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 December

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

Happiness Retreat Getaway

Monday, Dec 26 – Wednesday, Dec 28

Happiness Retreat Getaway
You Deserve It

Happiness is a natural quality of the soul - easy to overlook in our busy lives. Learn skills to restore your inner balance and bring happiness into every day.
Nayaswami Anandi

2017 January

Awaken Your True Potential

Friday, Jan 6 – Sunday, Jan 8

Awaken Your True Potential
Wonderful Tools and Attitudes from Yogananda

Let's leave behind limiting habits and attitudes and embrace a higher octave of our own self, using Yogananda's techniques for self-realization.
Nayaswami Anandi

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

Pranayama for Meditators

Friday, Jan 13 – Monday, Jan 16

Pranayama for Meditators
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

Learn to Meditate for Freedom & Compassion

Friday, Jan 13 – Sunday, Jan 15

Learn to Meditate for Freedom & Compassion

A priceless gift of your meditation practice is an immediate understanding of other's realities. This awareness brings peace to your relationships and more clarity of mind.
Nayaswami Diksha

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

Friday, Jan 20 – Sunday, Jan 22

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 Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mukti

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. During this retreat, you will learn how to experience happiness within you, and learn to find it amidst the challenges of 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

You Are What You Think

Friday, Feb 17 – Sunday, Feb 19

You Are What You Think
Choose Thoughts That Work for You

Learn to choose thoughts that are life-enhancing and that open the door to greater fulfillment in every area of your life.
Nayaswami Anandi

Yoga and Meditation for Beginners Retreat

Friday, Feb 17 – Sunday, Feb 19

Yoga and Meditation for Beginners Retreat

Explore the inner peace that comes from yoga and meditation, and after 2 short days you'll feel rejuvenated and uplifted.
Badri Matlock

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

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

Experiments in Higher Consciousness

Friday, Apr 7 – Sunday, Apr 9

Experiments in Higher Consciousness
An Experiential Retreat

We will practice together many of Yogananda's proven techniques for lifting your consciousness.
Nayaswami Anandi

Practical Spiritual Tools for Daily Life

Sunday, Apr 9 – Friday, Apr 14

Practical Spiritual Tools for Daily Life
The Heart of Yoganananda's Teachings

Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Overcoming Bad Feelings

Friday, Apr 14 – Sunday, Apr 16

Overcoming Bad Feelings
A Spiritual Retreat for Feeling Good about Yourself and Others

Who hasn’t had negative feelings at one time or another? Often, the pain of those feelings spurs us toward positive personal change and growth.
Nayaswami Anandi

May

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat

Practice the techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda to help you to relax physically and mentally. Learn how to develop mental strength through concentration and meditation, to help you maintain calmness throughout the day.
Nayaswami Diksha

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

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14

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

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

June

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, Jun 11 – Friday, Jun 16

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation 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 Anandi

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 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

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

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 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

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 Anandi

Harmony in Relationships

Friday, Jul 28 – Sunday, Jul 30

Harmony in Relationships
Using the Chakras to Express Your Best Self

It is often subtle energy that is guiding the success or difficulty in our relationships. Learn how to direct your energy in a harmonious and supportive way. See how the magnetism of the positive energy you give, comes back to you!
Nayaswami Diksha

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Jul 28 – Sunday, Jul 30

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

August

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.

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 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

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

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

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

Sunday, Sep 10 – Friday, Sep 15

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

Yogananda's commentaries transform mystical poetry into a dynamic guidebook to spiritual living in today's world. You'll enjoy personalized explorations through discussion, meditation, yoga postures, energy-control techniques, guided introspection, and more.
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 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

Awaken Your True Potential

Friday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 8

Awaken Your True Potential
Wonderful Tools and Attitudes from Yogananda

Let's leave behind limiting habits and attitudes and embrace a higher octave of our own self, using Yogananda's techniques for self-realization.
Nayaswami Anandi

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 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

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™

  ceu credits 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. You'll also learn new teaching skills and polish the ones you are already using.
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

Ananda 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

Change Your Magnetism—Change Your Life

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

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

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. During this retreat, you will learn how to experience happiness within you, and learn to find it amidst the challenges of life.
Nayaswami Anandi

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.
Nayaswami Diksha

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Nov 10 – Sunday, Nov 12

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

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 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

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

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

Friday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 3

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 Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Dec 1 – Sunday, Dec 3

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

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

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 Anandi

Overcoming Bad Feelings

Friday, Dec 15 – Sunday, Dec 17

Overcoming Bad Feelings
A Spiritual Retreat for Feeling Good about Yourself and Others

Who hasn’t had negative feelings at one time or another? Often, the pain of those feelings spurs us toward positive personal change and growth.
Nayaswami Anandi

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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!

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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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