Personal Growth Retreats - Spiritual Growth, Holistic Health, Karma Yoga

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth means living inspired!
We welcome people of all paths on their journey of Self-discovery

More than 100 inspiring retreat programs a year designed to help people to:

  • Learn with dynamic, joyful, experienced teachers
  • Sample a simple, non-religious meditation technique
  • Connect with the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi
  • Acquire contemporary, 'right-living' tools to feel more at peace, self-integrated, and in control of our bodies, minds, and emotions.
  • Experience our exquisite setting in Ananda Village, the world-renowned and respected ashram community
  • Realize the inherent wisdom and joy of our own soul

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Upcoming Spiritual Growth Programs

2017 February

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Feb 26 – Friday, Mar 3

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

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

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance
Yogic Principles for Self Transformation

During this weekend using the illuminating perspective of yoga science, you will be guided to explore your own nature including how to understand your personal challenges, and how to make the most of your personal strengths.
Nayaswami Diksha

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

A weekend retreat filled with yoga postures (hatha yoga), chanting, and meditation techniques that help restore our natural state of perfect joy and love.
Brahmachari Jitendra

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

Let's Talk About Death

Friday, Mar 17 – Sunday, Mar 19

Let's Talk About Death
Led by the founder of Ananda's first Elder Care home

Join me on a journey around death. How would you like to die? How will you prepare for “The final exam”?
Nayaswami Hanuman

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

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Mar 31 – Sunday, Apr 2

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

April

A Women's Retreat: Deepening Your Heart and Soul Strengths

Friday, Apr 7 – Sunday, Apr 9

A Women's Retreat: Deepening Your Heart and Soul Strengths

A spiritual retreat that is refreshing beyond all other breaks. It’s a revitalizing feast of Divine Mother energy.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Practical Spiritual Tools for Daily Life

Sunday, Apr 9 – Friday, Apr 14

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

Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

An Easter Retreat

Friday, Apr 14 – Sunday, Apr 16

An Easter Retreat
A Retreat for Spiritual Renewal

Yogananda expressed with crystal clarity the deeper meaning of Jesus’ life and teachings.You will be thrilled to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and its non-denominational, practical wisdom.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

Overcoming Bad Feelings

Friday, Apr 14 – Sunday, Apr 16

Overcoming Bad Feelings
Using Ananda’s Version of Yoga Nidra

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 and Maitri Jones

Life, Death, and Beyond

Friday, Apr 28 – Sunday, Apr 30

Life, Death, and Beyond
For Living Life More Fully

Remove fear and sadness from your perspective of death, and gain tools for a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Friday, Apr 28 – Sunday, Apr 30

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Learn to cultivate new and effective habits to attract success on every level. Identify the temporary blocks that stand in your way.
Sabari Lester

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

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Gain important tools and insights for understanding yourself more deeply, to better cooperate with the flow of your life. Learn how to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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 and Nayaswami Mangala

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

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

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

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Join in a joyful weekend of healing of mind, heart, spirit, and body. Led by Brahmachari Jitendra, a gifted yoga instructor with a warm and engaging manner.
Brahmachari Jitendra

June

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 4 – Saturday, Jun 10

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
Powerful, Practical Keys to Spiritual Growth

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 18 – Saturday, Jun 24

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jun 25

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition can be an amazing time saving device! It is the fruit of practicing the skills you will learn during this retreat: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher and author of Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jun 30 – Wednesday, Jul 5

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 Mantradevi

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

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 Mukti

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Jul 16 – Friday, Jul 21

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

Angels, Intuition, and Divine Guidance

Friday, Jul 21 – Sunday, Jul 23

Angels, Intuition, and Divine Guidance

What part do angels play in your life? Learn to tune in more deeply to your intuitive perception, and to cooperate with divine guidance and aid in your life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Law of Attraction

Friday, Jul 21 – Sunday, Jul 23

Law of Attraction
Attuning Yourself with the Universal Power of Abundance

Learn how to master the universal keys to becoming successful in anything you do. Attract Your true purpose: A retreat to attain abundance.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

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

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

The Sharing Nature approach requires no special science knowledge—in the Sharing Nature world, grandparent (or parent) and child are equal explorers of the world around them. Fun and captivating games help each of you feel a deeper bond with nature, and with each other.
Sundara Traymar

