Personal Retreat

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
  • 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

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.

Meditator at Lotus Lake

“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

Crystal Hermitage Viewpoint

“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


meditator in the meadow expanding light retreat

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.

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or e-mail or call us at 1-800-346-5350

Personal Retreat (PR)

Personal Retreat is available almost every day, except the nights of:
Jun 1-3, Aug 6-12, Sep 29-30, Oct 6-7, Nov 22-25, Nov 30-Dec 2, Dec 22-25, Dec 29-Jan 1, Feb 1-3, Apr 26-28, Jul 5-7, Sep 20-22, Dec 13-15, Feb 28-Mar 2, May 9-11

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 /
$77 $110 $176 $156 $247

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

Check Availability and Costs

We are making scheduled airport runs to pick up and drop off guests at a reasonable cost. If a ride is available at the beginning or end of the personal retreat you are taking, the option to select a ride will appear when you reserve online. Check the list of available dates.

Please send us a Question for more information:



Catherine Kairavi

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, after nearly five years of teaching English in Japan. There, she discovered Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi and soon afterwards moved to Ananda Village.

A long-time Ananda minister, Catherine was also Director of Development for Ananda Worldwide for 25 years. She is the author of Two Souls, Four Lives: The Lives and Former Lives of Paramhansa Yogananda and His Disciple Swami Kriyananda, which explores the past-life connections between two of the greatest men of their era, William the Conqueror and his son, King Henry I of England, and their present-day incarnations as Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

With her natural warmth, intelligence, and humor, Catherine will feel like an old friend from your first meeting.

Jagadeesh and Shanta Franklin

Jagadeesh and Shanta Franklin are warm and welcoming hosts for our Personal Retreat program. They live 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. Shanta was born in Italy, where she studied dance and discovered Yogananda’s path in 2004. Both Shanta and Jagadeesh are certified Ananda Meditation® instructors.

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“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