Living Discipleship

Living Discipleship is an immersive, 25-day experience in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, as shared by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. The program is held at the Ananda Meditation Retreat, the original site of Ananda and where the community began. Program participants live, learn and serve together in dynamic discipleship. Long group meditations, deep dives into the teachings, and joyful service are the building blocks of the program. Added to this foundation are opportunities for time in nature, introspection, and spiritual friendship.

This program is offered exclusively to Ananda Kriyabans who are established in the core teachings and have made their sadhana and service to Ananda a central part of their lives.

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Donations to Living Discipleship are greatly appreciated. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help in one of the following ways.

Program Discounts: The tuition for this extraordinary program can be more than some otherwise eligible individuals may be able to afford. Donations may be used to fund a partial discount for someone who, without financial help, might not be able to come. While partial discounts are occasionally offered to individuals demonstrating need, recipients are nonetheless asked to fund a significant portion of the tuition themselves, to ensure they are offering meaningful energy toward their attendance.

Program Costs: Running the program becomes more expensive every year. As the Program Coordinators work to keep costs down for attendees, it becomes ever more challenging. Your donation can help keep the program as dynamic and expansive as possible, serving not only attendees, but also the Ananda community at large.

Thank you for your support of Living Discipleship!

Next Available Program Dates:

  • September 11 - October 5th, 2022
  • July 2 - 26th, 2023

Program Contact:

Program Leaders: Nayaswami Maria and Nayaswami Sahaja

Email: [email protected]

Meditation Retreat Contact:

Housing and Fees Inquiry: Nayaswami Susan

Phone: 530-478-7557

Email: [email protected]

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What are participants saying?

This program helped me to understand what it means to be living a life of discipleship and to be a member of spiritual community. How the inner and outer forms of self offering and service are linked and how to live and be a channel of Master's Ray. This program provided the space to deepen both of these aspects. It was inspiring to feel the magnetism formed by our group of peers who are dedicating their lives to this path of discipleship. The inspiration, joy, and nourishment of this group will be carried always in my heart to come back to when ever I need to reawaken the inspiration of my soul. - Allie, Ananda LA
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5:30 or 6 am Morning Sadhana
8:30 am Breakfast
9 am Seva Opportunity
10:30 am Morning Satsang
12 pm Meditation
12:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Afternoon Satsang or Activity
4:30 pm Afternoon Sadhana with Asanas
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening Inspiration or Free Time

Where do I begin?

The process of applying to the Living Discipleship Program begins by speaking directly to your local Ananda Minister, Meditation Center or Group Leader. Please request time with them to review the suggested conditions for participation. They will be the ones to recommend you for participation in the program. If you are not in an area with an Ananda Center or Meditation Group, contact Nayaswami Maria or Nayaswami Sahaja for more information.