A place of peace, meditation, and beauty.

Are the Tulips Blooming Yet?

We’re now open through May 21! Please check the Tulip Watch page to find out how many tulips are blooming.

Springtime at Ananda is over!

Thank you for your support and appreciation of the gardens. It was a joy to have you visit us. We look forward to sharing the tulips again with you next year!
See below for our garden hours.

When to Visit

Garden Hours:

Monday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and Lower gardens are open.
Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and Lower gardens are open.
Thursday, 1:30-4:00pm
Upper garden open only.
Friday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and lower gardens are open.
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4:00pm
Upper garden open only.

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Why Visit Crystal Hermitage?

“There are really no exact words to express the beauty and wonder of this place.”John Molaro
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Highlights

Upper Gardens

Enjoy the terraced gardens above the main house, meander through the paths below the Shrine of the Masters, and spend some time at our koi pond above the chapel. 

The chapel is open for prayer or meditation or for a quiet moment. It is based on the Porziuncula, the little church rebuilt by St. Francis in Italy. 

Across from the chapel, on the grassy terrace, be sure to enjoy the view of the middle fork of the Yuba River.

Lower Gardens

There are several highlights in the garden behind the main house. Two beautiful cherry blossom trees bloom during the month of April or sometimes early May. There is a rose garden and a pool to sit by.

In the lower gardens, the Moksha Mandir, a unique and beautiful temple for meditation, is available, and near it are expansive views of the valley.

Moksha Mandir

The final resting place of Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda, will be open for meditation and prayer during your visit to Springtime at Ananda.

Please observe the guidelines for safe social distancing, remove shoes upon entering, keep silent, and no photography.

Shrine of the Masters Museum and Gift Shop

Discover beautiful statues, wind-chimes, handcrafted malas, jewelry, and more from our charming boutique and shrine.

You can also visit the museum, which houses spiritual relics from Paramhansa Yogananda’s life and those of other great saints.

Retreat Packages

Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in the garden. You will have dinner at Crystal Hermitage, surrounded by the gardens, and enjoy other events in its unique and beautiful environment.

You will also have time to learn how to meditate and practice meditation. Yoga postures are offered, if you are so inclined. There will even be time to share with others in a deep and meaningful way.

“One of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have visited. The tulips in April are amazing. So much color! I went twice.”SJB

Reserve your time to visit the gardens

Sign up now and choose the day and time that works best for you. We look forward to seeing you!

Frequently asked questions

What are your hours?

Monday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and Lower gardens are open.
Tuesday, Closed
Wednesday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and Lower gardens are open.
Thursday, 1:30-4:00pm
Upper garden open only.
Friday, 9am–12:30pm and 1:45–5pm
Upper and lower gardens are open.
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30-4:00pm
Upper garden open only.

Do I need tickets during the off-season?

No, we only have tickets while the tulips are blooming.

What are your photography guidelines?

You are welcome to take photos and videos, and use handheld cameras and camera phones. Please read our photography guidelines.

Can I bring a large group?

If you have large bus, are bringing multiple cars, or have any other unique situation please call us at 530-478-7587 or email hermitage@ananda.org.

Are the gardens handicap accessible?

Although the gardens are not 100% accessible for wheelchair users or others who cannot climb stairs, there is enough access to make it worth a visit.

Can I bring my pet?

We do not allow dogs/pets in the garden. The only exception is service animals. We highly discourage leaving pets in the car especially during hot weather days.

How do I contact you?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us at 530-478-7587 or email hermitage@ananda.org.