Spiritual Retreat for Yoga and Meditation
in Italy

Welcome to Ananda

International Spiritual Retreat of Yoga, Meditation and Self-discovery

Located in the beautiful Umbrian hills near Assisi, Italy, the Ananda Center offers many programs based on the principles of Kriya Yoga and Self-realization, which were brought to the Western world by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. His direct disciple Swami Kriyananda, the founder of Ananda communities in the United States, Europe and India, has continued to develop and spread these universal and practical teachings around the world.




Swami's Last Will

Dear friends of Ananda,

As many of you know, on April 21st 2013 Swami Kriyananda left the body ... read more.


“Meditation is the highest form of activity a man can perform.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

Meditation brings many benefits: on a spiritual level it helps you to experience God, at the psychological and physical level it has positive effects on the brain and nervous system. With regular practice you can experience deeper peace and more joy in your heart and your life.

Ananda offers many courses on meditation, from the basics to higher techniques of Kriya Yoga. Click here

Ananda Yoga

Ananda Yoga restores the science of Hatha Yoga to its original purpose: raising our level of awareness and transforming you on all levels– body, mind, heart and soul– bringing deep and long-lasting benefits. Click here

Introductory Programs

An optimal first experience of Ananda and the spiritual techniques of Self-Realization, with reduced fees for first-time visitors. Click here

Spiritual Self-Healing

The ancient techniques for self-healing taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, to help us to realize God’s healing power within us. Click here

Spiritual Travels

Visiting the sacred sites of India…and other places. Click here

Spiritual Service

Discover Karma Yoga, the power of Yoga in Action. Click here

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Paramhansa YoganandaYogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West, coming to the U.S. from India in 1920 and living here until his passing. He taught the timeless essence of spirituality, emphasizing the need for a direct inner experience of God, which he called Self-realization...