Crystal Hermitage Gardens: Springtime at Ananda tulip season will celebrate Ananda’s 50th birthday in 2019
Nevada City, CA—Crystal Hermitage Gardens: Springtime at Ananda tulip season will celebrate Ananda’s 50th birthday in 2019.
What began 40 years ago as a small private garden is now frequently a top Gorgeous Gardens in the West. Visiting the garden is annual springtime tradition in the Sierra Foothills for over 12,000 visitors from as far away as Los Angeles and Reno, Nevada. Trip Advisor reviewers have made the Crystal Hermitage one of the Top 3 spots to visit around Nevada City, CA.
Close to 17,000 tulips bloom in the formal gardens surrounding the Crystal Hermitage, giving a spectacular display of color—108 varieties—April through early-May.
A place of deep peace and joy, Crystal Hermitage was the home of Swami Kriyananda where he wrote many of his 140 books and composed some of his 400 pieces of music.
“He built the Crystal Hermitage and gardens for the community to meditate, pray and experience joy in nature,” explained Nair, lead gardener. “Swami was rarely here. Teaching yoga and meditation took him around the world.”
You can visit year round, or rent the Crystal Hermitage gardens for a retreats, proposals, weddings and baptisms. The grounds include a chapel, modeled after St. Francis of Assisi’s chapel in Italy.
Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda Village and it has grown into a worldwide movement, now with 8 communities of people living yoga in daily life, and 145 meditation groups and centers in North America, Europe and India.
A direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda—whoseAutobiographyof a Yogi sparked the revolution of yoga andmeditation in the West that we are living today—Swami Kriyanandawas laid to rest in the Moksha Mandir below the gardens in 2013.
“We believe they can transform the world,” said Shomik Chaudhuri, President of the Institute of International Social Development (IISD), when he presented Ananda with the Global Ambassador Peace Award at the United Nations Church Center in New York City in 2017.