Early start, here in Espanola Sardhana starts at 3:40 am, at 4am there is a Kundalini yoga set, followed at 4:45 with chanting, the Gurdwara programme starts at 6am.

Afterwards we went back to the house where Shanti phenji had made a very tasty breakfast, it was great to see the whole family taking time out of their busy schedule to eat together. Something we should all take on board.

We then got ready and off to the Gurdwara, it so feels like we have been away on holiday and now come back home to Espanola. The sangat are amazing, so warm and friendly. After the programme where we were fortunate to hear kirtan by Chardi Kala Jatha, we had lungar. It was very nice talking to the sangat, they all came over said Fateh and gave us big hugs.


The children always participate in the programmesIMAGE_1489.jpeg

For the evening we had planned to go to the cinema with Harijot Singh, to watch superman. Others were mentioning about a drum party. Which also sounded like fun.

As we had a few hours spare we drove to Tesuque village, an upmarket area outside Santa Fe. The houses are all adobe and looked huge.

Sangeet had been finding the desert heat during the day very intense so decided to take it easy at Shanti phenji's house. I met Harijot Singh at the Gurdwara. They were celebrating the birthday of Pritpal Singh. Harijot also mentioned the drum party, we agreed that we can go to the cinema any day. At the drum party we met Gurjot Singh and his wife, it was great to see them.

Later that night I dropped Gurjot and his wife home and Harijot at the Gurdwara. It was great catching up with everybody.


Last day…..already…..?

Last day…..already…..?

As today was our last day the classes started earlier, Japji started at 4am, then Taya took the Kundalini yoga class, she is going to make a fantastic teacher.

Dr Sham Rang took the Long Ek Ong Kaar class, half way through the class I went back to the cabin to get my blanket, on the way I could hear the chants, it was an amazing experience. All I could see was the tall trees and hear the chants. I just wanted to sit there and meditate.

This is the location I could hear the meditation

Afterwards Mandeep Kaur gave a class before dashing off. As always this was a good class.

On the last day students gave feedback, it was nice to hear the feedback, some people who had never heard or tried Kundalini yoga were amazed at how powerful it is and how good it made them feel. It is always great to hear feedback and how Kundalini yoga is helping them stay grounded and focused in their every day life.

Our last lunch together, it was sad to say farewells to the other students and teachers. I am sure we will meet each other soon!

Location where the meals are served

Mother and daughter from Palm Springs


Saying farewell to our brother, until next time Jai Dev Singh

View of the ceiling inside the hall where the lectures took place

Pictures of Shady Creek Retreat

Super Adobe Design:
Superadobe is a form of earthbag construction that was developed by Iranian architect Nader Khalili. The technique uses layered long fabric tubes or bags filled with adobe to form a compression structure. The resulting beehive shaped structures employs arches, domes, and vaults to create single and double-curved shells that are strong and aesthetically pleasing. It has received growing interest for the past two decades in the Natural building and Sustainability movements.


Our plan was to go to Sacramento, stay the night there and then drive to Lake Tahoe on the Monday. We were told about an ashram near Shady Creek which has amazing gardens and decided to check it out. It is called Ananda Village. From his youth, Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) had dreamed of creating small communities based on cooperation and high ideals. When he became Yogananda’s disciple in 1948, he discovered that Yogananda, too, was committed to the concept of “World Brotherhood Colonies.” Kriyananda vowed to do his utmost to make this dream a reality. In 1968 Kriyananda began the fulfillment of Yogananda’s vision with the establishment of Ananda Village, located near Nevada City, California.


Shop located behind the reception selling books and clothing.

View of where the ‘Sangha’ (sangat) eat


Yogananda taught that what the world needs is a blend of the best qualities of the East and West: the spiritual insight of the East and the practical efficiency of the West. One without the other leads to a society barren of human fulfillment, but a balance of the two can bring peace, harmony, prosperity, and happiness. Yogananda often predicted that world brotherhood colonies, based on the twin principles of “plain living and high thinking,” would be the social pattern for the future.

The Ananda community is situated on 900 acres of meadows and forests amidst the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California. Today, 250 people reside here, including adults and children of all ages.

900 acres so you can imagine lots of wide open spaces

More buildings

Vegetarian dinners are served here


More buildings scattered around

On entry into the village visitors are advised to go to the reception where the friendly staff will help and show you around

Village shop in downtown Ananda Village

Happy with my lollypop!

Around the village

A cool road sign

One of the many temples in the village

This chap was singing hymns

Beautiful views

More gardens

Dairy Co-op


After seeing and meeting some very warm and friendly people of the village we drove to Nevada City. A very quaint city, as if cowboys should still be riding horseback.