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Join the Ananda Community in our annual week of Spiritual Renewal, the highlight of Ananda's summer for over 40 years.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Aug 18 – Sunday, Aug 20

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

The soul has everything it needs to meet every test of life. As you live in tune with the power of your soul, your life will be completely transformed.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body

Friday, Aug 25 – Sunday, Aug 27

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
Yogananda's Revolutionary Approach to Health

Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power.
Nayaswami Mukti

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

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

In this retreat, you'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

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

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

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

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

Experiments in Higher Consciousness

Friday, Sep 22 – Sunday, Sep 24

Experiments in Higher Consciousness
An Experiential Retreat

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

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 24 – Friday, Sep 29

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

Learn techniques to give children and adults a dynamic and inspiring experience of nature.
Sundara Traymar and Bharat Cornell

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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 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

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Friday, Oct 13 – Sunday, Oct 15

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Learn techniques to help you dissolve pain at its roots, and to use pain as a transformational tool.
Shanti Rubenstone and Nayaswami Lahari

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

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

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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

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

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

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Join in a joyful weekend of healing of mind, heart, spirit, and body. Led by Brahmachari Jitendra, a gifted yoga instructor with a warm and engaging manner.
Brahmachari Jitendra

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

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. It is 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 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 with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Wednesday, Nov 22 – Sunday, Nov 26

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

A holiday weekend to leave you refreshed and uplifted, with practical tools to keep you feeling good throughout the year.
Nayaswami Anandi

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 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, 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

A Christmas of Inner Awakening

Friday, Dec 22 – Tuesday, Dec 26

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community

Spiritualize this Christmas. Touch the consciousness of Christ within yourself and be renewed and strengthened in your inner life.
Catherine Kairavi

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Friday, Dec 29 – Tuesday, Jan 2

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
A New Year's Retreat

Make 2017 richer and more fulfilling by examining the lessons of 2016 and setting goals for 2017. Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and a powerfully uplifting ceremony on New Year's Eve—you will feel truly refreshed and motivated for the coming year.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord


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Holistic Health

Holistic Health: Gain energy to achieve improved health
We offer healing retreat programs and trainings that build on the five practices that lead us toward health:

  • A high level of energy - learn simple new practices to raise your energy, with ease
  • An attitude of willingness - study with dynamic individuals who approach life with joyful willpower
  • Not wasting energy - relax in our uplifting environment and tune in to ways to improve
  • Prioritize and focus your energy - we offer plenty of support for you to focus on your healing
  • Not obstructing the flow of energy - learn how to eliminate attitudes and habits that drain your energy

Learn more about Holistic Health...

Upcoming Holistic Health Programs

2017 March

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

A weekend retreat filled with yoga postures (hatha yoga), chanting, and meditation techniques that help restore our natural state of perfect joy and love.
Brahmachari Jitendra

Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Issues

Friday, Mar 10 – Sunday, Mar 12

Yoga Therapy for Musculoskeletal Issues

Hatha Yoga is a powerful tool for healing structural problems. If you have weak or injured joints and chronic inflexibility, this is for you!
Nicole DeAvilla

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

April

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Friday, Apr 21 – Sunday, Apr 23

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Learn techniques of yoga to improve your health in body, mind, and spirit. Discover the healing power of posture, movement, energy flows, breath, self-talk, and focus.
Maitri Jones

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

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 and Nayaswami Mangala

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14

Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate

Restorative yoga is currently the most popular style of yoga in the United States - with good reason. Restorative yoga is safe, nurturing, and systematic, and helps you relax and release deep tension with no effort.
Melody Hansen

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Join in a joyful weekend of healing of mind, heart, spirit, and body. Led by Brahmachari Jitendra, a gifted yoga instructor with a warm and engaging manner.
Brahmachari Jitendra

June

Yoga to Awaken the Chakras

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

Yoga to Awaken the Chakras

Explore and connect with the chakras in in your energy body during this special yoga retreat. Experience their power for overcoming obstacles and bringing peace and fulfillment to your life.
Badri Matlock

Yoga for Stronger Bones

  ceu credits Friday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jun 25

Yoga for Stronger Bones

You can prevent or reverse bone-density loss. Therapeutic Ananda Yoga provides safe techniques to strengthen your bones and muscles, the enjoyable yoga routine both physically beneficial and spiritually uplifting.
Maitri Jones

