Calendar of Programs

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

10620581_10152369733467717_725393210283184404_nComing 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

Yoga to Relax

Assisi Yoga hillside

February 27 to March 1

$130 This fee includes program and meals, cabin prices vary. To select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page

In the serene atmosphere of the Meditation Retreat you will learn how yoga can be used to relax the body.  Relaxation is the first step in developing a successful meditation practice. You will learn how to access the “relaxation response,” with breathing techniques, stretches, yoga postures, and energy awareness exercises that are all characteristic of Ananda Yoga. You will also be able to raise your level of consciousness and feel the natural rejuvenating effects of this beautiful yogic practice. This program will help you to experience a positive mental outlook, a joyful heart, and an expanded awareness of the beauty of your soul. 

If you are new to yoga and meditation, or want to take your yoga and meditation practice to a new level, this is the perfect weekend for you. During this program you will experience:

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  • receptivity to higher states of awareness
  • gentle asanas (postures) and breathing techniques to calm the mind and body
  • expanded inner states of consciousness accessible through the use of simple meditation techniques

As a special treat, Ananda’s vocal ensemble, The Joy Singers will present you with a concert in the Temple Saturday evening!

Your facilitators for this weekend are Satyana Willard and Devamuni Hall.

See schedule for weekend

20% off your accommodation in March

March 1-31

Cost vary according to accommodation

DSC06839Time to plan your personal retreat or seclusion as Spring awakens at the Meditation Retreat. This is a perfect time for being outdoors and being cozy in your cabin with meditation, reading, refection. IMG_4302

Staff teachers are on hand to help your stay be deep and meaningful. Learn a simple technique for meditation, enjoy the sunrise at Bald Mountain vista point, enjoy the purity and silence of nature. 

Joyful Recovery—Freedom from the Bondage of Self


March 12-15

$150 (program fee and meals) to select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page

DSC01476Holistic 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 Nayaswami Brindey

Finding the Peace of Your Soul— A Guided Silent Retreat

March 20-22 and June 25-28

$130 This fee includes program and meals, cabin prices vary. To select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page

IMG_4348During this retreat, led by Nayaswami Sabari, in March and Nayaswami Brindey in June, 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

See schedule for March Retreat
See schedule for June Retreat

Artist's Workshop with Ashleigh Bayer


Saturday, April 18, 10 am–4 pm

$50 to $100 donation, includes lunch and materials

For many people, creativity is a doorway to feeling and expressing the presence of God.When we are immersed in a creative flow, we can feel God moving through us. Through guided visualizations, time in nature, and time to play creatively, you will melt into a deep attunement with the presence of God flowing through you.DSC01439

The morning will begin with warm-up painting activities and guided visualizations to help awaken your intuitive creative flow. You will enjoy a vegetarian lunch, then in the afternoon, you will begin your painting exploring:

  • Background, color and texture, including water, sky, clouds
  • Bringing forward a focus to your painting that emerges organically

Spirit and Nature Touched Me

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April 24-26

$130 This fee includes program and meals, cabin prices vary. To select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page.

Communion with nature brings out the purity and stillness in us. During this weekend you will experience the transformative healing exercises of renowned author and nature educator, Bharat (Joseph) Cornell. This weekend will be led by practitioners of these transformative nature activities. Relax and immerse yourself in the silent beauty of the meditation gardens and receive instruction in meditation and ways to deepening your practice.

  • Instruction and practice in learning meditation and deepening your practice
  • Nature activities that help still your thoughts and expand your awareness
  • Personal time for reading, walking and relaxation

This retreat will be led by Sundara Traymar and Nayaswami Sabari

Day guests are welcome! Call us for schedule details. 530 478-7557

Learn to Meditate Weekends

May 1–3 and June 19-21

$130 This fee includes program and meals, cabin prices vary in addition to program cost. To select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page

joe-meditate cropThe Ananda Meditation Retreat, a place of deep meditation for the past 45 years, provides a perfect atmosphere for cultivating inner peace and wellness. This weekend will provide you with a simple and profoundly effective meditation technique with time (and lots of quiet) to practice and have your own inner experience of soul awareness.

  • During this weekend retreat you will have the opportunity to explore:
  • Basic meditation skills
  • Ways to deepen your existing meditation practice
  • The power of affirmation on a guided, silent nature walk
  • Time alone to relax
  • Healthy meals and gentle yoga

The May retreat will be led by Nayaswami Brindey, and June, by Nayaswami Sabari. 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.

See Schedule for the Weekend

Healing with Divine Energy– Level 2 Training with Mary Kretzmann, Director of the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry


May 22- 28 (5 days, 6 nights)

$500 This fee includes program and meals only, cabin prices vary in addition to program fee. To select your accommodation, click the orange "Book Your Stay" in the upper right on this page

In Level 1, the prerequisite for this course, you learn to serve as a channel for healing yourself and others using Yogananda’s ancient yogic techniques. In this 5-day program, you will expand your ability as a healer and a teacher of these techniques. In this program you will explore:

  • How to do laying on of hands
  • How to help your client be receptive to the healing energy
  • How to help your client continue the healing process once they go home (well chosen affirmation and guided cd’s etc.)
  • How to stay inspired in your healing practice.
  • Healer/client confidentiality
  • How to teach Yogananda’s healing techniques to others.

This is a unique opportunity to practice on each other, and also on the teacher, Mary Kretzmann. She will tune in and give you feedback on how to deepen your healing technique.

If you have not taken the online Level 1 course, you can enroll by clicking Here. This preliminary training takes 4 weeks and is fundamental to the Level 2 training. Please email Mary if you have any questions.