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11 Days Ananda Meditation Teacher Training in Northern California, USA

​Teacher Training Certification Program in California

Ananda Meditation helps one become calm, develop concentration, get a balanced perspective on life, and cultivate unshakeable happiness and spiritual magnetism. The spectrum of techniques shared during the training is based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. Ananda does not just teach yoga and meditation - they live it, so will you. You will thrive in the uplifting energy and profound peace of Ananda Village in Northern California, one of the worlds most successful spiritual communities. Meditation students practice and teach extensively during the training, with ample guidance and feedback from instructors. The curriculum prepares you to teach meditation skills to anyone.

Meet the instructors

Gyandev & Diksha
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Highlights

  • Energization exercises
  • Daily sadhana practices
  • Daily yoga and meditation session
  • Evening Lahiri Shrine meditation session
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

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.

Private and shared DELUXE rooms

Harmony house

Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer.

Private and shared STANDARD rooms

Cabins

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

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.

RVs and tents

The Expanding Light Retreat does not provide tents or RVs. Please bring your own camping gear and be sure that tents are water tight 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 a 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.

Shower houses

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.

Program

This course is focused primarily on teaching the students how to teach an ancient, universal technique of meditation from India, but the training also includes many aspects of meditation, such as how to sit comfortably for meditation, how to guide through a variety of pranayama techniques, before meditation, how to lead affirmations and visualizations to aid meditation, and a variety of other related aspects, that can be helpful to the teaching of meditation. This 10-day training provides a solid foundation for teaching both the science and the art of meditation.

The spectrum of techniques shared during the training is based on the highest ancient yogic practices of India. Students practice and teach extensively during the training, with ample guidance and feedback from instructors. This curriculum prepares students to teach meditation skills to anyone. In addition to inspiring classes offered by some of Anandas finest and most experienced meditation teachers, students participate in daily meditations and Ananda Yoga practices, and receive a comprehensive teaching manual. Graduates receive a certificate of completion and credits toward level 2 yoga teacher certification and Ananda Yoga therapy training.

Please note that application submission is required for reservation. Please send an inquiry to receive program application.

Classes and workshops

  • How to teach basic meditation skills to anyone
  • The essential connection of meditation and energy
  • Concentration techniques for quieting the mind
  • Patanjalis eight-limbed yoga
  • How to teach breathing exercises, visualizations, walking meditations
  • Simple yoga stretches to prepare for meditation
  • How to sit comfortably for meditation
  • Opening the heart and developing devotion
  • The scientific effects of meditation on the brain and nervous system
  • Meditation and prayer
  • Meditation and intuition
  • Spiritual counseling suggestions
  • How to set up and market your classes
  • Effective presentation skills and how to overcome stage fright
  • Becoming a truly dynamic teacher

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Wake-up bell
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices: 20-25 minutes energization exercises, 60 minutes yoga postures, 5 minutes chanting, 15-30 minutes meditation)
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast (in silence, Monday-Saturday)
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Meditation (5 minutes chanting, 25 minutes meditation)
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Scheduled program, class, group activity, or free time
  • 16:45 - 18:30 Sadhana (spiritual practices)
  • 17:15 - 18:30 Lahiri Shrine meditation (alternative to regular sadhana)

Instructors

Gyandev McCord
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Combining a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, Nayaswami Gyandev makes the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983, he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration. Gyandev’s devotion to sharing wisdom shows through the many resources he develops, like online newspapers and forums, videos, and new courses to help students deepen their experience of yoga, and give teachers more tools, and insights for their own classes.
Diksha McCord
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Nayaswami Diksha has been a popular Expanding Light teacher since 1997 as well as the director of the meditation teacher training program. She is a native Israeli who came to the U.S. in 1990 and is a powerful and dynamic woman who has shared yoga postures and yogic teachings across the United States, Canada, and Europe. She teaches many different courses at The Expanding Light. Diksha is also an outstanding chef and very knowledgeable about the yogic diet and Ayurveda, an Indian system of natural health and healing.

Location

The Expanding Light is located in Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful spiritual communities. Situated in the Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, they are approximately two hours east of Sacramento and two hours west of Lake Tahoe.

