathedral, the California home of Yogananda, the Temple of Light at Ananda Village, and so many more holy places imbued with higher consciousness.

We invite you to learn more about our travel hosts and co-hosts who will be your spiritual guides during our pilgrimages.

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Sitabai Betts

Holy Land Pilgrimage host, Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage host

Sitabai began her international travels with a year-long trip around the world in 1980, seeking out places of spiritual magnetism, as well as places which reflect the astounding beauty of God in Nature. Sitabai’s joy and enthusiasm for cultures and holy places of the world is infectious. She has solo walked over 700 miles on the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2017 from France to the end of Spain, and has done many more hiking and wilderness adventures. She loves sharing the magnificent locations and spiritual treasures that she has discovered with others. Sitabai has served and lived at Ananda since 1984, and among many jobs has helped to manage Ananda Village for 18 years. She has 4 grown sons and 2 grandsons.  More about Sitabai...

Krishna Das

Nayaswami Krishna Das:

Ananda Village Pilgrimage host, Himalayan Pilgrimage host, India Pilgrimage host, Spain Pilgrimage host, Yogananda Pilgrimage host

Nayaswami Krishnadas is a long-time teacher and Ananda Minister, and has helped establish Ananda communities in Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Los Angeles. In addition to leading four spiritual pilgrimages, Krishna Das is Manager of Guest Groups at The Expanding Light Retreat, and joyfully directs the Ananda Sevaka Program.  More about Krishna Das...


Nayaswami Mantradevi

India Pilgrimage host, Kerala Healing Retreat host, Spain Pilgrimage host, Yogananda Pilgrimage host

Mantradevi has over many years developed a deep spiritual attunement to each holy place she escorts pilgrims to visit. Her inner wisdom about India and Spain is shared with all her guests through her warm and sensitive heart, and her joyful attitude is contagious. She has for many years been a spiritual teacher at the Expanding Light Retreat, an Ananda Community director, and a well-received spiritual artist.  More about Mantradevi...

Dora Anderson

Dora Anderson:

Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage host

Dora has traveled internationally with Ananda Spiritual Travels six times over the past 13 years. We so enjoyed Dora's spiritual energy we invited her to be a co-host with Sitabai on our October 2022 pilgrimage. Dora is a native Spanish speaker and joyfully loves being of service in intercultural experiences. She completed her Ananda Yoga®200-hour Teacher Certification course in 2010, and she has been affiliated with the Ananda South Bay Group for many years. She currently works as a career registered nurse.   More about Dora...

Atman Goering

Atman Goering:

Holy Land Pilgrimage host

International travel has been an integral part of Atman's life for the last 45 years. He has travelled to numerous countries on five continents and lived for extended periods on three different continents and become fluent in three languages. He has always enjoyed experiencing the great diversity of cultures and environments that share this planet. Travel has helped him to better know himself. One’s own character, assumptions, and habits, the good and the bad, come into focus when faced with new ways of being. His globe trotting led him to pursue in earnest the spiritual search and the regular practice of yoga and meditation.   More About Atman...

Ananda Spiritual Travels: Pilgrimage Hosts

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