Experience Living and Serving in the Heart of Ananda Village
– One of the most successful Cooperative Spiritual Communities in the World.
- Apprentice with lifelong Kriya Yogis in organic farming & permaculture, construction, forestry, communications, and more.
- Dive deep into Yogananda’s teachings of Hong Sau, Energization, Raja Yoga, and spiritual Hatha yoga
- Uplift your consciousness through selfless, joyful service, immersion in nature, community living, and daily meditation.
Dates: Applications closed for Internship 2021. Dates TBD for Internship 2022. Please revisit to apply for next year’s internship.
This summer program is for spiritual seekers aged 18-40 to experience spiritual community living and deepen their spiritual practice. Contact us for more details.
Ananda Village, as a community, is in self-isolation. However, we are continuing the Ananda Village Internship Program with precautions in place.
Cost & Details
The program cost of $400/month covers:
- Community service approximately 24 hours/week Monday-Friday
- Three vegetarian meals per day
- Living at the Internship campsite, with support from The Expanding Light Ashram and greater Ananda Village community
- Twice-daily sadhanas (typically Paramhansa Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, Ananda Yoga & Meditation)
- Opportunity for 1-on-1 spiritual guidance and support
- Classes on the yogic teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
Additional minimal costs may be required for travel, laundry and other personal or incidental items.
Do you have further questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Interns start their day together with a group sadhana practice and share all meals together. They are assigned two service shifts a day in different parts of the community. Service shifts at the farm will start earlier at 7:00.
6:15-8 Daily sadhana (energization, Ananda Yoga, chanting & meditation)
9:00 Morning service shift
12:00 Noon meditation
1:30 Afternoon service shift
4:30 Free time or class
6:30 Dinner (group meal cooked by interns)
7:30 Evening program or free time
Weekends: Mostly free time or fun group outings. In the past, intern adventures have included an all night moonlight hike, weekend trip to Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay and seclusion time at Ananda’s Meditation Retreat.
All Interns will be living at Dharmaloka, an outdoor campsite nestled in the foothills of Ananda Village. We ask that each Intern bring their own tent and camping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow etc.) Summer at Ananda Village is typically beautiful and sunny during the day and chilly at night.
Hi, I’m Badri. I have lived at Ananda Village since 2009 and my wife Gita and I are raising two beautiful little yogis, Tulsi (age 7) and Jay (age 5). I serve in community management here and direct the Ananda Village Internship program.
Dedication to the spiritual life is my greatest passion; I also love building community, singing and kirtan, sports and surfing. One of my favorite things about Ananda and our internship program is the balance of hard work, having loads of fun, and above all living for God.
Hi, I’m Arya! I live at the Expanding Light Ashram at Ananda Village and serve as co-director with the Ananda Village Internship Program. I love nature and have been busily working at Ananda Permaculture, Ananda Farm, and with our Communications team. I love nature, learning new languages and meeting people from all around the world. My life goal is to live up to my highest potential and help others to do the same.
With support from residents of The Expanding Light Ashram
Read about Stephanie’s Internship experience:
Ananda through the eyes of an intern!
The Ananda internship program was a life-changing experience. As someone who is a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda, the program deepened my attunement to this great master. From working alongside longtime residents of Ananda village to the evening classes with inspiring ministers, the Ananda internship program helped me become a better disciple and human being. The lifelong friendships and bonds built this summer is something I will cherish for many years to come.
– Thomas from Tampa, FL
“It is because of the Ananda Village Internship that I have had one of the best summers of my life! It is because of the friends I have made from the Internship, because of the people I have met at Ananda and because of the amazing practices that I have learned throughout the Internship, that I loved my summer so much. So, if you love joy, friendship, fun and meeting cool Yogis, then I recommend it to you and I hope that it makes your summer as extraordinary as it did to me :-D”
– Julia from Canada
If one is looking for a better way of living, Ananda Village is a model for future civilizations, which we can experience today. Literally like taking a time machine from the Kali / Dwapura Yuga to Tretya / Satya Yuga! It’s rare to find a group of people who are living harmoniously with nature, but Ananda is that place.
– Tim from Austin, TX
“This summer I participated in the Ananda Internship Program, and apart from spending my time with amazing souls and extraordinary people, I got to work everyday alongside the people in the community, learning from them and contributing my energy for the benefit of all. I feel the internship program is the best training ground for communal living in high consciousness, while still emphasizing the importance of personal spiritual growth. My friends from this program are my brothers and sisters in the deepest possible way and I am a better person myself for having participated in it.”
– Ashtara from Israel
Interns bring their own personal tent and camping gear (sleeping bag, pad, pillow etc)–scroll down to find out “what to bring list” on this page. Bringing your own vehicle is helpful although not necessary. Summer at Ananda Village is typically beautiful and sunny during the day and chilly at night.
Typically we make our own breakfast and dinner at the campsite with vegetarian groceries that are provided by the program. Community lunches are provided, and we will share some regular evening meals with The Expanding Light Ashram.
We travel together for at least one service adventure trip each summer. In previous years we have spent time at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay, CA and may soon visit Ananda Farm Camano Island farm in Washington.
We also go on hikes together, on weekend trips and take time to relax at the beautiful Yuba River.