Group Retreats

Beautiful things happen
      for groups who stay at The Expanding Light Retreat

We welcome groups to stay at The Expanding Light Retreat or Gaia House Retreat 12 months of the year

Let our staff help you craft the right retreat for your group. We will be happy to explain all of your choices in detail to best suit your needs.

For help in choosing a program for your group and reserving spaces, contact Krishna Das at 800-346-5350 ext 7091.

You can choose:

  • To base your group at the beautiful Expanding Light Retreat, with a variety of housing options, where we can sleep up to 50 people. OR
  • To enjoy a more private setting with just your own group at Gaia House, a lovely group home that sleeps 12—20-minute’s walk or 5-minute’s drive from The Expanding Light. OR
  • To use a combination of the above for a larger group.

If you base your group at Gaia House:

  • You can run your own program entirely: fix meals in the spacious group kitchen, and enjoy classes and meals in the large living room, dining room, classroom, or beautiful gardens. OR
  • You can stay at Gaia and choose to take all or some of your meals in The Expanding Light dining room; enjoy morning and/or afternoon guided spiritual practices (Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation), and even complete programs (see our calendar of activities) at The Expanding Light.

If you base your group at The Expanding Light, you enjoy:

  • 3 exceptionally delicious meals in our dining room
  • Morning and/or afternoon guided spiritual practices (Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation) — as you’d like.
  • Create your own class or meeting schedule OR
  • Take one of our guided programs as a group. See our calendar for many choices of topics.

Discounts for Bringing a Group

Depending on the number of people you bring, you will receive a discount for each person from the prices listed on our web pages. If the program you choose is already discounted, the following discounts do not apply:

Taking an Expanding Light Program

6 to 9 people 5% off
10 - 15 people   10% off
16 - 20 people 15% off
21 + people 20% off

Running Your Own Program
or Taking Our Personal Retreat Program

(Discounts taken from the Personal Retreat rate)

10 - 15 people   5% off
16 - 20 people 10% off
21 + people 15% off

An additional 5% discount will be extended if your group comes during the months of September, November, January, or February.

“Conducting retreats at The Expanding Light has been an exceptional experience: The serviceful staff, beautiful environment, and powerful energy of the retreat center make it the perfect place to hold my ongoing retreats. All my participants love it there!”

>– Vina, Sacramento, CA

All of us just loved and truly enjoyed our stay at Ananda! We learned so much about Yoga and Meditation, our first goal of the visit, and felt so comforted and taken care of by the atmosphere and great teachers at the retreat center. We felt especially fortunate to have Maitri as our weekend guide; she was so gentle, informative, and caring and customized the retreat for our needs. Those of us who attended the Sunday Service were filled with love and joy. Thank you! We'll be back soon.

— P.W., Lake Almanor, CA

During my stay at The Expanding Light, I was blessed to enjoy the delicious food they lovingly prepared for us day after day. The food was so good, AND good for me! I soon began to happily anticipate mealtime to see what delicious fare the divine kitchen staff had prepared for me next! Thank you Expanding Light Kitchen Staff!

Group Retreats are ideal for:

• yoga classes • family reunion • like-minded friends
• church groups • book clubs • women’s groups
• meditation groups • cooking groups • caregivers’ support network
• teachers association • non-profit staff • parenting network
• co-workers’ groups • quilting or knitting • or start a new group!
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Gaia House, An exciting new group retreat experience

Contact Krishna Das at
800-346-5350 ext 7091
to choose a program
or reserve a space.

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Lunch Plate

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay


Massage at the center for radiant Health

During your stay, enjoy healing services at
The Center for
Radiant Health

(at additional charge)


Energization Yoga Meditation

Two guided sessions of Energization Exercises, Yoga Postures, and Meditation are included each day


Nature Walk

Enjoy long walks on our
beautiful 800 acres
of forest and meadowland

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The Expanding Light Retreat • 14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, California 95959 • 800-346-5350 or 530-478-7518  © 2015