Spiritual Renewal Week

Sunday, Aug 5 – Sunday, Aug 12

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


2017 SRW Theme

Changing Consciousness:

Transforming Your Life Through Meditation

Join with hundreds of people from around the world in a week of joyful learning and practice of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

The Expanding Light is always filled with an atmosphere of divine joy that enhances spiritual development, but during Spiritual Renewal Week these blessings are amplified. The heart and soul of Expanding Light retreats for over 40 years.

During this week, you will:

  • Find answers to your deep spiritual questions and needs
  • Be inspired to discard limiting habits and manifest your dreams
  • Befriend people from around the world who share your aspirations
  • Feel blessed by a tangible divine presence

Guests will have the opportunity for meditation in Swami Kriyananda's Moksha Mandir and in his apartment. These holy spots are blessed by a uniquely powerful and expansive spiritual vibration. People go on pilgrimage to places around the world to experience what you can enjoy during your Spiritual Renewal Week.

During the week, there will also be afternoon classes for those preparing for Kriya initiation. For information on these classes, please contact kriyayoga2@ananda.org.

2017 Schedule

Monks at SRW 2014 at Ananda Village

Mon Transforming Your Life Through Meditation – Jyotish and Devi
This is the keynote talk for the week: how meditation changes your physical well-being, karmic patterns, ability to deal with life’s challenges, and ability to tune in to joy.

TuesHabits, Thought Patterns, Choices – Anandi, Pranaba, Padma
Choosing to move toward the light; recognizing and overcoming deep-seated karmic patterns; changing the grooves in the brain; developing discrimination; and the ability to make right choices.

Wed Interacting with Others – Finding the Higher Octave –Gyandev, Diksha, Kamran, Erica
Human interactions as an avenue to expanding the sense of self; seeing the highest potential in yourself and others; the practice of harmony.

Thurs – Benefits of Meditation for Health, Work, Challenges — Shanti, Ananta, Maria
Transforming your health, energy, work environment, and material success through meditation; solving problems through meditation; tapping into superconsciousness.

FriStrengthening Awareness of God in Your Life – Jitendra, Nirmala, Dharmadas
Constant remembrance of God, Guru-disciple relationship; inner renunciation; discipline versus grace; meditation as an act of self-offering.

Friday evening:  Kriya Initiations

Sat“How to Make the Spiritual Path Real for You” A Moderated Panel: Badri, Daiva, Parvati , Asha
An opportunity to have your questions answered by a panel of experienced meditation teachers.

Other Saturday Events:

  • Lunch at the Expanding Light Retreat
  • Many uplifting afternoon activities to choose from including meditating in holy places, being with old and new friends for talks and walks, Evening Entertainment

Ground breaking for The Temple of Light at Ananda Village 2016

Temple of Light Groundbreaking Celebration at 5:30 PM, including

  • Indian Banquet
  • Procession & Groundbreaking at The Temple Site
  • Celebration at the Yogananda Amphitheatre

At the end of Spiritual Renewal Week, guests made these comments:

"After 37 years of attending Spiritual Renewal Weeks, I am always uplifted by the fact that there is a true blessing in the whole event.... There are moments that are so pure and perfect that you instantly know that being there is right for the body, mind, and soul. The morning practices start the day with active self-connection....many different instructors with unique skills lead the way into the morning.  The classes are more than educational - they offer a joyful challenge to the mind to act and think in a more wise and expansive way.   The afternoon programs deepen the knowledge, and the evening concerts, plays, and chanting all serve as frosting on the cake, as days pass and calmness grows.  At the end, I felt blessed and grateful for another week of renewal.  I look forward to life and to my next Spiritual Renewal Week with you all.  May God bless and keep you."  Jeff K., Madison, WI 

“Incredible. I received quite a lot of clarity on issues that have been on my mind for some time.”

“The feeling of openness and the welcoming nature of the Ananda environment and people made my experience so beautiful! ALL the classes and talks were helpful and inspiring.I felt great love and support from all of the staff and community members.”

“It proved to be more than I ever expected. The atmosphere, people, and power of the Divine were life transforming. Will definitely be back.”

“Fantastic. Deeply inspiring. Life-changing.”


Indian Banquet at SRW 2014 at Ananda Village

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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.

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Costs (SRW)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Aug 5 – 12, 2018
Shared Rooms only
$756 $1029 $1344

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

Check Availability and Costs

Spiritual Renewal Week starts the afternoon of the first date listed and ends with lunch on the last date. Please see:

Pick up & drop off at Sacramento Airport. Click links for details.

This price covers 7 days of classes, activities, meals, and accommodations.

Daily rate for attending part of the week. Minimum 4-night stay for rooms (not for tenting) If you would like to stay for fewer than 4 nights, please call Guest Services and we'll put you on a list to be notified if that becomes available. Only shared rooms and tent spaces available. Book by calling 1-800-346-5350

Tent /
$106 $136 $171

Anyone not staying at the Expanding Light retreat can purchase passes for events in advance. Passes allow us to know the number of visitors we will be hosting. It really helps us gauge meal counts, seating and usage of the facilities and staff. Advance purchase will make for easy check-in for all. You can call the front desk in advance to purchase your passes 800-346-5350.

Prices for Day-guests

Full Day Pass
(meals not included)
Half Day Pass
(meals not included)
Week-long Pass
(lunch included)
$45 $25 $325

Prices for Gaia House
shared only

Entire week:

Mountain, River, Trees,
Star or Bird Rooms:
Flower Room: $1330

Daily rate for attending part of the week (minimum 4-night stay for rooms):

Mountain, River, Trees,
Star or Bird Rooms:
Flower Room: $211

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.

Spiritual 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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