July 19-23, 2023

It’s time to nurture a deeper sense of connection, presence, and purpose in your family life.

Relax and play together

Learn and grow with other parents

Experience the power of spiritual community.

Join our long weekend retreat for families seeking an uplifting summer experience!

Our annual family yoga camp at Ananda Village in Nevada City, CA, for families with children ages 5 to 12. Come play, relax and explore with other families in the beautiful setting of Ananda Village in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. 

Visit The Expanding Light Retreat page to find out more!

Retreat Highlights

This year the camp will be hosted at The Expanding Light Retreat and is led by Education for Life teachers and community residents. Our week includes vegetarian meals, yoga and meditation, music, stories, games, arts, outings in nature and much more! Mornings include classes for parents in the EFL approach led by Conscious Families director Erin Vinacco and EFL teacher and author Usha Dermond with fun activities for children lead by trained EFL teachers!


What Participants Say About the Program

Thank you again for such an amazing week. We are still radiating peace and joy from it. My patients are all telling me how happy I look this morning, and my nurse is asking me, “Did you get a facial? Did you go to a spa?” I can’t stop smiling!

-R.S., Palo Alto

Our Staff

Badri Matlock is an experienced Ananda teacher, minister and program leader in residence at Ananda Village since 2009. In addition to his background as a certified yoga and meditation teacher he currently services in community management with Ananda. Besides a deep commitment to the spiritual path, his passions and hobbies include family, sports activities and nature, music and community sustainability. He lives at Ananda with his wife Gita (born and raised at Ananda herself) and their daughter Tulsi and son Jay (ages 8 and 6).

Jaya Bottaro-Salisbury is incoming co-director of the Living Wisdom School and certified Education for Life teacher who has lived at Ananda Village for almost 10 years. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jaya has a natural love for children and regularly supports the families in the community earning her the title of “Village Auntie.” She currently leads teacher training for EFL International, sharing the principles with aspiring educators in the Spanish speaking world and will take over as co-director of Living Wisdom School for the 2022-2023 school year.

Erin Vinacco lives and serves at Ananda Village as family minister and founding director of Conscious Families. She is a certified Education for Life (EFL) teacher, minister, certified yoga teacher and long-time educator who loves to find new, creative ways to share the teachings and support people of all ages in achieving their highest potential in life. In her role as family minister she supports the parents and families residing at the Village as well as visiting families who are curious to learn more about family life in our spiritual community. 


Costs and Details

This program is limited to 10 families, about 30 to 40 people, and fills very quickly.

This week is all inclusive – lodging, food, outings, classes and activities.

We offer healthy vegetarian snacks and meals, accommodations at The Expanding Light Retreat and a full program of activities for the whole family.

Cost is $614-1350 per adult, depending on accommodations with a 50% discount for children. The average price for a family of 4 with standard accommodations works out to $590/person. 

Email [email protected] with questions.


Visit the Expanding Light Retreat page to fill out our application today to see if we are a good fit for you and your family.