Spiritual Retreats - Strengthening Your Inner Life

“All the teachers taught from the heart. They believe in what they are teaching. They all are examples of how to live in the divine. This is a wonderful way to reach your inner self.”
Tim, Alameda, CA


A gathering at the Crystal Hermitage

The pull of outward responsibilities, desires, and deep restlessness is stronger than ever these days. When you try to move in too many directions at once, stress is inevitable. What can you do? Strengthen your INNER life.

These programs offer you ways to re-connect with the deep peace, love, and joy within your own being. Connecting with your higher Self can rejuvenate you as nothing else. You may find even a weekend can uplift you in ways you cannot imagine.

All classes are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.


Strengthening Your Inner Life Courses Scheduled:

2016 March

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

April

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

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

June

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

July

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

August

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



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Massage and other healing treatments are available to support your meditation retreat experience

Come a Day Early
Relax, Take a Walk,
Get a Massage


Gardens, flowers, forest are within and around the Expanding Light Spiritual Retreat for Meditation, Yoga, and Health

Stay an Extra Day,  Relax,
Absorb Your Experience


Exquisite vegetarian cuisine is carefully planned to support your meditation and overall health. Our menu is based on the teachings of yoga on diet

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