With an eye to acknowledging the sacred inner meanings of traditional holidays, the Ananda family gathers many times a year for holiday meals, merriment, and reflection. Please join us! We’ll leave the light on for you….

Some of the Special Events at Ananda:

Paramhansa Yogananda – Father of Yoga in the West, and Guru of Ananda (and Ananda’s Founder)
Birth, January 5
Mahasamadhi, Mar 7
Swami Sri Yukteswar – Guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, Gyanavatar (Incarnation of Wisdom)
Birth, May 10
Mahasamadhi, Mar 9
Lahiri Mahasaya – Guru of Sri Yukteswar, Yogavatar and Father of Kriya Yoga for this Age
Birth, Sep 30
Mahasamahdi, Sep 26
Babaji – Guru of Lahiri Mahasaya
Commemoration, Jul 25
Jesus Christ
Swami Kriyananda, Founder of Ananda and Direct Disciple of Parmahansa Yogananda
Birthday – May 19
Discipleship – Sep 12
Guru Night
August, dates vary. Celebration of the line of Gurus who brought Self-realization to the West, and from which the teachings of Ananda have come.

Living Nativity

Rajarshi Day, Celebration of Life of Rajarshi Janakananda (James J. Lynn), Foremost Disciple of Yogananda
May 05, Celebrated with a Sangha-wide day of service and satsang.
Harvest Day
Oct, dates vary, Celebration of Community through service and satsang.


Founding of Ananda
Jul 4, First retreat held in 1969 at Ananda Village, coincides with founding of the US – two great movements in freedom.
Anniversary of Laurelwood
May 5 Weekend, Birth of the Ananda Center at Laurelwood Campus and the beginning of our annual Summer Season.