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True meditation is a way to commune with the Divine within yourself. Over the past 40 years, thousands of people have meditated here, creating a uniquely peaceful atmosphere.

We offer you the practical, in-depth approach to meditation brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda. These techniques can take you beyond relaxation to a profound connection with your own higher Self.

Meditation for Everyone Courses Scheduled:

2017 September

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1

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

October

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Oct 15 – Friday, Oct 20

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Learn to activate the powerful laws of magnetism that determine success or failure in all areas of life. Taught by Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Oct 27 – Sunday, Oct 29

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

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. Using practical tools to deepen your daily practices. Aum, Peace, Amen.
Nayaswami Diksha

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

The Science Behind Meditation Symposium

Friday, Nov 17 – Sunday, Nov 19

The Science Behind Meditation Symposium
How Meditation Can Change You—and the World

A deeper understanding of meditation: what actually happens physiologically, neurologically, metabolically, genetically, energetically, and quantum physically.
Dr. Amit Goswami, Joseph Selbie, Shanti Rubenstone, M.D., Dr. Peter Van Houten and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

Harmony in Relationships

Friday, Nov 24 – Sunday, Nov 26

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

December

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

2018 January

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jan 12 – Sunday, Jan 14

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

First-Timers' Retreat

Friday, Jan 19 – Sunday, Jan 21

First-Timers' Retreat

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, Jan 26 – Sunday, Jan 28

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

February

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Feb 11 – Friday, Feb 16

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Feb 16 – Sunday, Feb 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

Pranayama for Meditators

Friday, Feb 16 – Sunday, Feb 18

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

March

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

Friday, Mar 2 – Sunday, Mar 4

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

First-Timers' Retreat

Friday, Mar 9 – Sunday, Mar 11

First-Timers' Retreat

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

April

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Apr 6 – Sunday, Apr 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

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Apr 8 – Friday, Apr 13

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Free Yourself From Stress Retreat

Friday, Apr 27 – Sunday, Apr 29

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

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Apr 27 – Sunday, Apr 29

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

May

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13

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

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27

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

June

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Friday, Jun 1 – Sunday, Jun 3

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Learn to activate the powerful laws of magnetism that determine success or failure in all areas of life. Taught by Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Jun 3 – Friday, Jun 8

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jun 8 – Sunday, Jun 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

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Jun 22 – Sunday, Jun 24

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

First-Timers' Retreat

Friday, Jun 29 – Sunday, Jul 1

First-Timers' Retreat

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

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jul 13 – Sunday, Jul 15

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

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jul 20 – Sunday, Jul 22

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

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Jul 27 – Sunday, Jul 29

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

First-Timers' Retreat

Friday, Aug 17 – Sunday, Aug 19

First-Timers' Retreat

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, Aug 24 – Sunday, Aug 26

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

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Sep 7 – Sunday, Sep 9

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

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Sep 23 – Friday, Sep 28

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Experiments in Higher Consciousness

Friday, Sep 28 – Sunday, Sep 30

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

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Sep 28 – Sunday, Sep 30

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

October

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 7

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

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 19 – Sunday, Oct 21

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

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Friday, Oct 19 – Sunday, Oct 21

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need

Learn to activate the powerful laws of magnetism that determine success or failure in all areas of life. Taught by Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

First-Timers' Retreat

Friday, Oct 26 – Sunday, Oct 28

First-Timers' Retreat

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

November

Deepen Your Divine Connection

Friday, Nov 2 – Sunday, Nov 4

Deepen Your Divine Connection

An experiential weekend that will bring the Divine more fully and completely into your life. Using practical tools to deepen your daily practices. Aum, Peace, Amen.
Nayaswami Diksha

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 2 – Sunday, Nov 4

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

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Nov 16 – Sunday, Nov 18

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

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Nov 25 – Friday, Nov 30

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti



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Massage and other healing treatments are available to support your meditation retreat experience

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Gardens, flowers, forest are within and around the Expanding Light Spiritual Retreat for Meditation, Yoga, and Health

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Exquisite vegetarian cuisine is carefully planned to support your meditation and overall health. Our menu is based on the teachings of yoga on diet

Three delicious and satisfying
vegetarian buffet meals are included
with the cost of your stay

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