July

Law of Attraction

Friday, Jul 21 – Sunday, Jul 23

Law of Attraction
Attuning Yourself with the Universal Power of Abundance

Learn how to master the universal keys to becoming successful in anything you do. Attract Your true purpose: A retreat to attain abundance.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

August

How to Achieve Glowing Health Retreat

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

How to Achieve Glowing Health Retreat

Who doesn’t want more happiness, energy, and joy? This retreat includes practical and rejuvenating tools for optimal health and inner well being.
Maitri Jones

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

The Sharing Nature approach requires no special science knowledge—in the Sharing Nature world, grandparent (or parent) and child are equal explorers of the world around them. Fun and captivating games help each of you feel a deeper bond with nature, and with each other.
Sundara Traymar

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body

Friday, Aug 25 – Sunday, Aug 27

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
Yogananda's Revolutionary Approach to Health

Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power.
Nayaswami Mukti

September

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

In this retreat, you'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

Yoga to Awaken the Chakras

Friday, Sep 22 – Sunday, Sep 24

Yoga to Awaken the Chakras

Explore and connect with the chakras in in your energy body during this special yoga retreat. Experience their power for overcoming obstacles and bringing peace and fulfillment to your life.
Badri Matlock

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 24 – Friday, Sep 29

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

Learn techniques to give children and adults a dynamic and inspiring experience of nature.
Sundara Traymar and Bharat Cornell

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

October

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Friday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 8

Prenatal Yoga Retreat

Find focus through balance and the breath to connect mother and baby, and to prepare for a healthy, mindful, more natural approach to labor and birth.
Melody Hansen

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Friday, Oct 13 – Sunday, Oct 15

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Learn techniques to help you dissolve pain at its roots, and to use pain as a transformational tool.
Shanti Rubenstone and Nayaswami Lahari

November

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Join in a joyful weekend of healing of mind, heart, spirit, and body. Led by Brahmachari Jitendra, a gifted yoga instructor with a warm and engaging manner.
Brahmachari Jitendra

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Friday, Nov 10 – Sunday, Nov 12

Therapeutic Yoga Retreat

Learn techniques of yoga to improve your health in body, mind, and spirit. Discover the healing power of posture, movement, energy flows, breath, self-talk, and focus.
Maitri Jones


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Paramhansa Yogananda photo from Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda

Wisdom of Yogananda Series

“Work on yourself: on your reactions to outer circumstances. This is the essence of yoga: to neutralize the waves of reactions in the heart. Be ever happy inside. You will never be able to change things outwardly in such a way as to make them ever pleasing to you. Change yourself.” —Paramhansa Yogananda

The revolutionary and timeless teachings of Yoga as explained by Yogananda offer solutions to life’s biggest challenges, and doorways to an extraordinary sense of inner harmony, joy, and love.

We offer an ideal setting for learning and growth—many programs, small classes with a friendly atmosphere, and experiential, discussion-rich learning from our inspiring teachers, who are here to serve your needs.

Learn more about Wisdom of Yogananda Series...

Upcoming Yogananda Series Programs

2017 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

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance
Yogic Principles for Self Transformation

During this weekend using the illuminating perspective of yoga science, you will be guided to explore your own nature including how to understand your personal challenges, and how to make the most of your personal strengths.
Nayaswami Diksha

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Mar 24 – Sunday, Mar 26

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Mar 31 – Sunday, Apr 2

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

April

Practical Spiritual Tools for Daily Life

Sunday, Apr 9 – Friday, Apr 14

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

Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

An Easter Retreat

Friday, Apr 14 – Sunday, Apr 16

An Easter Retreat
A Retreat for Spiritual Renewal

Yogananda expressed with crystal clarity the deeper meaning of Jesus’ life and teachings.You will be thrilled to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and its non-denominational, practical wisdom.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

Life, Death, and Beyond

Friday, Apr 28 – Sunday, Apr 30

Life, Death, and Beyond
For Living Life More Fully

Remove fear and sadness from your perspective of death, and gain tools for a more purposeful and fulfilling life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Friday, Apr 28 – Sunday, Apr 30

