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Give yourself a marvelous gift of rejuvenation on all levels. Take a 5 day getaway that will leave you feeling physically relaxed, uplifted and rejuvenated.
During this retreat you will enjoy yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, chanting and a visit to the nearby Yuba River. You will re-discover the inner harmony and strength you need to fill your life with joy. All levels and abilities, including newcomers are welcome. Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, the beauty of a retreat in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and a deep sense of inner serenity and well-being.
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 as there is no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents.
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 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.
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's walk away.
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's 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 minutes' walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.
Below is a typical daily schedule. The schedule may vary depending on the course or event. All activities are optional - you decide how much to enjoy. The Nature activities for this weekend will come from Cornell’s newest book, The Sky and Earth Touched Me.
This retreat is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California. The locations through which you will experience nature more deeply will be a beautiful pine forest, exquisite Crystal Hermitage Gardens and the emerald blue Yuba River.
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Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals daily are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. Organically grown foods are used as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from Ananda Village itself, and organically grown fair trade coffee. There are a variety of tea and fresh fruit available all day.
The Expanding Light does its best to meet any dietary restrictions. The Expanding Light can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, they may not be accommodated.
At Crystal Hermitage, guests can enjoy the spiritual heart of Ananda. Tour the beautiful gardens, small chapel, and the Shrine of the Masters, a small museum and gift shop housing holy relics from India and Ananda's line of yoga masters.
A unique architectural building that houses longer morning meditations for Ananda residents. If some guests are experienced meditators and would like a 90-minute meditation, they are welcome to join. Ask for times at the front desk.
A healing prayer, on an individual basis, is offered through the healing prayer ministry for a suggested donation between 40 to100 USD. Session lengths vary based on individual need.
Receive assistance and guidance tailored to your needs with counseling available from the Ananda ministers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. If you are interested, contact the front desk to schedule a private session.
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.
A natural foods market with a deli, bakery, and cappuccino bar that also features homemade pizza on Friday nights, a local favorite!
This is available to everyone Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 10:00 or at other times by appointment. Even if you currently meditate, it is encouraged to take the class which includes how to focus your mind, how to sit comfortably, when and where to meditate, and more.
Personally tailored to your body and needs, these classes are available with one of the certified Ananda yoga teachers for a fee of 75 USD per hour. You can focus on classical Hatha yoga or Restorative yoga. Contact the front desk to make an appointment.
A complex that houses a number of Ananda businesses including the management offices for the community; the healing prayer ministry, with 600 members worldwide who do healing prayers for those in need; and Crystal Clarity publishers, which produces books, DVDs, and CDs by Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and others on topics related to yoga, meditation, and self-realization.
This is a homey room located in the Serenity building. When not in use for a 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 boutique is located in the guest services building and is open from 09:00 to 17:00 daily. Full of unique treasures, The Expanding Light boutique is a favorite destination shopping stop for guests and locals alike.
This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space, in which daily practice of yoga postures and meditation is held, as well as classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.
Massages can be a wonderful, healing addition to your stay. The massage practitioners are Ananda members and work through the Center for Radiant Health.
The center offers a variety of types of massages, as well as CranioSacral therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), astrological readings, career coaching, and more. Prices for massage sessions are 75 USD for a one-hour-long massage and 95 USD for a one-and-a-half-hour-long massage.
The Expanding Light also has treatment rooms but unlike a traditional spa, they have no pool facilities.
Flights should be booked to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Another option is Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) but it's less preferable. 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.