∼ Covid Update ∼

Dear Friend,

Change seems to be the underlying theme of the current times. Human beings all over the planet have had to adjust to a new way of living, and most of us are still adjusting, we are still learning. It seems that these times are calling us to be more compassionate, to care for others, to listen, to change our priorities.

This year, the Crystal Hermitage Gardens had to close its doors to the public for our Tulip Season. And we are sorry to announce that we will be closed to the public once again for Springtime at Ananda 2021, due to the virus and consequential financial challenges. However, a small team of dedicated staff are working diligently to keep the gardens healthy and beautiful. We hope to open for a summer garden, depending on the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. We will keep you updated.

To help support Crystal Hermitage we have created an online boutique with items from the Shrine of The Masters where many of you have shopped during your visits to the gardens. Currently we have statues of Christ and the Ananda line of Gurus, photos, and prayer beads. We are continually adding more products, such as sun catchers, jewelry, and cards.

With blessings,

Lalita, Hassi, Nandadevi, Kerry, Nancy, Sundara, Rick, Yogesh and Flavia


Over 48,500 people from around the world have visited and meditated in the gardens. Springtime at Ananda features 17,000 tulips, including 111 dutch tulip varieties, and draws over 13,000 visitors annually.


Our summer garden transition after Springtime at Ananda and are ready during July and August. You will see an array of roses, begonias, impatiens, zinnia, geraniums, petunias, marigolds, and much more!

Fall and Winter

As the weather cools the garden transitions from perennials to pansies and dahlias, with roses also still prominent. The fall foliage radiates its brilliance with bright burgundies of Japanese maple, and the reds, yellows, purples and oranges of our other trees, all against the striking backdrop of the Sierra evergreens.

  • Joy Symbol Photographer Kent Williams