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The Expanding Light Retreat

The Expanding Light Guest Retreat

Our Guest Services building

Planning a visit? Whether you’re in the area for a day, planning an overnight stay, or interested in finding out more about living in spiritual community, please be our guest at The Expanding Light, Ananda Village’s retreat center.

For Day Guests

Guided Yoga Postures and Meditation (sadhana)
In The Expanding Light Temple daily 6:30 – 8:30 am, 4:45 – 6:30 pm.
Cost:  $10

Ananda Yoga combines postures (asanas) with silently repeated affirmations that help you attune to the subtle energy of each posture.  Its gentle style is suitable for beginners, while also helping experienced yogis to take your practice more deeply inward.

Intermediate/advanced postures are offered each Wednesday and Saturday afternoon for those who would enjoy the challenge. All sessions are led by Ananda-certified instructors.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. (Meditation pillows, yoga mats and blankets are provided.)

Nourish body and soul — after yoga, consider enjoying breakfast or dinner in the Expanding Light dining room, adjacent to the temple.

Family Style Vegetarian Meals
Served Daily

Please call the front desk at the Expanding Light to make your meal reservations at (530) 478-7518 option 1.

  • Breakfast ($8), served at 8:30 am, features hot cereal, fruit, organic coffee and tea
  • Lunch ($10), served at 12:30 pm, can include organic salad with greens fresh from our farm, and a hearty vegetarian entrée and side.  Salad dressings are deliciously home made.
  • Dinner ($10), served at 6:30 pm, can include soup or another light vegetarian entrée and organic salad fresh from our farm.

Meditation Instruction
In the Expanding Light’s Guest Services Lounge, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am – noon.
Cost:  $25 (includes take-home handouts)

Learn to concentrate on the breath and focus your mind with the Hong Sau technique. This simple, effective meditation method is presented in a universal way, by long time Ananda meditaters. Though geared toward helping beginners establish a regular practice, experienced meditaters will find your practice revitalized and deepened.

After Class

  • Feel welcome to join guests and residents at noon in the Expanding Light Temple for a half hour meditation or (on Tuesday) an inspiring DVD talk by Swami Kriyananda. No charge.
  • Enjoy lunch (served at 12:30) after meditation, in the Expanding Light dining room. Cost: $10.

Please call the front desk at (530) 478-7518 option 1 to let them know you’d like to attend.

Community Tours

Tours depart from the Expanding Light’s Guest Services building each Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Tours, led by Village residents, are usually 1 and ½ to 2 hours, and are a combination of walking and driving. Points of interest include “downtown Ananda,” the farm and permaculture gardens, Yogoata Dairy, residential areas, and an extended stop at Crystal Hermitage.  No charge.

Come early and enjoy lunch, served at 12:30 in the Expanding Light dining room. Cost: $10.

Please call the front desk at (530) 478-7518 option 1 to let them know you’d like to join a tour.

For Overnight Guests

Stay for one night or longer, in accommodations ranging from simple to deluxe. The Expanding Light offers programs on yoga, meditation and spiritual living, presented in a way that is universal and honoring of all paths. Personal Retreat is also available for those who prefer a less structured stay.

For more information on classes, programs, accommodations and more, click here to visit their site, or call Expanding Light Guest Services at (800) 346-5350 option 1.

The Expanding Light is not able to accommodate guests with young children.  Visitors with children are welcome to stay at the Ananda Meditation Retreat, which is family-friendly.