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3 Days Restorative Yoga Holiday to Relax and Rejuvenate in California, USA
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The Expanding Light Retreat, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California, USA

Yoga Retreat in USA

Restorative yoga is safe, nurturing, and systematic, and helps you relax and release deep tension with no effort. In this rejuvenating retreat, you’ll rest supported by pillows and folded blankets in poses designed to open areas of the body where most tensions are stored. This practice is ideal for those with physical tension and pain, or mental tension and anxiety.

Meet the instructors

Melody
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily restorative yoga classes
  • Enjoy beautiful rolling hills and do some walking in nature
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage, mandirs, and shrines
  • Watch the sunset at the beautiful sunset ridge
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals and fruit
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

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

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.

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.

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.

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 watertight 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, shower, and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.

Program

You’ll feel deep-seated tensions melt away during two long, guided sessions of Restorative yoga on Saturday including chakra a session. The weekend is primarily experiential, designed to include a Saturday afternoon free for a long walk and/or a massage at the Center for Radiant Health.

When you arrive, you will receive a yoga eye pillow, which you can use throughout the weekend and take home with you. Place it over the eyes during the poses to put gentle weight on the eyes, which cause the whole face to relax. When the face is relaxed, the entire body follows. It is a deeply calming experience.

On this retreat, you will learn some basic principles to help you gain more from the exercises, including how to:

  • Consciously release stress and old habits of body, mind, and spirit
  • Easily practice your restorative yoga at home
  • Use breathing exercises, sacred music, meditation, and visualization to enhance your overall experience of rejuvenation
  • Work with the chakras (subtle energy centers), through the poses, to aid deep healing

Restorative yoga to relax and rejuvenate starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4:00 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 pm. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 p.m.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Evening - Welcome session, introduction to relaxation and restorative yoga, and a guided deep relaxation

Day 2

  • Morning - Restorative yoga postures to relax and unwind mini-meditation class and practice
  • Afternoon - Free afternoon to schedule a massage or attend a tour of Ananda Village
  • Evening - Restorative yoga routine for the chakras

Day 3

  • Morning - Taking Restorative yoga home, class on how to set up props and practice at home Ananda’s inspiring Sunday service
  • Lunch followed by goodbye and departures

Sample daily schedule

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana, "spiritual practices" which consists of energization exercises (20 to 25 minutes), yoga postures (60 minutes), chanting (5 minutes), meditation (15 minutes to 30 minutes)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence Monday to Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (5 minutes chanting and 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) which consists of energization exercises (20 to 25 minutes), yoga postures (45 to 60 minutes), chanting (5 minutes), meditation (15 minutes to 30 minutes)
  • 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

Note:

The schedule may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional and you decide how much to enjoy.

Instructors

Melody Hanson

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 Airport. It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Nearby places

  • Healthy market or deli - 5 minutes
  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 1 hour and 30
  • minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Swimming

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Expanding Light Retreat offers 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.

They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day. 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 Ananda Village if you’d 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

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

During your free time, you may choose from the following treatments and activities:

  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Emotional freedom technique
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Massage
  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Reiki healing
  • Shop at the treasure-filled boutique
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Vedic astrology consultation

What's included

  • Daily yoga and meditation practice
  • Classes or activities, and course materials
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, drinks, and snacks
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • Computer lounge and Wi-Fi
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the Expanding Light Retreat
  • Healing treatments and personal sessions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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. The approximate cost is 85 to 150 USD per person one way. Transfer to and from the airport is available upon request or you may arrange your own transportation. If you request a ride, please include the timing of your arrival and departure and The Expanding Light Retreat will confirm with you if they can provide the ride. 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 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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