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13 Days Ananda Meditation Teacher Training in Northern California, USA

The Expanding Light, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California 95959, USA

​Teacher Training Certification Program in California

Ananda Meditation helps one become calm, develop concentration, get a balanced perspective on life, and cultivate unshakeable happiness and spiritual magnetism. The spectrum of techniques shared during the training is based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. Ananda does not just teach yoga and meditation - they live it, so will you. You will thrive in the uplifting energy and profound peace of Ananda Village in Northern California, one of the worlds most successful spiritual communities. Meditation students practice and teach extensively during the training, with ample guidance and feedback from instructors. The curriculum prepares you to teach meditation skills to anyone.

Meet the instructors

Gyandev & Diksha
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Highlights

  • Energization exercises
  • Daily sadhana practices
  • Daily yoga and meditation session
  • Evening Lahiri Shrine meditation session
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The accommodation options are for single or double occupancy. A single guest may choose to share a room with another guest of the same gender or occupy a room privately. Two guests traveling together may occupy a room privately.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. King conversions are available for an extra charge upon request. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests. Guests who stay in a tent or RV have access to free Wi-Fi in Serenity Lounge as the Wi-Fi does not extend to all tent or RV sites. The Expanding Light Retreat has a computer lounge with two computers and a printer. Please be aware that the Expanding Light has limited handicap accessibility.

Private and shared DELUXE rooms

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared STANDARD rooms

Cabins

Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms. Cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses a few paces away and the path is lit after dark.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve rooms and four hall bathrooms. Serenity House lounge is available for all guests. It is equipped with a small refrigerator for personal items, hot tea and a microwave.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are water tight in the case that it may rain. RVs are welcome year round, however, the property does not have RV facilities or hookups.

Tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger in the summer so no campfires are allowed, as well as candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat has a refrigerator behind the main kitchen which is available for guests.

Shower houses

For those staying outdoors, guests have access to separate men and women shower houses. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

Program

This course is focused primarily on teaching the students how to teach an ancient, universal technique of meditation from India, but the training also includes many aspects of meditation, such as how to sit comfortably for meditation, how to guide through a variety of pranayama techniques, before meditation, how to lead affirmations and visualizations to aid meditation, and a variety of other related aspects, that can be helpful to the teaching of meditation. This 10-day training provides a solid foundation for teaching both the science and the art of meditation.

The spectrum of techniques shared during the training is based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. Students practice and teach extensively during the training, with ample guidance and feedback from instructors. This curriculum prepares students to teach meditation skills to anyone. In addition to inspiring classes offered by some of Anandas finest and most experienced meditation teachers, students participate in daily meditations and Ananda Yoga practices, and receive a comprehensive teaching manual. Graduates receive a certificate of completion and credits toward level 2 yoga teacher certification and Ananda Yoga therapy training.

Please note that application submission is required for reservation. Please send an inquiry to receive program application.

Classes and workshops

  • How to teach basic meditation skills to anyone
  • The essential connection of meditation and energy
  • Concentration techniques for quieting the mind
  • Patanjalis eight-limbed yoga
  • How to teach breathing exercises, visualizations, walking meditations
  • Simple yoga stretches to prepare for meditation
  • How to sit comfortably for meditation
  • Opening the heart and developing devotion
  • The scientific effects of meditation on the brain and nervous system
  • Meditation and prayer
  • Meditation and intuition
  • Spiritual counseling suggestions
  • How to set up and market your classes
  • Effective presentation skills and how to overcome stage fright
  • Becoming a truly dynamic teacher

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices: 20-25 minutes energization exercises, 60 minutes yoga postures, 5 minutes chanting, 15-30 minutes meditation)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence, Monday-Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (5 minutes chanting, 25 minutes meditation)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 - 18:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)

Instructors

Gyandev McCord

Diksha McCord

Retreat location

The Expanding Light is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, they are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.

Distances

  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento - 2 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. We offer vegan and gluten free options. The Expanding Light Retreat uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including certified organic produce from Ananda Village, and organically grown Fair Trade coffee offered at breakfast. There are a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

There is a small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full size refrigerator outside the kitchen available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a market in Ananda Village if you would like to buy special items.

Meals are taken in the dining room with other guests and staff. You may choose to visit with and enjoy the company of others or find a quiet spot to enjoy your meal with yourself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Computer lounge and Wi-Fi

Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most of the standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.

Guest services lounge

The guest services lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.

Lahiri Mandir

  • This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus Lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

Lotus Lake

This lovely lake is filled with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks, where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to Ananda Yoga's line of masters.

Personal services

  • Personal services at The Expanding Light at additional cost, including spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions, and private yoga therapy sessions.

Serenity lounge

Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music, or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee, and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

The Temple

This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which they hold daily practice of yoga postures and meditation, as well classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.

Walking

  • You can take long walks on the beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.

What's included

  • 13 days meditation teacher training
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 37 hours for nursing CEU graduates
  • Certificate completion
  • Credits toward level 2 yoga teacher training for Ananda YTT
  • Daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Spa treatments are not included in the price. You will have to schedule an appointment in advance.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (E) towards Reno - go about 25 miles
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City - go 38 miles
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It is a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (W) towards Sacramento - go 55 miles
  • Take CA-20 (W) - go 27 miles
  • Turn right on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way

Driving directions from the northwest

  • Take I-5 (S) to Williams, California
  • Take CA-20 (E) to Nevada City - go 77 miles
  • Turn left on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way

Arrival by airplane

The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable due to inclement weather in the winter and higher transportation costs to Ananda. From the Sacramento Airport, there are a few options.

For a good value, they recommend The Expanding Lights regularly scheduled Sacramento airport pick-up and drop-off. Please call The Expanding Light Retreat to request a shuttle. Regularly scheduled shuttles are 85 USD one way and on demand shuttles are 125 USD one way.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you can take a cab or use a ride app (Uber/Lyft)

Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you can take a cab or a use a ride app.

Arrival by train

Amtrak train offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will then take a cab or use a ride app.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Tuesday June 18, 2019
Departure: Sunday June 30, 2019

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