Spiritual Travel: Retreats and Pilgrimages
Enjoy truly relaxing travel that supports your spiritual life in all ways. We choose inspiring sites and lovely accommodations. Our experienced Expanding Light staff leaders create travel that strengthens your spiritual practice, and a journey that leaves you feeling uplifted and renewed.
We plan trips using the following criteria:
- Journey to a place of magnetism
- Lovely accommodations that are reasonably priced
- Travel at affordable times with pleasant weather
- Programs consistent with the Ananda vibration
- Personal contact with leaders and like-minded people
- Programs that support a spiritual vibration and spiritual practice
Sunday, May 15 – Thursday, May 19
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.
Saturday, May 21 – Saturday, Jun 11
Pilgrimage to Spain & Italy: Sacred Sites in Southern Europe
Experience the deep vibrations of early monasteries, ancient convents, museums, opulent palaces and antique castles; places of spiritual, historical, and artful inspiration.
Saturday, Sep 24 – Saturday, Oct 1
Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Paramhansa Yogananda
Join us on this amazing spiritual adventure—visiting sacred places in Encinitas and Los Angeles blessed by Yogananda.
Sunday, Sep 25 – Tuesday, Oct 4
The Arts & Culture of Assisi Tour & Program
On this tour and program you will share your time between visiting many great expressions of various art forms in Assisi – and time in the studio yourself, working hands-on to connect with your own creative energy and manifest your own artistic expressions.
Sunday, Oct 23 – Friday, Oct 28
Pilgrimage on the Path of Kriya Yoga
Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat in Kerala, India
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.
Sunday, Oct 1 – Sunday, Oct 22
The blessings of pilgrimage, and the power of being in places blessed by saints, will change you and deepen you in ways you never would have thought possible.
The effects of pilgrimage last a lifetime, the memories of sweet experiences making God's presence an ever deepening living reality within.
Sunday, Nov 26 – Sunday, Dec 3
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Our Program Leaders
Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha are long-time teachers and ministers at Ananda, as well as experienced leaders of retreats at home and abroad. Diksha directs Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training program. Gyandev directs Ananda Yoga® and Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. Both lead workshops on a wide range of topics in the spiritual life. They have led retreats and pilgrimages to India, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Israel.
Nayaswamis Krishnadas and Mantradevi are longtime teachers and ministers of Ananda, Krishnadas and Mantradevi have helped establish Ananda communities in Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Currently, they both work at The Expanding Light, regularly leading pilgrimages to India, Europe, and other places of inspiration. They have been sharing Yogananda’s teachings for decades and lead many workshops at The Expanding Light.
Keshava and Daya Taylor are spiritual directors of Ananda meditation center in Delhi, and have been leading pilgrimages in India for the past 10 years. Keshava and Daya have lived in India since the founding of Ananda's work in India in 2003.
I can't say enough about the many wonderful and powerful experiences I had on our pilgrimage! Feeling the amazing power of the several sacred places stands out. And being a part of a group of like-minded people was a strong confirmation of how real our spiritual journey is.
—V.B., Aptos, California, USA
I love Badrinath! ...there are no words to express what we experienced [there] both individually and as a group. For me it was a divine experience like never before.
—R. B., Gurgaon, India
“This trip is so much more than an exotic vacation in an stunning location. It is a pure rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul. The blend of yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic lessons, with the resort's treatments, climate and food is truly inspiring. I came to the resort with high expectations, and left with each and every one exceeded. An unforgettable experience of quality care and growth.”
– Annette, England
“It has been an amazing retreat. I was deeply touched by the spirit of the Indian people. The treatments were very beneficial to me both physically and emotionally. The sadhanas with Gyandev were a great way to start the day, and I learned so much about ayurveda in the classes with Diksha.”
– Lauri, Texas