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Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God

Not scheduled at this time.

with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Inner Renewal Week 2021

The 2020 Inner Renewal Week will be hosted online. For further information click here


Inner Renewal Week Meditator

2021 Title: Not yet decided. Look for information about the 2021 topics in August, 2020. (Here's a clue: the topic is not that important. The key thing about this week is the opportunity to dive more deeply into your spiritual life.)

In addition to the morning classes with Jyotish and Devi, your spiritual life will also be blessed by other activities:

  • For this special week, we offer daily meditations, 6:30 - 9:00 am with a break at 8 am, led by members of Ananda's Spiritual Life Ministry. We encourage all Ananda Village residents to attend these.
  • Devotional chanting and an evening singing Swami Kriyananda's music
  • For those on the Kriya Yoga path, there are daily afternoon classes and meditations to help you deepen your practice.
  • Time for walking, introspection, journal writing, massage
  • The extraordinarily blessed Moksha Mandir and Swami Kriyananda's meditation room will be open for personal meditation
  • Initiations into the First and Second levels of Kriya Yoga for those who are eligible offered on February 7. (Email if you’d like to take Kriya initiation.)
  • Late afternoon guided practice of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation
  • Evening programs: Kirtan, Superconscious Attunement Ceremony, Kriya Initiation, and more.

During Inner Renewal Week, we offer vows into the Renunciate Order started by Swami Kriyananda in 2009, for those who would like to make a deeper spiritual commitment in your personal relationship with God, whatever your path. All levels of vows - nayaswami, tyagi, brahmachari, and pilgrim - will be offered. The Pilgrim Vow is given below. If you are interested in any of the other vows, please let us know when you phone for a reservation.

The Pilgrim’s Vow of Intention

I understand, and intend from now on to live by my understanding, that life is a pilgrimage, of which the final goal is to find and merge back into God.

I will endeavor resolutely, therefore, to direct all my thoughts and actions toward that end.

I will offer up all material desires for purification in the fire of divine bliss.

I will offer up all attachments for purification in that cosmic fire.

I will search my heart daily for any lingering desires and attachments, and will offer them to Thee, my Cosmic Beloved.

I will strive to be an example to others of a pure, discriminating, and noble life.

I will offer the fruit of all my actions and labors to Thee alone.

Bless me, and direct my footsteps ever to the summit of Thy holy mountain.

During the week, classes will bring deeper understanding of this vow and the power of taking such a vow.

Throughout Inner Renewal Week, you will enjoy the warm, relaxed atmosphere for which The Expanding Light is noted: striving to meet the individual needs of each guest, honoring each person’s spiritual journey, and sharing together the joy of the spiritual journey. You will also enjoy delicious, healthful and satisfying vegetarian fare.

Please join us!

"Jyotish and Devi's talks surpassed all expectations. I'm returning home with a deeper communion with God and a renewed commitment to extend my daily meditation. The uplifting environment of Ananda Village is so inspirational, as are all the residents. It is truly a privilege to visit at any time, but Inner Renewal Week was special to me." —G.A., Seattle, WA

"A pivotal week for me. Inspirational morning meditations and talks were followed by deeply calm afternons, which allowed neeed insights to percolate. The vibration of The Expanding Light makes it probably the easiest place on earth to open your heart to God!" —E.M., Palo Alto, CA

"I've been coming here over 20 years, and Inner Renewal Week is hands down my new favorite week to visit Ananda." —C.C., New York, NY

"What a blissful experience! Deep meditations, inspiring classes. This week has felt like being in the astral plane, living from higher consciousness with souls who share the same vision. This has truly been a deep "inner pilgrimage" for us all. We are renewed, recharged, reinspired and re-energized in our spiritual lives. —M.M., Chico, CA

"I have visited The Expanding Light many times during the past 20 years. I always love it, but Inner Renewal Week might be the very best week I've ever spent there. As Jyotish said in one of his talks, when you're speaking to a group who already have established spiritual practices, you start at a deeper level. That was exactly true for me. We started deep and went deeper and deeper. I came away not only energized and recharged, but focused and centered in my spiritual life."

— A guest from Sacramento

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Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, Kriyacharyas, and Ananda Ministers
What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide. Longtime devotees of Yogananda, Jyotish and Devi have worked closely with Swami Kriyananda since 1969 and before.

See all programs, articles, and full bio of Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi.

No dates scheduled for Inner Renewal Week at this time.

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

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Inner Renewal Week starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. It's ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of guided yoga postures and meditation, which begins at 4:45. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is after dinner. 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.

Inner Renewal Week 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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