Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

In-Person: June 2 - 9, 2024

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

Find Balance in Your Life

Dates: June 2-8, 2024

Give yourself the gift of time for self-discovery, during this uplifting immersion in healthy living.

How would you answer the following questions?

  • Are you giving your body what it needs for optimal health?
  • Do you have the energy and enthusiasm you need to make your life work?
  • Can you choose to be happy on a daily basis?
  • Do you have a way to experience deeper meaning in life and feed your spirit?



Location: The Expanding Light Retreat at Ananda Village 

Ananda’s Holistic Health Retreat will help you say YES to all of these questions and guide you in how to:

Your Retreat Includes:

Meet Your Instructors

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Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice.

She has a Master’s in Nursing and has won awards as Nurse Practitioner of the Year (1982), and for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing (1987).

She has also trained as a Biofeedback Therapist, was a Clinical Specialist in Stress Management, and is a certified Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist. For many years she has been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Nevada City.

Mangala was certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner by the California College of Ayurveda in 1997, and she also completed Dr. David Frawley’s Ayurvedic Correspondence Course at that time. She is additionally certified as a Pancha Karma Therapist. She graduated from Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute in 1999.

She was certified as a Yoga Teacher at The Expanding Light (1997), and has taught yoga and Ayurveda in Europe, India, Canada, and the U.S.

In addition to this impressive list of training and qualifications, Mangala is, quite simply, an excellent teacher, who listens sensitively and shares with her students compassion and wisdom.

Darshana Moore

Darshana, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and C-IAYT, became interested in meditation and found the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda in 2009. Since then, she has been applying them in her own life and sharing them with others.

Darshana has been a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation instructor since 2012. She is an Ananda Yoga therapist and a minister.  She serves with Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation as manager and certification programs coordinator. She also teaches asana, meditation and yoga philosophy online and in person at The Expanding Light Retreat.



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Melody, E-RYT 500, directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Ananda Yoga Teacher Training programs.

She is a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Melody has been practicing the teachings of yoga since the age of 14, and began teaching at age 17. She loves to help her students experience the depth of Ananda Yoga and Meditation.


Karen, E-RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Originally from Texas, she directed and operated successful yoga studios in Dallas for over 13 years.

Karen has experience working with students of all levels in studio, privately and corporate settings. She loves to mentor teachers and help them discover their unique gifts while strengthening their self-reliance and positivity. Karen will be an instructor for this course while encouraging and assisting you throughout this journey!


“The holistic health retreat was absolutely life changing. I came in looking for some new tools and practices to build into my day and came out with a new perspective, new friends and mentors, and a vigor to take on life and love myself. The changes that I witnessed in myself and everyone else were amazing.”

—A.K., Seattle , WA

Brenda Young
Kelseyville, CA
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“The Ananda Holistic Health Program helped me to remember who I am at the core level and brought my joy back. I came withdrawn and stressed but left light and with love for my path. I will be returning to deepen my experience.”
Salinas, CA
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“A place of healing and a place full of grace. Spiritual awakening at the core of oneself.”
Lower Lake, CA
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“Remembering my true divinity has been precious, too precious to describe in words. Mental hug.”—T.R., Lower Lake, CA
Laurie H.
San Diego, CA
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"The Expanding Light is a place I have decided to make a priority to come back to each year. It has become much more than just a retreat. I have made friends to last a lifetime."
A. D.
Los Angeles, CA
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"The Holistic Health retreat helped me start my healthier lifestyle, and also has helped quiet my busy mind and maintain a much higher level of peace. I have attended other retreats through the years, and by far, The Expanding Light has given me the longest lasting impact in my day-to-day life."

Program Details


“I loved everything about this retreat.  It all comes together, and I feel so blessed.  Thank you.” 

—Jody Elliot , Carmel Valley, CA

Ananda Holistic Health Retreat

6-Day Rejuvenating Retreat In-Person

Dates: June 2 – 8, 2024

Location: The Expanding Light Retreat, Ananda Village, CA

All-Inclusive Cost (accommodations & meals):

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Please know we are unable to accommodate people with chronic or acute physical or mental diseases that seriously limit function. Please phone us at 800-346-5350 if you have questions about the program’s suitability for you.

This program brings Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings together in a unified way and trains you in techniques that will help you get to the core of who you really are. 

It will awaken within you your own inner strength and innate healing energy.