The Expanding Light - Retreat center in Northern California

One of the world’s most respected retreat centers for meditation and yoga, The Expanding Light is an ideal setting for personal healing and rejuvenation. Experience how to transform your life.

Upcoming Programs

How to Be Happy All the Time 20% off
Tuesday, September 30 – Thursday, October 2

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace
Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Friday, October 3 – Sunday, October 5   ceu credits

First-Timers' Week
Sunday, October 5 – Friday, October 10

Yoga Therapy Training: Ayurveda
Sunday, October 5 – Thursday, October 9   ceu credits

Yoga Therapy Training: Health Challenges I
Thursday, October 9 – Thursday, October 16   ceu credits

Kriya Yoga Preparation
Thursday, October 9 – Sunday, October 12

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Recent Blog Posts

The “Right” Way to End Deep Relaxation

Taking God Out of “God”: A Crash Course in Semantics

Rendering Grateful Service


Teaching Hong-Sau Technique Correctly

Wandering Mind

I am afraid to go breathless in meditation

Superconscious Living

No Introductions Necessary

Heal Yourself with Ayurveda

The Secret of Happiness, An Ode to Right Attitude

The Joy of Now

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Breaking News:  The Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program has been Accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)!  We are among the first ever programs to receive accreditation.  This was a very rigorous process that required our meeting a high level of professional standards for educating Yoga Therapists. Read more...


Our Roots

Yogananda and Kriyananda

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and founded in 1968 by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, The Expanding Light is a retreat center in Northern California welcoming seekers from all backgrounds.

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The Expanding Light Retreat • 14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, California 95959 • 800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518  © 2014