“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 30 hours per week and join in daily meditations, yoga classes, and meals in joyful fellowship with other truth-seekers.

Duties range from serving in the kitchen, gardens, and housekeeping. Cost is is $500 a month, with 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 over 40 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!


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 2 weeks 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 felt so welcomed when I arrived. I did six months of searching for a program like this, and one of the main reasons I chose the Ananda Meditation Retreat was because it offered more flexibility than some of the other programs I researched. One of the huge benefits of the Seva Yoga program was having regular times to meditate. I was a beginner when I arrived and the staff gave me a lot of support to help me deepen my practice. The peaceful yet powerful energy here, the glorious natural environment, and the caring staff and other Seva Yogis all combined to allow for deep spiritual growth.Crystal, California

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

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