Meditation Retreats & Meditation Training

Meditation at sunset ridge. Forests abundant with wildlife surround our retreat center and community

Peace is the natural condition of the soul. Meditation leads you to that natural inner peace—and more than peace—meditation brings a real, dynamic, and uplifting connection with your higher Self.

Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the West a number of “scientific” techniques of meditation–scientific, because you can test through your own daily practice.

We teach here the technique Yogananda called “one of India's greatest gifts to the world,” a technique that helps you develop inward concentration through the use of the breath and mantra. You will also learn how to sit comfortably for meditation and how to prepare the body and mind to relax more deeply.

Relaxation, concentration, meditation: you will learn and experience the steps to the highest form of inner peace and joy. Even a little practice of this meditation can bring rewards of greater happiness, harmony, and success into your life.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is the most advanced technique of meditation that Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the West. It is described beautifully in his Autobiography of a Yogi, in which he calls it "the airplane route to God." More...

Our Roots

Autobiography of    a Yogi

Ananda Meditation comes from the renowned Raja Yoga / Kriya Yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

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 most insightful advice an Ananda Meditation Teacher has presented is this: Just leave everything behind except for this very moment. You are here now.

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2016 February

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

Friday, Feb 12 – Sunday, Feb 14

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

The Kriya Yoga teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda provide a straight, clear path to Truth. This weekend is an introduction for all interested in knowing more.
Badri Matlock

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Feb 19 – Sunday, Feb 21

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Feb 22 – Monday, May 2

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

March

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation

Thursday, Mar 10 – Sunday, Mar 13

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation
Keys to a Quiet, Powerful Mind

Are you ready to take your meditations to the next level? This weekend you'll explore a variety of classical pranayama techniques specially tailored to help you control your mind and charge your meditations with power.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Mar 18 – Sunday, Mar 20

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful program you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

April

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Apr 15 – Sunday, Apr 17

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

May

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Learn How to Meditate
for Opening the Heart

By calming the restless waves of emotion through a simple, effective meditation technique, you will experience your natural heart qualities such as love, kindness and courage. Look forward to making a regular practice!
Sabari Lester

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 19 – Sunday, May 22

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

For Kriyabans worldwide to come together to energize and inspire our practice of Yogananda's Kriya Yoga practice.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, May 22 – Friday, May 27

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
Achieving Glowing Health and Vitality

Immerse yourself in an environment that will support you in every way - diet, exercise, meditation, changing habits, living a balanced life.
Maitri Jones, Nayaswami Mangala and Nayaswami Anandi

June

Integrating Yoga and Meditation

Friday, Jun 3 – Sunday, Jun 5

Integrating Yoga and Meditation

Use yoga to help you become more relaxed and centered for deeper meditations. And use the intuition gained in meditation to help you attune to the deeper effects of yoga postures.
Annapurna Lacour

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Thursday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 12

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Thelen

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jul 3

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Live the teachings and enjoy of over 60 years of combined experience. Have confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Jun 24 – Sunday, Jun 26

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

July

Learn How to Meditate for Focus and Concentration

Friday, Jul 22 – Sunday, Jul 24

Learn How to Meditate for Focus and Concentration

Everything about modern life conspires toward restlessness and lack of focus. Concentration is a skill that can and must be learned using the powerful tool of a basic meditation technique.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

August

Deepening Your Practice of Meditation

Friday, Aug 26 – Sunday, Aug 28

Deepening Your Practice of Meditation
Bathe in the Gift of Inner Peace

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend will re-inspire you. Deepening your experience of meditation will open doors to inner freedom.
Nayaswami Mukti

September

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 11

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Live the teachings and enjoy of over 60 years of combined experience. Have confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 5 – Monday, Nov 14

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

Friday, Sep 9 – Sunday, Sep 11

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

The Kriya Yoga teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda provide a straight, clear path to Truth. This weekend is an introduction for all interested in knowing more.
Badri Matlock

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Sep 9 – Sunday, Sep 11

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

October

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Thursday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 9

