Guest House

Crystal Hermitage Guest House

Secluded, and with stunning views, the two-bedroom, one bath Crystal Hermitage Guest House is located on a mountain bluff overlooking the scenic Yuba River Canyon near the Tahoe National Forest, 15 miles outside of Nevada City, CA.

About the Guest House

Our Guest House is located at Ananda Village, America’s premier yoga and meditation community. The Crystal Hermitage grounds, with their terraced gardens, majestic forests and dramatic views of the mountains and canyons, are just a short walk from your doorstep. From the Guest House living room, gaze out into spacious skies and down hundreds of feet to the canyon below, where the Yuba River flows.

The Guest House is the perfect getaway for a quiet retreat, seclusion, vacation, or a honeymoon. The house is a two-story mountain chalet with two bedrooms (one with a queen bed downstairs; one with a trundle bed upstairs) plus a fold-out couch with double bed in the living room. A fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, plus a living room with a gas fireplace are located on the upper floor. A spacious meditation room is located next to the downstairs bedroom.

About Crystal Hermitage

For many years, Crystal Hermitage has been a place for daily prayer, meditation, and devotion. Crystal Hermitage Chapel, ideal for weddings and baptisms, is located at Crystal Hermitage as well. This lovely stone chapel, based on the Porziuncola (The Little Church of St. Francis of Assisi), offers an intimate and deeply inspiring atmosphere for wedding ceremonies.

Crystal Hermitage is surrounded by spectacular gardens. The upper garden is available for you to meditate in and absorb the natural beauty around you. You are welcome to come and enjoy the Chapel and gardens during your stay at the Guest House, or whenever you visit Ananda Village. We also invite you to visit our gift shop, the Shrine of the Masters.

Living Room

View from the deck

About Your Stay

To provide the perfect mountain retreat experience, the Guest House does not have a television or DVD player. A radio and CD player are available for your use. The Guest House at Crystal Hermitage is a non-smoking facility, and we do ask that you not bring alcohol.

For your enjoyment, we can arrange for the following:

  • Weddings at the Crystal Hermitage Chapel
  • Massage (either at the Guest House or the nearby Center for Radiant Health)
  • Yoga classes at The Expanding Light retreat, located 10 minutes from the Guest House
  • Meditation instruction
  • Shopping and lunch at Master’s Market and Deli (located minutes away, in downtown Ananda Village), a vegetarian/natural foods market, bakery and deli
  • Family-style vegetarian meals at The Expanding Light
  • Hiking within Ananda Village, along the Yuba River and in forested areas
  • Information for shopping/dining/sightseeing in nearby historic Nevada City
  • Swimming in the nearby Yuba River
  • Free tours of Ananda Village on Saturdays, leaving from The Expanding Light

Rates and Reservations

Our standard rate is $117 per night for double occupancy (plus cleaning fee), and $10 for each additional person. No pets please. Ananda member discounts are available.

Call 530-478-7587 for weekly or monthly rates. If you live in one of the Ananda communities, call for member rates. You can also e-mail us at:

Guests staying at Crystal Hermitage are most welcome to participate in the activities at The Expanding Light. To do so, please call The Expanding Light at (800) 346-5350 x1 and register for classes as a “Day Guest.”

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Living Room & Dining Room

Living room

small bedroom

Upstairs bedroom

Living Room Stove

Living room

Kitchen in Guest House


Downstairs bedroom