Ananda Institute of Cooperative Living Programs

Cooperative Community Intensive Program – June 1-15

LWS in upper garden

-Experience life for two weeks in our unique spiritual community

-Study principles of successful community & sustainability

Programs take place at our beautiful Expanding Light retreat and 800-acre Ananda Village community

View of piazza in front of Expanding Light buildings


See Expanding Light calendar for dates

-Two and five-day retreat/study programs

-Experiential learning and study covering:

  • How to Start Community & Why
  • Community Structure, Function & Operating Principles
  • Community Service
  • Community Life, Membership &Services
  • Community Business, Education and Spirituality
  • Corporate and Int’l Community Management

-Cost: see

Living With Spirit — June 22 – July 6, 2014

 -Spiritual community program for ages 18-30 (some exceptions)

-Two weeks of spiritual fun, adventure and growth!

-Cost: $650

Learn more and sign up here

Foundations of Community Programs in 2014:

March 20-23, June 5-8, September 24-27

-Community certification study & internship course

-Community immersion, experience and learning

-Cost: see for program costs

Expanded Karma Yoga Community Program

-Looking to stay? Two weeks up to three months you may live and participate in our thriving cooperative community with this dynamic and fun program

-Study and practice spiritual principles and cooperative community in action!

-Intern in progressive fields of work:

  • Sustainable Organic Farming & Permaculture
  • Property and Building Service & Maintenance
  • Rural Land Development
  • Natural Building Methods & Construction
  • Animal Husbandry (organic cow & goat dairy, beekeeping and more)
  • and more…

Also visit the Expanding Light Calendar for dozens of other spiritually rich, community driven programs and retreats!

Institute of Cooperative Living: Daily Schedule Example

Below is a “typical” daily schedule and will vary.

6:00 am                       Wake-up bell

6:30 – 8:30 am         Sadhana (yoga & meditation)

8:30 – 9:00 am         Breakfast (in silence Monday-Saturday)

10:00 – Noon               Scheduled class, activity or field experience

Noon – 12:30 pm                 Meditation

12:30 – 1:30                 Lunch

2:00 – 4:00 pm         Scheduled class, activity or field experience

4:45 – 6:30 pm             Afternoon sadhana

6:30 – 7:30 pm             Dinner

7:30 – 9:00 pm             Evening event, class or free time

All participants are subject to approval by our staff.  Please contact us for further program details regarding cost, questions or other specifics. Or, visit

Contact Info:

            Badri Matlock




The Expanding Light Retreat

14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959