Experience Peace in the Heart of Nature

Surrounded by 72 acres of beautiful meditation gardens and wild forest in Northern California, the Ananda Meditation Retreat is an ideal setting for a rejuvenating, inner experience.

Our Meditation Retreat has been a place of deep meditation and sincere devotion for nearly fifty years. Long before that, the Maidu Indians held this to be sacred land. The beauty and presence of the Divine is tangibly felt by all who come here.

Studies show that being in nature and using techniques such as forest bathing can greatly reduce stress and blood pressure while strengthening your immune system, concentration, and level of happiness. We provide an ideal setting for quiet immersion in nature.

Plan your own personal retreat or enjoy one of our guided programs led by our caring and joyful staff. Our facilities are also available for groups planning their own events.


Thank you so much for your love and kindness. What a joy it has been to be here in silence with nature. From the sounds of the bell ringing, deep meditation at the Temple of Silence, nourishing food and lovely gardens — I enjoyed every bit of it!S.R. Mountain View, CA

Featured Programs

Personal Retreat

A personal retreat or seclusion is taking dedicated time to allow yourself to focus on your thoughts, ideas, creativity, feelings—tapping into the part of you, the biggest part of you, that gets lost in everyday busyness and routine.

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Easter Retreat

Experience a truly spiritual way to celebrate the inner beauty of this holy time. Highlights of the weekend include a visit to the glorious 5-acre tulip gardens at Crystal Hermitage; and the Oratorio, a magnificent concert about the life of Jesus, written by Swami Kriyananda.

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Ongoing Programs

Guided Silent Retreat

March 30 - April 2, 2017
May 4 - 7, 2017
June 1 - 4, 2017
July 13 - 16, 2017
September 7 - 10, 2017
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Yoga and Meditation for Daily Life

April 7 - 9, 2017
May 26 - 28, 2017
June 16 - 18, 2017
July 7 - 9, 2017
September 1 - 3, 2017
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Women’s Retreat

April 21 - 23, 2017
June 30 - July 2, 2017
August 18 - 20, 2017
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My visit to Ananda Meditation Retreat was a really powerful and unique experience that I would recommend to anyone. The staff is very supportive and respectful of every path. Their kindness and joyfulness are a perfect example of what life could be if we were all willing to accept and respect each other.Pierre Monserrat, Sainte-Crois Vallee, France