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Ananda University

Students at all levels can enjoy the support and inspiration of like-minded souls through our various programs.

Our Mission

The mission of Ananda University is to help individuals clarify and empower their aspirations, and attune themselves to levels of higher consciousness from which to engage in their work. This dynamic and purposeful attunement is applicable to every person in all aspects of life.

Swami Kriyanda (1926 – 2013) was Ananda’s founder. He wrote the book “Education for Life” and was supportive of creating schools with a new emphasis on education.

Announcing the New Horizons Gap Year

The New Horizons Gap Year, a 9-month program for young adults age 18-35, is the latest feature of Ananda University’s exploration of “higher education for higher consciousness.”

Now, as old systems of higher education continue to decay, new and dynamic ways of relating to oneself and the broader world are being brought forward. Says Laura Beebe, Education Director for the New Horizons Gap Year, “Yogananda’s call for small communities, simple living and high thinking, are now more relevant than ever, especially for young adults. This newest generation is actively seeking alternative ways of making their place in the world. They are a demographic of tiny house dwellers, ‘do it yourself’ foodies, conscious thinkers, globally connected citizens and creative systems hackers.”

For over 50 years, Ananda Worldwide has been a guiding light in the lives of young truth seekers from around the globe. Building on the legacy and blessings of Swami Kriyananda and Ananda College, the newest iteration of this work, Ananda University, is honored to announce the launch of the New Horizons Gap Year Program starting in September 2020. Learn more about New Horizons Gap Year

Webinars

We recently hosted a series of twenty webinars with authors, researchers, and teachers involved in the field of consciousness studies including Science, Mythology, Yoga Philosophy, Psychology and more. Webinars are available here on-demand for your enjoyment and inspiration. You can also become a subscriber to access all events at no additional cost.

Ananda Village

Our 6,000-title Library of Higher Consciousness is located at Rajarshi Park in Ananda Village. Our rural setting, adjacent to the Ananda Spiritual Community, primarily provides a space of psychic quiet in which the guidance of one’s higher self can be heard. Past students of the University have expressed how much it meant to have such an experiential setting in nature that complements intellectual inquiry, and is not overshadowed by it. Ananda Village recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary.

A Brief History of Ananda University

In the late 1980’s, Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder, spoke about Ananda Village that “someday there will be a university here!” In 1946, his guru, Yogananda, in his epic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” had expressed his desire to create a Yoga Institute: “I plan to open a Yoga Institute here. The blessed role of Kriya Yoga in the West has hardly more than just begun. May all men come to know that there is a definitive, scientific technique of self-realization for the overcoming of all human misery.”  Learn more about our history

Ananda University is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution registered with the state of California.