Give yourself a gift and unplug from busy-ness and recharge your spiritual batteries. Follow your own schedule entirely, or partake of any of the offerings to help you deepen your personal, spiritual journey. Some people notice a wonderful energy as soon as they set foot on The Expanding Light grounds. Others find this energy slowly flooding through them as their program proceeds. Some awaken one morning to find they are suddenly and deeply filled with joy. Once in a while, someone only recognizes the uplifting power of The Expanding Light after they have left and then realizes how much it meant to them.
For indoor accommodations, both, standard and deluxe rooms, housed in three different buildings are offered, as well as one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations, RV camping is available year round and tent camping is available from April through October.
If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Tent camping is available from April through October on level, shaded campsites. RVs are welcome year round. However, they do not have RV facilities and hookups at this time.
Tenters are part of The Expanding Light meals and programs, so tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger here in the summer, so no campfires are allowed. Also, no candles, kerosene lamps or anything with an open flame.
Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat does have a refrigerator behind the main kitchen, which is available for guests. The camping area has a sink with running water and an outhouse. Men's and women's bathrooms are available with showers, toilets, and sinks across the meadow from the tenting area.
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 also has a small refrigerator for personal items.
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 away.
Harmony House has eight deluxe rooms. Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan. 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 are the Yogananda Room, Buddhism Room, St. Francis Room, Madonna Room, Taoism Room, Islam Room, Judaism Room, and the Hinduism Room.
Two guided sessions of yoga postures, energization exercises and meditation. One guided activity per day (including such things as in depth instruction in meditation, healing prayer or chanting workshops, an evening in the home of an Ananda Village resident, a restorative yoga session, an Ananda Yoga workshop, helping in our vegetarian kitchen, a guided tour of Ananda Village, specific classes, and more).
This retreat will take place in Ananda Village, one of the worlds most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, The Expanding Light Retreat is approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.
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Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. The Expanding Light Retreat uses 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. 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 guests might need during their stay. There is a market in the Ananda Village if you would like to buy special items.
Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if they bring their own computer.
The guest services Lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the guest services building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.
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.
This lovely lake fills 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 the line of Masters.
Massages and healing modalities are available at the Center for Radiant Health at additional cost.
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.
This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which The Expanding Light Retreat holds 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.
Take long walks on the beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.
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) are 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.
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.
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.
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