Ministerial Services

Family at Ananda baptism ceremony

Whether you live nearby, are planning a visit, or are limited to contact by phone or e-mail, Ananda Village ministers are available to lend their support in various ways.

Family Ministry

Our Family Ministry often plans fun and inspiring activities such as family kirtans (devotional chanting), potlucks, crafts and service projects. They also serve as a resource to help you find childcare if attending events or classes at Ananda Village. Please contact Erin Vinacco at [email protected] for more information, or to find out what’s happening.


Swami Kriyananda has created inspiring ceremonies to infuse the significant life events of birth, marriage and physical passing with the remembrance of God, and of our true reality as sparks of the divine.

Please contact Savitri at Ananda’s Central Ministry office at (530) 478-7019 or [email protected] if you are interested in having one of our ministers perform a baptism, wedding, funeral or astral ascension.

“O Great Soul! Live in wisdom, in love, in eternal joy.”

This ceremony addresses and acknowledges your child first as a spiritual being. Speaking to his soul and surrounding him with blessings and support, it encourages him to journey wisely in his life adventure.
Cost: Donation requested

“May our love grow ever deeper, purer, more expansive, until, in our perfected love, we find the perfect love of God.”

The Ananda wedding ceremony evokes and strengthens a couple’s love for each other, and of God’s loving presence in their union. In addition to vows to each other and to God, the ceremony includes devotional chanting, prayer, meditation, uplifting music and a special blessing of the couple.
Cost: Donation requested

Our quaint stone chapel and exquisite gardens at Crystal Hermitage can be rented to provide a beautiful setting for your ceremony or reception. More

Funerals and Astral Ascencions
“Our desire is not to hold you back, but only to tell you: Friend, we are yours; our love and support are ever yours, and our prayers for your highest happiness. Claim your soul’s freedom!”

Both the funeral and astral ascension ceremonies speak to the true reality of our loved ones as eternally living souls, and affirm the truth that physical death does not break the connection between us and those we love. The astral ascension ceremony is specifically designed to support the departed soul in their return to God’s light, and can be performed at a distance, and at any time after someone’s passing.
Cost: Donation requested

Spiritual Support

Spiritual Counseling

In spiritual counseling, the focus is on looking for solutions instead of focusing on the problem, or trying to “fix” anyone. All counselors are Ananda ministers who are trained to direct you toward an expansive view of the divine influences in your life, in a way that is honoring of whatever you’re facing in the present, while drawing on the wisdom of your higher self. Available counselors
Cost: $75/hr.

Sessions take place by phone, unless you are visiting the Expanding Light. To schedule, call The Expanding Light front desk at (530) 478-7500 option 1. A few days lead time is required to arrange your session.

Healing Prayers

Ananda supports a thriving Healing Prayer Ministry, and trains its worldwide members in Yogananda’s methods of long-distance healing. We are happy to offer prayers for you and your loved ones. Request prayers
Cost: No charge; donation suggested

Ananda’s Healing Prayer Ministry also offers instruction, based on Yogananda’s teachings, to those who wish to serve in this way. More

Meditation Practice Support

Articles on the art and science of meditation, free subsription to The Daily Meditator e-Newsletter, help with common problems, and e-mail support. More

You can also learn to meditate right now, with a simple and effective meditation technique you can learn in 5 minutes. More
Cost: Free

Ask Ananda’s Experts

Ananda’s “question and answer” blog about meditation, yoga, the spiritual life and more. Ask a question, or browse the list of topics for inspirational answers already given. More
Cost: Free

Ananda Worldwide’s website, which offers free inspiration and information to help you to bring God into your life through meditation and spiritual living.
Cost: Free