Spiritual Growth Retreats

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 5 program areas:

2016 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 and Nayaswami Anandi

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

Friday, Jul 1 – Sunday, Jul 3

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

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

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. In this retreat, you will learn effective skills to enjoy better communication and joy in your relationships!
Nayaswami Mantradevi and Nayaswami Anandi

Rejuventation Retreat for Cancer Patients

Sunday, Jul 17 – Sunday, Aug 7

Rejuventation Retreat for Cancer Patients

If you have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment in the last 10 years, this 3-week program could be a game changer for you.

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

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

Chico Area Special Weekend Retreat

Friday, Jul 29 – Sunday, Jul 31

Chico Area Special Weekend Retreat

A special getaway for those living in the Greater Chico Area of Northern California.
Premdas Ghirla

Self-Healing Retreat

Friday, Jul 29 – Sunday, Jul 31

Self-Healing Retreat
Learn Yogananda's Transformational Tools for Healing and Vitality

An ocean of cosmic spiritual energy is within you! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power. Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will!
Nayaswami Mukti

Yoga Retreat for Chakra Awareness

Friday, Jul 29 – Sunday, Jul 31

Yoga Retreat for Chakra Awareness
Awaken the Energy of Your Spiritual Spine

During this special weekend course, you will enjoy a deep and focused practice of Ananda Yoga postures to help you tune into and awaken the energy in the chakras
Annapurna Lacour

August

Sky and Earth Touched Me

Friday, Aug 5 – Sunday, Aug 7

Sky and Earth Touched Me
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

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

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Sep 2 – Sunday, Sep 4

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

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

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 18 – Friday, Sep 23

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

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

Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Paramhansa Yogananda

Saturday, Sep 24 – Thursday, Sep 29

Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Paramhansa Yogananda
in Southern California

Join us on this amazing spiritual adventure—visiting sacred places in Encinitas and Los Angeles blessed by Yogananda.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area Special Weekend Retreat

Friday, Sep 30 – Sunday, Oct 2

Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area Special Weekend Retreat

A special getaway for those coming from the Reno/Truckee-Tahoe Basin Area area.
Premdas Ghirla

October

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Oct 7 – Sunday, Oct 9

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

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Oct 14 – Sunday, Oct 16

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

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

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

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

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

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

Developing Intuition Retreat: 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

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Oct 30

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

November

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

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

Self-Healing Retreat

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

Self-Healing Retreat
Learn Yogananda's Transformational Tools for Healing and Vitality

An ocean of cosmic spiritual energy is within you! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power. Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will!
Nayaswami Mukti

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

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Wednesday, Nov 23 – Sunday, Nov 27

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Celebrate one of America's favorite and most important holidays, and leave refreshed, seeing life and yourself in a new and more positive light.
Nayaswami Anandi

December

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

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

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Friday, Dec 2 – Sunday, Dec 4

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

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

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

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Life, Death, and the Astral World

Remove fear and sadness from your perspective of death, and gain insight into how you can live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
Nayaswami Anandi

A Christmas of Inner Awakening

Thursday, Dec 22 – Monday, Dec 26

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community

Spiritualize this Christmas. Touch the consciousness of Christ within yourself and be renewed and strengthened in your inner life.
Catherine Kairavi

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

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Thursday, Dec 29 – Monday, Jan 2

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

Make 2016 richer and more fulfilling by examining the lessons of 2015 and setting goals for 2016. Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and a powerfully uplifting ceremony on New Year's Eve—you will feel truly refreshed for the coming year.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

2017 January

Inner Renewal Week

Sunday, Jan 29 – Sunday, Feb 5

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

June

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 4 – Saturday, Jun 10

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
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

August

Spiritual Renewal Week

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

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

October

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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The Chakras: The Seven Gates to Freedom

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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

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