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The Expanding Light

14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959
The Expanding Light

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Rooms are simple. It is a retreat! No TV! A great place to unplug!Stayed here so many times I cant count. If you love yoga and meditation this is the place for you. Spiritual vibe.Lovely people.Awesome classes, great teachers. You can have a choice of private or shared rooms with or without a bathroom. There is also camping and cabins.

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Nevada City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Expanding Light is absolutely lovely. That said, do not expect a "hotel" experience here, as it is not a hotel. The beauty of this location lies in it's simplicity and rural location. Simple but comfortable rooms, healthy but (usually) tasty vegetarian meals, and lots of yoga and meditation classes each day. We have visited here numerous times as we... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills is the opportunity to experience this exceptional yoga and meditation retreat. Along with the offerings of twice daily sessions of exercise, yoga and meditation you can crash in a comfortable cottage and eat from 3 tasty vegetarian buffets. Surrounded by a pastoral spiritual community of about 300, and with deer wandering the grounds, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I just got back and it was my second time there. I love the food, the environment and everything about it. I opted for a shared room which is dorm type, but that's ok. It was like a little community and I met some great people and learned some good lessons. I left feeling recharged, at ease and healthier from... More 

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Torrance,ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

I love expanding light. I have been there three times so far and can't wait to go back. Are the rooms fancy? No, but that's not the reason to go there. The community and grounds are beautiful and peaceful. And that's exactly how I feel after each visit! On our last visit, we bought the global cookbook in the gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I love the expanding light. This was my third visit. Once again they did not disappoint. This a great place for recharging the human battery and getting back on track from the stresses of life through yoga, meditation and peaceful surroundings. The vegetarian food is good, the rooms are simple and comfortable. The training staff is superior.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I started visiting in 2005, first as a program participant, then as a karma yogini, and several times for personal retreats. In those years the quality of the food has gone from very good to very meager and bland. Yet costs have risen astronomically. Two years ago my husband and I could camp, (walk 1/4 mile to the toilet), for... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We've stayed at the Expanding Light a bunch of times. It's the sort of place one likes to come back to again and again for a break from the bustle of everyday life. We always stay in Serenity House; the rooms are simple and comfortable, with twin beds; sort of like dorm rooms. The bathroom's down the hall, but that... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I have been to the Expanding Light numerous times over the past four years. Whenever I need a little spiritual boost or to get back focusing, I visit Ananda. The food is delicious, the staff is amazing, and the accommodations, while simple, are clean and comfortable. No phones, no televisions, just peace and relaxation! I would recommend this place 100%... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

We went here after reading other reviews. We found the place to be about average. The attempt was there however we didn't find to be true what others have said. We feel like others might be "misrepresenting" what they offer and their experiences. I think people are getting a OK deal however we felt compelled to let other customers know.

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