Ananda celebrates the Christmas season and Easter holidays, together with spiritual celebrations related to Paramhansa Yogananda and his life, and the lives of his teachers from India. We celebrate the Christmas in many ways but a tradition begun by Paramhansa Yogananda is a day-long meditation retreat on a Saturday before Christmas.
We also celebrate secular holidays such as Thanksgiving and July 4th (Independence Day). Be sure to check the location as some holidays (banquets or picnics) take place at the nearby Ananda Community in Lynnwood.
Spiritual celebrations are free and all are welcome. All food served is vegetarian and some banquets are organized potlucks. Catered or prepared banquets-events require prepayment and registration, while at potlucks we ask attendees to pre-select their choice of item to bring, with pre-chosen recipes for the entree and principle side dishes.
Overnight retreats are often held in the late winter or early spring on Whidbey Island, in the fall at Ananda Community in Lynnwood, and year-round at The Expanding Light Retreat (northern California).
Our Service theme is the promise of immortality and spiritual resurrection through self-effort and divine grace, and, through the courage and wisdom to face life’s tests and trials with faith and equanimity. The Ananda Easter service honors all traditions and all are welcome to experience the eternal promise of resurrection in Spirit. Followed by an egg hunt and a planned potluck banquet. All are welcome!
Drawing inspiration from How To Awaken Your True Potential, a new collection of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings, Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi will speak on how to live from one’s center, to know one’s higher self, and to be the change we wish to see in the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these two great spiritual teachers in this rare public appearance!