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

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation 15% off
Thursday, September 25 – Sunday, September 28

The Meaning of Dreaming 15% off
Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
Sunday, September 28 – Friday, October 3

Finding Happiness Retreat 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

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Postpartum Meditation: Does It Exist?

Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis

Prenatal Yoga Tips on Meditation


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Wandering Mind

I am afraid to go breathless in meditation

Superconscious Living

The Secret of Happiness, An Ode to Right Attitude

The Joy of Now

Exercising in a Calm, Yogic Way

That’s the Spirit!!

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