RESIDENTIAL COURSE: Happiness is a Choice
Have you ever wished that the happy moments in life were not so fleeting and so rare? That you could achieve a state of happiness that would always be with you? If you want more happiness in yourself, and in every aspect of your reality, come to this course and discover how to approach life from a center of inner peace and happiness.
"The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always,
rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy."
"Be happy, now! If you succeed in finding happiness in your soul…
you will always carry with you that priceless treasure.
Once soul-happiness is yours, no one will be able to take it from you,
however long be your journey toward timelessness and eternity."
Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th century, offers us a step-by-step map to find the treasure of true happiness in the place where we most rarely look for it: in our own Self.
In this course, we will delve into his book How to be Happy All the Time as a guide to understanding the infinite source of bliss that is always within us.
You will discover the simple but profound secrets to bringing happiness into every moment of your life: you will learn to look for happiness where it really is, be able to identify and isolate the habits that rob you of joy, and achieve true success and prosperity by choosing to be happy in every circumstance.
Topics that will be covered include:
• Looking for happiness in the right places
• Choosing to be happy
• Tools and spiritual practices for achieving happiness
• Sharing happiness with others: happy healthy relationships
• Balancing success at work with inner happiness
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Nayaswami Premi shares: "In 1995, the most important event of my life happened, my meeting with my master Paramhansa Yogananda. He ignited in my heart the ardor to live for God. Through reading his writings, I felt that I was in touch with Christ, and this opened me completely to the Light. This is what I share with the people who come to visit us at Ananda, the community where I have lived since 1997.
The key reference point in my life has been Swami Kriyananda's spiritual guidance and the enlightenment that he shared by his example of discipleship.
So, in my service to Ananda as a teacher, I wish to share with others all the good that God has given me and continues to give me through Master, Swami, and so many dear people in this beautiful community."
Darshan Jan Lotichius has been practising meditation since 1981. In 2000, Swami Kriyananda ordained him as a minister of Ananda Sangha, the international movement that presents Yogananda's teachings worldwide. Darshan conducts seminars in both Europe and America, and currently resides in the Ananda Assisi community, where he teaches how to integrate meditation into all areas of life: professional, artistic, social and personal.
The total price of your all-inclusive stay, which includes course, board and lodging, is 600 euros (120 euros per day)* in a single room, 450 euros (90 euros per day)* in a double room and 400 euros (80 euros per day)* in a 3- to 5-bed dormitory.
We have prepared for you a little guide that you can download and that will help us to welcome you in the best way. You can find it in the MATERIALS section.
* Price of membership card not included
17:30 – 19:30 Spiritual Practices
7:00-8:45 Morning spiritual practices*
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00-13:30 Morning lesson
17:45-19:30 Energization and meditation or lesson in the spiritual practices
19:30 Dinner in silence
20:30 Evening program
7:00-8:45 Morning spiritual practices
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00-13:30 Morning lesson
*Every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 we have a long meditation, with a break to enter at 7:30 and the Purification Ceremony at 8:30.
We will offer you:
- full board from Sunday evening to Friday lunch
- all meditations and guided sadhana
- Ananda Yoga classes
- the course and materials (if any)
- the essentials for your practice: meditation cushions, yoga mats, Aum-board
- kirtan and other evening programs
* Membership card excluded
Accommodation: information and prices
Attention: During the Covid-19 period the prices below are no longer applicable. The correct all-inclusive price for each course can be found on its individual page.
|Single room with bathroom||€ 72.00|
|Single without bathroom||€ 61.00|
|Double room with bathroom||€ 56.00|
|Double without bathroom||€ 48.00|
|Triple room with bathroom||€ 48.00|
|Triple without bathroom||€ 41.00|
|Dormitory (4-5 beds)||€ 36.00|
Note: To the price of lodging and food, you have to add the price of the seminar, that includes all activities: Energization Exercises Lessons, yoga and meditation and evening activities (on most evenings).
Payments can be made in cash, by Eurocheck, credit card (MasterCard and Visa), Bancomat. We can’t accept cash over 1000.00 euros.
Next time you come to Ananda, sign up for the program Yoga in Action to get a taste of community service and receive a discount on the cost of the course. You can choose the option Yoga in Action for any course where this program is available and you can continue with this option as long as you wish. Your service project might change each day.
When we learn to serve with the right attitude, this is a spiritual practice and is called Karma Yoga. The daily practice of Karma Yoga is a joyful and practical spiritual discipline that will benefit every aspect of your life.
At Ananda, there are two levels of the Yoga in Action option:
Yoga in Action Level 1
75€/course of 5 days
With Level 1, you will serve for a period of one and a half hours. This experience gives you a chance to contribute to the beautiful atmosphere of Ananda.
Yoga in Action Level 2
35€/course of 5 days
Yoga in Action Level 2 is only available if you have had prior experience of the Yoga in Action Level 1 option, or any of the Community Living Programs. With Level 2, you will serve for a period of three hours, split into two periods of daily service.
How to Register for This Program
In the page of the course you want to participate to, you will find, if available, the special price of the course with Yoga in action level 1 and 2. When you sign-up on the website or call or write us to book the course, just indicate that you wish to participate to the Yoga in Action Level 1 or 2 program. It’s that easy. Once you arrive at Ananda you will need also to complete a Yoga in Action Form and return it to our reception office.
How to book
You may make your reservation directly here on the website or by phone (+39 0742 813620) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your booking needs to be confirmed by our reception office. For courses held online, there is no need to indicate the details of your stay (date of arrival, departure…).
For courses held at our center in Assisi, please indicate your arrival and departure dates and times, the program you wish to attend, your preferred accommodation, your address, phone and email. If you need to modify your reservation, please inform us at least one week in advance.
Our reception office is open from:
Monday to Saturday 9:30-1:30pm, 2:30-5:30pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30am, 2:30-5:30pm
For on-site courses, the programmes start on the evening of the day indicated.
If you cannot arrive during office hours, please let us know in advance.
Please contact us to check what translations are available. Courses, both on-site and online, may be cancelled if there are fewer than five participants.
This course is offered only in Italian. However, you are most welcome to join us for a weekend of relaxation and personal retreat.