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Spiritual counseling is an art, and yet there are tools that can be learned and techniques you can practice. You will learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What are their underlying feelings? What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?
You will learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What are their underlying feelings? What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?.
Many people who’ve taken the course said they felt themselves to be healed by the compassionate and expansive view shared by the teachers, Diksha McCord, Mangala Loper-Powers, and Anandi Cornell.
You may choose from two types of accommodations, indoor or outdoor. For indoor accommodations, The Expanding Light offers both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings and four one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations, 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; 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 the 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 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.
This one-week program includes specialized exercises, introspection, practice counseling, and instructor feedback. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of how to counsel others effectively and bring out their divine nature.
During this course, you will learn how to:
This is a beautiful and inspiring time of sharing honestly our experiences and challenges in trying to help others.
Included in your course materials is the book Intuition for Starters by Swami Kriyananda.
Members are disciples of Yogananda and students of Kriyananda: we are Kriya Yoga meditators, vegetarians, and represent many nationalities, races, and ages. This course is open to all and is also part of Ananda's Yoga Therapy Training. In this Course Syllabus, certain parts apply only to those seeking certification as an Ananda Yoga Therapist.
Spiritual Counseling Training starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date
Below is a typical daily schedule. Schedule may vary depending on course or event. All activities are optional, you decide how much to enjoy.
12:00 Meditation (5 min. chanting, 25 min. meditation)
14:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
16:45 Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of: Energization exercises (20 - 25 min,); Yoga postures (45 - 60 min.); Chanting (5 min.); Meditation (15 – 30 min.)
17:15 Lahiri Shrine Meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)
Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice. She holds a master in nursing and has won awards as nurse practitioner of the year in 1982, and for outstanding achievement in teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing in 1987.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Nayaswami Diksha has been a popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997 as well as the director of the meditation teacher training program. She is a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990 and is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light. Diksha is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.
Nayaswami Anandi is known for her natural warmth, humor, wisdom, and kindness. Almost since her arrival at Ananda in 1971 as a founding member of Ananda, she has been sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda's guest and outreach programs, including the Palo Alto Ananda Community, Ananda's membership training program, The Cooperative Living Training, and The Expanding Light. She was initiated as a Kriyacharya by Swami Kriyananda in 2011.
Home to The Expanding Light yoga and meditation retreat, 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. It is approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.
Ananda is organized like a village, with member-operated businesses, a school system, a market, homes, and temples. Expanding Light guests are offered tours of the village and are welcome to walk the acreage as you wish. The energy and vibration of kindness and respect for every guest are tangible. “Come as you are” and be welcomed. Here, the guest is God, and we see God’s love, peace, hope, and energy in everyone who comes.
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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 uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of tea and fresh fruit available all day.
The Expanding Light can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, it may be that they will not be able to accommodate them.
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’d like to buy special items.
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 to 100 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.
Just across the meadow from The Expanding Light Retreat is The Center for Radiant Health. The Center offers massage, body and energy work, emotional freedom technique, career coaching, and astrology consultations. It is an independent cooperative of qualified Ananda health practitioners, available by prior appointment seven days a week.
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. They are a healing center rather than a spa, have treatment rooms but unlike a traditional spa, they have no pool facilities.
Please book your flights 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.
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