Privacy Policy

This privacy statement discloses the privacy practices for The Expanding Light Retreat and We do not send unsolicited e-mail (spam).

The Expanding Light Retreat: Privacy Policy

The Expanding Light Retreat is a department within the non-profit organization the Ananda Church of Self Realization of Nevada County (Ananda Sangha Worldwide). We consider the confidentiality of guest and opt-in information of utmost importance. At this time, we want you to know how we protect the personal information we obtain from you in the course of providing you with products and services.

What This Policy Covers

This policy covers how Ananda Sangha Worldwide treats personal information it collects and receives. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable, such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and birth date. This policy does include The Expanding Light Retreat data it collects.

Information Collection and Use

Most, if not all, the personal information that we have about you comes directly from you. This information comes through your completion of sign-ups for emails or other content and registration as a guest. Information includes things like your name and address, birth date, e-mail address, phone number, etc.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

It is our policy not to disclose any personal or financial information to non-affiliates who might use this information to contact you about their own products and services. Our Policy is also integral with the Facebook privacy policy.
If we feel it is of mutual benefit to share information of your interest in our work we do from time to time share your email address with our ‘sister’ departments such as Online with Ananda, Crystal Clarity Publishing, and the Sangha ministries. We feel that this sharing of information is in harmony with our privacy policy and helps fulfill our mission of supporting and spreading the work of Paramhansa Yogananda and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Confidentiality and Security

We limit access to personal information about you to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide services or products to you, or in order to do their jobs.  We educate our employees to protect your personal information.
Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Nevada County maintains physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with applicable laws and regulations to protect your personal information.
E-Newsletter Unsubscribe / Opt-out
All recipients of our Expanding Light e-newsletter (E-Notes) are given the opportunity to unsubscribe (opt-out) at any time by clicking on a link at the bottom of the e-mail. Recipients may also click on a link at the bottom of the e-mail to view Expanding Light’s Privacy Policy.


The Expanding Light Retreat may use cookies for the purpose of tailoring web content to match the user’s browser capability and to make it possible to use our shopping cart in the future. The cookies do not store personal information. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site.

HTML and Link Detectors

The Expanding Light e-newsletter (E-Notes) may embed HTML and link detectors in all e-mail transmissions to help gauge the effectiveness of our e-newsletter campaigns. The detectors track recipients’ capability of receiving HTML messages and the number of HTML messages opened. The detectors also track the links that recipients click on within the e-mail. The detectors do not collect any other information.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Ananda may update this policy at any time in the future. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending you a notice.

Questions and Suggestions

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us at: Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Nevada County, attn: Surana Van Alstine, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Ste. 146, Nevada City, CA 95959, 530-478-7538,

If you do not agree with the above policy, and would prefer that these organizations not have access to your personal information, please contact us at the address or phone above.


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