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Give yourself a gift and unplug from busy-ness and recharge your spiritual batteries. Follow your own schedule entirely, or partake of any of the offerings to help you deepen your personal, spiritual journey.
Some people notice a wonderful energy as soon as they set foot on The Expanding Light grounds. Others find this energy slowly flooding through them as their program proceeds. Some awaken one morning to find they are suddenly and deeply filled with joy. Once in a while someone only recognizes the uplifting power of The Expanding Light after theyve left - and then realizes how much it meant to them.
For indoor accommodations we offer both standard and deluxe rooms housed in three different buildings we offer both standard and deluxe rooms house in three different buildings and for one-room cabins. For outdoor accommodations RV camping is available year round and tent camping is available from April through October.
If you would like to stay in a tent or an RV, please bring your own. We do not provide tens or RVs. Tent camping is available from April through October on level, shaded campsites. RVs are welcomed year round. However, we do not have RV facilities and hookups at this time.
Tenters are part of The Expanding Light meals and programs, so tent spaces do not include facilities for cooking or picnicking. There is a high fire danger here in the summer, so no campfires are allowed. Also, no candles, kerosene lamps or anything with an open flame.
Because of animals, no food is allowed in the tenting area. We do have a refrigerator behind our main kitchen, which is available for guests. The camping area has a sink with running water, and an outhouse. Mens and womens bathrooms are available with showers, toilets and sinks, across the meadow from the tenting area.
Serenity House is an inn-style house with twelve air-conditioned rooms and four hall bathrooms, It has a comfortable lounge/ classroom equipped with a video player and a library of inspirational videos. The lounge/classroom also has a small refrigerator for personal items.
The Cabins. Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms. Cabin occupants share separate mens and womens shower houses about a minutes walk away.
Harmony House has eight deluxe rooms. Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, and a ceiling fan. Harmony House is dedicated to expressing Yoganandas expansive approach to religion and his belief in celebrating God through beauty.
Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions. Available are the Yogananda Room, Buddhism Room, St. Francis Room, Madonna Room, Taoism Room, Islam Room, Judaism Room, and the Hinduism Room.
Two guided sessions of yoga postures, energization exercises and meditation.
One guided activity per day (including such things as in depth instruction in meditation, healing prayer or chanting workshops, an evening in the home of an Ananda Village resident, a restorative yoga session, an Ananda Yoga workshop, helping in our vegetarian kitchen, a guided tour of Ananda Village, specific classes, and more).
06.00 a.m. to 06.30 a.m. Wake-up bell.
06.30 a.m. to 08.30 a.m. Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of energization exercises (20 25 minutes), Yoga postures (60 minutes) and meditation (15 30 minutes).
08.30 a.m. to 09.00 a.m. Breakfast (in silence)
10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Scheduled program, class, group activity or free time.
12.00 p.m. to 12.30 p.m. Meditation (5 minutes chanting, 25 minutes meditation)
12.30 p.m. to 01.30 p.m. Lunch
02.00 p.m. to 04.00 p.m. Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
04.45 p.m. to 06.30 p.m. Sadhana (spiritual practices) which consists of energization exercises (20 25 minutes), Yoga postures (60 minutes) and meditation (15 30 minutes).
All of our teachers/hosts are yoga and/or meditation teacher certified coming from diverse backgrounds and are devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda.
We are located in Ananda Village, one of the worlds most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, we are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.
Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of our dishes contain eggs and dairy. We use organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown Fair Trade coffee.
We have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day. A small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full size refrigerator outside our kitchen are available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a Market in the Ananda Village if youd like to buy special items.
Computer Lounge and WiFi: Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most or our standard rooms can use WiFi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.
Guest Services Lounge: The Guest Services Lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.
Lahiri Mandir: This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus Lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.
Lotus Lake: This lovely lake fills with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to our line of Masters.
Personal services: Personal services at The Expanding light at additional cost, including spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions and private yoga therapy sessions.
Serenity Lounge: Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music or just socializing. Serenity Lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave and electric teapot and guest use.
The Temple: This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which we hold daily practice of yoga postures and meditation, as well classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and hatha yoga.
Walking: Long walks on our beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.
Massage/ healing modalities at the Center for Radiant Health at additional cost.
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.
The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable due to inclement weather in the winter and higher transportation costs to Ananda. From the Sacramento airport, there are a few options.
For a good value, we recommend The Expanding Lights regularly scheduled Sacramento Airport Pick-up and Drop-off.
For more flexibility around days and times for pickup and drop off, a good option is Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
Yet another option is the Super Shuttle. Or, rent a car and follow the directions, or take the bus or train or public transportation.
Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. Contact Greyhound directly for routes, current prices, schedules and reservations at + 1 800 231 2222 or www.greyhound.com. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour from Ananda. Contact Amtrak directly for routes, current prices, schedules and reservations at + 1 800 USA RAIL or www.amtrak.com. To get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
We recommend Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service. They are a locally run shuttle with excellent service. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light is 250 USD round trip and 150 USD one way. From Colfax or Auburn it is 160 USD round trip and 80 USD one way. Call +1 530 432 3235 or +1 530 210 9085 to arrange a pickup. Advance reservations are required.
You may take the Super Shuttle by calling +1 800 BLUE VAN (advance reservations required). When making your reservation, put your destination as "Expanding Light" to get the accurate price. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light is 175 USD one way, 350 USD round trip. If you are part of a group there is an additional fee of only 9 USD per person for the ride.
Amtrak train offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the East) and Auburn (if coming from the West), each about an hour from Ananda.
Contact Amtrak directly for routes, current prices, schedules and reservations at +1 800 USA RAIL or www.amtrak.com. to get to Ananda from Colfax you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.
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