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Give yourself the gift of peace. Unplug from the daily grind and recharge your spiritual batteries! This is a serene retreat location with a high vibration where you may choose to be on your own and / or participate in any of The Expanding Light Retreat daily scheduled classes to help you deepen your personal, spiritual journey.
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.
Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Expanding Light Retreat is a non-profit organization located at Ananda Village, a cooperative spiritual community founded on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Guests have visited there for almost 50 years from all parts of the world, with many different spiritual perspectives, to learn more about meditation, Ananda yoga for physical and spiritual healing, and the contemporary application of Yogananda's teachings to help people realize their true potential.
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.
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).
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. It is strongly recommended that you arrive by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday to Tuesday makes for a more relaxing start for your visit.
Please send The Expanding Light Retreat an inquiry 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 Retreat will leave you a key, map, and welcome packet so you can get to your room.
Check-out time is at 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.
Nayaswami Mukti, or also known as Mukti Deranja, moved to Ananda Village in 1992 and has been a key member of the Ananda Music Ministry since then - including singing in the choir, performing Swami Kriyananda's piano solos and music ensemble, and accompanying him on the piano. She often teaches chanting workshops and performs in kirtan groups. She has used chanting as an integral part of her spiritual practice as a powerful tool for personal transformation.
Catherine serves our personal retreatants by being available to answer questions about the retreat, Ananda Village, and the Kriya Yoga path. She is available to help you be aware of all the services that are available for you. She also conducts tours of Ananda Village and as the principle archivist for Ananda Sangha, is a knowledgeable source of stories and the history of Ananda. A long-time Ananda minister, Catherine was Director of Development for Ananda Worldwide for 25 years. With her natural warmth, intelligence, and humor, Catherine will feel like an old friend from your first meeting.
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.
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.
Sacramento International Airport
Transfer not provided
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.
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.
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.
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