New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Led by Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
A New Year's Retreat

4 days

  • Dec 29 – Jan 2, 2017

This perennial favorite is the perfect way to take stock of the past year and prepare inwardly to achieve your goals in the coming year, all in a relaxed, supportive environment of other spiritual seekers.

New Year at the temple

Your New Year’s Retreat includes:

  • Guided introspection to get the most out of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) lessons of this past year
  • Guided goal-setting for next year, in which you’ll experience a unique approach to setting goals and making New Year’s resolutions that will really work for you.
  • students Ananda’s uplifting New Year’s Ceremony, which includes purification practices, prayers for world peace, meditation, and a very special tradition: chanting a powerful ancient mantra 108 times to bring in the new year
  • Serene walks through the beautiful, peaceful hills of Ananda Village
  • Light-hearted entertainment in Ananda’s very special way
  • Plenty of meditation and yoga postures sessions to help you start the New Year healthy, joyful and inspired.

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Leave behind the ho-hum (or raucous!) atmosphere of New Year’s at home, and let Diksha and Gyandev McCord lead you through a New Year’s Retreat that’s joyful and rejuvenating, giving you a powerful boost for your peace of mind.

"Diksha and Gyandev were brilliant. Very organized and focused when it came to the classes and the goal setting, yet they remained free from rigid course restratints when it came to answering questions, discussing views, and most importantly guiding seekers on their personal journeys. They have been instrumental in helping me achieve my goals for this retreat and open my heart. I will be back."
—Jeff I., Redlands, CA

"I came to The Expanding Light to physically, mentally, and spiritually reboot. I had no idea that I would actually change my life here. I am leaving with an abundance of joy, peace, and love. The guidance from Gyandev and Diksha was a highlight of this experience. They gave us the courage to really dig deep in the most loving and positive way. Another highlight was the Goal Workshop. The thoughtful approach to identify realistic goals for 2015 was a wonderful process. I came to The Expanding Light with intense sadness, and now I feel happier than ever. I look forward to practicing with all the tools I received."
— Kelly K., Redlands, CA

" I believe this was the best Christmas and New Year I have ever had. I truly believe this retreat has prepared me for a magical 2015"
—Tanya., India

"If Ananda calls, answer. Here you fill find friends you never knew you had, breathe as though it is the first time, and your heart will shine — stronger and  more  opening than ever."  —N.B., Coronado, CA

"This was my second year doing this retreat, and it was well worth it to do the program a second time. It has helped me to define my goals and to focus on them throughout the year. Deepening my meditation practice is one of my goals for  the coming year. All of the meditation practice and instruction has been very helpful. ... The food is fabulous."

—Nancy, Alameda, CA 

"In a caring, loving community of like-minded people, The Expanding Light offers a welcomed place for self-introspection and reconnection with old and new spiritual goals. The gift of time and wisdom that Gyandev and Diksha generously offer has helped me open my heart and mind to new possibilities of happiness—opening me to the songs and dances I hold within!"
—H.M., Crested Butte, CO

"Coming to this program was one of the best moves I've made in my life. Diksha and Gyandev have so much love, wisdom, and tools for change—and they present them in a safe and supportive environment. I have changed on a very deep level and feel my heart healing." — Bonny, Lakeport, CA

"This New Year's Retreat was a benchmark in my life. It has given me a fresh new perspective on my relationship with the prior year, today, and the upcoming year."—Tony, Torrance, CA

"People ask, 'Has the retreat been good?' Yes! Good for me, but more than that—life-affirming! Good people, great practices like meditation, and such spirit-filled yoga as I've never encountered before. Wise, great teachers. I can't thank you enough. I feel cracked open, ready to receive good things in my life with God's help."  —J.T., San Jose, CA

new years students

"Arriving at The Expanding Light, I was immediately greeted with a sense of peace, harmony, and love. The teachers took time to conect with each of us to ensure we were getting what we wanted and needed from the program. I was MOVED by all of my experiences and I know I am leaving a better, well balanced person from my experiences here. I have a newfound confidence in my spirituality and my connection with God. I am grateful for The Expanding Light, and will most certainly return!"

—Amanda, San Bruno, CA 

"This program was exactly what i needed. It is amazing to  me that one program can meet the individual needs of such a diverse group. The balance of "class" time, personal time, and spiritual practices was perfect. Last year was very challenging for me on many levels. I desperately needed a program that would help me close the year with peace and begin the new one with hope. This program provided that and so much more."

—Elizabeth, Sacramento, CA 

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Costs (NEWY)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Dec 29 – Jan 2, 2017
Tent /
$460 $580 $840 $760 $1100

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

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New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

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