The mission of Ananda College is to help individuals find their roles, find their power, and attune themselves to levels of higher consciousness from which to engage in their work. This dynamic and purposeful attunement, applicable to every person in all walks of life, constitutes the living wisdom that is in our name.

We are currently planning to begin offering programs in the fall of 2016 through online courses, weekend or week-long intensives, and residential options. Students may take individual courses, earn certificates in specific areas through completion of multiple courses, or enroll in the full program to earn an M.A. in Consciousness Studies. The areas of study include:

  • World Cultures and Consciousness
  • Yoga Psychology and Yoga Philosophy
  • Inspirational and Therapeutic Arts
  • Business Leadership and Consciousness
  • Community Solutions and Sustainability
  • Education for Higher Consciousness
  • Holistic Health and Healing
  • Self-Realization Studies: Know Thyself

Students at all levels will also enjoy the support and inspiration of like-minded souls through our online community. Ananda College, too, understands that it’s part of a community of like-minded institutions, and will actively seek partnerships with others who also seek to uplift the consciousness of our world.

We are actively planning the construction of Ananda College’s campus in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, outside Nevada City, California. This rural setting primarily provides a space of psychic quiet in which the guidance of one’s higher self can be heard. It makes the campus a place to be and find yourself.

The desire for a higher level of consciousness must come from deep within one’s own heart: it cannot be achieved by mere intellectual affirmation or will power. Fortunately, that desire comes naturally when one is immersed in a magnetic environment, created by people who strive to live in that consciousness every day.

Ananda Village, adjacent to the land that’s available for the College to operate, already has that magnetism, as demonstrated by the experience of its many guests over the more than four decades. Various facilities around Ananda Village, including the Meditation Retreat where the College began, will provide interim facilities as we construct our own campus. Past students of the College have expressed how much it meant to have such an experiential setting in nature that complements intellectual inquiry, and is not overshadowed by it.

As we work toward opening in fall of 2016, we are actively seeking the necessary funding for our operations, including construction of the campus. We invite direct donations as well as references to individuals or organizations that might be able to offer larger gifts. For more information, contact Nefretete Rasheed via email, nrasheed (at)

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