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Join us at Ananda Village in northern California for our first Family Retreat Weekend!
August 20 - 22, 2021
Our theme: Community and Cooperation
Join us in August for a chance to...
  • reconnect as a family
  • relax and have fun
  • meet other conscious, yoga-loving parents
  • spend time in a peaceful environment
  • enjoy the beauty of nature
  • nurture your spiritual life as a family
  • be nourished on every level
Interested in joining us? Contact Erin ( to receive the registration form.





*subject to changes

4-5 pm arrive and check-in

5:30 pm dinner

6:30 pm family circle with chanting and music

8:30 pm optional meditation for parents


7-8:00 am quiet yoga and meditation

8:15 breakfast

9:15 family circle

10:00-11:00 collaborative art workshop

11-12:30 split parent/child activities

12:30 lunch

2:00 river trip with Sharing Nature activities 

5:30 dinner 

6:15 evening walk and story time


8:15 breakfast

9:30 packing

10:00-11:30 Ananda Sunday service / Sunday school

12:00 lunch and goodbyes!

Meet Our Family

Erin Vinacco

Erin is a certified EFL teacher and has been an educator for over 13 years working with children of all ages, parents, families and communities. She will be coordinating the many aspect of the retreat and leading the parent's class.

Carianne James
artist and teacher

Carianne has taught art at the Living Wisdom School for nearly 2 decades and lives at Ananda Village where she raised her two daughters. She will be leading the family art workshop.

Gaurja Prashar
EFL teacher

Gaurja is a certified EFL teacher who has been teaching with the Living Wisdom School and the International Online High school for the past 3 years. She will be assisting with childcare and children's activities during the retreat.

Matthew Fredrickson
EFL teacher

Matthew is a certified EFL teacher who has worked in the Living Wisdom Schools in Oregon and California for over a decade as well as helping to lead yoga and family camps each summer. He will join our family circle and share music and activities.


Hosted at the Expanding Light Retreat Center at Ananda Village
14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA


Each cabin has one room with two twin bed. Cabin occupants share separate men's and women's shower houses about a minute’s walk away. All cabins have A/C.

Cabins have 2 twin beds. If needed, a mattress can be put on the floor.

Only 4 cabins available!


We also have sites for those with their own tent that prefer to camp. The sites are just below the cabins in a flat, shaded area. Please bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and whatever is needed to make your camping experience comfortable.


About the Shower Houses

All accommodations have access to separate men's and women's shower houses less than a minute's walk away. Facilities have flush toilets, hot water, and shower and toilet partitions for your comfort and privacy.


Tents and cabins DO NOT include facilities for cooking or picnicking. We are in fire country. No campfires are allowed. You may not use candles, kerosene lamps, or anything with an open flame. Also, because of animals, food is not allowed in tent or cabin areas. All meals and snacks will be provided as part of the program. Please notify us of any food allergies.


What's included

Value: $380/per person
Price: $140/per person
  • 6 healthy, vegetarian meals plus snacks 
  • accommodations at our retreat center
  • all program activities and supplies including art, nature and yoga with experienced instructors
Due to the retreat not being fully open we are able to offer a substantially discounted price for your stay!
Interested in joining us? Contact Erin ( to receive the registration form.
COVID Policy
  • We do not require vaccination or proof of vaccination to participate.

  • Please do not attend if you or anyone in your family is sick or has been sick less than 2 weeks prior to the program start. Cancellation made by the family due to COVID will be fully refunded less a 3% process fee or your fee can be transferred to a future program.

Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation made by the program due to COVID or environmental concerns (we are in an area threatened by wildfires) will be 100% refunded or transferred to a future program.

  • Cancellation and refunds requested before August 14th, can be credited for a year toward another Conscious Families program. Or a request can be made for the reimbursement of 3/4 of the program cost.

  • No refunds after August 14th.