You may be surprised at what seclusion with God will do for your body, mind and soul. Through the portals of silence, the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you. Paramhansa Yogananda

A personal retreat or seclusion is taking dedicated time to allow yourself to focus on your thoughts, ideas, creativity, feelings—tapping into the part of you, the biggest part of you, that gets lost in everyday busyness and routine.

When you arrive at the Ananda Meditation Retreat, you will notice the beauty of the gardens, the lovely sound of water fountains, and the majestic tall pines, but it is the silence that brings the first-time visitor to a sudden stop.

Once getting settled in your cabin, you may feel so calm that the first thing you want to do is take a long nap! In a day or so, you acclimate and feel yourself flowing with your non-routine. Reading, hiking, enjoying the view from Bald Mountain, painting, writing, the day is yours alone.

Rediscover the inspiration that flows from that silent place within yourself; that place that can only find itself in stillness.

If you would like a more guided Personal Retreat experience, see our newest program: Mentored Personal Retreat.

“Thank you so much for your love and kindness. What a joy it has been to be here in silence with nature. I enjoyed every bit of it!” S.R. Mountain View, CA

Things to know about staying at Ananda Meditation Retreat during COVID:
To maintain high standards of safety and hygiene …

*We allow stays only in our self-contained cabins (Devotion, Peace of Mind, Krishna, Kindness, Contentment, Renunciation, Lahiri). Bungalows, Monkalows, Happiness Lodge and camping are not available.
*Your cabin is your home for the days of your stay! Due to COVID restrictions, all other buildings are closed to the public (and guests) at this time. This includes all the temples, the dining hall/lounge and shower house.
*The beautiful and peaceful gardens and the nearby trails are open to guests staying at the retreat. You do need to have a mask and keep it with you in case you encounter someone. Guests also need to practice social distancing.
*Personal Retreat Guests do their own cooking- our dining room is closed at this time.
*Guests meditate in their own cabin- or in the gardens (no group sadhanas for guests).
* Sheets are provided; guests bring their own blankets, pillow and towels.
*We leave cabins unoccupied for 2-3 days between guests, and we clean and sanitize cabins with natural cleaning products approved by the EPA as effective against COVID.

We are able to host visitors residing within a day’s drive who:
*Would be driving to the retreat and would not need to stay overnight en-route or make a number of gas/bathroom stops en-route
*Have been predominantly sheltering/working at home or working in a COVID-safe environment
*Have been making only infrequent trips out as necessary, using PPE (especially masks) when out in public, etc.
*Have not travelled by air, attended large gatherings or visited in close quarters with others with whom they do not live in the 14 days prior to the start of the retreat
*Do not have underlying health risk factors for COVID 19
*Have someone who- in the very unlikely possibility of becoming ill while here- could come get them
(We have also been asked to let guests know that Ananda Village is closed to those who are not residents. That includes the areas that are usually public: Temple of Light, Master’s Market, Expanding Light, Crystal Hermitage.)