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Our Location

Northern California

Numerous hiking trails wind through forests. Rivers and lakes are close by. The South Yuba River is 20 minutes away by car. The campus is located at the foot of the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains 90 minutes west of North Lake Tahoe. The nearby towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley are a 28-minute drive. The Sacramento International Airport is 90 minutes south, and the Reno International Airport is two hours east of us. Northern California beaches are three hours away, to the west.

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Sunset Ridge at Ananda Village is a 20-minute walk from the campus

Adjacent to Ananda Village

We are located adjacent to the Ananda Village campus, surrounded by forests, a nearby sustainable farm, fruit orchards, permaculture gardens, a goat dairy cooperative and small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for seasonal vegetables. The village includes the Ananda Marketplace café for coffee, drinks and baked goods, local-made soups and entrees, Friday Night Vegetarian Pizzas, and special cuisine events.

It’s a five-minute walk to Ananda Village spiritual community and the Expanding Light Retreat in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. The Ananda Village marketplace and café is a 10-minute walk away, as is the new Temple of Light for all religions. The scenic Crystal Hermitage Gardens and temples are five-minutes away by car.

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The beautiful Moksha Mandir at the far end of the Crystal Hermitage Gardens at Ananda Village.

Our intensives take place in a variety of classrooms throughout the Ananda Spiritual Community.  Some classes and events are held at the Ananda College Library of Higher Consciousness in Rajarshi Park at Ananda Village, adjacent to a small workout gym. The library classroom is a 15-minute walk from our campus. Accommodations can be in guest houses, dorm-like facilities, small cabins or sustainable two-person bungalows with adjacent bath house. Three meals per day are healthy, delicious vegetarian style, including eggs. We do accommodate vegan and gluten free diets.

Our Community

While enrolled in the New Horizons Gap Year Program, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a spiritual cooperative community, joined by mentors currently living in the community, who will guide our group through hands-on development of community projects, teaching us practical and useful skills, while immersed in the local culture and environment.