We’ve created two special weekends to offer you more than our usual, marvelous Personal Retreat experience.

Personal Retreat Plus weekends gives you more programs, more services, more renewal!

  • Enjoy a Nature Mandalas guided activity
  • Class: Learn a simple, relaxing meditation technique
  • Experience devotional chanting in English & Sanskrit
  • Class: The 8 Stages of Self-realization
  • Tour of Ananda Village - enjoy our shrines, farms, gardens and more

An ideal way to unplug from busy-ness and recharge your inner life!
We know how important it is, sometimes, to just BE, and so we've created an ideal environment for you to do just that:

For Your Health and Leisure

  • 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 (at the Center for Radiant Health – at additional charge)
  • A visit to the magnificent Yuba River (a 20-minute drive away) 

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Take time to unplug outwardly and recharge your inner resources.
Personal Retreat PLUS gives you more programs, more services, more joy!

"Contented, self-chosen seclusion is the price of real happiness. Retire within the cell of your deep thoughts, and enjoy peace from the Fountain of Silence." - Paramhansa Yogananda

Please take as much time to yourself as you would like and enjoy the twice daily Energization Exercises, yoga postures, meditation, and delicious vegetarian meals.. If you would also enjoy some inspiring activities, we offer the following (all optional):


4:45 – 6:30 Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation (called Sadhana)
6:30  Dinner 
7:30  Chanting experience 


6:30 – 8:30 am Sadhana (see above)
8:30  Breakfast
10:00    Class: The 8 Stages of Self-realization
Noon    Meditation
12:30    Lunch
2 pm    "Nature Mandalas" activity
4:45 – 6:30 Sadhana
6:30      Dinner
7:30      Informal discussion with your Expanding Light host 


6:30 – 8:30 am Sadhana
8:30  Breakfast
10:00   Class: Learn How to Meditate
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Tour of Ananda Village
4:45 – 6:30 Sadhana
6:30  Dinner
7:30   Evening activity (This varies from week to week. It will be an offering such as: devotional chanting, informal conversation in the home of an Ananda Village resident, creating an Inspiration Board, or something else)


6:30 – 8:30 am Sadhana
8:30     Breakfast
10:00   Purification Service (with Ananda Village)
11:00   Ananda Village Sunday Service
12:30   Lunch


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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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No dates scheduled for A Personal Retreat PLUS Weekend at this time.

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

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

You can add extra personal retreat days before and/or after your program. Check availability and costs for the days and accommodations that you require.

A Personal Retreat PLUS Weekend starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. 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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Ananda is a worldwide movement to help you realize the joy of your own higher Self. It is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in 1968.
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Nevada City, California 95959
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