Calendar of Programs

“When two or more are gathered in My name…”

Charles and Janikidevi copyComing together with other truth seekers can lend power to guide your spiritual awareness and practices more deeply. These guided programs usher you swiftly into the transforming vibrations of peace on this land that has been home to the meditations and devotion of thousands of people over the past 45 years.

Your retreat leaders are long time yogis whose honor it is to serve you and make your stay here fruitful in blessings of inner joy.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.—Helen Keller

If we do not have program that is convenient for you, we are also happy to serve you in creating a personalized silent retreat to suit your needs. Elements to your silent retreat may include:

  • Learning basic meditation techniques
  • Joining in group meditations that help you go deeper
  • Gentle yoga poses that will help relax and release tension
  • Accompany you on silent nature experiences in our lush gardens to help you regain your inner awareness and calm

Spirit and Nature Dancing Together—How to Be Truly Well

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July 24- 27

$130 (includes program fee and meals) for accommodation rates please go to our accommodations page

Wellness is a state of being that transcends the ups and downs of life, a place of harmonizing with your true nature, a deliberately cultivated state of mind. In essence, it is the practice of living consciously.

Join Dr. Shanti Rubenstone & Nayaswami Vidura for this unique coming together of talks, movement, and experiences in nature to understand the meaning of wellness and how to be truly well … spirit and nature dancing together.

Over these three days we will explore these topics both in the classroom and out in nature.

  • We ARE Energy!
  • Transformation and healing; turning illness and major life from stumbling blocks to stepping stones
  • The chakras and the role they play
  • Using affirmations to expand your consciousness and heal

Shanti-Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD, a graduate of the Stanford Medical School, has been practicing internal medicine and leading workshops in wellness and transformational medicine for over 30 years. She is minister/lightbearer and teacher at the Ananda Church of Self Realization in Palo Alto, CA.

Nayaswami Vidura is one of the founding members of the Ananda worldwide communities. Over the past 40 years he has served as minister, lightbearer, planner, teacher, builder, administrator, quintessential organizer, Viduraand sharing nature enthusiast. He is bright, compassionate, and great fun.

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Harmony Through Stillness


Aug 1- 2

$130 (includes program fee and meals) for accommodation rates please go to our accommodations page

Perfect weekend retreat if you are new to meditation or want to deepen your practice!

Learn to meditate
Discuss the ancient yogic art of inner communion and introspection
Enjoy a guided nature activity to enhance your awareness.
Relax and enjoy personal time in the quiet gardens of the Retreat

Your guide for this weekend Brahmacharini Brindey

Relax, Dance, Heal

August 8– 10

($120 Program fee includes meals, not accommodations)

“The wound is where the light enters you” (Rumi)

This weekend we will attend to grief and loss caused by life crises such as illness, injury or losing a loved one. There is no short cut in transforming grief, however, you will find in this healing weekend that it can be an opportunity to experience love on a much deeper level. Through movement, stillness, contemplation and time in nature we will express what has no words, soothe the heart and rest the mind. Come as you are to touch the places that let the light in. You will experience:

  • Exquisite peace in a safe, uplifting environment.
  • Sharing with others wanting to heal the heart
  • Tools to nurture yourself in honoring your grief
  • A non-cognitive way to connect with your feelings via the body

SabineSabine Borchers, has a spark for using creative expression to transform life’s challenges into more aliveness, a deeper connection with self, others and the spiritual presence that moves us all. As a Somatic Psychotherapist (MA, USA), Recreational Therapist (MA, Germany), certified Soul Motion Teacher, body worker, lover of Gestalt Therapy and world traveler she brings a diverse background to her work. She has provided therapeutic work internationally for individuals and groups. Her own recovery from a traumatic brain injury inspired her to work in more depth with grief. A life long affair with dance/ movement guides her when supporting others to express what cannot be said in words. 

Expanding the Light within You —A Guided Retreat with Nayaswami Sabari

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September 4-7

$150 (program fee and meals, does not include accommodations)

The Ananda Meditation Retreat, a place of deep meditation for the past 45 years,DSC01246

provides a perfect atmosphere for finding inner peace and wellness. During this 3-day retreat you will explore:

  • The power guided nature activities to open the heart and still the mind.
  • Simple techniques for healing body and mind
  • Basic meditation skills
  • Ways to deepen your existing meditation practice
  • Time alone to relax
  • Healthy meals and gentle yoga

This retreat will be led by Nayaswami Sabari, a longtime devotee and teacher of the path of yoga. A perfect weekend if you are new to personal retreat or wish to have just enough structured time and activity to allow you to relax in yourself and find renewed inspiration.

A Women's Getaway- From Joy I Came-

Women's retreat, "I can paint!"

October 9– 12

$150 (program fee and meals, does not include accommodations)

A deeply rejuvenating 3 day retreat for women that will include:

  • Meditation
  • Personal time for reading, walking and relaxation
  • Nature activities that help still your thoughts and expand your awareness
  • An art project (for all skill levels) that brings your inspiration to a focus
  • Fun, games, laughter, sharing

Your retreated is hosted by Nayaswamis Durga and Sabari who serve at the Meditation Retreat. You will will enjoy vegetarian meals, the opportunity for massage with Ashleigh, and the Retreat’s garden and forested trails.

If you are new to meditation, you will be taught a simple breathing technique using a sanskrit mantra that help you to gain an experience of transformative inner peace.

Silence is the Altar— of Spirit 3 day Guided Silent Seclusion Retreat


October 24– 27

$150 (program fee and meals, does not include accommodations)

During this retreat, led by Nayaswami Mukti, you will learn to still your mind and open your heart to the whispers of guidance that are freely available to you. Learn specific, proven techniques for drawing inner guidance, and testing its validity in your life. Discover who you really are, and all you are meant to become.

You will learn these proven skills for achieving inner stillness and expanding your awareness:

  • The art of meditation
  • How to deepen your intuitive guidance
  • Guided walks to tune into into the nature’s wisdom
  • Gentle exercises and yoga postures to release tension and create refreshed energy

Holistic Recovery-Freedom from the Bondage of Self


November 13– 16

$150 (program fee and meals, does not include accommodations)

Holistic Recovery is for those who have “recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body” and are interested in going deeper in their experience of Life, from the inside-out! Experience the Promises on a deeper level through meditation by learning simple, yet powerful techniques in a rejuvenating garden setting. In nature, the nerves are quieted and healing begins.  This is recovery at its best.

We invite those of you who are serious about improving your conscious contact with God through meditation, to spend this weekend at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. This retreat will be led by experienced practitioners of meditation who are also recovered for many years. They will invite you to share your questions and help you to achieve what they have attained—the simple enjoyment of peace and joy in everyday life.

This weekend you will:

  • Explore the healing silence of meditation and nature
  • Experience the joy of surrender in active calmness
  • Awaken the inner peace within you—it’s an inside job.
  • Discover that the Higher Power is a Conscious Presence within you.

Led by Brahmacharini Brindey