Spiritual Growth Retreats

Spiritual Growth

Be Victorious on Your Spiritual Path!
Our weekend and weeklong retreat programs are designed to help each guest:

  • Access powerful soul qualities
  • Overcome the great obstacles to spiritual growth: worry, fear, nervousness, and anger
  • Attune to the Divine within you through concentration and meditation
  • Learn useful, scientifically proven meditation and relaxation techniques to help transform your thinking and improve your experience of life

Spiritual Growth retreat experiences provide each guest with:

  • Clear presentations by dynamic teachers in a classroom setting
  • Time for direct experience of new teachings and quiet inward reflection
  • Helpful course materials and resources to take home
  • A highly supportive staff
  • Simple and uplifting accommodations and facilities

2017 May

First-Timers'

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28

First-Timers'

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

June

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 4 – Saturday, Jun 10

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita According to Yogananda
Powerful, Practical Keys to Spiritual Growth

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing

Friday, Jun 9 – Sunday, Jun 11

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others. Course based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jun 16 – Sunday, Jun 18

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 18 – Saturday, Jun 24

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Jun 23 – Sunday, Jun 25

How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Developing Intuition can be an amazing time saving device! It is the fruit of practicing the skills you will learn during this retreat: awareness, meditation, and a joyful inner balance. Led by guest teacher and author of Freedom from Stress.
David Gamow

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Friday, Jun 30 – Wednesday, Jul 5

Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

Take a 5-day vacation for personal transformation. During this retreat, you will learn how to experience happiness within you, and learn to find it amidst the challenges of life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

Friday, Jun 30 – Sunday, Jul 2

Early Days of Ananda: Living History

An entertaining and inspiring weekend with stories of the early beginnings of Ananda from the people helped build the community. This year we'll cover the expansion of Ananda after the fire - the years from 1979 to the early 1980s.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

July

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Jul 7 – Sunday, Jul 9

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Jul 14 – Sunday, Jul 16

Living from the Inside Out Retreat
Find Solutions to Life's Challenges

Learn and experience powerful laws of Spirit for discovering your highest potential and positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Mukti

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Jul 16 – Friday, Jul 21

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Angels, Intuition, and Divine Guidance

Friday, Jul 21 – Sunday, Jul 23

Angels, Intuition, and Divine Guidance

What part do angels play in your life? Learn to tune in more deeply to your intuitive perception, and to cooperate with divine guidance and aid in your life.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Law of Attraction

Friday, Jul 21 – Sunday, Jul 23

Law of Attraction
Attuning Yourself with the Universal Power of Abundance

Learn how to master the universal keys to becoming successful. Attract Your true purpose: A retreat to attain abundance.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Jul 28 – Sunday, Jul 30

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

In two short days, you can literally turn your life around. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, with hope restored—from reconnecting with your own Higher Self.
Nayaswami Mukti

August

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

Friday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 6

Grandparents and Parents: Share Nature with Children

The Sharing Nature approach requires no special knowledge—grandparent (or parent) and child are equal explorers. Fun and captivating games help each of you feel a deeper bond with nature, and with each other.
Sundara Traymar

Spiritual Renewal Week

Sunday, Aug 6 – Sunday, Aug 13

Spiritual Renewal Week

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

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

Friday, Aug 18 – Sunday, Aug 20

How to Have Courage, Calmness & Confidence

The soul has everything it needs to meet every test of life. As you live in tune with the power of your soul, your life will be completely transformed.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Aug 18 – Sunday, Aug 20

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body

Friday, Aug 25 – Sunday, Aug 27

Healthy Mind- Healthy Body
Yogananda's Revolutionary Approach to Health

Joy and vitality are yours to call upon at will! Experience a profound healing of mind and body using simple tools to awaken receptivity to this subtle power.
Nayaswami Mukti

September

First-Timers'

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

First-Timers'

A perfect getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere. You'll be amazed how much you can experience in one weekend.
Nayaswami Mantradevi

