Course: RESIDENTIAL COURSE: Christmas at Ananda

Edition - From 22/12/2022 To 26/12/2022
All editions
Code: KE09755
Duration: 4 Days

SUBSCRIPTIONS DEADLINE: 22/12/2022 17:00:23
Christmas at Ananda is truly special: inspiring, simple, meaningful. It is a period of deep joy which you can experience with us as a member of our spiritual family as we rejoice in the birth of the Christ Consciousness.


Christmas at Ananda is unlike any you have ever experienced: inspiring, simple, meaningful. It is a period of deep joy which you can experience with us as a member of our spiritual family as we rejoice in the birth of the Christ Consciousness.

On Friday and Saturday mornings, there will be inspiring satsangs by Uma and Narya and in the afternoons, Ananda Yoga guided by Jayadev.

Christmas Eve is one of the most special and beautiful moments of the season. We begin with a festive dinner and then move on to the Temple for our Christmas Eve programme. With beautiful Christmas music, inspiring readings and photos, we will celebrate and rejoice in the birth of Christ.

Christmas day begins with a joyful kirtan (group chanting) and meditation, followed by a festive breakfast. A special Christmas message will be followed by the Sunday satsang with th eFestival of Light. Lunch will be a delicious Christmas banquet. In the evening, there will be a Christmas concert by the Ananda Worldwide Brotherhood choir with music by Swami Kriyananda and traditional Christmas music from many countries.

On St. Stephan's day, the 26th, there will be a special activity, with music and satsang.

Your teachers:
Nayaswami Uma Macfarlane is a Kriyacharya, Counselor and Raja Yoga Teacher. An astute counselor and teacher, Uma offers a number of classes on Raja Yoga at the Ananda Assisi center.
A student and teacher of yogic philosophy and spiritual science for 40 years, Uma lived for many years at Ananda Village in California, where served for a time as secretary for Swami Kriyananda.

She has taught at Ananda communities in the United States, as well in India and many parts of Europe. A native of the England, she brings wonderful wit and charming warmth to her classes as well as obvious depth of experience. She is currently serving in our Assisi, Italy retreat.

Narya Paolo Tosetto, has been on the path of Self-realization since 1989. A disciple of the great Master Paramhansa Yogananda, he lived for several years in Ananda Village, California, and now lives and teaches in Ananda Assisi.

He coordinates Ananda’s relations with local businesses and governments and is in charge of projects for the expansion of the Community.

He was appointed a minister by Swami Kriyananda, and in 2013 was ordained to serve as a Kriyacharya.

Tyagi Jayadev Jaerschky, of German origin, started practicing yoga and meditation from age 15. After having worked as a social worker, he went to India in 1987 and remained there for several months. Soon he decided to devote his life fully to the spiritual search. In 1989 he went to live in the Ananda Assisi community in Italy. In 2000 he received his certification diploma at the Ananda Yoga School in California and now is the director of the Ananda Yoga Teachers Training Program. Today Jayadev holds regularly seminars and courses throughout Italy and abroad. He has published 13 books on yoga, among which the bestseller Respira che ti passa!, and he has published many CD of devotional music. In 2014 he has been named Kriyacharya, which means he is authorized to give the sacred initiation of Kriya Yoga. Every year he leads pilgrimages to the sacred Himalayas.

Dear friends, we will do our best, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a translation for everything in your program. We apologise for any inconvenience!

The price of the all-inclusive stay per person is 432 euros (108 euros per day)* in single room and 320 euros (80 euros per day)* 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


General programme (subject to change)

Thursday 22

17:30 – 19:30 Spiritual Practices
19:30 Dinner
20:30 Orientation

Friday 23
7:00-8:45 Morning spiritual practices
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00-13:30 Morning lesson
13:30 Lunch
16:15 - 17:30 Ananda Yoga
17:45-19:30 Energization and meditation or lesson in the spiritual practices
19:30 Dinner in silence
20:30 Evening program

Saturday 24
7:00-8:45 Kirtan and meditation
8:45 Festive breakfast
12:00 Christmas message
13:30 Banquet
16:15 - 17:30 Ananda Yoga
17:45-19:15 Energization and meditation or lesson in the spiritual practices
19:30 Festive dinner
21:00-23:00 Christmas Eve program

Sunday 25
7:00-8:45 Kirtan and meditation
8:45 Festive breakfast
11:00 Christmas message
11:45 Sunday satsang and Festival of Light
13:30 Banquet
16:15 - 17:30 Ananda Yoga
17:45-19:30 Energization and meditation or lesson in the spiritual practices
19:30 Dinner in silence
20:30-22:00 Christmas concert

Monday 26
7:00-8:45 Morning spiritual practices
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00 Purification ceremony and special activvity
13:30 Lunch

Recommended for you

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    di Swami Kriyananda
    La promessa dell'immortalità di Swami Kriyananda


The price of the all-inclusive stay per person is 432 euros (108 euros per day)* in single room and 320 euros (80 euros per day)* in a room shared only with those you indicate.

We will offer you:
- full board from
the evening of arrival to lunch on the day of departure
- 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

To facilitate your booking, you can calculate the total price of your stay (including the course price) with this simple calculator:

Cost table

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 ( 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.

Related events

25/12/2022 20:30
Join us in the joyful and inspiring music of Christmas. The Ananda choir's Christmas concert is one of the great moments of the Christmas season, a feast of sounds!
24/12/2022 21:30
Christmas Eve is one of the most beautiful and special moments during the Christmas period. With uplifting Christmas music, inspiring images, and an enactment of the nativity, we will celebrate together the birth of Christ. You are all invited to wear white clothes for this magical evening.

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