Spiritual Travel: Retreats and Pilgrimages 2017 & 2018

Enjoy truly relaxing travel that supports your spiritual life in all ways. We choose inspiring sites and lovely accommodations. Our experienced Expanding Light staff leaders create travel that strengthens your spiritual practice, and a journey that leaves you feeling uplifted and renewed.

We plan trips using the following criteria:

  • Journey to a place of magnetism
  • Lovely accommodations that are reasonably priced
  • Travel at affordable times with pleasant weather
  • Programs consistent with the Ananda vibration
  • Personal contact with leaders and like-minded people
  • Programs that support a spiritual vibration and spiritual practice

2017 October

A Pilgrimage to the India of Yogananda

Monday, Oct 23 – Monday, Nov 13

A Pilgrimage to the India of Yogananda
In the Footsteps of the Autobiography of a Yogi

The blessings of pilgrimage, and power of being in places blessed by saints, will change and deepen you, lasting a lifetime. The memories of sweet experiences making God's presence an ever deepening living reality within.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi


Costa Rica Ananda Yoga Vacation Retreat

Sunday, Nov 26 – Sunday, Dec 3

Costa Rica Ananda Yoga Vacation Retreat

Come join us for a relaxing, healing retreat on the blue waters of Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast.
Nayaswami Diksha and Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

2018 May

Pilgrimage to Spain & Portugal: Sacred Sites in Southern Europe

Wednesday, May 23 – Wednesday, Jun 13

Pilgrimage to Spain & Portugal: Sacred Sites in Southern Europe
Experience Historical and Holy Sites, and Walk Where Saints Walked

Experience the deep vibrations of early monasteries, ancient convents, museums, opulent palaces and antique castles; places of spiritual, historical, and artful inspiration.
Nayaswami Krishnadas and Nayaswami Mantradevi


Israel Pilgrimage

Tuesday, Oct 9 – Monday, Oct 22

Israel Pilgrimage
In the Footsteps of Jesus

Here is the trip of a lifetime—deeply inspiring and at a relaxed pace. These sacred sites are so alive with the presence of Jesus and his disciples that you will meditate on the experience for the rest of your life.
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord and Nayaswami Diksha

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Our Program Leaders

Nayaswamis Gyandev and Diksha are long-time teachers and ministers at Ananda, as well as experienced leaders of retreats at home and abroad. Diksha directs Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training program. Gyandev directs Ananda Yoga® and Ananda Yoga Teacher Training. Both lead workshops on a wide range of topics in the spiritual life. They have led retreats and pilgrimages to India, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Israel.

Nayaswamis Krishnadas and Mantradevi are longtime teachers and ministers of Ananda, Krishnadas and Mantradevi have helped establish Ananda communities in Seattle, Portland, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Currently, they both work at The Expanding Light, regularly leading pilgrimages to India, Europe, and other places of inspiration. They have been sharing Yogananda’s teachings for decades and lead many workshops at The Expanding Light.

Keshava and Daya Taylor are spiritual directors of Ananda meditation center in Delhi, and have been leading pilgrimages in India for the past 10 years. Keshava and Daya have lived in India since the founding of Ananda's work in India in 2003.

India Pilgrimage

I can't say enough about the many wonderful and powerful experiences I had on our pilgrimage! Feeling the amazing power of the several sacred places stands out. And being a part of a group of like-minded people was a strong confirmation of how real our spiritual journey is.

—V.B., Aptos, California, USA

I love Badrinath! ...there are no words to express what we experienced [there] both individually and as a group. For me it was a divine experience like never before.

—R. B., Gurgaon, India


Fruits for breakfast

Starting your day with fruits for breakfast

“This trip is so much more than an exotic vacation in an stunning location. It is a pure rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul. The blend of yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic lessons, with the resort's treatments, climate and food is truly inspiring. I came to the resort with high expectations, and left with each and every one exceeded. An unforgettable experience of quality care and growth.” – Annette, England

Adriana, Lauri and Mary with their new saris

Adriana, Lauri and Mary with their new saris

“It has been an amazing retreat. I was deeply touched by the spirit of the Indian people. The treatments were very beneficial to me both physically and emotionally. The sadhanas with Gyandev were a great way to start the day, and I learned so much about ayurveda in the classes with Diksha.” – Lauri, Texas