the views along the paths

The Ananda Meditation Retreat in Nevada City, California is located on 72 pristine acres of forested land. We have been in operation for more than 45 years as a hermitage and during the late 1960’s, was the original site of the Ananda Community, which has grown to be one of the largest and best known intentional spiritual communities in the world.

Five acres of lush meditation gardens, ponds and fountains create such a refreshing environment, that guests are often heard to say that they “don’t want to leave.”

The Ananda Worldwide Brotherhood Community of Nevada City is located 5 miles south of the Meditation Retreat. The Meditation Retreat has become a place of Pilgrimage for many far and near and is utilized not only by our own devotees, but by many of other paths as well.

The Retreat is located 25 miles northeast of downtown Nevada City, lies adjacent to the Inimim Forest along the San Juan Ridge in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. Sacramento is two hours to the southwest and Lake Tahoe is 90 minutes to the east.

The Retreat sits on a hilltop that was known as sacred ground for the indigenous people of the Sierra, the Maidu Indians.

The Ananda Meditation Retreat was recently featured in the American Airlines inflight magazine, American Way. CLICK HERE to read the article

What You Will Find Here:

  • A facility open year-round that provides an optimal setting for individuals or groups coming for retreat, seclusion, educational, or special programs.  Nevada City is one of the few counties in California that have all four seasons.  We have mountain weather with a warm fall, wet spring, and occasional winter snowfall.

    Fresh, organic vegetarian and delicious meals created by our chefs.

    Fresh vegetarian meals

  • Comfortable, rustic bungalows, dormitories, and deluxe cabins with accommodations for 2-5 people per unit.
  • A large dining hall where three (3) delicious vegetarian meals are served daily that include organic produce and eggs; homemade baked breads and locally sold favorites — Orange Almond and Cashew Date Granola.  We also accommodate gluten free and vegan diets.
  • Ponds and sitting areas, groomed paths and universal shrines throughout beautiful gardens with plants and trees ranging from native Manzanita, Black Oak and Ponderosa Pine to a variety of flowers and botanicals including Peonies, Roses, Lavender, and Clary Sage.
  • Several miles of wilderness trails just outside the parameters of the Retreat where the old and new growth forest is home to fox, raccoon, mule deer, and black-tailed hare.  For bird lovers, there are Humming Birds in route from Mexico, Western Tanagers, Orioles, and more.  Some trails provide access to the south and middle forks of the Yuba River.
  • A beautiful domed ‘Temple of Silence’ for meditation, special programs, services and concerts.

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