I appreciate the balance of friendship, work and meditation.Scott

Kathleen and Mike, Seva Yogis

“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

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 experience it, being the best of two worlds: staff and guest. You get to serve along with the staff, while deepening your meditation practice. The staff members are adorable people and make you feel home right away. I would definitively recommend it to anyone looking for an extended stay with their inner self.Delphie, Montreal, Canada

I’d recommend the Seva Yoga program to anyone. The environment and the people are all great. It is a wonderful place to learn about yourself, balance, and serve. Micah