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Friday, Sep 1 – Sunday, Sep 3

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Use visualization, affirmation, color and sound, music, breathing, and hatha yoga to help you attune more deeply to these astral energies
Nayaswami Maria

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat

Friday, Sep 8 – Sunday, Sep 10

Deepen Your Meditation Retreat
Take Your Hong Sau Practice to the Next Level

If your meditation practice needs recharging or restarting, this weekend retreat will re-inspire you. Deepening your experience of meditation will open doors to inner freedom.
Nayaswami Mukti

Adventures in Spiritual Awakening: An Experiential Journey into The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, Sep 10 – Friday, Sep 15

Adventures in Spiritual Awakening: An Experiential Journey into The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

A highly personalized journey into the highest spiritual wisdom, through presentation, gentle-yet-deep yoga practices, music, discussion, self-exploration, and meditation.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

How to Rise Above Your Karma

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

How to Rise Above Your Karma
Use Your Life Experiences to Empower Yourself

During this supportive and insightful retreat you will explore your own karmic patterns and lessons. You will also learn effective ways to free yourself from karma.
Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Sep 15 – Sunday, Sep 17

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Experiments in Higher Consciousness

Friday, Sep 22 – Sunday, Sep 24

Experiments in Higher Consciousness
An Experiential Retreat

Yogananda's proven techniques will help you reconnect with your center of calmness, refresh your mind, and uplift your consciousness.
Nayaswami Krishnadas

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat

Sunday, Sep 24 – Friday, Sep 29

Sharing Nature Training and Retreat
A Nature-Based Wellness Retreat

Learn techniques to give children and adults a dynamic and inspiring experience of nature.
Sundara Traymar and Bharat Cornell

October

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Oct 6 – Sunday, Oct 8

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Managing Chronic Pain and Transcending It

Friday, Oct 13 – Sunday, Oct 15

Managing Chronic Pain and Transcending It

Learn techniques to help you dissolve pain at its roots, and to use pain as a transformational tool for healing.
Shanti Rubenstone, M.D. and Nayaswami Lahari

First-Timers' Week

Sunday, Oct 15 – Friday, Oct 20

First-Timers' Week

A well designed getaway—with a blend of relaxation, inspiration, yoga postures, meditation instruction, and delicious vegetarian food—in a beautiful atmosphere.
Nayaswami Mukti

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 22

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

Learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

How to Be a Channel of Divine Grace & Healing

How to feel the divine presence more deeply in your life, and to share that with others. Course based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Nayaswami Maria

Attract True Success

Friday, Oct 20 – Sunday, Oct 22

Attract True Success
How to Change your Magnetism and Change your Life

Taught by Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life. Enjoy a free copy as part of your course.
Nayaswami Naidhruva

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life

  ceu credits Friday, Oct 27 – Sunday, Oct 29

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

New information on the brain, shared by Dr. Peter Van Houten, helps us engage our brain’s infinite capacity for change.
Dr. Peter Van Houten

November

Deepen Your Divine Connection

Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5

Deepen Your Divine Connection

An experiential weekend that will bring the Divine more fully and completely into your life. Aum, Peace, Amen
Nayaswami Diksha

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Friday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 5

Restore with Ananda Yoga® Retreat

Learn secrets of relaxing through yoga to revitalize the body and mind, and to fill you with calmness. Led by Brahmachari Jitendra, a gifted yoga instructor with a warm and engaging manner.
Brahmachari Jitendra

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat

Friday, Nov 10 – Sunday, Nov 12

Spiritualize Your Daily Life Retreat
Attitudes for Everyday Joy and Success

In two short days, you can literally turn your life around. You will leave feeling rejuvenated, with hope restored—from reconnecting with your own Higher Self.
Nayaswami Mukti

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Friday, Nov 17 – Sunday, Nov 19

Developing Intuition Retreat: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

Intuition is a human faculty deeper than thought – the clear inner knowing of what is true, a skill that can be learned and developed.
Nayaswami Mukti

