Summer Internships

Sananda Tony O'ConnellOur Culinary Internship program is now offering a certification program. Come join our team of chefs headed by our special Irish guest chef, Sananda (Tony) O’Connell, who trained for the past 10 years in Ananda Assisi, Italy. Learn the fine art of vegetarian cooking while living in a spiritual community with ample opportunity to do yoga and learn meditation. Read more

Internships for Conscious Community Solutions

Meditation & Yoga Lifestyle for Modern Yogis: A Residential Study Program

A Living Laboratory for Simple Living, High Thinking

Our Karma Yoga or spiritual internship program offers the opportunity to live in an intentional community, learn yoga and meditation, explore the path of  Kriya Yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda while gaining hands-on experience in vegetarian cooking, permaculture, guests services, web management, and conscious construction. Read more or see a testimonial!

Group Retreats and Conferences

Conferences, Meetings, Events, Training, Programs and More!

If you are looking for an uplifting and serene place to host your next meeting, event, retreat, or conference, you’ve found it. Our beautiful 55 acre campus is just 45 minutes west of Portland, Oregon. Time here passes gracefully in rhythm with the natural setting. Discover a renewed sense of inner well-being.

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Classroom Space

Guest Rooms, Meeting Spaces & Dining, Small & Large Groups

Our facilities include guest rooms for overnight stays as well as the Green Hill Cafe that serves three delicious vegetarian meals each day. We have meeting spaces and classrooms of various sizes to accommodate both large and small groups.

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InternsOngoing Internships at Ananda Laurelwood

Live in community, practice yoga, meditation and gain hands-on experience. A great fit for college students during a break, recent high school graduates or any person who is in transition or looking for new opportunities.

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Lowell Chodosh

Energy Healing Training with Dr. Lowell Chodosh

The Energy Healing Program, led by Dr. Lowell Chodosh, offers a variety of classes for those who are new to the idea and concepts of holistic health, and for those who are experienced in practicing holistic methods of healing.

For more information, visit Energy Healing Training.

First Timers’ Weekend: Yoga, Meditation, and Community

Interested in yoga, meditation and community? Our retreat center offers a First Timers’ Weekend the first weekend of every month. See upcoming retreats on our calendar.

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MeditationPersonal Retreats

Rediscover your own center with a Personal Retreat at Ananda Laurelwood. A beautiful natural environment, nourishing vegetarian meals, and hatha yoga and guided meditation each day make it easy to recharge and rejuvenate.

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Yogananda Gardens of the Northwest

The creation of a lovely park-like Gardens for contemplation and meditation is in the process of being launched at Ananda in Laurelwood Valley, Oregon.  It is being created to honor the great Yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda.  It will feature secluded areas of inspiring shrines and quiet nooks, as well as lawn areas with colorful flowers and ornamental plantings where musical events will be held on summer evenings.

On a high point of the park, there will be a beautifully designed, special area of the Gardens featuring an inspired new statue.

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  • Henry Hagg Lake - 15min

  • Beaverton, Forest Grove, Hillsboro Farmer's Market - 15-30min

  • MAX Light Rail connects to downtown and airport - 30min

  • Cannon Beach - 1hr15

  • Multnomah Falls - 1hr20

  • Mt. Hood Behind Downtown Portland - 2hr

  • Downtown Portland - 45min

  • Japanese and Classical Chinese Gardens - 45min

  • Washington Park Rose Gardens - 45min

Here and Nearby

Ananda Center at Laurelwood is situated on 50 acres of fertile land near Gaston, Oregon. Natural areas, outdoor recreation and the urban centers of Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Beaverton are only a short drive away. Enjoy the serenity of the Laurelwood Valley, while only being 25 miles away from downtown Portland, one of the world’s most livable cities.

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Whether you are coming for a program or a personal retreat, you can make your reservation online. You don’t need to call to verify availability – our reservation system will automatically close registration if there are no rooms or spaces available.

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Community Living


Are you interested in spiritual living? Consider joining us for an Internship or one of our  Community Living Programs.

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