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Yoga Farm Historical Timeline (1971 - Present)



1957    Swami Vishnudevananda sets foot in America, arriving in San Francisco, CA.
1963    Swami Vishnudevananda establishes first ashram in Val Morin, Quebec, Canada.
1971    August 29 - Swami Vishnudevananda visits 40-acre parcel of land in Grass Valley, CA. There he has the vision of Radha Krishna’s mystical Rasa Lila dance in the valley and decides to purchase the property. He calls the new ashram Vrindavan Yoga Farm.
1973    Purchases an additional 20 acres where Swami Vishnudevananda builds his house for seclusion.
1974    The first TTC in Grass Valley. Construction of the Radha Krishna meditation hall.
1975    Music Festival and Yoga Teachers Congress, a gathering of outstanding world musicians.
1979    Establishment of California 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
1990    Thanksgiving - Durga shrine initiation by Swami Vishnudevananda.
1991    Last visit of Swami Vishnudevananda and Siva shrine initiation – 2nd gathering of acharyas, the senior teachers.
1993    November - Swami Vishnudevananda Mahasamadhi.
1995    June - Swami Sitaramananda becomes director.  
1995    September - Initiation of Krishna shrine.
2000    Installation of new statues at the Siva shrine and 108 steps to Siva Hill.
2001    Gazebo and pond fountain installed; renovation of Swamiji’s house; publication of 1st Yoga Farm video.
2001    3rd gathering of acharyas, the senior teachers; installation of Nine Planets shrine. A rainbow appears at the end of the ceremony.
2002    Building of Peace Miracle Labyrinth; Ayurveda programs begin.
2007    Initiation of Brahma Vidya Yoga Hall; publication of Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy.
2008    Renovation of Durga temple and garden; enlargement of ashram garden; creation of food forest.
2009    Yoga Farm Well-Being Center established; llama/goat pen constructed.
2010    Building of five Shanti Cabins; renovation of Krishna shrine deck and Radha Krishna Hall shrine; construction of horse pen and shelter; publication of 2nd Yoga Farm video.
2011    12th Annual West Coast Teachers Meeting; 12th Annual Vedic Astrology Conference.
2011    April 12-17  - 40th Year Anniversary Celebration; 4th Gathering of acharyas.
2011    More than 1,400 teachers have graduated from TTC at the Yoga Farm.



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