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

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat
Wednesday, November 26 – Sunday, November 30

Learn How to Meditate Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 26 – Friday, November 28

Holiday Give-Away
Sunday, November 30 – Sunday, December 7

Kriya Yoga Initiation
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility 10% off
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Take Care of Yourself 10% off
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7

Yoga Therapy Training: Seniors and Bone Strength
Sunday, December 7 – Wednesday, December 10   ceu credits

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Recent Blog Posts

Positive Attitude for Birth

The “Right” Way to End Deep Relaxation

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


Meditation: Mind Medicine

Reflections and Lessons from Teaching Meditation

Reaching the Mountaintop in Meditation

Superconscious Living

A Superconscious Dream about Swami Kriyananda

The Slenderest Ray of Light

No Introductions Necessary

Heal Yourself with Ayurveda

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I’ve gained many important qualities during my stay at The Expanding Light.
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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