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3 Days Change Your Brain through Meditation Yoga Retreat California

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

Change Your Brain Weekend Yoga California Retreat

Join this fascinating, encouraging, and deeply beneficial weekend, sharing exciting new information on the brain that helps you to make use of your brain’s nearly infinite capacity for change and adaptation. You’ll learn how to set large goals for yourself, while at the same time beginning with realistic small steps. Your brain will help you move from the small steps in the direction of your larger goal. If you have friends who wonder why you are interested in meditation, this is the perfect way for them to learn the benefits of meditation - physically, psychologically, and spiritually.

Meet the instructors

Doctor Peter
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Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • Energization exercises
  • Meditation and chanting sessions
  • Learn how meditation transforms the brain
  • Nursing CEU Eligible (5 hours)
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Yoga styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Facilities

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

Each guest room includes two twin beds, carpeting, heat, air conditioning (except for the cabins), towels, and bedding. There is a refrigerator behind the main kitchen, which is available for guests. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly; there is no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents.

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer. Harmony house is dedicated to expressing Yogananda's expansive approach to religion and his belief in celebrating God through beauty. Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions. Available rooms are the Yogananda room, Buddhism room, Saint Francis room, Madonna room, Taoism room, Islam room, Judaism room, and the Hinduism room.

Serenity house

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve air-conditioned rooms and four hall bathrooms. It has a comfortable lounge-classroom equipped with a video player and a library of inspirational videos. The lounge-classroom also has a small refrigerator for personal items.

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 about a minute walk away.

Tents and RVs

If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. Tent camping is available from April through October on level, shaded campsites. RVs are welcome year-round; however, there are no RV facilities and hookups at this time.Tenters are part of The Expanding Light Retreat meals and programs, so tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking.

The camping area has a sink with running water and an outhouse. All outdoor accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses an easy two or three minute walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

Program

One of the central keys to brain change is daily meditation, which develops the prefrontal lobes and quiets the primitive areas of the brain associated with negative emotions. In addition to bring more happiness and success into your life, more prefrontal lobe development, as Dr. Peter will discuss, opens the doorway to superconsciousness, your highest potential as human beings.

Another key component of spiritual and personal development lies in your astral anatomy and energy body. You’ll learn how your energetic body, including the chakras, relates to your physical brain and body, and how to make the best use of this connection.

Superconsciousness

Superconsciousness is a joy-permeated, ecstatic reality available to every spiritual aspirant. The experience of superconsciousness can revolutionize your creativity, intuitive ability, and understanding of life and other people. It can dramatically increase your compassion and ability to love. In surperconcisousness, boundless energy is yours.

Benefits

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how meditation and spiritual practices refine your brain
  • Learn specific practices proven to help self-transformation
  • Learn lifestyle changes to benefit and support your transformation
  • Understand how to make the most of the connection between your energy anatomy and your brain’s anatomy
  • Learn specific ways to move toward greater superconscious inspiration in your life

Program

  • Friday evening: Introduction to the weekend and meditation
  • Saturday morning: Class by Dr. Peter on how the brain changes according to how you use it and how meditation transforms the brain and develops the prefrontal lobes (seat of superconsciousness)
  • Saturday afternoon: Class by Dr. Peter on the advanced anatomy of yoga and the energy body
  • Saturday evening: Time to relax with light entertainment
  • Sunday morning: A guided goal setting exercise led by Dr Peter

Daily schedule

Check in after 1:30 p.m. and enjoy the buildings and grounds. Your room will be ready no later than 3:00 p.m. We strongly recommend that you arrive by 5:00 p.m. Wed-Fri and 4:00 p.m. Sat-Tues; it makes for a more relaxing start for your visit. Please call us if you plan to arrive after hours. If you arrive after hours, there will be no staff at the front desk to greet you, but we will leave you a key, map and welcome packet so you can get to your room.

Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. and your reservation includes lunch at 12:30 p.m. Please have your items out of the room by 11:00 a.m, prior to lunch. You may keep your luggage at Guest Services if you did not drive here. If you arranged transportation, they will pick you and your luggage up at Guest Services.

The retreat starts in the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 p.m., if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4.45 p.m. Dinner is at 6.30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7.30 p.m. If you need to arrive here after 5 p.m., that’s fine, but it helps The Expanding Light Retreat if you let them know. They can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 p.m. The program ends with lunch on the last date.

Below is a typical daily schedule. Schedule may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional so you can decide how much to enjoy.

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake up bell
  • 06:30-08:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of energization exercises (20-25 minutes), yoga postures (60 minutes), chanting (5 minutes), and meditation (15-30 minutes)
  • 08:30-09:00 Breakfast (in silence)
  • 10:00-noon Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • Noon-12:30 Meditation (5 minutes of chanting and 25 minutes of 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)

Evening

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

Instructors

Doctor Peter Van Houten

Retreat location

Home to The Expanding Light Retreat yoga and meditation retreat, Ananda Village is one of the most successful spiritual communities in the world and is part of the worldwide organization of Ananda. Ananda Village was founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, one of Paramhansa Yoganandas foremost disciples, to fulfill Yogananda's vision of world brotherhood colonies and spiritual communities based on the twin principles of plain living and high thinking.

The Ananda community is situated on 700 acres of meadows and forests amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California just outside Nevada City. As a guest at The Expanding Light Retreat center, you are invited to tour the community and visit the numerous sites and attractions the village has to offer.

Nearby places

  • Sacramento - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Reno - 2 hours
  • Portland - 12 hours
  • Seattle - 15 hours

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Shopping

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • River nearby
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Wireless internet

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. Some of The Expanding Light Retreat's dishes contain eggs and dairy. They use organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from Ananda Village and organically grown Fair Trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

The Expanding Light Retreat can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. A small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House lounge and a full size refrigerator outside the kitchen are available for storing special foods which guests might need during their stay. There is a market in the Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.

Things to do (optional)

  • Walk to Ananda's Masters Market for a sweet treat!
  • Shop at our 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
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • All classes and activities described in the program
  • Course materials
  • Computer lounge and Wifi available
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Walk the pristine 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Watch the sunset over the Sierra Nevada foothills at our beautiful Sunset Ridge

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport Transfers (available at additional cost)
  • Healing treatments and personal services

How to get there

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 towards Reno and go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 toward Grass Valley / Nevada City and 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's a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote road, immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park, and 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 towards Sacramento and go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 and go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 towards Downieville and go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote road, immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park, and go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again, almost immediately, on Expanding Light way.

Driving directions from Seattle or Portland

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

Arrival by airplane

Flights should be booked to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Another option is Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) but it's less preferable. Transfers from and to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is available on request. The Expanding Light Retreat can organize transfers for an extra price and based on availability. Please request this service from them once you have booked your plane tickets.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab.

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 away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn, you will need to take a cab.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour away from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax or Auburn, you will need to take a cab.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Friday October 11, 2019
Departure: Sunday October 13, 2019

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Please request or book your reservation at least 24 hours prior to your desired arrival date. For CEU programs please provide your Yoga Alliance member number or the name of your Yoga Alliance certified school. 

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