Personal Retreat

Here's a wonderful way you can combine personal quiet time and spiritual inspiration. You are free to follow your own schedule as well as to dip into a wealth of offerings.

 Give yourself a gift: unplug from busy-ness and recharge your spiritual batteries. Come almost any day of the year and stay as long as you like. Check availability and costs online for your personal retreat for the dates and accommodations you require.

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For Health and Leisure
You can enjoy:

  • 700 acres of beautiful rolling meadows and forestland in the Sierra Nevada foothills, for long walks
  • Meeting spiritual seekers of all backgrounds from around the world.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals from our own Expanding Light cookbooks and recipes. Our meals include fresh organic produce from Ananda Farms, as well as other organically grown ingredients, homemade breads, gluten and dairy-free options.
  • Personal services at The Expanding Light (offered for $75 per hour), including: spiritual counseling; private yoga sessions; private yoga therapy sessions.
  • Massage/Healing Modalities (at the Center for Radiant Health – at additional charge)

To Renew and Re-inspire Your Spiritual Life
You can enjoy:

  • Two daily guided sessions of yoga postures, Energization Exercises, and meditation
  • Learn a practical technique of meditation that Yogananda called "one of India's greatest gifts to the world"
  • An evening practicing Yogananda's technique for sending healing to people at a distance
  • Visits to Crystal Hermitage and Gardens and Museum. Here, you can also meditate in the home and Moksha Mandir of Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda, who passed away in 2013.
  • An evening of devotional chanting

Group asana session during Personal Retreat at The Expanding Light Retreat

 

Follow your own schedule entirely, or partake of any of the offerings to help you deepen your personal, spiritual journey. Visit for 4 days or more, and receive the option of a complimentary hour of Spiritual Counseling.

We look forward to serving you.

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20% Discount on a Stay of a Month or More

Are you ready for some serious “time out” – want to write a book, or just do some deep relaxing? Stay for a month or more and receive a 20% discount on your visit.

 

What Guests Say:

“I want to thank you for a wonderful weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed the yoga, meditation, meals, and the peaceful rain. I especially appreciated Catherine's personal attention. I couldn't have asked for a better way to begin my 50th year!” – Shawn

“Everyone, including those on retreat, really made every moment a joy for me. I have made friends for a lifetime. My retreat met every need and more than I ever imagined I would get from a weeklong personal retreat. I had never meditated before coming. I have learned how to meditate and make it a part of my everyday life. I have a tool and a daily habit to achieve calmness, mindfulness, and greater health and happiness. The food was amazing and plentiful - simple, pure, and made with love. My favorite part of the classes was learning from joyous and radiant teachers who are good examples. I liked that we could ask any question and make the classes ours.” – Tina

“Within a few days I began to experience a peace and joy that I had never felt before in my entire life. What was unique and wonderful about this vacation was that the new level of peace I felt was a direct result of the yoga lifestyle I was living at The Expanding Light Retreat.”

- Annalisa Cunningham, Author,
Yoga Vacations: A Guide to International Yoga Retreats

“I could not have envisioned a more perfect personal retreat experience. Or perhaps I should say, it was the personal retreat experience I envisioned and needed and more.”

– Pamela, Santa Barbara, CA

“I benefited so much from the counseling I got during my personal retreat. I came as an emotional mess but after 6 days I am leaving with love and joy in my heart and clarity in my mind.”

– Nancy, Redway, CA

“It is so beautiful here – serenity abounds. The staff was friendly, helpful, but not intrusive – wonderful! I like the openness of the community, and the “take what fits, leave the rest” attitude. A wonderful experience. Loved sadhana. Thanks!”

– Alline, CA

“My time at Expanding Light was extraordinarily rewarding and peaceful. I wanted a lot of time alone to deepen my meditation practice, and to read, write, and walk, and Expanding Light met all of my expectations and more. It took me a little while to adjust to the "quiet," but I quickly got over that and worked myself into a pleasant daily routine, albeit only for 3 days. When I returned home, I still had 4 days off before I returned to work (today), and a couple of my co-workers told me how "relaxed" I seemed. I will always carry my experience with me. A little lady named Adrienne who was in the Karma Yoga program at The Expanding Light came across my path and told me that I'd probably leave there with the "Ananda Glow," and I do believe that happened. Thank you so much for everything.”

– Caryn

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Catherine Kairavi

Catherine Kairavi

Ananda Minister and Counselor, Personal Retreat Host

Catherine Kairavi, or another of our teaching staff, will be happy to meet with you to see how we can best serve your needs and make your stay an uplifting one.

Catherine Kairavi came to Ananda in 1978.

Catherine enjoyed two years living and working in Ananda Seattle, returning to Ananda Village to serve as coordinator for the Personal Retreat experience at The Expanding Light.

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Jagadeesh (Robert) Franklin

Jagadeesh (Robert) Franklin

Certified Ananda Meditation instructor

Jagadeesh Franklin is a warm and welcoming host for our Personal Retreat program. He lives on The Expanding Light property, to be available for guests' needs after hours. Jagadeesh, trained in both music and medical technology, has been following Yogananda's path and meditating since 1984. 

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Shanta Franklin

Shanta Franklin

Certified Ananda Meditation instructor

Shanta Franklin is a warm and welcoming host for our Personal Retreat program. She lives on The Expanding Light property, to be available for guests' needs after hours. Shanta was born in Italy, where she studied dance and discovered Yogananda’s path in 2004.

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Personal Retreat is available most days, except the nights of:
2017
Oct 6-7, Nov 17-19, Nov 22-25, Nov 30-Dec 2, Dec 22-25, Dec 29-Jan 1
2018
Feb 1-3, Apr 26-28, Jul 5-7, Aug 2-5, Sep 20-22, Dec 13-15
2019
Feb 28-Mar 2, Mar 14-17, Apr 11-14, May 9-11, Nov 14-17

Personal Retreat guests: we need you to make your reservation by 4 pm the day before your arrival so that we may properly serve you.

Normal Daily Rates

Tent
RV
Standard
Shared
Standard
Private
Deluxe
Shared
Deluxe
Private
$77 $110 $176 $156 $247

Prices are all-inclusive and cover accommodations, meals, classes or activities, and course materials.

Check Availability and Costs

Personal Retreat starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

Please see our Daily Schedule.

See Transportation and Directions whether you are coming by plane, car, bus or train. Our Frequent Questions page answers many of the questions you might have about How to Go on Retreat.


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