About Us

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A Joyful Spiritual Community Of Friends

One of the most frequent comments by visitors is, “I feel so much joy here!” The smiles you’ll meet are genuine. Ananda is a place of music, laughter, deep spiritual fellowship, and a refreshing sense of humor.

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All Are Welcome

The basis of this teaching is universal. People of all faiths are welcome; all faiths are honored. Ananda exists to support your search for greater meaning and understanding, whether it be called wisdom, truth, joy, or God.

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Truths Shared By The Great Religions

The emphasis is on the underlying truths shared by the great religions, rather than differences. The teachings at Ananda were brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. His direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, founded Ananda in 1968 and continues his work today.
Ananda is about supporting your quest for inner peace and happiness. Feel cared about by a dynamic, non-judgmental and supportive network of friends as you meet the challenges and victories of your own spiritual journey.

Ananda is a vibrant spiritual community. We offer Meditation, Yoga philosophy and Self-understanding classes. We’re here to give you support for your spiritual life.

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Why I Love Ananda

Ute

Ute

“I have felt welcomed and included at Ananda from the very first day I attended a meditation four to five years ago. That same heartfelt welcome was extended to me when I visited Ananda World Brotherhood Village in Nevada City. Although I knew no-one there on my fist visit (I have now been there three times), I was made most welcome and included by everyone I met. The Divine love of Yogananda and, by extension, of Swami Kriyananda, is made manifest everywhere. It is also made manifest in the spiritual leadership of Kristy Fassler-Hecht at the Ananda-York Center. Everyone who comes in contact with Kristy knows and feels this love by the way she relates to people. She is a great teacher and an inspired and loving leader. I think I am not exaggerating when I say that all of us at Ananda York want to be as devoted to our guru and as radiating in her love for him as she is.
We often gather for pot-luck lunches or stay for some socializing after lessons or Sunday services. It is because of these occasions (and the retreats, of course) that we have gotten to know each other personally and have been able to bond in real friendships. My connection to Ananda-York is very important to me.”
July 11, 2012
Chris-Davies

Chris Davies

“After reading Autobiography of a Yogi in 2001, it was not long before I was guided to Ananda. I immediately joined Ananda Maine. It was like having an instant new family! Being part of Ananda is all about joy; finding our own joy and then sharing our joy with others. Giving back by helping to lead meditation continues to be one of the most expansive and fulfilling parts of my journey. We are all learning and we all have much to share with others. Having the support and freedom to do this amongst other like minded truth seekers is one of life’s great blessings.”
Pamela

Pamela

“I never realized what true joy really meant until I tuned into the Ananda community. I always thought it was to be sought outside of myself. Within the loving kindness of my spiritual family at Ananda along with the powerful and uplifting yoga/meditation practices I now know that joy is always within me to be realized at any moment in time. It is a blessing and a privilege to be part of this empowering journey together!”
Michelle

Michelle

“I love coming to the center to dive deep into the teachings and to spend time in fellowship with like-minded souls. Sharing this inspiring and devotional music with others brings me great joy. Chanting, meditating, and studying together energizes my personal practice, and I always find wisdom relevant to my life’s journey. Ananda helps me to remember who I am and what is truly important in life.”
Madeleine

Madeleine

“I’ve found that being at college with a wide variety of stresses, things to do, people to deal with, I end up forgetting about the more important things in life. I love the Daily Inspirations…they bring me back to center and most of the time brighten my day. So thank you for sharing them!”
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Dean

Dean

“I lived at Ananda Village in California twenty years ago and received great blessings as a result. A couple of years ago I wanted to reconnect and have been participating in Ananda’s New England events. I love visiting the group in Maine and always feel uplifted when I return home afterwards.”
Debby

Debby

“Before Ananda I was directionless. Now I am pointed toward God.”
Joy to you,
Annette

Annette

“In this world of so much doing it is so refreshing to be in a place with others who uplift the spirit and sooth the soul. I always leave feeling better than when I arrived. I can also say that I feel we are a family, a part of a greater whole.”