Personal Growth - Spiritual Growth, Holistic Health, Karma Yoga

Diksha McCord, Director of Meditation Teacher Training with guests

Diksha with students

Spiritual Growth

Paramhansa Yogananda photo from Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda

We are each on a journey of Self-discovery. Meditation and the yogic path give us the tools to feel more at peace, self-integrated, and in control of our bodies, minds, and emotions. Within us we discover the inherent wisdom and joy of our own souls. Spiritual growth means living inspired.

Choose from 4 program areas:

enjoying like-minded company at The Expanding Light Retreat

like-minded company

Holistic Health

We think: “When I am well, I have energy.” But in truth - more energy equals better health. Yogic teachings show us how to draw more energy into the body, to eliminate blocks that free the flow of energy, and create a lifestyle that promotes greater energy.

Your visit to The Expanding Light includes delicious organic vegetarian meals, time for walks in nature’s beauty, and options of massage or other energy treatments (at additional cost).

Every course we offer will help you enjoy more vibrant health and happiness.

Learn more about Holistic Health...

2016 January

Inner Renewal Week

Sunday, Jan 31 – Sunday, Feb 7

Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God

This week can permanently transform and deepen your spiritual life. It is led by the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide and offered to serious spiritual seekers.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

February

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Feb 12 – Sunday, Feb 14

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Life continually offers us difficult choices. Intuition is a human faculty deeper than thought – the clear inner knowing of what is true. It is a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

Spiritualize Your Marriage

Friday, Feb 12 – Sunday, Feb 14

Spiritualize Your Marriage

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by renewing the spiritual bond in your marriage and exploring your divine purpose for being together.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Feb 14 – Friday, Feb 19

First-Timers' Week

Many of our programs work wonderfully for first-time visitors, this one is especially designed for you. It's 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 at how much you can learn and experience in just 5 days.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Feb 19 – Sunday, Feb 21

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Feb 26 – Sunday, Feb 28

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

Peter Van Houten, M.D., leads this fascinating, encouraging, and deeply beneficial weekend, sharing exciting new information on the brain that helps us engage our brain’s infinite capacity for change and adaptation.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

March

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Friday, Mar 4 – Sunday, Mar 6

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Life, to the spiritual seeker, is a preparation for leaving this world in the highest consciousness possible. In our final moments, we want to be free from negativity or any limiting thoughts. Each day, we have the opportunity to prepare ourselves.
Nayaswami Anandi

Tools for Success

Friday, Mar 4 – Sunday, Mar 6

Tools for Success
Unleash Your Dynamic Heart-Centered Life

Learn to cultivate new and effective habits to attract success on every level. Identify the temporary blocks that stand in your way.
Sabari Lester

Healing Retreat: Ayurveda and Yoga

Friday, Mar 11 – Sunday, Mar 13

Healing Retreat: Ayurveda and Yoga

Ayurveda and Yoga are two of the oldest, most popular, and most effective forms of healing for body, mind, and soul.
Annapurna Lacour

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Mar 18 – Sunday, Mar 20

First-Timers' Weekend

While many of our programs work wonderfully for first-time visitors, this one is designed especially for you. It's 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 learn and experience in just one weekend.

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

Living in Grace

Friday, Mar 18 – Sunday, Mar 20

Living in Grace
Opening to the Spirit Within

It takes courage to let go and let God, but once you feel this transformative and empowering shift, you will wonder why you waited so long! Through guided activities and the doorway of meditation, you will rediscover the natural love of the heart.
Sahaja Sims

The Mystery of the Resurrection

Friday, Mar 25 – Sunday, Mar 27

The Mystery of the Resurrection

Celebrate the spiritual power of Easter in a personal way. You can be inspired to release the delusion of limitation and resurrect yourself in soul joy.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

April

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Apr 1 – Sunday, Apr 3

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

The soul has everything it needs to meet every test of life. As you live in tune with the power of your soul, your life will be completely transformed.
Nayaswami Diksha

Two Souls, Four Lives

Friday, Apr 1 – Sunday, Apr 3

Two Souls, Four Lives
A Fascinating Study of Reincarnation

Yogananda's life as William the Conqueror and Kriyananda's life as his son, Henry I—a thought provoking weekend .
Catherine Kairavi

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, Apr 8 – Sunday, Apr 10

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Sometimes changes are thrust upon us, sometimes they come from deep within ourselves. Either way, we want to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Springtime at Ananda

Saturday, Apr 9 – Sunday, Apr 10

Springtime at Ananda
Tulip Garden Open House

Enjoy the magnificent tulip display at Crystal Hermitage, with 10,000 blooming tulips in an exquisite setting—attracts thousands of guests annually.