Nevada City (originally, Ustumah, a Nisenan Maidu village; later, Nevada, Deer Creek Dry Diggins, and Caldwell’s Upper Store) is the county seat of Nevada County, California, USA, located 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Sacramento and 28 miles north of Auburn. In 1900, 3,250 people lived in Nevada City; in 1910, 2,689 lived there; at the 2000 census, the population was 3,001, and at the 2010 census it was 3,068.

It was first settled in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, as Nevada (meaning “snow-covered”, a reference to the snow-topped mountains in the area). The Gold Tunnel on the north side of Deer Creek was the city’s first mine, being located in 1850. The first saw mill built in Nevada City was on Deer Creek, just above the town, in August, 1850, and was built by Lewis & Son, with a water wheel. In 1850-51, it was the most important mining town in the state, Nevada County being the leading gold-mining county in the state. In 1851, The Nevada Journal became the first newspaper published in the town and county. The town of Nevada was incorporated on April 19, 1856. In 1864, the word “City” was added to the name to relieve confusion with the bordering state of Nevada, and the town has legally been known as “Nevada City” ever since. The former town of Coyoteville, California, later became Nevada City’s northwestern section.
The Nevada City Downtown Historic District covers the downtown section roughly bounded by Spring, Bridge, Commercial, York, Washington, Coyote, and Main Streets. Several historical buildings have received National Register of Historic Places or California Historical Landmark status, and have been preserved.

We had booked accommodation earlier that afternoon at:

Outside inn
575 east broad street
Nevada city
CA 95959
t: +1 530 265 2233
e: [email protected]
w: www.outsideinn.com


Motel reception

Motel complex

The floor in the room was sticky and not the best accommodation. For some reason it is voted number one on trip advisor! The staff are very helpful and friendly and the rooms have interesting themes but the rating is surprising.

We took a short drive to a restaurant the other side of the city to find it closed early on Sundays, so we decided to try

Sopa Thai Cuisine
312 Commercial St,
Nevada City,
CA 95959-2410
t: +1 530-470-0101
w: www.sopathai.net

Our waiter was called Geoffrey and is extremely knowledgable about the menu and ingredients, including which dishes were vegetarian including egg free. We ordered two vegan dishes. Which were very tasty. The restaurant has a good choice of vegetarian/vegan meals. Whilst having our meal a lady from the course walked in.


Afterwards we popped to

110 York St,
Nevada City,
T: +1 530-913-5819

They do various homemade ice creams, unfortunately only the sorbet and treatsicle (not to be confused with anything else!!) is egg free. Whilst we were ordering the treats an elderly man came up to me and asked are you Sikh? I said yes, he immediately had a huge smile on his face. He mentioned how he had a farm in partnership with a fellow Sikh. This was located in Yuba city, there was a Sikh lady who mentioned that the children need a Gurdwara. The gentlemen partnered up with Didar Singh and built the first Gurdwara. He has a very high opinion of Sikhs.


Afterwards we got our treats and made our way outside where we took pictures of the shop. We got asked by another couple if we wanted our picture taken we said yes. We then got chatting to the couple called Matthew and Catherine from Roseville. We have found Nevada City to be a very friendly place where people just start chatting to you!


Whilst walking around the town we saw Simrit Kaur and a friend of hers eating pizza at Pete’s Pizza! Earlier we saw a lady from the Life Force course eating at Sopa Thai and another guy from the course, a local farmer, at a local Mexican restaurant, as we drove down Broad Street. It was nice to see the familiar faces.

After the walk around Nevada City where we heard some live music and experienced a nice lively but orderly vibe, we headed back to the car and drove back to Outside Inn for a good nights rest.

Car keys…..!

Car keys…..!

Well after a good sleep, I noticed Sangeet had already gone to recite Japji Sahib after trying to wake me up. So I thought, better wake up, shower and go to the class. I was impressed with my timing, I got to the class just before they started relaxation!

We have a daily schedule which is as follows:

5am-7:30am: (OPTIONAL) Sunrise Sadhana: Early Morning Yoga & Meditation

8am-9am: Breakfast

9:30am-1pm: Morning Session

1pm-2:30pm: Lunch

2:30pm-6pm: Afternoon Session

6pm-7:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm: Evening Program

Pictures from the classes



Food is mostly vegetarian apart from eggs served for breakfast. The local breads also have egg, which is a shame as the bread looks very tasty.


The location Shady Creek Outdoor School and Conference Center is a 132 acre property located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills just outside of Nevada City in California’s Gold Country. Gold Country (also Mother Lode Country) is a region in the central and northeastern part of California. It is famed for the mineral deposits and gold mines that attracted waves of immigrants, known as the 49ers, during the 1849 California Gold Rush.

Long time sun, a great way to end a session

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This evening we had a fantastic comedy programme by the Raspyni brothers.



The ‘volunteers’ for the comedy show!






