Taught by Ananda’s Founding Members

Ananda Leadership Training“While most of the utopian religious communities that sprang up in the 1960s have failed, Ananda has flourished.”—The New York Times

Ananda is one of the world’s most successful intentional communities. Ananda came into existence in the late 1960s, a time when America saw thousands of attempts to create new models of living. Most of those experiments never survived their first year, but Ananda has thrived and grown. The thoughtful person must wonder why? The principles and ideals that guide Ananda have grown naturally out of a way of life based on meditation, joyous service, and the understanding that a single Reality underlies all of life’s seeming diversity.

In this leadership course, you will discover how these 3 guiding principles have influenced the development of an environment that nurtures a person’s most precious of qualities: divine states of consciousness.

Four aspects covered in-depth:

  1. How to Be an Effective Ananda Leader
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  2. Knowing the Teachings, Being an Effective Leader
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  3. Teaching the Essential Classes
    Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma
  4. Spiritual and Life Counseling
    Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Anandi
  5. People Are More Important, Seeing Their Next Step
    Nayaswami Jaya and Nayaswami Dhyana
  6. Training People in the Path of Kriya
    Nayaswami Devarshi and Nayaswami Bharat
  7. How to Give an Effective Talk
    Nayaswami Asha and Nayaswami Savitri
  8. Special Interests – Chanting, Music, Hatha Yoga
    Nayaswami Gyandev and David Eby

**Please Note: The Minister Training portion of the Ananda Leadership Course does not qualify one to become an official Ananda Minister – but, rather, it offers in-depth training on how to help and serve others.

  1. Supportive Leadership: Delegating Responsibility and Authority
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  2. Communication Skills: Meetings, One-On-One
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  3. Team Building, Staffing, Volunteer Energy
    Nayaswami Pranaba, Nayaswami Savitri
  4. Organizing Projects and Time Management
    Peter Goering, Nabha Cosley
  5. How We Do It : Part One
    Nayaswamis Anand and Kirtani, Daiva and Gangamata Glazzard
  6. How We Do It: Part Two
    Nayaswamis Asha and David, Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma
  1. Basics of Financial Management
    Latika Parojinog and Nayaswami Hriman
  2. Overview of Necessary Practical Skills
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  3. Balancing a Budget
    Latika Parojinog, Nayaswami Pranaba, Peter Goering
  4. Ananda Network for Getting Help
    Nayaswami Pranaba, Nayaswami Savitri
  5. Knowledge of Potential Legal Issues
    Latika Parojinog, Nayaswami Sahaja
  6. Crisis Management
    Nayaswami Asha
  7. Basics of Fundraising, Databases
    Nayaswami Jyoti, Lisa Fontaine, Kent Williams
  1. Creating a Long-Term Vision – Strategies and Priorities
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
  2. How to Involve Others in Creating a Vision
    Atman Goering and Alex Forrester
  3. Attracting and Inspiring Members
    Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma
  4. Marketing Overview
    Timothy Hickey and Nayaswami Gyandev
  5. Websites: Local and Work-wide
    Indra Kaufman and Nabha Cosley
  6. Online Classes, Social Media and Other Advertising
    Devalila Veenhof, Sanjan Thelen and Kalamali Lee
  7. Wrap-Up
    Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

The Ananda Leadership Training 3-fold purpose:

  1. To present a comprehensive course in the special style of decision making and leadership that has developed at Ananda over the last forty years.
  2. To train the next generation of Ananda leaders in the basic skills of leadership as a living expression of the principles Swami Kriyananda outlined in his book, The Art of Supportive Leadership.
  3. Finally, this course offers unique satsang with the people and vibration that has made Ananda what it is today. The classes are taught by many of Ananda’s founding members and most experienced leaders.

Three options for participation:

  • Sign up for the entire course, watching recording of all classes, read the required reading material, complete five project assignments, three class assignments and receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.
    The five student projects are:
    1) Create a Discipleship Class Series,
    2) Organize a Weekend Retreat,
    3) Create a Budget for a Project – Income and Expenses,
    4) Create a five-year plan,
    5) Develop a Marketing Plan.
  • Sign up for the entire course and do as much or as little as you want – at your own pace without doing the assignments.
  • Sign-up for individual sections that interest you. Minister Training, Leadership Training, Practical Skills, or Creating a Vision.

More About Course

Ananda Leadership Training Joy Symbol

A counselor must tune into higher guidance! Pray deeply! Constantly pray while counseling, “Lord, you tell me what to say, and when and how to say it.” Tell them you’ll continue to pray for them and then be sure to do it — carry on with your prayers for them in the days that follow!

How do we effectively share something as subtle as spiritual teachings with others? What skills are needed to foster a positive environment so everyone may feel inspired to live their highest? In this course, we’ll explore the many ways we all can become channels for the light. This course is presented by Ananda’s founding members, all of whom have spent many years seeing their lives and Ananda communities around the world transformed by grace. Whether we’re inspired to share spiritual teachings directly with others or simply experience greater harmony at home or in the workplace, this course prepares us to live from inspiration and joy.


In this self-paced course you will have unlimited access to the material to complete the lessons. There are four main areas of focus: Minister Training, Leadership Training, Practical Skills, and Creating a Vision, with a total of nine assignments to complete for certification. We encourage you to complete one to two lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

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