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Sunday, Apr 10 – Friday, Apr 15

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

A Women's Retreat: Reconnect with God, Yourself & Nature

Friday, Apr 15 – Sunday, Apr 17

A Women's Retreat: Reconnect with God, Yourself & Nature

A spiritual retreat that is refreshing beyond all other breaks. It’s a revitalizing feast of Divine Mother energy.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Springtime at Ananda

Saturday, Apr 16 – Sunday, Apr 17

Springtime at Ananda
Tulip Garden Open House

Enjoy the magnificent tulip display at Crystal Hermitage, with 10,000 blooming tulips in an exquisite setting—attracts thousands of guests annually.

How to Achieve Glowing Health

Friday, Apr 22 – Sunday, Apr 24

How to Achieve Glowing Health

Who doesn’t want more happiness, energy, and joy? This comprehensive program, includes practical and rejuvenating tools for optimal health and inner well being.
Maitri Jones

Superconscious Living

Friday, Apr 22 – Sunday, Apr 24

Superconscious Living
Learn to live with more enthusiasm, love, and joy

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

Making Miracles Happen

Friday, Apr 29 – Sunday, May 1

Making Miracles Happen

In this course, you’ll learn and begin to apply principles that can bring about what seem like miracles, but are in fact only the operation of a subtle law of creation.
Nayaswami Anandi

Find Your Authentic Voice

Friday, Apr 29 – Sunday, May 1

Find Your Authentic Voice
A Key to Effective Communication and Self Empowerment

Through the power of your voice you can transmit the power, clarity, and warmth of the soul. Learning how to use the voice effectively brings deep and lasting benefits for personal growth and expression.
Nayaswami Mukti

May

Vegetarian Cooking for Health and Vitality

Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8

Vegetarian Cooking for Health and Vitality

Discover that food can be a source of both nourishment and healing. Understand the difference between healthy and non-healthy food craving. Learn to prepare delicious recipes that will satisfy both body and soul.
Nayaswami Diksha

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8

First-Timers' Weekend

While many of our programs work wonderfully for first-time visitors, this one is designed especially for you. It's 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 learn and experience in just one weekend.

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Restorative yoga is currently the most popular style of yoga in the United States - with good reason. Restorative yoga is safe, nurturing, and systematic, and helps you relax and release deep tension with no effort.
Melody Hansen

Kriya Yoga Pilgrimage: Attuning to Joy

Sunday, May 15 – Thursday, May 19

Kriya Yoga Pilgrimage: Attuning to Joy

The meditation shrines at Ananda Village are as special as many of the great places around the globe. Take a simple, meditation-focused retreat to dive deeply into the vibrations of our line of Masters.
Nayaswami Anandi and Bharat Cornell

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Sunday, May 22 – Saturday, May 28

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Powerful, Practical Keys to Spiritual Growth

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

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

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

You'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

June

Living with Spirit

Thursday, Jun 2 – Sunday, Jun 12

Living with Spirit
Yoga, Meditation, Community, and Sustainable Agriculture

Two weeks of adventure in spirit, friendship, and fun.
Badri Matlock

A Women's Retreat—Sharing from the Heart

Thursday, Jun 2 – Sunday, Jun 5

A Women's Retreat—Sharing from the Heart
Developing Inner Strength to Help Yourself and Others

A wonderful weekend with Nayaswami Devi and Dr. Shanti Rubenstone.
Nayaswami Devi and Shanti Rubenstone

How to Connect with God

Friday, Jun 10 – Sunday, Jun 12

How to Connect with God

The Divine expresses itself through qualities we can tangibly feel: peace, calmness, love, joy, light, sound, power, and wisdom. During this weekend you'll have the opportunity to experience God in each of these manifestations.
Sahaja Sims

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Sunday, Jun 12 – Friday, Jun 17

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jul 1 – Sunday, Jul 3

First-Timers' Weekend

While many of our programs work wonderfully for first-time visitors, this one is designed especially for you. It's 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 learn and experience in just one weekend.

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 program: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher, David Gamow, author of the book, Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

Happiness Getaway

Friday, Jul 8 – Sunday, Jul 10

Happiness Getaway

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

How to Love and Be Loved

Wednesday, Jul 13 – Sunday, Jul 17

How to Love and Be Loved

Seeing your love and harmony reflected in others is life transforming. Learn effective skills to enjoy better communication and joy in your relationships!
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Jul 22 – Sunday, Jul 24

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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

Finding Joy: Discover the Healing Power Within You

Friday, Jul 29 – Sunday, Jul 31

Finding Joy: Discover the Healing Power Within You

Experience the ocean of cosmic energy within you and all around you. Using simple tools to awaken your receptivity to this subtle vibratory power, you can experience a profound healing of mind and body. Discover that joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will!
Nayaswami Mukti

