Ananda Village Retreat's Beautiful
(Monday April 21, 2014)
Today Cheryl, Katie, Bucky, Mel and I took a drive
to the Ananda Village to see their beautiful Christal Hermitage Gardens
terraced high above the Middle Fork of the Yuba River. As always
pictures are beautiful, but this experience is beyond that. The Ananda
community is situated on 800 acres of meadows and forests amidst the
foothills of the on the North San Juan ridge, off Tyler-Foote road not far
from Nevada City. Today, 250 people reside here, including adults and
children of all ages. The Expanding Light Yoga and Meditation is
the spiritual side of Ananda Village that was founded in 1968 by Swami
Kriyananda, one of Paramhansa Yogananda’s foremost disciples, to fulfill
Yogananda’s vision of World Brotherhood Colonies; spiritual communities
based on the twin principles of “plain living and high thinking.”
The springtime at Ananda visit requires a donation of $ 5 each and
those under twelve are admitted free. We experienced the beauty of
more than 13,000 tulips in bloom. On weekends they have master gardeners
on hand, along with community members, to answer your questions and to
share about the history of Ananda and Crystal Hermitage, but visitors like
us are also welcome to visit the gardens on weekdays from 10am to 5pm. For
more information call (530)478-7587, or watch
Cheryl Noble's video. Okay...Let's go see what's beyond
Time for a break and some fun. Okay, from the look on a couple of
faces, snapshots can be boring. Especially if you're on a mischief
restraining leash. Yeah...a dog's life can be tough.
The lovely chapel, built by Ananda residents, was inspired by the
Porziuncola of Saint Francis in Santa Maria degli Angeli. The chapel
offers an intimate and inspiring atmosphere for weddings, meditations, or
worship services, and seats 50 people. It's surrounded by beautiful
gardens with a carp-filled pond, a Buddha statue in an unusual pose often
seen in Burma, and a statue of the Virgin Mother, Mary, adding their
blessings to the sanctuary and gardens.
The Shrine of the Masters small museum and gift shop housing holy
relics from India and Ananda's line of yoga masters.
Whew! We made it....Just kidding. Our visit was
fantastic, and we hope you enjoyed it too. Now we'll head for home and on
the way stop to
admire the beautiful Yuba River.
I'd never consider jumping off the bridge, but know of some that did.
Dum de dumb.
We'll just take some more photos, while Mel and Bucky opt out in the
Now you've gotta admit it was lotsa inspirational fun today.