Ananda Meditation® Teacher Training Online 10-Week Online Certification Course
- The Expanding Light Retreat Center
- 14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, California
- Sep 12 - Nov 21, 2018 (71 days)
For 40 years Ananda has trained teachers in meditation techniques grounded in the highest traditions of India, taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. With that experience, we have created an online meditation teacher training that has everything our in-person teacher training offers — except, of course, the powerful spiritual boost you receive from meditating and residing (even for just 10 days) at Ananda Village, home of dedicated meditators for nearly 50 years. With extensive personal guidance from our faculty, plus regular post-training support, you’ll have all you need to become the best teacher you can be.
We train you to teach any student, whether s/he is looking for stress reduction, or spiritual growth, or anything in-between: sharper concentration, calmer emotions, better health, more effectiveness, or greater happiness. You’ll be ready to share the benefits of meditation with the growing numbers of people who are hungry for them.
Ananda Online Meditation Teacher Training Intro
Comment from a recent graduates tell the story:
I was so impressed. It was the first on-line class I have taken because I never trusted the integrity of on-line classes, and because I seem to learn best in the presence of others. However, after taking your training I have changed my mind. It is highly professional, accommodates multiple learning styles, and keeps students accountable. I think the best part of it was the instructors. You all were so knowledgeable and respectful. Ananda is fortunate to have you. — K.K., Rhode IslandSource: www.expandinglight.org
Venue HighlightsAnanda Village, home of The Expanding Light, is an intentional community, with about 200 resident adults and children, situated on 700 acres of meadows and forests amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California, just outside of Nevada City. It is one of the most respected spiritual communities in the world, founded in 1969 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Menu/CuisineLunch at the Exanding Light
Three delicious and satisfying vegetarian buffet meals are included with the cost of your stay. Some of our dishes contain eggs and dairy. We use organically grown foods as much as possible, including some organically grown eggs and produce from right here at Ananda Village, and organically grown Fair Trade coffee. We have a variety of teas and fresh fruit available all day.
We can accommodate some special dietary needs with non-dairy, non-wheat, and egg-free choices. If you have other dietary needs, it may be that we will not be able to accommodate them.
A small refrigerator for guests who are staying in Serenity House Lounge and a full size refrigerator outside our kitchen are available for storing special foods guests might need during their stay. There is a Market in the Ananda Village if you’d like to buy special items.
Each guest room includes two twin beds, carpeting, heat, air conditioning, towels, and bedding. A limited number of queen-sized beds are available. Fresh linens and towels are available weekly – no daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available for all guests except those in cabins or tents. (We also have centrally located guest computers.) Limited handicap accessibility.
Deluxe Rooms – Private and Shared
Each room has a private entrance, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a hairdryer. Harmony House is dedicated to expressing Yogananda’s expansive approach to religion and his belief in celebrating God through beauty. Simply and elegantly appointed, each room is decorated in the theme of one of the great world religions.
Available are the Yogananda Room, Buddhism Room, St. Francis Room, Madonna Room, Taoism Room, Islam Room, Judaism Room, and the Hinduism Room.
Standard Rooms – Private and Shared
Serenity House is an inn-style house with twelve air-conditioned rooms and four hall bathrooms. It has a comfortable lounge / classroom equipped with a video player and a library of inspirational videos. The lounge / classroom also has a small refrigerator for personal items. On occasion, the lounge is used as a classroom, so it is not always available. We are building a new Temple with 2 new classrooms, so that will change summer of 2019.
Each cabin has one room, which is larger and more private than other standard rooms; cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses about a minute’s walk away. All cabins have A/C.
Tents and RVs
We have sites for those with their own Tent or RV.
Tent camping is available on varied campsites. Camping has moved closer to the shower houses and main buildings. The new sites are below the shower houses.
RVs are welcome year-round, but we do not have RV facilities or hookups. Guest Services staff will show you the options for camping or RV stays.
Meals are included for Tenters and RVers. Tent spaces DO NOT include facilities for cooking or picnicking. We are in fire country. No campfires are allowed. Tenters cannot use candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame.
We live by the woods. Because of animals, food is not allowed in the tenting area. We have a refrigerator on an outside deck behind our kitchen, which is available for use by guests.
The tent sites are close to the shower houses, and there is an outhouse. Men's and women's bathrooms are available with showers, toilets, and sinks, a couple minutes' walk from most tent sites. RV sites are a little bit further away, but still close to the main campus.
People choosing to camp in winter conditions are asked to sign a waiver accepting responsibility that will be provided by our Guest Services staff.
About the Shower Houses
For Those Staying Outdoors
All outdoor accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses an easy 2 or 3-minute walk across the meadow. Facilities have flush toilets, plenty of hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.
DirectionsFly and Drive/Ride
The best airport to fly into is Sacramento. Reno Airport is also an option but is less preferable.
Rides options from Sacramento Airport
The best shuttle value AT OUR PRESCHEDULED DAYS ONLY: The Expanding Light’s Sacramento Airport Pick-up and Drop-off.
Carpool from airport or anywhere: Visit the Free Carpool Matching Service.
For on-demand pick-up or drop-off, we will do our best to accommodate you. We cannot guarantee service, but click On-Demand Shuttle to learn more.
Rent a car
Driving: Consult Google Map & Directions and our Map for our exact location. Be careful about relying fully on GPS or online maps. Google Maps is accurate, but be careful not to miss the exit when I-80 turns toward Reno.
Public Transportation, bus or train.