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Afterwards we headed back to the cabin, I needed a few items from the trunk. Got them and locked the car keys in the car!! I called Hertz who said there would be a charge of $77 they suggested I find a AAA member who could call their own service. Decided to leave this until the morning as we were pretty shattered after a long and very full day.

Today I have been having huge stomach issues. That thing on my large intestine just wants me to know it is still there. It is times like this I wish the accommodation was more comfortable and bathroom facilities were closer to hand.



Today was an early start, well for Sangeet it was, as she attended Japji at 4:40am, I was slowly getting ready. I arrived around 5:30am in middle of the Kundalini yoga set. At 6am we recited 62 minutes of long Ek Ongkar.

At 7am Sangeet completed her Nitnem, whilst I was outside talking to Jai Dev Singh and Dr Sham Rang Singh. I mentioned the blog and it was great to hear Dr Sham Rang Singh had already heard and looked at it!

For breakfast, which was served at 8am we had a fantastic selection of fruit, also we had tofu, potatoes and vegetables. This is all locally sourced and organic.

Here is some info in the main teachers:

About Jai Dev Singh

Jai Dev Singh is a yogi, teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine. His innovative Ayurveda and Yoga courses have been attended and studied by thousands of people throughout the world.

He is the creator of The Life-Force Formula, The Complete Course of Ayurveda and The Radiant Body Course. Jai Dev is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as the director of the college’s Pancha Karma Center and Ayurvedic Spa.

Jai Dev is the Directing Manager at Floracopeia and lives in Nevada City, California with his wife and son.

Featured Teacher: Dr. Sham Rang Khalsa pictured on the right


Throughout the event, Jai Dev will be joined on the stage by his close colleague and friend, Dr. Sham Rang Khalsa. Dr. Sham Rang is a medical doctor with over thirty years experience and a yogi for equally as long. He is an expert in Ayurveda and teaches throughout the country. Dr. Sham Rang’s presence at the event is an incredible asset to the experience.

Some more pictures of the day, which consisted of lecture on Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.





Long time sun

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All meals are vegetarian:


This evening there was no classes therefore Sangeet and I walked to the creek.




It has been a good day the food has been fantastic and the weather was 28c nice and warm!

Some of the students here have been on Jai Dev Singh’s Ayurveda course and that is how they found out about this course. Many of them have not done Kundalini yoga before, when asked many seemed to connect with it.



A very early morning start, we set off to London at 4am, I managed to get 2 hours sleep, Sangeet did not sleep!

We parked the car at my brother in laws house. It was good to see everybody especially my niece who for the first time I saw awake from a nights sleep. She does a full stretch lifts her head, has a look at who is in the room then has a snooze! Btw she is two years old.

Randeep, my brother in-law drove us to Heathrow airport, the United Airlines flight to San Francisco departs from terminal one.

Check in queues for the United Airlines flights were very long, I would advise checking in at least 2 hours prior to your flight. We checked in one and a half hours before the flight. Luckily a United Airlines staff member asked if anyone was checking in for the San Francisco flight, we were fast tracked through the queue.

Once through security we had a few minutes to browse the shops, where Sangeet purchased a scarf and rucksack.

The walk to gate 48 takes around 15 minutes.

Onboard the Boeing 747-400, the plane was looking a bit old and in need of a upgrade. I could not believe you do not get your own personal television, I thought that sharing a television between 100 other travellers was a thing of the past.

The food onboard was not the best, luckily mum had packed food for us.


After a rough flight, where I just could not sleep. We touched down at San Francisco. It is so funny , when one flies business class a ten hour flight seems like 5 hours, in economy class a ten hour flight feels like twenty hours!

At San Francisco



On arrival you go through the standard customs and baggage collection, the immigration officer was very chatty, which is unlike them….they usually do not say a thing.

We took the air train to the Hertz rental depot, picked up a rental and started the drive to Nevada City.


The traffic was heavy and it took us 4 hours where as with no traffic it would have taken 2.5 hours. I was shattered and very hungry, so we stopped off at the gas station for coffee and a bag of Funyuns. A fantastic combination.


Nearer to Shady Creek the drive was through amazing tall trees the views were breath taking….it perked me up, or was that the coffee?

The course we are attending is at:
Life-Force Formula Immersion Retreat
Wednesday June 5th– Sunday June 9th
Shady Creek Retreat Center
18601 Pathfinder Way
Nevada City,
Life-Force Formula Immersion Retreat

Which was taught by Jai Dev Singh.

On our arrival we registered and the very kind lady offered us some amazing food.


Whilst eating we listened to a lecture by Jai Dev Singh

After a class and yoga, which unfortunately I missed as I was asleep in the class, we headed to our cabin.



I was exhausted, as soon as my head hit the bed I was out, I would have said pillow but we did not have one!!

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