Anand Stickney lived many years at Ananda Village, after having become a disciple of Yogananda and a devotee on the path of Self-realization in 1973. His experience, born from deep meditation, is much appreciated by the Raja Yoga students. In 2005 Swami Kriyananda authorized him to give initiation into Kriya Yoga. Anand and his wife Kirtani are spiritual directors of the Ananda community in Assisi, Italy. He also travels throughout Europe, giving lectures and seminars on Self-realization and Kriya Yoga.