RESIDENTIAL COURSE: Reflections on 2022
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Paramhansa Yogananda observed, “The minutes are more important than the years.” But as the pace of life approaches the speed of light, we arrive at the end of each day too exhausted to reflect on what we have experienced and how much we have learned.
The last days of December, between Christmas and the New Year, can bring a harvest of wisdom, insight and inner strength for our next adventures in evolution in 2023. You are invited to stay for the weekend and enjoy the companion course: A New Tomorrow.
Each participant will receive a work book to write in and become the "book of your life" for 2022. Through guided exercises you will review the most important moments of the year, and begin to appreciate the lessons you have learned and the gifts you have received.
Please note: This course ends at lunchtime on Friday. If you want to stay for the year-end celebration, you must register for the "A New Tomorrow" course.
This is one of the most popular courses of the entire year, and you will want to reserve early.
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. This year he was ordained as a Kriyacharya (authorized to give initiation in Kriya Yoga). 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.
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."
The price of the all-inclusive stay per person is 450 euros* in single room and 345 euros* in a room shared only with those you indicate.
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
14:45-16:00 Afternoon lesson (only on Tuesday and Wednesday)
16:15 - 17:30 Ananda Yoga
17:45 - 19:30 Energization and meditation or lesson in the techniques
19:30 Dinner in silence
20:30 - 22:00 Evening activities
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.
“Per me questo corso è stata un'esperienza molto positiva e liberatoria. Mi ha dato un senso di sicurezza, è stato un grande stimolo e mi ha aiutato a non giudicare me o gli altri.” —Angela
“L’atmosfera che si respira e la vita insieme a voi risvegliano sempre in me la gioia, la serenità e la voglia di crescita spirituale. Grazie ancora per tutte le emozioni che riuscite a regalarmi sempre con nuovo slancio ed entusiasmo.” —Paola
“Mi ha rilassato il fatto che le persone qui non sembrano giudicarti o ‘catalogarti’. Aprono il loro cuore e cercano di essere utili per gli altri e per far capire che Dio è tutto. Questo ti aiuta ad aprirti a una nuova coscienza e un possibile cammino spirituale.” —Aurora
“Un posto di pace, di vita, di fratellanza, che lascia nell’anima mia, l’esperienza e l’anelito per viverle sempre di più, veramente e profondamente, nella mia vita quotidiana.” —Nadia
"Seguire il corso “Riflessioni 2015” ha cambiato la prospettiva sulla mia esistenza. Durante i giorni di corso ad Ananda ho cominciato ad assumere un atteggiamento di distaccata osservazione nei confronti delle vicende della vita. Come ci è stato chiesto di fare, ho provato a guardare a quello che mi era successo durante l’anno appena trascorso come da un palcoscenico, cercando di non identificarmi con l’attore principale, cioè io!
Le vicende accadute, le persone incontrate, le vecchie relazioni, tutto pian piano assumeva un significato diverso. Ho scoperto che ogni cosa che mi era venuta incontro durante quel periodo portava con sé un messaggio, era un indizio che serviva a farmi capire qualcosa di me stessa.
Durante il corso ho imparato a riconoscere questi indizi e a decifrare i messaggi che contenevano. E’ stato divertente, mi sono sentita un po’ come un detective….
Ma la cosa più bella è stata che il gioco non è finito quando sono tornata a casa. Infatti, ho imparato a rimanere in poltrona e osservare quello che mi capita tutti i giorni con l’atteggiamento distaccato di uno spettatore che a teatro si gode lo spettacolo.
Partendo da Ananda, temevo che non sarei riuscita a mantenere il mio posto in platea, che non avrei saputo riconoscere i messaggi che dal divino mi avrebbero consentito di mantenere la rotta. Invece, ho continuato a trovare indizi: ormai ho imparato il meccanismo, ogni circostanza nella quale mi capita di trovarmi, anche sul bus, ogni incontro che sembra casuale, persino le scritte su un cartellone pubblicitario, sono tutti segnali mandati apposta per me! L’universo intero mi parla. Probabilmente mi ha sempre parlato, ma ora io ho imparato ad ascoltare." - Anonimo
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 not included
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 (email@example.com). 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 IN ITALIAN ONLY. For information or to book, see our Italian site.
This weekend course is dedicated to Kriya Yoga, a true philosophy of life that teaches how to raise energy levels, master out-of-control emotions, refine perceptions and cope with life's trials with calmness, centerdness, and inner strength.
Course offered in Italian only. For information, see our Italian site.