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation, for those eligible.
Sanjan Thelen

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 9 – Sunday, Oct 16

Meditation Solutions
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

A wonderful week of deepening your personal spiritual life and intensifying your daily meditation practices. In addition, you'll learn new teaching skills and polish the ones you may already be using.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Spiritual Counseling Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 18 – Sunday, Oct 23

Spiritual Counseling Training

Most us find ourselves in the position of listening to someone talk to us about their problems. Would you like to feel more confident about how to respond?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

November

Learn How to Meditate

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran and Sahaja Sims

December

Kriya Yoga Initiation

Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

Kriya Yoga Initiation

This program is for those who have completed Kriya Yoga Preparation, or equivalent course. Receive Kriya Yoga Initiation at a formal ceremony, a Kriya technique review, personal instruction, guidance with your practice, and continued support.
Sanjan Thelen

Deepening Your Practice of Meditation

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Deepening Your Practice of Meditation
Bathe in the Gift of Inner Peace

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend will re-inspire you. Deepening your experience of meditation will open doors to inner freedom.
Nayaswami Mukti

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Meditation Retreats

“The best program I have ever taken… I have a feeling it was a life-changing experience.”

“The spirit soars here. If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to fly, come try your wings here...”


Meditating at sunset

True meditation is a way to commune with the divine within yourself. In order to touch this deep, inward place, it’s invaluable to learn in a calm and focused environment.

Over the past 40 years, thousands of people have meditated here, creating a uniquely peaceful atmosphere. We offer you the practical, in-depth approach to meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda. These techniques can take you beyond relaxation to a profound connection with your own higher Self.

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Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living


Learn how to meditate for the first time, or learn how to meditate with more concentration and upliftment if you already meditate.

You will learn:

  • An effective technique to help you concentrate
  • How to sit comfortably so your body is not an obstacle to inner peace
  • How to begin a daily practice of meditation
  • Ways to experience the benefits of meditation throughout your day
  • How to keep your meditation practice fulfilling so that you want to continue

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Become A
Meditation Teacher

Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

Ananda has been training teachers for almost 40 years. We don’t just teach yoga and meditation—we live it, and so will you. You’ll thrive in the uplifting energy and profound peace of Ananda Village in Northern California, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. We offer in-person training and online training, as well as post-graduate support. We help you in every way to become the teacher you truly want to be..

Meditation students practising

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Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path that was brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya also refers to the specific technique that is part of the spiritual path taught by Yogananda. Learn more about the Path of Kriya Yoga and receiving Kriya through Ananda.

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Articles

The Battle of the Mind in Meditation: A Devotee's Journey

people often become discouraged by mental restlessness and give up after only a few attempts to meditate.

Meditation Instructions

Simple instructions for how to meditate, with a technique for relaxation and for watching the breath.

Guidelines for Meditation by Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

“Many questions arise in the mind of anyone who wants to establish a daily practice of meditation. For example: How long should I meditate?”


Meditation Products

Our on-line store has selected items for your upliftment or as gifts for your family and friends. Items include yoga and meditation supplies and we specialize in books related to our teacher training programs and weekend retreats.

Meditation Teacher Support Center

Articles
Advice

Recent Blog Posts

Reflections on Peace

College Students Respond to Meditation Class

The Power of the Hong-Sau Experience

Hong Sau Healing of Anxiety Attacks

Adriana’s Meditation Student

Doctor’s Experience Teaching Meditation

Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers

Changing One Woman Changed an Office

Healing on All Levels

How to Find Calmness

Teaching Meditation to People with Addictions by Lila Dodge

Lessons in Humility and Courage

No Need for Wax

How to Overcome Nervousness

The Journey Home

After I Graduated

Expand Your Consciousness to Infinity

Spiritual Pledge for Students

The Tremendous Power of Meditation

Motherhood and Meditation

What guest are saying Testimonials

The most insightful advice an Ananda Meditation Teacher has presented is this: Just leave everything behind except for this very moment. You are here now.

More >



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