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.

Meditations: Personal Retreat guests are welcome to join group meditations, offered Monday-Saturday at noon, and Tuesday- Saturday mornings. Yoga postures and meditation sessions are offered Tuesday- Saturday afternoons. There are no other scheduled activities for Personal Retreatants.

If you would like a more guided Personal Retreat experience, you might enjoy a Mentored Personal Retreat.

Things to know about staying at Ananda Meditation Retreat at this time:

*CABINS: We offer Personal Retreat stays in our self-contained cabins (Devotion, Peace of Mind, Contentment, Krishna, Kindness, Renunciation, Lahiri, and Happiness Lodge. (Bungalows, Monkalows, and camping are only available during times when group retreats are taking place.)

*MEALS: Daily Breakfast (8:30 am)  and lunch Monday-Saturday (12:30 pm)  are available by pre-reservation. We also offer "dinner fixings"- homemade soup, salad, and bread to reheat in your cabin at your convenience.  

(For those reserving online, meals may be added to your reservation by calling 530-478-7557 or emailing our office before your stay.)


"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