Kriya Retreat 2016

Join us for an experiential retreat in which you will practice the beginning techniques of Kriya Yoga through twice daily guided spiritual practices (Energization Exercises, Ananda Yoga postures, chanting, meditation).  Additionally, through discussion, stories, and inspirational talks, you’ll learn more about the Kriya tradition and discover ways to live more superconsciously for greater happiness and success in all areas of life.

There will be three programs running concurrently at this retreat.

Please note that one must be approved by Ananda beforehand to attend either Initiation, or, have already received Kriya through Ananda Sangha.

● Kriya Yoga Initiation into the full technique on Saturday evening

● A separate Initiation into the Higher Kriya Techniques for those who have been practicing basic Kriya for at least three years. For eligibility, please email Sanjan Thelen at the Kriya Ministry at Ananda in California.

● An alternate introductory program for those not participating in either initiation

 We look forward to sharing the ever-new joy of   meditation with you!

The retreat will be led by Nayaswamis Ananta and Maria McSweeney, and Sanjan Thelen.
Ananta and Maria arrived at Ananda Village in the mid-1970s and managed the Ananda Farm until 1986. At that time they were asked by Swami Kriyananda to direct the Ananda community in Sacramento, where they served as ministers for 23 years. They returned to Ananda Village six years ago and are once again running the Ananda Farm. Nayaswamis Ananta and Maria are both also Kriyacharyas, designated by Swami Kriyananda to initiate people into the soul liberating technique of Kriya
Yoga as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.

A long-time meditation teacher, Sanjan is the Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America. Having experienced the accelerated spiritual growth that comes from practicing Kriya Yoga, Yogananda’s most advanced technique, Sanjan is thrilled to help others enter into this ancient yogic practice and offer support along the way.

Annette, a participant in a previous Kriya Yoga retreat, wrote: rolling-ridge-entrance-2-274x300

It was so wonderful to be able to deepen my  meditation experience, take time to pause from my busy life, and share Yogananda’s teachings with so many like minded people. I felt more spiritually attuned with the gurus and felt refreshed with a new sense of awareness and strength. Thanks to the New England Ananda group for hosting such a fantastic retreat!

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Omega Retreat

THE HEART OF YOGANANDA’S TEACHINGS: Practical Tools for Spiritual Living

July 17, 2016 – July 22, 2016 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY

with Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Nayaswami Diksha McCord



Paramhansa Yogananda, charismatic author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, was instrumental in bringing yoga to the West. He inspired everyone from Mahatma Gandhi to Steve Jobs with his teachings of self-realization and practical tools for success and happiness in life.

In this 5-day immersion into the heart of Yogananda’s teachings, we awaken and engage the power of our hearts and minds, develop dynamic willpower, and access the inner technology of joy. Through Kriya Yoga, pranayama, and meditation practices, as well as lecture, group discussion, and guided introspection, we:

  • Cultivate higher awareness and unshakeable happiness
  • Explore yogic healing techniques
  • Engage the inner mechanism of transcendence
  • Energize the body and concentrate the mind
  • Increase mental clarity and effectiveness
  • Learn about karma and personal success
  • Discover how to become a magnet for accomplishment

Led by Nayaswamis Gyandev McCord and Diksha McCord, who have a combined 60 years of discipleship to Yogananda and practice with Kriya Yoga, this workshop is open to anyone who wants to lead a deeper, more meaningful life. No previous yoga experience is necessary.