November 23-25, 2018

With Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

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This two-day programme will be led by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide. We will enjoy discourses with them, and have meditations and yoga in nature. This will be a perfect opportunity to go deeply into spiritual practices with inspiring company, in a beautiful location. This all-India program will also be led by the Nayaswamis Jaya and Dhyana, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha India, and leaders of other Ananda centers.

This two-day programme is much more than classes: it is a weekend of spiritual transformation. You’ll find wisdom, humor, down-to-earth practicality, and clear solutions for your own life.

Retreat Schedule

Friday 23 Saturday 24 Sunday 25
5.30 am Optional early meditation Optional early meditation
6.30 am Yoga and Meditation Yoga and Meditation
7.30 am Optional Learn to Meditate Class Optional Meditation Review with Q&A
8.00 am onwards Breakfast Breakfast
10.00 am Check-out, bags in the lobby or in your car / bus
10.30 am Music Music
11.00 am “Achieve Success & Happiness: Through Inner Transformation” – talk by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, with Q&A “Techniques for Changing your Karma” – by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
1.00 pm Check-in and Lunch on your own, free time Lunch Lunch and Goodbyes
3.00 – 4.00 pm Public Talks by Ananda Acharyas

  • Option 1: How to increase your leadership magnetism
  • Option 2: Change your thoughts; change your life – working with affirmations
  • Option 3: Better health and vitality through yoga principles
  • Option 4: Unlock the power of chakras
4.00 pm Tea Tea Break
4.30 – 5.30 pm Talks by Ananda Acharyas

  • Option 1: Draw inspiration and creativity at will
  • Option 2: The healing techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Option 3: How to develop harmonious & lasting relationships at work and at home
  • Option 4: Ananda Yoga for Inner Joy
5.00 pm Meditation
6.00 pm Develop spiritual integrity into daily life: business, career, marriage and family, discourse by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, with Q&A. Yoga and Meditation
7.30 pm Dinner and Free Time Dinner
9.00 pm Music to Uplift Your Consciousness
We will be staying at The Dukes Retreat at Khandala Ghat, spread across beautifully landscaped gardens with a valley view of mesmerizing Western Ghats. It is set in the lap of the flora of the region and nestles amidst waterfalls, nature trails and winding forest paths.

Programme Fees for 2 days Residential Retreat:

Early Bird
Double Occupancy Rs. 13500
Single Occupancy Rs. 25500
Ended October 7
Last 13 seats
Double Occupancy Rs. 14500
Single Occupancy Rs. 26500
Early Bird Discount
Double Occupancy Rs. 13500
Single Occupancy Rs. 25500
Ended October 7
Last 13 seats
Double Occupancy Rs. 14500
Single Occupancy Rs. 26500

If you wish double occupancy accommodation and you don’t know another person, you’ll be assigned a roommate of same sex. If a roommate can’t be found, you will need to pay single occupancy. If you snore we ask you to room with someone you know well, or pay for single occupancy. The programme fee includes lodging; and all meals. Not included in the fee are – transportation to and from Dukes Retreat, personal hotel expenses and medical care should you need it.

Programme Fees for Day Retreat:

Limited 25 seats. Available 17.

If you can’t attend for the full weekend, join us on Sat, 24 Nov for a day long retreat full of inspirational classes, meditations, yoga, delicious meals, company of great souls from across India, and at a beautiful location at Khandala. Come anytime in the morning and depart anytime in the evening.

Day Guest Options
(Stay & transport not included)
(All Meals + Events)
Children (8-12 yrs)
(All Meals + Children’s Activities)
Children (above 12 yrs)
(All Meals + Activities)
24 Nov, Saturday Only Rs. 3500 Rs. 2000 Rs. 3500
Day Guest Options
(Stay & transport
not included
24 Nov, Saturday Only
(All Meals + Events)
Rs. 3500
Children (8-12 yrs)
(All Meals + Children’s
Rs. 2000
Children (12 yrs +)
(All Meals + Activities)
Rs. 3500


Your participation is confirmed only when we approve your application and receive full payment. Payments can be made by online transfer, by cheque or bank draft payable to “Ananda Sangha.”
In case of cancellation, Rs. 2,000 is non-refundable. Cancellations close to date of programme may incur additional costs.

How to reach:

You would reach The Dukes Retreat on your own, arriving early afternoon of November 23. The closest airports are Pune (78 km) and Mumbai (88km). Travel time is 2-1/2 hours from Pune and 3-1/2 hours from Mumbai airports. Many trains are available from Pune and Mumbai C.S.T. Stations. Pre-paid taxis from the airport can be availed. Ola and Uber intercity are also available between Pune-Mumbai. We will also suggest you taxi companies for direct booking close to arrival date.

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda for almost five decades. They travel and lecture extensively throughout the world on the topics of yoga, meditation, family spirituality and living the spiritual life. They are also authors of several books on meditation, career, marriage and related subjects.

Nayaswami Devi

Nayaswami Devi is one of the founding members of Ananda having lived at Ananda Village and several of its branch communities since 1969. She has served in various functions of community life, including being a community correspondent and a teacher at Ananda’s Expanding Light retreat.

