About Us

The Ananda Meditation Retreat was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the great spiritual master, Paramhansa Yogananda. We are the first home of Ananda, an intentional spiritual community established for the purposes of living life based on Yogananda’s teachings that embrace the truths that underlie all the great religions. People from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome here.

Many, many years ago the Maidu Native Americans gathered here to practice their sacred rituals, thereby sanctifying our site as a place for deep spirituality and attunement with the Divine.

When Swami Kriyananda first walked this land, he said he could feel the blessings and that this was where he felt God could start what would become the Ananda Community.

The magnetic energy of the Retreat has intensified and expanded over the past 47 years. Individuals meditating and living here have greatly added to the profound sense of peace and stillness that pervades the land. The beauty and presence of the Divine is tangibly felt by all who come here.