The Expanding Light Retreat is a 700-acre spiritual and vegetarian community that shares yoga and meditation teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1969.

Yoga Retreats (27)

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5 Day New Years Retreat in California

December 28, 2019-January 1, 2020
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4 Days Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in California, USA

October 4-7, 2019 | May 1-4, 2020, 2019–2020
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3 Days Therapeutic Yoga Retreat in California, USA

Oct 18-20 | Nov 15-17 | Dec 13-15, 2019
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3 Days Prenatal Yoga Retreat California USA

October 4-6, 2019 | May 1-3, 2020, 2019–2020
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Videos (2)

Instructors (16)

Nayaswami Mangala

Maitri Jones

Barbara Bingham

Nayaswami Krishnadas Lo Cicero

Gyandev McCord

Diksha McCord

Sundara Traymar

Nayaswami Mukti Deranja

multiple hosts

Melody Hanson

Catherine Kairavi

Nayaswami Mantradevi LoCicero

Jaidhara

Nayaswami Maria McSweeney

Kamran Matlock

Sam McMillen

Reviews (39)

Tim Clevenger

from United States, July 2019

"You will get more than you could ever pay for . . . "

So many things . . the accommodations, food, and service are all better than could ever be rated by stars. These people amazed me with their service and the food made me want to become a vegetarian. The class instruction was guided well by all the instructors. The grounds are so natural. The atmosphere produced an environment where I could truly contemplate my life and refocus on the moment.

The spiritual experience and the community connections were beyond amazing. I hope I can thank the spirit of all creation for the gift of this place, by continuing in my meditation and becoming the person I was meant to be.

Leslie Buck

from United States, June 2019

"Not just a Yoga retreat"

Teacher super helpful, flexible and friendly. Liked that I had opportunity to take Yoga at different times throughout day, and if I wanted to, just take a walk or relax.

Anonymous

from United States, June 2019

"A spiritual yoga retreat "

This was a brand new experience for me. I suggest to ask questions at the front desk before starting any of the activities. I’ve done yoga at traditional yoga studios before, but none like this at the retreat. I learned something new , we did a lot of exercises like muscle tension and then some yoga poses and then 30 min meditation. The whole yoga session took 2 hours. They have yoga three times a day. It was held in a beautiful location in the temple. I would describe this as a spiritual yoga retreat which is why I booked it. The food was also new for me, all three meals per day were vegetarian. This was hard for me to eat, but I was happy to take on that challenge, since I’ve tried here at home but have been unsuccessful. My favorite items they had were the oatmeal and hard boiled eggs. I also liked the plethora of tea, coffee and water. The location is easy to get to and beautiful location, they have a beautiful lotus lake a separate temple to meditate and staff on site if you need any thing. I scheduled a spiritual counseling and it was an eye opening experience.

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, June 2019

"Incredible the grounds, the people, the classes, the energy "

Everything

Anonymous

from United States, January 2019

"A Lovely Setting with Good People"

The Expanding Light Retreat and Ananda Village are a nice escape from the stress and clutter of everyday life. The staff and other attendees were warm and welcoming and the food was great!

We did a great deal of mediation, reflection, and goal-setting on this New Year's Retreat.

Rikki Kusy

from United States, November 2018

"Truly a joyous and life enhancing experience!"

The Learn to Meditate Weekend really starts at the beginning. With how to sit in meditation comfortably. No one has ever taught me that before and it's so valuable. Mukti is just a joy to be with and an excellent instructor. I enjoyed it so much I brought my staff back two weeks later for another weekend retreat! They loved it too!

Anonymous

from Malaysia, October 2018

"Beautiful location a peaceful and tranquil retreat centre"

I was on a personal retreat but there were a lot of things to do each day.

Hannah Landau

from United States, September 2018

-Reasonably priced and cute shop

-Friendly

-Energy based yoga

-Beautiful

-Close to river

Shelby Avann

from Canada, June 2018

"Very particular teachings"

Amy Bohorquez

from United States, June 2018

"Wonderful Experience!"

The center is beautiful. Melody is a wonderful, caring instructor and has put together a helpful binder with a lot of information. The format was also excellent. I learned a great deal in a short time.

Allie Walz

from Japan, May 2018

Very peaceful, great way to get away from the world for a few days and recharge!

Emily Montan

from United States, May 2018

"Short But Satisfying "

The property was beautiful and the entire staff was wonderful. The Village is self-contained with everything you would need or want. There are more affordable options than booking a room. You can plan a day experience or visit the tourist places there.

Elide Pantoli

from United States, April 2018

"Great"

The people were awesome, a great energy and everyone was so kind, caring and lovely. They make it difficult to go back to the "normal world" outside Ananda!

April Hughes

from United States, March 2018

"Beautiful place "

Excellent location, great food, great experience

Elizabeth Denison

from United States, February 2018

"This is the real thing!"

The instructor was knowledgeable relaxed positive and grounded in the truth values of yoga.

Mahsa Nouri

from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful experience "

The energy, the people/staff, the site, the activities, the food

Megan Morgan

from United States, December 2017

"A great place to reconnect with your own light"

The personal retreat was a great experience. The staff provides as much structure and activity as you like and there is also plenty of time to reconnect with nature. It is a beautiful place filled with great energy for healing and centering.

Stacy Lewis

from United States, November 2017

"Not a Yoga Retreat "

The people who work there and people who were staying at the commune were very nice and helpful.

Antonio Manso

from Brazil, July 2017

"Perfect opportunity to connect in an amazing place "

Food was very tasty, and prepared with care and creativity. Everything organic and healthy was a plus.

Double room was nicely decorated, towels and sheets were clean and well arranged.

During meals it was great to meet other people, also some employees who shared their experience at Ananda. The place and scenery was fantastic and the overall energy really inviting to dive into a meaningfull and profound experience.

Anonymous

from United States, July 2017

"Beginner's Week"

The sehedule, the teachers and the wonderful attitude that permeated.

Monica Morong

from United States, June 2017

"Perfect"

The entire experience was life-changing. The schedule was lovely, the people were lovely, the village is on sacred ground and you could feel the peaceful energy, the food was outstanding, the classes were mind-altering... the experience was lasting and I am excited to go back again!

Kay Paden

from United States, June 2017

Juliet Johnson

from United States,

The people were nice enough. The retreat though had very little yoga. Rather it focused on body energizer activities, and meditation. I wanted to focus on yoga and improving my abilities, and came away deeply disappointed for the lack of yoga on this retreat. Also, the website should state that a big focus of the retreat is teaching about the Ananda communities beliefs, which includes gurus they've chosen to follow, reincarnation, and sources of energy.