Come Spend Time…
Once you have decided which program you would like to attend, you may make a reservation with us online, by calling us or by sending us a registration form through fax, mail or email. See our calendar to help you decide which program you would like to attend.
Register online for Personal Retreat and most programs. For programs other than Personal Renewal, it is easier to register online from the page with the course’s description. Just click on “Book Now” by the date you would like to attend. If you can’t find what you want online, please phone us at 503.746.6229 or email us. Only a small percentage of our rooms are available online. You can only reserve online if it is more than 2 days before your arrival date, and if you are reserving a camping/RV space or a private room.
Registering by phone
Call our Events Coordinator and Reservation Desk at 503-746-6229 to charge your deposit on Visa or MasterCard.
Registering by mail, fax or e-mail
Mail, fax or e-mail the registration form with your deposit. If registering fewer than two weeks in advance, please register by phone.
The deposit for your reservation depends on the cost of your stay:
Up to $500 $100
$501 to $1,000 $150
$1,001 to $1,500 $200
$1,501 to $2,000 $250
$2,001 and up $300
The deposit for Meditation Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Training is always $300/person.
These two programs and some others require an application to be approved before we can reserve your space.
When we receive your deposit, we’ll send you a confirmation with a list of what to bring.
Deposit policy for online booking is slightly different. When you book online,
we require a 15% nonrefundable deposit per reservation, with a $100 minimum and a $300 maximum.
It is rare for the weather here to be bad enough that you can’t easily get here. But if that does happen, you can roll your entire deposit over to another visit.
Canceling and Rescheduling
If you cancel or reschedule at least 7 days before your scheduled arrival (21 days for Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Teacher Training), half of your deposit, ($200 for Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Teacher Training) remains as a credit for one year. If you cancel or reschedule with shorter notice, the deposit is forfeited.
Arrival and Departure
Our guest services staff will be here to greet you when you arrive. Please notify us of your time of arrival.
Check in whenever you like after 1:30 pm and enjoy the buildings and grounds. Your room will be ready no later than 3:00 pm. We strongly recommend that you arrive by 5:00 pm Wed-Fri and 4:00 pm Sat-Tues; it makes for a more relaxing start for your visit. Please call us if you plan to arrive after hours. If you arrive after hours, there will be no staff at the front desk to greet you, but we will leave you a key, map and welcome packet so you can get to your room.
Programs begin with dinner (usually at 5:30 pm) on the first day listed and end with lunch on the last day. Check-out time is 11:00 am. Guests, especially those from far away, who are enrolled in a particular program find it works best to arrive a day or more before the program begins to unwind and / or to stay a day or more afterward to integrate their experience. Contact us for nightly rates.
In order to maintain our uplifting and peaceful atmosphere and ensure a serene and enjoyable experience for all, we have a few guidelines at The Expanding Light which we ask our guests to please observe:
- No recreational drugs or alcohol during your stay.
- Smoking is permitted ONLY outdoors,away from windows and doors, and ONLY on the paved parking lots both out of consideration for our guests and to reduce fire hazard.
- No pets on the grounds.
- Quiet hours are from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am.
- Music may be enjoyed with the use of headphones (no musical instruments).
- Guests who snore need to reserve a private room unless they are coming with a roommate who doesn’t mind. Unfortunately, guests who reserve a shared room and have to be relocated because of snoring will have to pay for a private room.