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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2016 September

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 5 – Monday, Nov 14

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

October

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 9

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 9 – Sunday, Oct 16

Meditation Solutions
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

Deepen your personal spiritual life and intensify your daily meditation practices. You'll also learn new teaching skills and polish the ones you are already using.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Spiritual Counseling Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 18 – Sunday, Oct 23

Spiritual Counseling Training

Do you often find yourself listening to someone talk to you about their problems? Would you like to feel more confident about how to respond?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

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

Friday, Oct 21 – Sunday, Oct 23

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
Taught by Mukti and Krishna Das

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

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 28 – Sunday, Oct 30

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 and adaptation, for happiness and success.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

November

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 4 – Sunday, Nov 6

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

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Friday, Nov 11 – Sunday, Nov 13

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life
How to Eliminate Self-Defeating Patterns and Attract True Success

By developing the right kind of magnetism, you can learn new skills, attract inspiration when needed, succeed at work, find true friends, and attract a compatible life partner.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Nov 18 – Sunday, Nov 20

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

This course shares powerful laws of Spirit to help you discover your highest potential and find positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 30 – Sunday, Dec 4

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 4 – Tuesday, Dec 6

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

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

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

Spiritual Yoga

Friday, Dec 16 – Sunday, Dec 18

Spiritual Yoga
Awaken to Your True Essence

Experience the spiritual aspect of your yoga practice- the inner harmony and soul expansion that can be part of your daily practice of yoga.
Jitendra Guindon

Happiness Retreat Getaway

Monday, Dec 26 – Wednesday, Dec 28

Happiness Retreat Getaway

Happiness is a natural quality of the soul. Yet in our busy lives, this lightness of spirit can get lost. Learn skills and tools to restore your inner balance and bring happiness into your daily life.
Nayaswami Anandi

2017 January

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jan 6 – Sunday, Jan 8

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation

Friday, Jan 13 – Monday, Jan 16

Pranayama for Deeper Meditation
Keys to a Quiet, Powerful Mind

Are you ready to take your meditations to the next level? This weekend you'll explore a variety of classical pranayama techniques specially tailored to help you control your mind and charge your meditations with power.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Jan 22 – Friday, Jan 27

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

February

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Feb 10 – Sunday, Feb 12

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

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Feb 24 – Sunday, Feb 26

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

Do you find the idea of blending a deep spiritual awareness with your job, family, and daily activities attractive? You will learn simple tools to experience the hidden meaning, success and joy in everyday moments.
Nayaswami Mukti

March

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

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

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Mar 6 – Monday, May 15

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training

  ceu credits Thursday, Mar 16 – Sunday, Mar 26

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Mar 17 – Sunday, Mar 19

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

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

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

April

Kriya Yoga Preparation Intensive

Sunday, Apr 2 – Sunday, Apr 9

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

May

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

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

Meditation is recommended everywhere these days for the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health.
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, May 7 – Friday, May 12

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
Achieving Glowing Health and Vitality

Immerse yourself in an environment that supports you in every way - diet, exercise, meditation, changing habits, living a balanced life.
Maitri Jones, Nayaswami Mangala and Nayaswami Anandi

Kriyaban Retreat with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Thursday, May 18 – Sunday, May 21

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

June

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Jun 21 – Sunday, Jun 25

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Jun 25 – Tuesday, Jun 27

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

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

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

September

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

First-Timers' Weekend

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 and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Monday, Sep 4 – Monday, Nov 13

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online
10-Week Online Certification Course

Meditation is an invaluable tool for enhancing quality of life - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Meditation teachers are needed in yoga studios, churches, businesses, health clubs etc. Share your knowledge!
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

October

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

Meditation Solutions

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 8 – Sunday, Oct 15

Meditation Solutions
Meditation Teacher Training Level 2

Deepen your personal spiritual life and intensify your daily meditation practices. You'll also learn new teaching skills and polish the ones you are already using.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Spiritual Counseling Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

Spiritual Counseling Training

Do you often find yourself listening to someone talk to you about their problems? Would you like to feel more confident about how to respond?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Oct 29 – Friday, Nov 3

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. You'll gain experiences and tools you can use throughout your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

November

Preparing for a Lifetime of Kriya

Wednesday, Nov 29 – Sunday, Dec 3

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

December

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Dec 3 – Tuesday, Dec 5

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

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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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Become A
Meditation Teacher

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?”


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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.

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