Wisdom of Yogananda: Tools for Success and Happiness

Learn to cultivate new and effective habits to attract success on every level. Identify the temporary blocks that stand in your way.
Sabari Lester

June

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 4 – Saturday, Jun 10

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
Powerful, Practical Keys to Spiritual Growth

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 18 – Saturday, Jun 24

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jun 25

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition can be an amazing time saving device! It is the fruit of practicing the skills you will learn during this retreat: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher and author of Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jun 30 – Wednesday, Jul 5

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 Mantradevi

July

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

August

How to Achieve Glowing Health Retreat

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

How to Achieve Glowing Health Retreat

Who doesn’t want more happiness, energy, and joy? This retreat includes practical and rejuvenating tools for optimal health and inner well being.
Maitri Jones

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

Spiritual Renewal Week Retreat

Join the Ananda Community in our annual week of Spiritual Renewal, the highlight of Ananda's summer for over 40 years.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

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, for those eligible.
Sanjan Marks-Thelen

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body

Friday, Aug 25 – Sunday, Aug 27

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
Yogananda's Revolutionary Approach to Health

Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power.
Nayaswami Mukti

September

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

In this retreat, you'll learn more about what the chakras do, and you'll be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels.
Nayaswami Maria

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

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

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility

This course is filled with experiential exercises, discussion, and living examples. It also includes the Full Circle Emotional Awareness Exercises.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

October

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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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Paramhansa Yogananda photo from Autobiography of a Yogi

Yogananda

Find Your Purpose Series

“Extraordinary talent is not as necessary as unswerving purpose and unfailing effort. Do not continue to carry your burden of old mental and moral weaknesses from the past, but burn them in the fires of resolution and become free.” —Paramhansa Yogananda

Each of us comes into life with a unique purpose, which can become lost in the busyness of modern life. Yogananda brought clear and practical ways—not frequently heard in the world around us—to help you reconnect with, and fulfill, your purpose.

We can support you with marvelous tools and techniques to help you open the inner doors you are seeking.

Learn more about Find Your Purpose Series...

Upcoming Find Your Purpose Programs

2017 March

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance

Friday, Mar 3 – Sunday, Mar 5

Know Your Strengths- Find Your Balance
Yogic Principles for Self Transformation

During this weekend using the illuminating perspective of yoga science, you will be guided to explore your own nature including how to understand your personal challenges, and how to make the most of your personal strengths.
Nayaswami Diksha

Let's Talk About Death

Friday, Mar 17 – Sunday, Mar 19

Let's Talk About Death
Led by the founder of Ananda's first Elder Care home

Join me on a journey around death. How would you like to die? How will you prepare for “The final exam”?
Nayaswami Hanuman

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Mar 31 – Sunday, Apr 2

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

April

Overcoming Bad Feelings

Friday, Apr 14 – Sunday, Apr 16

Overcoming Bad Feelings
Using Ananda’s Version of Yoga Nidra

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 and Maitri Jones

May

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7

Life Transitions: What's My Next Step?

Gain important tools and insights for understanding yourself more deeply, to better cooperate with the flow of your life. Learn how to move in a direction that is positive, growthful, and spiritually uplifting.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

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

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

June

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jun 25

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition can be an amazing time saving device! It is the fruit of practicing the skills you will learn during this retreat: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher and author of Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

July

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

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

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

The Sharing Nature approach requires no special science knowledge—in the Sharing Nature world, grandparent (or parent) and child are equal explorers of the world around them. Fun and captivating games help each of you feel a deeper bond with nature, and with each other.
Sundara Traymar

September

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

October

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Friday, Oct 13 – Sunday, Oct 15

Suffering Is Optional: How to Live a Fulfilling Life in the Face of Chronic Pain

Learn techniques to help you dissolve pain at its roots, and to use pain as a transformational tool.
Shanti Rubenstone and Nayaswami Lahari

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

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

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

November

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

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. It is a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

December

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


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Ananda's Karma Yoga Service Program
Serve, learn, grow, and deepen your inner life

Take your spiritual life to the next level with training in meditation and tools for spiritual living – with like-minded people.

Meet people from around the world with goals similar to your own: gaining tools for a more meaningful and health-filled life. Daily class discussions and with truly joyful daily service creates a close community of friends. Your extended-stay program is located at Ananda Village, one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, for almost 50 years.

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