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3 Days Be the Channel of Divine Grace and Healing Yoga Retreat in California, USA
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The Expanding Light Retreat, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California 95959, USA

Spiritual Yoga Retreat USA

This weekend retreat is for people who already have a meditation practice and would like to deepen their personal spiritual life. The course is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. During this weekend, you’ll learn how to connect with the source of divine grace and become a channel for power far beyond your human strength and knowledge. Paramhansa Yogananda said, “The instrument is blessed by what flows through it.” As you feel Spirit’s energy flowing through you to others, you will be blessed by that very energy.

Meet the instructors

Nayaswami Maria
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  • Daily yoga classes
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Walk the pristine over 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Course based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Feel the divine presence more deeply in your life and share with other
  • Watch the sunset over the Sierra Nevada foothills
  • 3 daily vegetarian buffet meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction
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The accommodation options are for single or double occupancy. A single guest may choose to share a room with another guest of the same gender or occupy a room privately. Two guests traveling together may occupy a room privately.

Each guest room includes two twin beds, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. King conversions are available for an extra charge upon request. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly with no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests.

Guests who stay in a tent or RV have access to free Wi-Fi in Serenity Lounge as the Wi-Fi does not extend to all tent or RV sites. The Expanding Light Retreat has a computer lounge with two computers and a printer. Please be aware that the Expanding Light has limited handicap accessibility.

Private and shared deluxe rooms

Harmony House

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared standard rooms


Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms. Cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses a few paces away and the path is lit after dark.

Serenity House

Serenity house is an inn-style house with twelve rooms and four hall bathrooms. Serenity House lounge is available for all guests. It is equipped with a small refrigerator for personal items, hot tea, and a microwave.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are watertight in the case that it may rain. RVs are welcome year round, however, the property does not have RV facilities or hookups.

Tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is high fire danger in the summer so no campfires are allowed, as well as candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.

Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. The Expanding Light Retreat has a refrigerator behind the main kitchen which is available for guests.

Shower houses

For those staying outdoors, guests have access to separate men and women shower houses. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.


This program starts on the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 p.m. You can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 p.m.

Program highlights

This weekend you’ll learn how to:

  • Raise your energy and attune to a higher Source
  • Use healing prayers effectively
  • Draw on deep inner resources and allow them to flow through you
  • Learn how to tune into guidance
  • Open a channel within you for divine grace to flow to others
  • Use meditation, visualization, and affirmation to help others
  • Transmit cosmic energy and divine love from a distance
  • How can you help those who are seriously ill or dying?
  • Finding the right words to comfort others
  • Using the hands, eyes, and voice to transmit energy, comfort, and hope
  • How to strengthen your aura and protect yourself from negativity and burnout.
  • How to be loving and effective without becoming emotionally and egotistically involved

The weekend schedule

Friday evening

Introductions and exploration: Where are you in your spiritual journey? How would you like to better serve and give to others?

Saturday morning

What does it mean to be a channel for divine grace? And how to raise our energy in attunement to divine grace. The morning will also include discussion and experiential techniques to deepen our attunement to the highest within us and to channel purely the energy of the heart.

Saturday afternoon

At Crystal Hermitage’s Shrine of the Masters. In the vibration of this sacred shrine and the inspiration of great Masters and saints, we will open ourselves to our own highest potential as instruments of grace and blessing as we practice Yogananda's healing prayer techniques, sharing with others through them.

At 4:30 pm, there will be special guided practices for recharging spiritually.

Saturday evening

  • Evening of informal discussion

Sunday morning

A chance to re-explore the deepening of your own spiritual journey.


Nayaswami Maria McSweeney


The Expanding Light Retreat is located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Presently, over 200 residents of all ages live on 700 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California.

The Expanding Light Retreat is 90 minutes northeast from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.


  • Healthy market or deli - 5 minutes
  • Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento - 2 hours



  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Local market
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. You will be offered vegan and gluten-free options. The Expanding Light Retreat uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including certified organic produce from Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee offered at breakfast.

There are a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day. There is a small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full-size refrigerator outside the kitchen available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a market in Ananda Village if you would like to buy special items.

All meals are taken in the dining room with other guests and staff. You may choose to visit with and enjoy the company of others or find a quiet spot to enjoy your meal with yourself.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Massage
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage massage
  • Reiki healing session
  • Spiritual Counseling session
  • Vedic Astrology reading
  • Emotional Freedom Technique session
  • Peruse treasures at the Expanding Light Boutique

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian buffet meals per day
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • Retreat classes or materials
  • Computer lounge and Wi-Fi available
  • Walk the pristine over 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Watch the sunset over the Sierra Nevada foothills at our beautiful Sunset Ridge

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation to and from the Expanding Light Retreat (available at an additional cost)
  • Healing Treatments and Personal Sessions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. There are scheduled rides for pick-up and drop-off on certain days, not every day. For “on-demand” rides, the Expanding Light Retreat cannot guarantee that they can pick you up or drop you off at any time. However, they are able to fill most "on-demand" requests.

If you would like to request a ride, please contact them directly and tell them when you would like a pickup or drop off at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). The cost per person is 85 USD - 150 USD one way.

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take I-80 (E) towards Reno, go about 25 miles.
  • At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City, go 38 miles.
  • Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It's a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park), go about 5 miles
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (W) towards Sacramento, go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 (W) - go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville, go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park), go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from the Northwest

  • Take I-5 (S) to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 (E) to Nevada City; go 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville; go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park); go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service to Colfax.

Amtrak bus offers bus service to Colfax (if you're coming from the East) and Auburn (if you're coming from the West), each about an hour away from the Retreat.

Arrival by train

Amtrak offers train service to Colfax and Auburn. A shuttle provided by The Expanding Light Retreat to and from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and the Colfax or Auburn stations may be available upon request for an additional cost. Alternate transportation may be requested via ride apps, cabs, or renting a vehicle.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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