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3 Days The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization Meditation and Yoga Retreat in California, USA

The Expanding Light, 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, California 95959, United States

Meditation and Yoga Retreat USA

Join The Expanding Light Retreat for this weekend workshop as you take a journey through the chakras and learn more about your energetic barriers and how to break through them to achieve healing and personal freedom. This workshop is a very exciting experience of our inner world and reality, hidden to the casual observer of life and why things are the way they are. You will experience many doors opening in your spiritual life and the way you view the world as you tap into the power of your soul, your natural strengths and abilities, your open heart. Understanding the chakras and how to work with them will deeply enhance your journey through life as you move towards self-realization.

Meet the instructors

Nayaswami Maria
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Highlights

  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Locate and un-block your chakras and use them for healing of body, mind and soul
  • Cooperate with Kundalini Energy and bring forth your soul nature and highest potential
  • Decipher the inner map of your spiritual unfoldment and recharge your daily and spiritual life
  • Bring the many aspects of your being into harmony and balance
  • Increase the flow of life-force in your astral body
  • 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


3 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 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.

Program

Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word literally meaning wheel or circle. In a deeper sense, the word describes the whirlpools or vortices of energy located along the central axis of your bodies, in the “deep” or astral spine. The chakras are a part of what might be called your spiritual anatomy. Just as there is an anatomy to the physical body and maps to the physical world, so also there is a definite anatomy of your spiritual beings, as well as maps and guideposts to follow along the path of inner awakening. If you understand this spiritual anatomy, then you will find it much easier to advance in your search for self-realization.

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 of 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.

In this retreat, you will learn more about what the chakras do and you will be guided through experiences of them on progressively deeper levels. You will also learn how to:

  • Use visualization, affirmation, color and sound, music, breathing, and Hatha yoga to help you attune more deeply to these astral
  • energies

Daily schedule

Morning

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time

Afternoon

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (5 minutes chanting, 25 minutes meditation)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 - 18:30 Sadhana

Evening

  • 18:30 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity or free time.

Sunday

Morning

  • 08:30 to 09:00 Breakfast (not in silence)
  • 10:00 Purification ceremony
  • 11:00 Sunday service

Check in and Check out

You may check in anytime after 1:30 p.m. on your arrival date. Check out is at 11 a.m. on your departure date. Your reservation includes lunch on your departure day.

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 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 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.

Distances

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

Features

Activities

  • Shopping

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

Food

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. The Expanding Light Retreat offers 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 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

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 the treasure-filled boutique
  • Private yoga therapy sessions
  • Massage
  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Reiki healing
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Emotional freedom technique
  • Vedic astrology consultation

What's included

  • All classes and activities
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Course materials as appropriate
  • Computer lounge and Wi-Fi available
  • Walk around the pristine over 700 acres of Ananda Village
  • Visit the Crystal Hermitage Gardens
  • Watch the sunset over the Sierra Nevada foothills at the 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

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 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 pick-up or drop-off at Sacramento International Airport (SMF). The cost per person is 85 USD - 150 USD one 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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