Meditation Retreats & Meditation Training

Meditation at sunset ridge. Forests abundant with wildlife surround our retreat center and community

In our meditation courses, you will learn:

  • A specific, highly effective technique of meditation (brought to the West by Yogananda) to help you develop greater concentration
  • How to sit comfortably so the body isn't an obstacle to inner peace
  • How to add meditation into your busy life
  • How to better focus your energy and achieve your goals

Yogananda called this meditation technique "one of India's greatest gifts to the world." With just a little practice each day, you can learn to concentrate, and you can feel more centered, calm, AND happy. In just one weekend you can gain the meditation tools you need to transform your life.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is the most advanced technique of meditation that Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the West. It is described beautifully in his Autobiography of a Yogi, in which he calls it "the airplane route to God." More...

Our Roots

Autobiography of    a Yogi

Ananda Meditation comes from the renowned Kriya Yoga tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.

Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and founded in 1968 by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, The Expanding Light is a retreat center in Northern California welcoming seekers from all backgrounds.


 

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The most insightful advice an Ananda Meditation Teacher has presented is this: Just leave everything behind except for this very moment. You are here now.

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2017 June

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jun 16 – Sunday, Jun 18

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Jun 29 – Sunday, Jul 9

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a weekend for personal transformation. During this retreat, you will learn how to experience happiness within you, and learn to find it amidst the challenges of life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

July

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jul 7 – Sunday, Jul 9

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Jul 14 – Sunday, Jul 16

Living from the Inside Out Retreat
Find Solutions to Life's Challenges

Learn and experience powerful laws of Spirit for discovering your highest potential and positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Mukti

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Jul 28 – Sunday, Jul 30

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

In two short days, you can literally turn your life around. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, with hope restored—from reconnecting with your own Higher Self.
Nayaswami Mukti

August

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Tuesday, Aug 8 – Sunday, Aug 13

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Kriya Yoga Initiation

Friday, Aug 11

Kriya Yoga Initiation

This program is for those who have completed Kriya Yoga Preparation, or equivalent course. Receive Kriya Yoga Initiation at a formal ceremony, a Kriya technique review, personal instruction, guidance with your practice, and continued support.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Aug 18 – Sunday, Aug 20

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

September

First-Timers'

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

First-Timers'

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

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Sep 8 – Sunday, Sep 10

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Hong Sau 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

Adventures in Spiritual Awakening: An Experiential Journey into The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, Sep 10 – Friday, Sep 15

Adventures in Spiritual Awakening: An Experiential Journey into The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

A highly personalized journey into the highest spiritual wisdom, through presentation, gentle-yet-deep yoga practices, music, discussion, self-exploration, and meditation.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Experiments in Higher Consciousness

Friday, Sep 22 – Sunday, Sep 24

Experiments in Higher Consciousness
An Experiential Retreat

Yogananda's proven techniques will help you reconnect with your center of calmness, refresh your mind, and uplift your consciousness.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

October

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 8

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

A week of intensive meditation and exploration of Yogananda's techniques and teachings to prepare you for a life of deep Kriya practice..
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Ananda Meditation Solutions™

Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Ananda Meditation Solutions™
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

Deepen your personal spiritual life and intensify your daily meditation practices. Learn ways to help your students deal with difficult issues in their lives (health, relationships, stress).
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

Learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

Attract True Success

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

Attract True Success
How to Change your Magnetism and Change your Life

Taught by Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life. Enjoy a free copy as part of your course.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 27 – Sunday, Oct 29

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

New information on the brain, shared by Dr. Peter Van Houten, helps us engage our brain’s infinite capacity for change.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

November

Deepen Your Divine Connection

Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5

Deepen Your Divine Connection

An experiential weekend that will bring the Divine more fully and completely into your life. Aum, Peace, Amen
Nayaswami Diksha

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Nov 10 – Sunday, Nov 12

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

In two short days, you can literally turn your life around. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, with hope restored—from reconnecting with your own Higher Self.
Nayaswami Mukti

