Guest Groups at Gaia House Retreat


Gaia House Retreat is a unique 2-story, custom designed house located at Ananda Village in Nevada City, California. We are about 2 hours from the Sacramento Airport. This very special house is made of rammed earth with tall ceilings and lots of light in all rooms. There is a wonderful flow to all the rooms and the views outside extend the energy of the house further. The house has 7 bedrooms and can sleep 15 adults, and the living room and teaching rooms can accommodate more than 35 total visitors.

Outstanding features at Gaia House Retreat

A welcoming 2-story layout provides ample and flexible first floor space with:

  • a beautiful kitchen
  • expansive dining area
  • multi-use living areas
  • separate first floor ‘teaching room’ with dual aspect and tall ceilings
  • second floor has 6 uniquely furnished rooms, some with shared baths, and three with en-suites bathrooms.



“Thank you from the Chaplain Program of Unity Center of Davis California for an absolutely fantastic weekend at Gaia House Retreat. The peace and tranquility emanating from the grounds and people were the perfect backdrop for our retreat/training. We enclose a gratuity in thanks for the welcoming Spirit of Gaia House and The Expanding Light Retreat and the transformation you are bringing to our planet and people. Again, thank you. We all hope to return soon.”
           — Unity Center of Davis, CA.


Group stays include:

  • Extraordinary group leader support
  • Top-rated guest services, small boutique, small village market
  • Affordable pricing
  • Access to most of our 700 acres including holy shrines
  • Uplifting meeting rooms/spaces, including our Living Wisdom Center for large events
  • Delicious vegetarian meals at the Expanding Light Retreat with advanced reservations for the group
  • Optional attendance at morning yoga and meditation
  • Explore our peaceful gardens and lakes
  • Connection with the joyful energy which permeates our community


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Get ready for an extraordinary group experience!

We invite group leaders to contact us to arrange a complimentary overnight stay at the Expanding Light Retreat hosted by Krishnadas LoCicero, Groups Manager. Enjoy in-depth tours of our two facilities, time to share your vision of your groups’ program, and enjoy dining with us. contact Krishna Das LoCicero at The Expanding Light Retreat.



Groups at Gaia House may want to utilize the many services offered at the Expanding Light Retreat about a 5-minute drive away:

  • Large and inviting dining room serving 3 delicious buffet-style, vegetarian/vegan/GF meals each day
  • A welcoming Guest Services building with reservations desk, quiet lounge, fun boutique
  • Use of our inspiring octagonal Teaching Temple ideal for group gatherings, ceremonies, closing circles
  • Pre-arranged use of the state-of the-art Living Wisdom Center at Ananda Village. Ideal for larger group events, conferences, music events
  • Pretty outdoor piazza for dining and congregating with garden views to our Temple of Light
  • Ample parking including charging stations
  • We are a smoke and drug and alcohol free community. Only guide animals allowed.
  • No fires, candles or incense allowed

The rooms below will be updated by end of 2021

The Flower Suite has a Queen bed, an armoire, a long desk, a private bathroom and a private deck.

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The Tree Room has one double bed and one twin bed. The Bird Room has two twin beds and a desk.



The River Room has two twin beds. The Star Room has two twin beds and a large desk.





Meeting Spaces at Gaia House

Gaia House has a large living room/lounge area with easy to move furniture to create the best arrangement for your group. In addition, there is a dedicated space at the end of the house with plenty of space for meditation and meetings. A door leads directly into the gardens and we provide ample folding chairs, yoga mats & pillows, and a whiteboard for you to use as needed. There is a seperate, full bath directly outside the suite for easy access.

Dedicated Learning Suite at Gaia House Ananda Village



Additional Meeting Spaces at Ananda Village: A modest additional charge may apply for additional meeting spaces.

Ananda Village, the location of Gaia House Retreat, has additional spaces where guests of Gaia House may hold meetings or gatherings, with advance reservation. These spaces allow room for more guests than Gaia House can hold. For example, Gaia House sleeps 12-15 guests. Additional group members can stay at the nearby Expanding Light Retreat, up to a total of 39 guests. Then all group members can meet at any of these locations:

Living Wisdom Center: New sustainable construction. There is a State-of-the Art presentation hall with top-quality acoustics ideal for music presentations, dance, and for recorded talks. Seats up to 140. Various side rooms for smaller break-out sessions. Parking for guests. A 5 minute walk from Gaia House Retreat. No smoking or alcohol allowed at Ananda Village.


Living Wisdom Centre exterior


Living Wisdom Centre-hall


Hansa Temple: Located at Ananda Village, about a 3 minute drive from Gaia House or a pleasant walk. A main temple for Ananda Village. There is an altar with photos of the Kriya Yoga Master's of the Ananda lineage. A very comfortable room for floor or chair seating. A raised dais at front of room allows for nice speaker location. Ample room for projector and screen for presentations. Front entry foyer has plenty of room for coats and shoes - no shoes in Temple. Downstairs has two bathrooms and sink. Can seat 120 comfortably.

Hansa Temple exterior


Hansa Temple class


Serenity Lounge: Located in Serenity House, The Expanding Light's larger guest accommodation housing. Room has a sofa, coffee table, chairs, and dining table, with extra folding chairs, blankets & pillows. Sink and tea service. Holds 25 seated.

Serenity House Lounge


Thank you for your interest in our guest group accommodations and services at the Expanding Light Retreat or Gaia House. Please contact Krishna Das LoCicero, Guest Groups Manager, to share about your group event and to get a pricing quote.

The Gaia House Retreat lodges small groups of up to 15, with overflow available at The Expanding Light. We also have additional meeting spaces for larger group meetings.

Accommodations Pricing:

Program leaders and professionals please contact us for any additional information!

Ananda affiliated groups please contact Krishna Das to learn about special discounts.


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