Distances

  • Lake Tahoe - 2 hours
  • Sacramento - 2 hours

Food

Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of the dishes contain eggs and dairy. The Expanding Light uses organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown fair trade coffee. They have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Computer lounge and Wi-Fi

Guests are welcome to use the computer lounge in the main building; guests in deluxe room and most of the standard rooms can use Wi-Fi in their rooms if you bring your own computer.

Guest services lounge

The guest services lounge is a lovely room with a cozy fireplace located in the Gust Services Building. When not in use for a class, it is open until late at night for guests to use.

Lahiri Mandir

  • This is a small chapel on the path to Lotus Lake. A sacred space ideal for meditation, Lahiri is open all the time for quiet reflection and meditation.

Lotus Lake

This lovely lake is filled with water lilies and lotus flowers in summer. It is a beautiful area ideal for walks, where you can often see wild birds. A path around the lake includes outdoor altars to Ananda Yoga's line of masters.

Personal services

  • Personal services at The Expanding Light at additional cost, including spiritual counseling, private yoga sessions, and private yoga therapy sessions.

Serenity lounge

Serenity Lounge is a homey room located in the Serenity Building. When not in use for class, it is open to guests for relaxation, reading, yoga, meditation, watching videos, listening to music, or just socializing. Serenity lounge is also stocked with tea and coffee, and equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric teapot for guest use.

The Temple

This temple, located just off the dining room, is a beautiful space in which they hold daily practice of yoga postures and meditation, as well classes and evening programs. When not in use for a scheduled class or event, it is open for meditation and Hatha yoga.

Walking

  • You can take long walks on the beautiful 800 acres of forest and meadowland.

What's included

  • 10 days meditation teacher training
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 37 hours for nursing CEU graduates
  • Certificate completion
  • Credits toward level 2 yoga teacher training for Ananda YTT
  • Daily vegetarian meals

What's not included

  • Spa treatments are not included in the price. You will have to schedule an appointment in advance.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Sacramento

Take I-80 (E) towards Reno - go about 25 miles.

At Auburn, turn left on CA-49 (N) toward Grass Valley / Nevada City - go 38 miles.

Just past Nevada City, turn left at the "49 to Downieville" sign. Follow this road for 10.5 miles (watch your odometer). It is a curving mountain road that crosses the Yuba River.

Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.

Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from Reno

  • Take I-80 (W) towards Sacramento - go 55 miles.
  • Take CA-20 (W) - go 27 miles.
  • Turn right on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Driving directions from the northwest

  • Take I-5 (S) to Williams, California.
  • Take CA-20 (E) to Nevada City - go 77 miles.
  • Turn left on CA-49 (N) towards Downieville - go 10.5 miles.
  • Turn right on Tyler-Foote Road (immediately after the sign for Malakoff Diggins State Park) - go about 5 miles.
  • Turn left on Ananda Way and left again (almost immediately) on Expanding Light Way.

Arrival by airplane

The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable due to inclement weather in the winter and higher transportation costs to Ananda. From the Sacramento Airport, there are a few options.

For a good value, they recommend The Expanding Lights regularly scheduled Sacramento airport pick-up and drop-off.

For more flexibility around days and times for pick-up and drop-off, a good option is Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

Yet another option is the Super Shuttle. Or, rent a car and follow the directions, or take the bus or train or public transportation.

Arrival by bus

Greyhound bus offers service from available cities to Colfax, approximately an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

Amtrak offers limited bus service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

Arrival by shuttle

The Expanding Light recommends Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service. They are a locally run shuttle with excellent service. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light, it is 250 USD round trip, and 150 USD one way. From Colfax or Auburn, it is 160 USD round trip, and 80 USD one way.

You may take the Super Shuttle (advance reservations required). When making your reservation, put your destination as "Expanding Light" to get the accurate price. The cost (subject to change) from Sacramento Airport to The Expanding Light is 175 USD one way, and 350 USD for round trip. If you are part of a group, there is an additional fee of only 9 USD per person for the ride.

Arrival by train

Amtrak train offers train service from available cities into Colfax (if coming from the east) and Auburn (if coming from the west), each about an hour from Ananda. To get to Ananda from Colfax, you will need to take a cab or Foothill Shuttle and Charter Service.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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