Ananda Village and The Expanding Light Retreat were founded 40 years ago by Swami Kriyananda, a close direct disciple of the great master Paramhansa Yogananda. Throughout those decades residents and visitors have dedicated their time here to finding the Divine within themselves. This continuous effort has drawn the tangible energetic blessing experienced only in true holy places.
All of the programs offered at The Expanding Light are expressions of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how to include the Divine in every aspect of our lives. Forty years of calling God, shared by thousands of people using ancient techniques passed down by the great Masters, have been answered. Divine Presence expressed through our line of gurus is clearly perceptible at The Expanding Light. You can enjoy a retreat and be lifted by this lovely grace.
Yogananda, Ananda, and The Expanding Light respect all spiritual traditions and all cultures. People from every faith and background – and those who are simply interested – are genuinely welcomed here. The techniques taught at The Expanding Light support your own personal spiritual unfoldment.
Whether you enjoy a more luxurious room or a simple cabin, you will feel at home in the calming and joyful energy. The food is enriching beyond what you would expect from the well-balanced vegetarian meals – because it is infused with love. We recognize the Divine in everyone. We feel that we are serving God through serving our guests, and welcome you warmly.