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

Friday, Nov 17 – Sunday, Nov 19

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

Intuition is a human faculty deeper than thought – the clear inner knowing of what is true, a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 17 – Sunday, Nov 19

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

December

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Dec 6 – Sunday, Dec 10

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Dec 8 – Sunday, Dec 10

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Dec 8 – Sunday, Dec 10

Living from the Inside Out Retreat
Find Solutions to Life's Challenges

Learn and experience powerful laws of Spirit for discovering your highest potential and positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Mukti

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 10 – Tuesday, Dec 12

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

For those who've had Kriya initiation—guided practices, personal help, and extra support for taking the technique deeper.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

2018 March

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Mar 15 – Sunday, Mar 25

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

May

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, May 20

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

For Kriyabans worldwide to come together to energize and inspire our practice of Yogananda's Kriya Yoga practice.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

June

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Jun 21 – Sunday, Jul 1

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation teachers are in demand— why not become one? Gain the skills and confidence to share your knowledge with people from all paths and backgrounds. With a highly trained and experienced teaching staff.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

August

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Tuesday, Aug 7 – Saturday, Aug 11

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

For disciples of Yogananda: a review and deepening of your practices of AUM technique, Hong-Sau in the spine, and other advanced practices to prepare you for Kriya Yoga initiation.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

September

Ananda Meditation Solutions™

Sunday, Sep 2 – Sunday, Sep 9

Ananda Meditation Solutions™
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

Deepen your personal spiritual life and intensify your daily meditation practices. Learn ways to help your students deal with difficult issues in their lives (health, relationships, stress).
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Sep 11 – Sunday, Sep 16

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

Learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

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Meditation Retreats

“The best program I have ever taken… I have a feeling it was a life-changing experience.”


Meditating at sunset

Relax in a unique atmosphere, where you can:

  • Learn meditation with skilled and compassionate teachers who can help you make the changes you want in your life;
  • Feel you can truly be yourself, have fun, and share with fellow seekers;
  • Experience a meditation technique given by Paramhansa Yogananda that works, even you practice only 5 minutes per day;
  • Learn how to sit comfortably, and how to integrate meditation into your life;
  • Enjoy great food in a magnificent and peaceful setting—where you will feel uplifted and restored.

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Learn How to Meditate
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living


Learn how to meditate for the first time, or learn how to meditate with more concentration and upliftment if you already meditate.

You will learn:

  • An effective technique to help you concentrate
  • How to sit comfortably so your body is not an obstacle to inner peace
  • How to begin a daily practice of meditation
  • Ways to experience the benefits of meditation throughout your day
  • How to keep your meditation practice fulfilling so that you want to continue

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Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training

What are the benefits of Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training?
Over the past 20 years, graduates have said:

  1. You will deepen your own experience of meditation.
  2. The specific techniques of meditation you learn—brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda—work for everyone.
  3. Practice teaching sessions prepare you to begin teaching immediately.
  4. Teachers with heart offer high level, professional training. They have practiced, studied, and taught these techniques for decades.
  5. The atmosphere of the course promotes deep and supportive friendships.
  6. The natural setting is beautiful, peaceful, and uplifting; the accommodations lovely and comfortable.
  7. The food is outstanding!

Learn More about Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training.

Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path that was brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Kriya also refers to the specific technique that is part of the spiritual path taught by Yogananda. Learn more about the Path of Kriya Yoga and receiving Kriya through Ananda.

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The Battle of the Mind in Meditation: A Devotee's Journey

people often become discouraged by mental restlessness and give up after only a few attempts to meditate.

Meditation Instructions

Simple instructions for how to meditate, with a technique for relaxation and for watching the breath.

Guidelines for Meditation by Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

“Many questions arise in the mind of anyone who wants to establish a daily practice of meditation. For example: How long should I meditate?”


Meditation Products

Our on-line store has selected items for your upliftment or as gifts for your family and friends. Items include yoga and meditation supplies and we specialize in books related to our teacher training programs and weekend retreats.

Meditation Teacher Support Center

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What guest are saying Testimonials

The most insightful advice an Ananda Meditation Teacher has presented is this: Just leave everything behind except for this very moment. You are here now.

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