Ananda Meditation Retreat is located 25 miles northeast of downtown Nevada City and lies adjacent to the Inimim Forest along the San Juan Ridge in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. The Retreat sits on a hilltop that was known as sacred ground for the indigenous people of the Sierra, the Maidu Indians and includes 72 acres of both natural wild and gardened forested land. It has been in operation for more than 45 years as a hermitage and now a place of pilgrimage. There are five acres of lush meditation gardens, ponds and fountains that create such a refreshing environment that guests are often heard to say that they “don’t want to leave.”
The Ananda Meditation Retreat in Nevada City, California was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the great Yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is the author of the best-selling spiritual autobiography, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple followed a calling, which was also a dream of Paramhansa Yogananda, to build World Brotherhood Colonies.
Teachers at Ananda Meditation Retreat are all long time devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda and the lifelong students of his Self-realization teachings of Raja Yoga.