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

Yogananda's Teachings on the Bible
Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
Sunday, April 5 – Sunday, May 3   ceu credits

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?
Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12

Harmonium Chanting Workshop
Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12

Learn How to Meditate
Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 16

How to Live with More Energy!
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19

A Women's Retreat: Reconnect with God, Yourself & Nature
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19

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Recent Blog Posts

Motherhood and Meditation

Prenatal Yoga: A Visualization for Expectant Mothers

Positive Attitude for Birth


Spiritual Pledge for Students

The Tremendous Power of Meditation

Motherhood and Meditation

Superconscious Living

Cooking with God

Why I Follow a Vegetarian Diet

How to Pray

Babaji’s Cave

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The Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program has been Accredited by the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)!   Read more...

The Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease is currently looking for yoga teachers/stress management specialists trained by Ananda.   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  © 2015