A place of exploration and growth; a campus, a retreat center; a place where divine joy, friendship, respect and understanding thrive.

Upcoming Programs

Yogananda Gardens of the Northwest is having a dinner party! Bravissimo!Yogananda statue in flowers

You’re invited to a tantalizing Italian fund-raising dinner at Ananda Laurelwood on February 27, 2016 at 6PM in the Green Hill Cafe on SW Academy Way in Gaston, OR.

We’ve created a scrumptious Italian dinner to be followed by a variety of amazing Italian desserts. See our Menu

Come share this incredible dinner with the founders of Yogananda Gardens, Byasa and Janakidevi Steinmetz, as well as the sculptor, Gary Roller and architect designer, Caitlin Pope Daum. Reserve your space!

Internships for Conscious Community Solutions

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

Interns beach outingA 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

The word NewOur 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

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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Retire in Peace



Happy New You! Start the year off right.

Laurelwood is excited to announce the Retire in Peace Series. This Series is a wellness program that will help Boomers retire with peace of mind.  Come join our team of wellness coaches as they provide you with the tools, skills, and resources you need to ease your mind, body, and soul.


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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.

Meditation EmilyFirst 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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Personal 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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Tamasic Challenge

The Tamasic Challenge
The Dull, Dark, Inert Challenge


In previous posts, we talked about the sattvic challenge and the rajasic challenge. Here we talk about the final type, the tamasic challenge. The Bhagavad Gita describes a tamasic challenge as being like the baby in the womb. No matter how hard you work at something, some things just take time. These challenges have their roots in many lifetimes, and they just won’t... Read more »

The Rajasic Challenge
The Restless and Turbulent Challenge


In a previous post, we talked about the sattvic challenge, a relatively easy challenge to conquer. Here we talk about the second type, the rajasic challenge. The Bhagavad Gita describes a rajasic challenge as being like rust on a mirror. With hard work and determination, you can be free of them. An everyday rajasic challenge A friend of mine talks about... Read more »

Teacher Reviews and Testimonials for Jacob MacLeod


I liked the yoga best. I found it most helpful to learn how to send healings to others as we finish our own spiritual ritual. The presenter was excellent. Colleen, F., Colusa, CA I found the meditation and yoga techniques most helpful to learn. I plan to continue doing these practices. The presenters had a... Read more »

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The Sattvic Challenge
The Pure and Calm Challenge


The Bhagavad Gita describes thee types of challenge that we might face in our everyday lives. The easiest challenge is sattvic in nature, like smoke obscuring the light of a fire. A simple wave of your hand will vanquish it, or you can simply blow on it to reveal the truth hidden within. A sattvic challenge is pure and simple.... Read more »

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