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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2016 May

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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 at home!
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

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Sunday, Jun 5 – Friday, Jun 10

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life. "Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind."
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Jun 12 – Tuesday, Jun 14

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
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? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jun 24 – Sunday, Jun 26

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jul 1 – Sunday, Jul 3

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Jul 8 – Sunday, Jul 10

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition can be an amazing time saving device! It is the fruit of practicing the skills you will learn during this retreat: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher and author of Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

How to Achieve Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jul 8 – Sunday, Jul 10

How to Achieve Happiness Retreat

Happiness is a natural quality of the soul. Yet in our busy lives, this lightness of spirit can get lost. Learn skills and tools to restore your inner balance and bring happiness into your daily life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jul 22 – Sunday, Jul 24

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Sunday, Jul 24 – Friday, Jul 29

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life
How to Eliminate Self-Defeating Patterns and Attract True Success

This 5-day retreat format helps you absorb how truly to change your life—you will have a powerful jumpstart for personal transformation.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

August

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Aug 19 – Sunday, Aug 21

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Sunday, Aug 21 – Friday, Aug 26

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life. "Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind."
Nayaswami Anandi

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Aug 26 – Sunday, Aug 28

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Practice to the Next Level

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend retreat 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? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
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 Retreat

Friday, Sep 9 – Sunday, Sep 11

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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 Retreat

Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Oct 9 – Tuesday, Oct 11

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Thelen

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

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat

Practice the techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda to help you to relax physically and mentally. Learn how to develop mental strength through concentration and meditation, to help you maintain calmness throughout the day.
Nayaswami Diksha

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

First-Timers' Weekend

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
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

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Sunday, Nov 13 – Friday, Nov 18

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life
How to Eliminate Self-Defeating Patterns and Attract True Success

This 5-day retreat format helps you absorb how truly to change your life—you will have a powerful jumpstart for personal transformation.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

Superconscious Living Retreat

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

Superconscious Living Retreat
Find Positive Solutions in Your Life

The superconscious living principles use powerful laws of Spirit to help you discover your highest potential and find positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Practice to the Next Level

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

How to Achieve Happiness Retreat

Monday, Dec 26 – Wednesday, Dec 28

How to Achieve Happiness Retreat

Happiness is a natural quality of the soul. Yet in our busy lives, this lightness of spirit can get lost. Learn skills and tools to restore your inner balance and bring happiness into your daily life.
Nayaswami Anandi

2017 March

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Sunday, Mar 5 – Monday, May 15

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

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Mar 16 – Sunday, Mar 26

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

June

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, Jun 15 – Sunday, Jun 18

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 Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Jun 29 – Sunday, Jul 9

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

September

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 4 – Monday, Nov 13

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

October

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

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 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

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

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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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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

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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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