August

Sky and Earth Touched Me

Friday, Aug 5 – Sunday, Aug 7

Sky and Earth Touched Me
A Nature Awareness Weekend for Inner Awakening

Experience nature deeply, with awareness activities created by Ananda’s renowned nature educator, Joseph Bharat Cornell. An inspirational, educational, and fun adventure!
Sundara Traymar

Spiritual Renewal Week

Sunday, Aug 7 – Sunday, Aug 14

Spiritual Renewal Week

Join the Ananda Community in our annual week of Spiritual Renewal, the highlight of Ananda's summer for over 40 years.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

  ceu credits Wednesday, Aug 17 – Sunday, Aug 21

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

Understanding your Ayurvedic constitution and how to work with it can help you feel your best on every level. You can have stronger, more consistent energy and health… more calmness and mental clarity… more happiness and well-being.
Nayaswami Mangala

Release the Past

Friday, Aug 19 – Sunday, Aug 21

Release the Past
Uncover the Power of the Present to Heal Your Life

While the past can burden us—either by what we have done, or what has been done to us—we are really not meant to carry that burden.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Anandi

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Sunday, Aug 21 – Friday, Aug 26

How to Create Your Own Happiness

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, Aug 26 – Sunday, Aug 28

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Sometimes changes are thrust upon us, sometimes they come from deep within ourselves. Either way, we want to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

September

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

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 18 – Friday, Sep 23

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Learn techniques to give children and adults a dynamic and inspiring experience of nature.
Sundara Traymar and Bharat Cornell

Recreate Yourself

Friday, Sep 23 – Sunday, Sep 25

Recreate Yourself

Take this opportunity to learn how to become "the best yet" version of yourself. Discover how to bring out your inner creative potential and open the door to deeper fulfillment.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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

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

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Life continually offers us difficult choices. Intuition is a human faculty deeper than thought – the clear inner knowing of what is true. It is a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

Pilgrimage on the Path of Kriya Yoga

Sunday, Oct 23 – Friday, Oct 28

Pilgrimage on the Path of Kriya Yoga
Sacred Places of Ananda

Pilgrimage offers a unique opportunity for deepening your connection with God; it can transform your life.
Nayaswami Anandi and Bharat Cornell

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Oct 30

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

Peter Van Houten, M.D., leads this fascinating, encouraging, and deeply beneficial weekend, sharing exciting new information on the brain that helps us engage our brain’s infinite capacity for change and adaptation.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

November

Freedom from Stress

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

Freedom from Stress

You’ll practice the techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda to help you to relax physically and mentally. You’ll learn how to develop mental strength through concentration and meditation, to help you maintain your calmness throughout the day.
Nayaswami Diksha

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

First-Timers' Weekend

While many of our programs work wonderfully for first-time visitors, this one is designed especially for you. It's 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 learn and experience in just one weekend.

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

Making Miracles Happen

Friday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 13

Making Miracles Happen

In this course, you’ll learn and begin to apply principles that can bring about what seem like miracles, but are in fact only the operation of a subtle law of creation.
Nayaswami Anandi

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 13

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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

Superconscious Living

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

Superconscious Living
Learn to live with more enthusiasm, love, and joy

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

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Life, to the spiritual seeker, is a preparation for leaving this world in the highest consciousness possible. In our final moments, we want to be free from negativity or any limiting thoughts. Each day, we have the opportunity to prepare ourselves.
Nayaswami Anandi

Happiness Getaway

Monday, Dec 26 – Wednesday, Dec 28

Happiness Getaway

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 February

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India

  ceu credits Friday, Feb 3 – Wednesday, Feb 15

Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India
Relax • Release• Renew

Imagine the perfect vacation: deep relaxation and Ayurvedic healing treatments, combined with yoga and meditation guided by Gyandev and Diksha McCord, plus a variety of delightful Indian cultural experiences – all at Kerala’s finest seaside Ayurvedic retreat.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

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Articles

Savitri Simpson

The Chakras: The Seven Gates to Freedom

“In a deeper sense the word chakra describes the whirlpools or vortices of energy located along the central axis of our bodies, in the ‘deep’ or astral spine.”

by Jyotish and Devi Novak

Living Superconsciously

“If there is a single quality that society needs today, it is integrity. The worlds of business, of entertainment, of our culture in general, are crippled by a lack of morality.”

Gyandev McCord

How to Take a Spiritual Retreat

“Everyone occasionally feels a need for inner rejuvenation.… going on retreat can be a perfect solution.”

Diksha McCord

Why Become Vegetarian?

“A vegetarian diet can actually provide us with much more variety in tastes and textures than the typical meat-based fare…. a vegetarian repast may be composed of a number of dishes combining legumes, grains, vegetables, nuts, fruits and seasonings.”

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