Together, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, as the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, guide and inspire the spiritual activities of Ananda Village and Ananda Communities throughout the world.

Young Jyotish and Devi with Swami KriyanandaLongtime devotees of Yogananda, Jyotish and Devi worked closely with Swami Kriyananda from 1969 until his passing in 2013 and were personally trained by him to guide Ananda’s work. Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are both also Kriyacharyas, designated by Swami to initiate people into Kriya Yoga.

Nayaswami Jyotish

Nayaswami Jyotish became a student of Swami Kriyananda in 1967 in San Francisco, California. Soon he began assisting Swami Kriyananda in a variety of ways, including teaching meditation classes in San Francisco. Working closely with Swami Kriyananda, Nayaswami Jyotish became one of the founding members of Ananda Village, which officially started July 4, 1969, and for ten years served as the community’s general manager.

Nayaswami Jyotish Blessed by Devotees Swami Kriyananda’s Last Will, Testament, and Legacy provides that the nine-stone astrological bangle, which Swami ji has worn in his capacity of Dharmacharya of Ananda, should be “worn by my spiritual successor and his successors.”

During a simple ceremony at Ananda Village on May 19, 2013, Nayaswami Jyotish formally received the nine-stone astrological bangle reflective of his new position as Swami Kriyananda’s spiritual successor.

Other Speakers

Nayaswami Jaya

Nayaswami Jaya Helin, became a student of Swami Kriyananda soon after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Upon learning of Swamiji’s interest in spiritual communities, Nayaswami Jaya joined him as a founding member of Ananda Village, now one of the most successful such communities in the world. There he served as Village planner, property manager, and resident acharya for many years. Nayaswami Jaya has been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga and he travels widely as an Ananda “Kriyacharya,” sharing the teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda throughout India, America and elsewhere.

Nayaswami Dhyana

Nayaswami Dhyana, is co- spiritual director of Ananda Sangha. She started to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1978 and met Swami Kriyananda in 1980. She has shared the teachings of Yogananda in the US, Europe, Africa, Australia and India and helped in the founding of several of Ananda communities and centers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Berkeley, California and worked in social service before moving to Ananda Village in California in 1980. One of her earlier jobs was Director of Big Sisters of America. She’s been authorized by Swami Kriyananda to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique Kriya Yoga. She teaches locally and travels around India offering training in meditation and Raja Yoga.

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Nayaswami Dharmarajan discovered Autobiography of a Yogi as a college student in 1996. The spiritual truths in that book strongly attracted him, as did their many applications to daily life, as taught by Swami Kriyananda. After completing a master’s degree in computer science from MIT, Dharmarajanji joined Ananda full-time, where he has worked as a school teacher, meditation teacher, corporate trainer and spiritual director. Dharmarajanji is a Kriyacharya and has been authorized by Nayaswami Jyotish, Ananda Sangha’s Dharmacharya, to give initiation into the advanced meditation technique of Kriya Yoga.

Nayaswami Dharmini

Nayaswami Dharmini became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda in Silicon Valley, CA while working as an electrical engineer. Strongly attracted to the spiritual life and meditation, she moved into the Ananda Palo Alto community and soon after began working for Ananda Sangha. Dharminiji teaches classes in meditation and the path of kriya yoga in addition to sharing her love of Swami Kriyanandaji’s and Yoganandaji’s music through playing flute, singing and directing the choir. She also worked for a few years as a personal secretary to Swami Kriyananda. Dharminiji has been a member of Ananda Sangha for nearly 25 years.

Nayaswami Devarshi

A long-time Ananda minister and Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher), Devarshi is the director of Ananda India’s Kriya Yoga Sangha and also head of the Ananda India Monastery. Devarshi speaks from profound understanding and application of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda over a lifetime.

Devarshi has served the Ananda communities in Seattle, Washington and Assisi, Italy. He has taught throughout the United States, as well as in Italy and Moscow. Prior to joining the Kriya Sangha, Devarshi held a position on Swami Kriyananda’s personal staff for seven years.

Yoga & Meditation

Enjoy sessions with Internationally Certified Yoga & Meditation Teachers

Children’s Activities – Happy Inside

Do you have children of age eight and and above? They are more than welcome to join you on this retreat.

Our children’s program offers a joyful growth opportunity where children can learn to find their happiness within themselves and share it with all.

Activities include:

  • Sharing Nature Games
  • Art & Crafts
  • Music & Dance
  • Meditation & Yoga
  • Writing Poetry
  • Cooperative Games

The children will learn to connect on a deeper level:

  • with each other; nurturing new attitudes in playing together
  • with nature; feeling oneness with their environment
  • with themselves; discovering their inner qualities

During the whole weekend, we will focus on how to find happiness inside ourselves. To know the extra cost for children, please contact us.

Contact & Registration

Contact: or 85888-34651

Venue: Dukes Retreat, Old Pune Mumbai Highway, Khandala, 410 301. Ph: 02114-269201

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