The Ananda Village Internship Program is a summer program designed to give you an opportunity to live and serve in our spiritual community. To be eligible for the program, you must first participate in the Karma Yoga program at the Expanding Light for 2-4 weeks, an experience that provides an introduction to the teachings of Ananda – Ananda Yoga and Meditation, The Art & Science of Raja Yoga, the Path of Kriya Yoga and most of all Nishtan Karma (selfless service). All of the above are practices that help cultivate the habit of putting God first. This is the essential spirit that Swami Kriyananda emphasized when he built Ananda Village.  It continues to sustain Ananda as one of the oldest spiritual communities in the world. 

The Ananda Village Internship Program offers a full immersion experience in Ananda Village. It was first established in 1970 when it was called the Apprenticeship Program, this program was later renamed to Living with Spirit and is now called the Ananda Village Internship program. The focus has always been the same, to offer an immersion into life in spiritual community and support spiritual growth.

This program goes far beyond your initial experience as a Karma Yogi at The Expanding Light Retreat. Whether picking fruits and vegetables at Ananda Farm, planting petunias at Crystal Hermitage, assisting in housing maintenance with Property Services or writing blog articles at Ananda Communications department, you will spend your days side by side with joyful, uplifted residents of the Village.

The program includes two daily service shifts, spiritual classes and daily practice of yoga and meditation, with an emphasis on Paramhansa Yogananda’s path of Kriya Yoga. Community living, selfless service and spiritual practice form the core of our program.

Interns also have time for reading and quiet reflection or relaxation; exploring Ananda’s 700 acres of scenic beauty; visiting the magnificent Yuba River or Nevada City; and enjoying treats and social time at Ananda’s little wholefoods deli & store, Master’s Market.

Sample Internship Schedule (Monday-Friday)

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.

6:00 Wakeup
6:15-8 Daily sadhana (energization, Ananda Yoga, chanting & meditation)
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Morning service shift
12:00 Noon meditation
12:30 Lunch
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 Hiranyaloka, 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.

We make our own breakfast and dinner at the campsite with vegetarian groceries that are provided by the camp. Lunches are provided for us.


The Ananda Village  Internship Program functions within a spiritual community. To ensure an enjoyable experience for all we ask that you follow these guidelines during your stay:

  • No recreational drugs or alcohol of any kind while in our program.
  • Smoking is permitted only outdoors and only on the paved parking lots both out of consideration for our guests and to reduce fire hazard.
  • No pets on the grounds (with the exception of service animals).
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 8:30 am.

Thank you for helping us to provide a beautiful experience for all that come to our Village.

Interns have the opportunity to attend community events at Ananda Village, from devotional kirtan, uplifting ecstatic dance celebration, festivities (such as the fourth of July parade), and spiritual ceremonies to the weekly inspiring Sunday service at the Temple of Light.

We go on at least one service trip each summer. In previous years we have spent time at Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay, CA and the Camano Island farm in Washington.

We also go on hikes together, on weekend trips and take time to relax at the beautiful Yuba River.

The program provides Interns with many forms of spiritual support.

  • Daily Ananda meditation and yoga either at camp, at the Expanding Light Temple or at the Temple of Light.
  • Onsite staff available at our campsite 24/7.
  • Daily and ongoing interaction with friends.
  • Weekly group check-in’s.
  • Weekly Superconscious Living class on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
  • Informal and formal satsang with longstanding Ananda village community members.