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Nov 17 – Sunday, Nov 19

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

Wednesday, Nov 22 – Sunday, Nov 26

Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat

A holiday weekend to leave you refreshed and uplifted, with practical tools to keep you feeling blessed throughout the year. Open yourself to the flow of gratitude...
Nayaswami Anandi

December

Learn How to Meditate Retreat

Friday, Dec 8 – Sunday, Dec 10

Learn How to Meditate Retreat
Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living

Meditation is our daily practice due to the tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!
Nayaswami Mukti, Ganesha Kieran, Sahaja Sims and Nayaswami Krishnadas

Living from the Inside Out Retreat

Friday, Dec 8 – Sunday, Dec 10

Living from the Inside Out Retreat
Find Solutions to Life's Challenges

Learn and experience powerful laws of Spirit for discovering your highest potential and positive approaches to life.
Nayaswami Mukti

A Christmas of Inner Awakening

Friday, Dec 22 – Tuesday, Dec 26

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community

You will be surprised by the power of this retreat to uplift your Consciousness and restore your energy and inspiration for days and weeks to come.
Catherine Kairavi

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus

Friday, Dec 29 – Tuesday, Jan 2

New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
A New Year's Retreat

How to examine the lessons of 2017 and set goals for 2018! Enjoy a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and a powerfully uplifting New Year's Eve ceremony.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

2018 February

Inner Renewal Week

Sunday, Feb 18 – Sunday, Feb 25

Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God

This week can permanently transform and deepen your spiritual life. It is led by the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide and offered to serious spiritual seekers.
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

April

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

  ceu credits Wednesday, Apr 11 – Sunday, Apr 15

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

Understanding your Ayurvedic constitution and how to work with it can help you feel your best on every level. You can have stronger, more consistent energy and health… more calmness and mental clarity… more happiness and well-being.
Nayaswami Mangala

May

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

  ceu credits Sunday, May 6 – Saturday, May 12

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
Achieving Glowing Health and Vitality

Immerse yourself in an environment that supports you in every way - diet, exercise, meditation, changing habits, living a balanced life.
Maitri Jones and Nayaswami Mangala

June

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda

Sunday, Jun 10 – Saturday, Jun 16

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras According to Yogananda
Apply the Wisdom of Patanjali for Spiritual Success

Patanjali, the great ancient exponent of yoga, described the stages of spiritual development for all seekers. These principles of yoga are based not on dogma, but on how we are made.
Nayaswamis Pranaba and Parvati

August

Spiritual Renewal Week

Sunday, Aug 5 – Sunday, Aug 12

Spiritual Renewal Week

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

September

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

  ceu credits Tuesday, Sep 11 – Sunday, Sep 16

Ananda Spiritual Counseling™ Training

Learn how to develop your own intuitive abilities so that you can listen to others in the right way. What questions can you ask to help lead them to their own solutions?
Nayaswami Diksha, Nayaswami Anandi and Nayaswami Mangala

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Videos

Peter Van Houten

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Articles

Savitri Simpson

The Chakras: The Seven Gates to Freedom

“In a deeper sense the word chakra describes the whirlpools or vortices of energy located along the central axis of our bodies, in the ‘deep’ or astral spine.”

by Jyotish and Devi Novak

Living Superconsciously

“If there is a single quality that society needs today, it is integrity. The worlds of business, of entertainment, of our culture in general, are crippled by a lack of morality.”

Gyandev McCord

How to Take a Spiritual Retreat

“Everyone occasionally feels a need for inner rejuvenation.… going on retreat can be a perfect solution.”

Diksha McCord

Why Become Vegetarian?

“A vegetarian diet can actually provide us with much more variety in tastes and textures than the typical meat-based fare…. a vegetarian repast may be composed of a number of dishes combining legumes, grains, vegetables, nuts, fruits and seasonings.”

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How a Jewish Woman Came to Embrace Jesus Christ

“Though raised in this devout, joyful tradition, in my teenage years I found myself questioning the existence of God and the purpose of life...”


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