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3 Days Learn How to Meditate Weekend Retreat California, USA

14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, Nevada County, California, USA

Tranquil Yoga Retreat USA

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During this weekend retreat, you have the best setting for learning how to meditate. At The Expanding Light's Northern California Retreat you’ll feel the uplifting peace of more than 40 years of people's devoted meditation practice. The welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, the daily practice of meditation after yoga postures, the humor and joy of the staff, and the wonderful fellow students – all will help you relax and experience inner peace. You’ll leave with the techniques and understanding you need to sustain a meditative practice. Your weekend will include physical exercises to aid relaxation, and written lessons to help you get the best possible start on your meditation practice. Enjoy a nurturing retreat, with gentle yoga and meditation daily, in a restful environment with delicious vegetarian fares. Meditation gives tremendous benefits in enhancing mental clarity, inner peace, creativity, and overall physical health. Make it yours!

Meet the instructors

Nayaswami Krishnadas, Nayaswami Mukti, & Nayaswami Maria
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Highlights

  • 2 guided Ananda yoga and meditation classes daily for all levels
  • Twice weekly tours of Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community
  • 1 guided class daily to learn tools and techniques to deepen your personal spiritual practice
  • 3 daily vegetarian buffet meals with gluten and dairy free options
  • Commune with nature on 700 acres of pristine country
  • 2 nights accommodation of your choice

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:30
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

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

Cabins

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 water tight 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 a 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.

Program

Ananda Yoga® brings yoga back to its original spiritual essence. Above all, it seeks to raise your level of consciousness by reinforcing the natural effects the yoga postures. With this, it is also designed to harmonize your body, mind, and soul. The practice is gentle for beginning students, becoming more challenging with experience. It is an inwardly directed practice, and is never aggressive or aerobic

Friday

  • 4:45 p.m. Sadhana (energization, yoga postures, meditation)
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Foundation for meditation class

Saturday

  • 6:00 a.m. Wake up bell
  • 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. Sadhana
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in silence
  • 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. What meditation Is and how to do it
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m. Making meditation part of your life
  • 4:45 p.m. Sadhana
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Free time or optional planned activity

Sunday

  • 6:00 a.m. Wake-up bell
  • 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. Sadhana
  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:15 a.m. Taking it home with you
  • 10:00 a.m. Purification ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. Ananda's Sunday service
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Check in after 1:30 p.m. and enjoy the buildings and grounds. Your room will be ready no later than 3:00 p.m. The Expanding Light strongly recommends that you arrive by 5:00 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and 4:00 p.m. from Saturday to Tuesday; it makes for a more relaxing start for your visit. Please call them if you plan to arrive after hours. If you arrive after hours, there will be no staff at the front desk to greet you, but The Expanding Light will leave you a key, map, and welcome packet so you can get to your room.

Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. and your reservation includes lunch at 12:30 p.m. Please have your items out of the room by 11:00 a.m, prior to lunch. You may keep your luggage at Guest Services if you did not drive here. If you arranged transportation, they will pick you and your luggage up at Guest Services.

Sadhana is Sanskrit for spiritual practice. This consists of energization exercises (20 to 25 minutes), yoga postures (60 minutes) and meditation (15 to 30 minutes)

Instructors

Nayaswami Krishnadas Lo Cicero

Nayaswami Mukti Deranja

Nayaswami Maria McSweeney

Location

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 Airport. It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Nearby places

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

Features

General

  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Wireless internet

Food

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. We offer 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.

Meals are taken in the dinning 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
  • Snacks
  • 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)

  • Shop at our treasure-filled boutique
  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Massage
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Reiki
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Emotional freedom technique
  • Vedic Astrology consultation

What's included

  • Classes or activities, and course materials
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, drinks, and snacks
  • 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 coming from the East) and Auburn (if 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 Retreat to and from the Sacramento Airport 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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Please request or book your reservation at least 24 hours prior to your desired arrival date. For CEU programs please provide your Yoga Alliance member number or the name of your Yoga Alliance certified school.

Sunday January 12, 2020
(3 days / 2 nights)

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