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.


 

Meditation

 

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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2016 August

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Aug 26 – Sunday, Aug 28

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your 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

September

First-Timers' Weekend

Friday, Sep 2 – Sunday, Sep 4

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 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

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

Friday, Sep 9 – Sunday, Sep 11

Explore the Path of Kriya Yoga

The Kriya Yoga teachings and techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda provide a straight, clear path to Truth. This weekend is an introduction for all interested in knowing more.
Badri Matlock

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Sep 9 – Sunday, Sep 11

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

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 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

Strengthen Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat

Sunday, Oct 9 – Tuesday, Oct 11

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 Thelen

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

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 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 Thelen

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Dec 9 – Sunday, Dec 11

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your 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

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 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

March

Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Online

Sunday, Mar 5 – 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

May

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

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 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 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

September

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

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

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 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 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?”


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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