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The Expanding Light Retreat

The Expanding Light Retreat is a 700-acre spiritual and vegetarian community that shares yoga and meditation teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda since 1969.

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from United States, January 2019

"A Lovely Setting with Good People"

The Expanding Light Retreat and Ananda Village are a nice escape from the stress and clutter of everyday life. The staff and other attendees were warm and welcoming and the food was great!

We did a great deal of mediation, reflection, and goal-setting on this New Year's Retreat.

Rikki Kusy

from United States, November 2018

"Truly a joyous and life enhancing experience!"

The Learn to Meditate Weekend really starts at the beginning. With how to sit in meditation comfortably. No one has ever taught me that before and it's so valuable. Mukti is just a joy to be with and an excellent instructor. I enjoyed it so much I brought my staff back two weeks later for another weekend retreat! They loved it too!


from Malaysia, October 2018

"Beautiful location a peaceful and tranquil retreat centre"

I was on a personal retreat but there were a lot of things to do each day.

Hannah Landau

from United States, September 2018

-Reasonably priced and cute shop


-Energy based yoga


-Close to river

Shelby Avann

from Canada, June 2018

"Very particular teachings"

Amy Bohorquez

from United States, June 2018

"Wonderful Experience!"

The center is beautiful. Melody is a wonderful, caring instructor and has put together a helpful binder with a lot of information. The format was also excellent. I learned a great deal in a short time.

Allie Walz

from Japan, May 2018

Very peaceful, great way to get away from the world for a few days and recharge!

Emily Montan

from United States, May 2018

"Short But Satisfying "

The property was beautiful and the entire staff was wonderful. The Village is self-contained with everything you would need or want. There are more affordable options than booking a room. You can plan a day experience or visit the tourist places there.

Elide Pantoli

from United States, April 2018


The people were awesome, a great energy and everyone was so kind, caring and lovely. They make it difficult to go back to the "normal world" outside Ananda!

April Hughes

from United States, March 2018

"Beautiful place "

Excellent location, great food, great experience

Elizabeth Denison

from United States, February 2018

"This is the real thing!"

The instructor was knowledgeable relaxed positive and grounded in the truth values of yoga.

Mahsa Nouri

from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful experience "

The energy, the people/staff, the site, the activities, the food

Megan Morgan

from United States, December 2017

"A great place to reconnect with your own light"

The personal retreat was a great experience. The staff provides as much structure and activity as you like and there is also plenty of time to reconnect with nature. It is a beautiful place filled with great energy for healing and centering.

Stacy Lewis

from United States, November 2017

"Not a Yoga Retreat "

The people who work there and people who were staying at the commune were very nice and helpful.

Antonio Manso

from Brazil, July 2017

"Perfect opportunity to connect in an amazing place "

Food was very tasty, and prepared with care and creativity. Everything organic and healthy was a plus.

Double room was nicely decorated, towels and sheets were clean and well arranged.

During meals it was great to meet other people, also some employees who shared their experience at Ananda. The place and scenery was fantastic and the overall energy really inviting to dive into a meaningfull and profound experience.


from United States, July 2017

"Beginner's Week"

The sehedule, the teachers and the wonderful attitude that permeated.

Monica Morong

from United States, June 2017


The entire experience was life-changing. The schedule was lovely, the people were lovely, the village is on sacred ground and you could feel the peaceful energy, the food was outstanding, the classes were mind-altering... the experience was lasting and I am excited to go back again!

Kay Paden

from United States, June 2017

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