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Silent and spiritual retreats have been key practices in the lives of saints and seekers of most religions worldwide. A silent retreat provides a spiritual focus that helps you expand and change your consciousness. A silent retreat is also physically and mentally relaxing and offers a proven way to have a deeper self understanding.
During this retreat, led by Nayaswami Diksha McCord you will be given the tools to enter into your inner silence with grace, kindness, and thanksgiving. The Meditation Retreat has a natural year-round beauty and a pristine silence that makes it an ideal environment for going inward and achieving profound transformation.
The various accommodations are spread out over the site. The main building contains the dining hall, a warm, cozy lounge with a wood stove, wireless internet connections, bathrooms and a computer/phone room. The shower house - containing several bathrooms and showers is also nearby.
Grounds also include a beautiful, domed temple, open 24/7 for all who wish to meditate, practice hatha yoga or musical instruments.
There is a regularly scheduled morning meditation there, from 06.30 to 08.00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, open to every Retreat visitor. There are also periodic evening kirtans (devotional chants) in the temple, and other scheduled events.
This uniquely crafted cabin with a high, beamed ceiling has a large round living area. There is a curtained bedroom containing a queen bed; 1 single in the living area; a second single in a loft; full kitchen; bath with shower.
An attractive 'wood stove' utilizes propane gas to keep the cabin comfortably warm in cool weather. Great for secluding, yet still reasonably close to the main garden area, temple and other facilities.
Small and sweet, the cabin is located in the campground area of the retreat. Basic and rustic, it contains a hotplate and double bed. There is a nearby bathhouse (open only in the summer months) and outhouse facilities. For hearty souls; one or two people.
This cabin is also great for single secluders, wanting to be a good distance away from the main facility. Has a propane heater.
Located on 72 acres in the Sierra foothills of Northern California, the retreat sits on sacred lands, replete with abundant wildlife (deer, coyote, bear and foxes) and myriad varieties of flora, including an ancient, rare manzanita grove. The lush gardens - displaying a wonderful blending of cultivation and wild, indigenous species - have wowed the multitudes of visitors that come here. Little ponds and garden benches invite the visitor to relax, take in the beauty, and enjoy the peaceful, meditative ambiance.
During programs and for group events, dining room offers three delicious, buffet-style vegetarian meals per day. All retreat guests may partake of meals during these times. Please advise the reservations staff about any dietary restrictions at least a week in advance.
The guest may enjoy many hiking trails: some originate at the Retreat, while others are an easy drive away, including trails to the beautiful Yuba river. The river is ideal for cooling off in the summer, or for sitting on the banks meditating on the warming sands or rocks. Maps are available for finding and following the trails.
Take I-80 east to the town of Auburn.
Turn left to Highway 49 north to Grass Valley/Nevada City.
Stay on Hwy 49 through Grass Valley and Nevada City.
At the end of Nevada City, Hwy 49 turns left.
Turn at the large sign which says 49 to Downieville.
10.5 miles after that left turn, look for a brown state park sign that reads Malakoff Diggins.
There, you will turn right onto Tyler Foote Road.
After driving for about 4.7 miles on Tyler Foote Road, you will see the large Ananda Village sign on the left.
Continue on Tyler Foote Road past this sign for another 3.0 miles.
Look for a bright yellow curves ahead sign, followed by a bright yellow school crossing sign.
Make a right turn immediately after these signs onto Jackass Flats Rd.
Follow this gravel road for 2.2 miles, keeping to the right at the fork.
Turn left up the hill at the small brown Ananda sign that is low to the ground and marked with two red reflectors (there is also a sign which says Macnab Cypress Road).
Continue 0.6 miles up the hill to the main parking area past the sign for the Ananda Meditation Retreat.
After you park your car and walk through the gate, the office is in a small, peach-colored dome to your left.