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3 Days Personal Yoga Retreat for Health, Leisure, and Spiritual Refreshment in California, USA

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

Short Yoga Retreat USA

Give yourself the gift of peace. Unplug from the daily grind and recharge your spiritual batteries! This is a serene retreat location with a high vibration where you may choose to be on your own or participate in any of our daily scheduled classes to help you deepen your personal, spiritual journey. The Expanding Light Retreat is a non-profit organization located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community founded on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Meet the instructors

Catherine
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Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and Sadhana sessions
  • Group activity and purification ceremony
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


1 day with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:30
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

You will be accommodated at The Expanding Light Retreat. The accommodation options are on a twin room basis. For indoor accommodations, The Expanding Light Retreats offers both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings. For outdoor accommodations, recreational vehicle or RV camping is available year round and tent camping is available from April through October.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, carpeting, heat, air conditioning, except for the cabins, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents. The Expanding Light Retreat also has centrally located guest computers and limited handicap accessibility.

Program

Guests have visited here for almost 50 years, from all parts of the world, with many different spiritual perspectives, to learn more about meditation, Ananda yoga for physical and spiritual healing, and the contemporary application of Yogananda's teachings to help people realize their true potential.

Ananda Yoga brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence. Above all, it seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects the yoga postures. With this, it is also designed to harmonize your body, mind, and soul. The practice is gentle for beginning students, becoming more challenging with experience. It is an inwardly directed practice and is never aggressive or aerobic.

You may check in anytime after 1:30 p.m. on your arrival date. Check out is at 11 a.m. on your departure date. Your reservation includes lunch on your departure day. Sadhana is Sanskrit for spiritual practice. This consists of energization exercises (20 to 25 minutes), yoga postures (60 minutes) and meditation (15 to 30 minutes).

Daily schedule

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (five 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

Evening

  • 18:30 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity or free time

Sunday morning

  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (not in silence)
  • 10:00 Purification ceremony
  • 11:00 Sunday service

Instructors

Catherine Kairavi

Retreat location

The Expanding Light Retreat is located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Presently, over 200 residents of all ages live on 700 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

The Expanding Light Retreat is 90 minutes northeast from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Distances

  • Healthy market or deli - 5 minutes
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Lake Tahoe - 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. The Expanding Light Retreat offers vegan and gluten-free options. They use 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 drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
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)

  • Shop at The Expanding Light Retreat's treasure-filled boutique
  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Massage
  • Cranio-sacral Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage massage
  • Reiki Healing
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Vedic Astrology consultation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals (3 vegetarian buffet meals per day)
  • All classes and activities
  • Course materials as appropriate
  • Computer lounge and Wi-Fi available
  • Walk the pristine over 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Watch the sunset at our beautiful Sunset Ridge

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the Expanding Light Retreat (available at additional cost)
  • Personal healing sessions (massage, astrology, etc.)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

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 Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (E) towards Reno, go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley or 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.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. There are scheduled rides for pick-up and drop-off on certain days, not every day. For 'on-demand' rides, the Expanding Light Retreat cannot guarantee that they can pick you up or drop you off at any time.

However, they are able to fill most 'on-demand' requests. If you would like to request a ride, please contact them directly and tell them when you would like a pickup or drop off at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). The cost per person is 85 USD - 150 USD one way.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service to Colfax. Amtrak bus offers bus service to Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour away from the retreat.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service to Colfax and Auburn. A shuttle provided by the retreat to and from the Sacramento Airport and the Colfax or Auburn stations may be available upon request for an additional cost. Alternate transportation may be requested via ride apps, cabs or renting a vehicle.

GPS

39.3666401000, -121.0483808000.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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