First-Timers' Week

Immerse yourself in vibrations of peace, harmony, and balance, and gain tools to create these in your life at home. This week has been transformative for hundreds of participants through the years. You will receive in-depth and fascinating classes on:

  • How to meditate and to make meditation part of your life
  • What are the chakras and how to enhance their positive benefits
  • The eight-stages of Self-realization
  • How to have more energy and health
  • Yogananda's techniques for sending healing through prayer

In addition you can enjoy:

  • An in-depth personalized yoga class, where the instructor can help you adapt the postures for your own body and needs
  • Twice-daily guided practice of Energization Exercises, yoga postures and meditation 
  • Amazingly delicious vegetarian meals
  • An evening of devotional chanting
  • A tour of Ananda Village, one of the world's most highly regarded spiritual communities
  • The opportunity for individual spiritual counseling.

If you are seeking relaxation and vacation, as well as the chance to make lasting changes in your life, First-Timers' Week is for you!

View across the meadow

There will be plenty of time for personal healing and rejuvenation in this peaceful atmosphere. For more details on this 5-day program, phone 800-346-5350, and ask to speak to your instructor. (below)

First-Timers' Weeks are led by Mukti.

If you cannot spare a week away, check out our First-Timers' Weekend

What our guests say:

“Thank you so very much for your kindness and guidance this past week on the First-Timers' Week. I truly came away learning so much and can't say enough about how beautiful and peaceful Ananda Village is. There is definitely a joyous and spiritual vibration. Even the animals feel it; I saw lizards playing with each other, deer relaxing in the shade under my porch, birds singing; it was all magical.
   "I got exactly what I hoped out of the retreat and then some; quiet time, a chance to do yoga and meditation twice a day, eat healthy food, and even a taste of bliss. The divine spirit is available when one taps into the source through positive and healthy focus.”   - K.M., San Rafael, CA

"The structure of the program was excellent for me. I came knowing very little about this strand of spiritual philosophy and practice, so the many introductory sessions provided a good first scaffolding for me, especially the stages of realization." J.M., Olympia, WA

First-Timers retreat guests meeting new friends

"All teachers and staff were inspiring. Everyone has joy and love in their hearts, and it radiates." Tara, Middletown, CA

"This program is beyond anything I imagined. I did learn how to do yoga and meditation, but beyond that, I learned that I am capable of self-love and devotion to God. Everything was so well done. Loved the accommodations, meals, cleanliness, and the organized approach."  Sri, Milpitas, CA

"I wanted to thank you again for a wonderful and insightful week at The Expanding Light. I really enjoyed being in your presence, and I'm grateful for the tools you've shared with me. I feel like I've finally caught a glimpse of the light inside of me—a light I've been chasing all of my life. As long as I can remember, I've sensed there was something very special and powerful inside of me, but I didn't know how to reach it. You have all truly blessed me with a deep and spiritual awakening. Ananda is a very special place, and I hope I can hold onto as much of it as possible."  —Shauna, Oakland, CA  —5-day program

First-Timers 
 group energization

"I was surprised by how the whole philosophy and practice made so much sense. Being skeptical of religion, I am also surprised that I am leaving with a spiritual practice/belief. The information I learned and the practical methods gave me confidence in taking Yoga home with me. A great 5 days—I am very thankful I found Ananda." —Elizabeth H.

"I had needs met I didn't even know I had! Every day was a new adventure, with something interestng and transforming. It almost felt like little miracles. The food was nutritious (begone cheeseburgers!) and very good." —P.T.

Moksha Mandir at The Expanding Light Retreat

"No matter the point in your life upon arrival, you will leave uplifted and take with you that which speaks to your soul." C.M., Danville, CA

"The perfect place to get to know yourself at deeper and higher levels. Everyone is welcoming and accepting of all. Don't miss out on the experience of getting to know yourself." F.V., Toronto, Canada

"When people ask me about the retreat, I say 'They are living it.' Meaning you all are truly living a spiritual life and creating spiritual community in every way."

Teresa, Kentucky - 5 day program

Mukti teaching class at The Expanding Light Retreat

"My friend said that her time in Ananda and Expanding Light was the best present she has ever had in her life! I guess that says it all.... me too!   We love you all and truly miss you!  At 10 am I wanted to head over to our classroom for another fascinating, laughter-filled, and inspiring class."

—Pam, Redding, Ca - 5 day program 

 

Dining in the Piazza of The Expanding Light Retreat, Northern California


For more information, please send us a Question or Comment:

Name:   Email:  


Subscribe

Receive monthly news and inspiration.

Facebook Like Follow pinterest email bookmark View more choices

Nayaswami Mukti

Nayaswami Mukti

Ananda Minister and Counselor, Ananda Meditation Teacher

What is a nayaswami?

Nayaswami Mukti  is a certified Ananda Meditation teacher and has worked for years in Ananda's ministry, teaching a variety of classes in Ananda meditation groups and in programs at The Expanding Light. Her warm and caring nature, her lively sense of humor, and her clear-minded and practical approach to  applying the spiritual teachings in one's own life win her retreat weekends rave reviews.

See programs, articles, and full bio.



Register Now

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

Costs (FTW5)
Costs are on a per person basis.

  • Feb 3 – 8, 2019
  • Apr 21 – 26, 2019
  • Jun 9 – 14, 2019
  • Aug 25 – 30, 2019
  • Oct 6 – 11, 2019
  • Dec 8 – 13, 2019
Tent 
RV
Standard
Shared
Standard
Private
Deluxe
Shared
Deluxe
Private
$480 $675 $995 $900 $1330

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

Check Availability and Costs

First-Timers' 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.

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.

First-Timers' 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.


Please send us a Question for more information:

Name:

Email:  

First-Timers' Photo Gallery





RELATED PROGRAMS

Program Calendar

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.
Learn More...

Joy is within you

CONNECT

14618 Tyler Foote Rd
Nevada City, California 95959
Toll free 800-346-5350
Outside US 530-478-7518

Contact Us

Donate to our non-profit

SUBSCRIBE

Receive uplifting emails with inspirational content and news about our retreat programs, travels, and trainings.

Sign up for free

The Expanding Lighr Retreat facebook YouTube
The Expanding Lighr Retreat facebook YouTube