“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

The Seva Yoga Ashram Program is a low-cost program which allows you to stay at the Ananda Meditation Retreat while serving either 20 or 30 hours per week and joining in daily meditations, yoga classes, and meals in joyful fellowship with other truth-seekers.

Duties range from serving in the kitchen, gardens, and housekeeping. There is a minimum stay of one week and a maximum of three months.

Exquisite natural surroundings of the 72 acre Meditation Retreat and the peaceful atmosphere of 50 years of deep meditation are just the beginning of what you will find here. There are miles of wooded trails for hiking and biking.

Learn from those that have been living this way of life for many years and gain the support to meditate and to practice the art of joyful service in all your activities!


There are two pricing options:

  • 30 hours of service per week is $500 a month.
  • 20 hours of service per week is $650 per month.

Activities Include

  • Daily sadhana (chanting, meditation, hatha yoga, energization)
  • Weekly classes in Raja Yoga
  • Daily inspiration at our morning Seva Circle
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • Joyful community with fellow truth-seekers
  • Opportunities to attend Meditation Retreat weekend programs
  • Optional events at Ananda Village to experience life in a large-scale spiritual community
  • For more information, see sample schedule

The program is tailored to an individual’s needs and aspirations; it may last from 1 week up to 3 months.

For more information, call our office at 530-478-7557, or email us at meditationretreat@ananda.org.

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What Others Are Saying

“I came to Ananda Meditation Retreat Center because I was looking for a place to volunteer. This volunteer trip, however, turned out to be much, much more than just volunteering my time. Seva is an amazing way to experience the retreat center. Not only do you get a chance to meditate, meet those who are on the path, and be a part of a loving community, but you also get a chance to give back in a very meaningful way.” Rastika Prasad, Oakland, California
The Seva Yoga program was an amazing lifechanging surprise for me. I didn’t really know exactly what to expect. So I went in open to all I could learn about myself. I did come with a desire to get to know myself further and deeper than I already thought I did. I received much more than that. The entire staff was open and willing to help me in every way possible to make me feel welcome and at home. They were there for me every moment that I needed them. Cheerfully and lovingly showing me the ins and outs of retreat living. I stumbled and they lifted me time and again. Every one of them nurturing me along my path of learning who I was. I cried. I laughed. I had proud moments. I had embarrassing moments. I had many many very deep moments. The heart connections I made are priceless. Mostly the moments of peaceful lovingness on my spiritual path have forever changed my life.
Netti, Rivas, San Diego, CA

I appreciate the balance of friendship, work and meditation.Scott, Nevada City, California
Thank you for all the love, warmth, generosity and experiences I cannot put into words. I have learned so much in this short amount of time and I cannot wait to return to learn more. I share my stories of Ananda with every person I meet and they are speechless at the fact that a place like this is available. It is a gem. I keep thinking to myself “How fortunate am I.” Nishi Munshi, Los Angeles

Nishi (left) in retreat dining room with guests.

What a welcome step to serve and learn in such a beautiful, natural and meditative setting. I’ll definitely be back.Mike Fuller

A program to live with positive, joyful, solution-oriented, and wise people; to learn and experience the true meaning of yoga and meditation. Yingbing You, Guangzhou, China

Participating in the Seva Yoga Program is a full immersion in the warm embrace of spiritual community. I instantly felt at home, thanks to the kindness, openness, and humbleness of all the beautiful souls who live and serve here. The majestic natural beauty of the physical and energetic environment is profoundly supportive. The energy is peaceful, serene, and uplifted. It is a gift to serve here, and I have grown in my ability to be fully present.Megan

Delphie arrived by plane and bicycle from her home in Montreal, Canada. After flying to San Francisco, she biked and camped the rest of the way here.

Ananda meditation Retreat is a very special place, filled with powerful energy and beautiful souls. The Seva Yoga Program is a great way to expereince it, being the best of two worlds; staff and guest. You get to serve along with staff, while deepening your meditation practice. The staff members are adorable people and make you feel at home right away. i would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an extended stay with their inner self. Delphie, Montreal, Cananda