Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery

Purchased by the Saranaloka Foundation in January 2015, the monastery’s steward organization, Aloka Vihara is located on 17 acres near Placerville in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.

The Nuns

Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta were both part of the monastic community of Amaravati in England for almost 20 years. In 2011 they stepped out of that community in order to take full ordination as bhikkhunis. They are teachers who have delved deeply into the wounds that privilege, oppression and the present climate chaos have brought to their practice and to our world. They share their perspectives and inspire investigation into these issues in their Dhamma teachings and by personal example.

Ayya Jayati was also part of the same community in England for several years and left to support the evolution of Aloka Vihara. All three are committed to continuing to create and live in a supportive
renunciate community.