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

Upcoming Programs

New! Creativity Internships and Gap Year Programs

Creative JoyCreativity internships and Gap Year Programs for all ages in art, music, holistic healing, and expressive writing. Delve deep, learn to tap into the superconscious state of creativity through art, music and writing. Learn while living in a spiritual community based on yoga and meditation. Programs begin this September! Learn more about the Writing and Consciousness Academy or Transform Your Performance: Music Internship or Resonant Holistic Health: The Heart of Natural Medicine

Call for more information: 503-746-6229

 Enthusiastic students at Ananda Village practicing introspection at an introductory workshop for the Writing and Consciousness Academy. "Before you go to bed each night, sit for a short time and review the day. See what you are becoming. Do you like the trend of your life? If not, change it." —Paramhansa Yogananda

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CoHousing in an Intentional Spiritual Community

Laurelwood aerial view

Laurelwood Valley

Ananda Laurelwood offers the opportunity to live in a cohousing situation with other spiritually like-minded people. In a beautiful rural setting, you’ll find our 55 acre campus, home to a growing yoga institute, developing farm, residential study programs, and retreat center. Anyone looking for new cohousing opportunities near Portland is welcome to apply.

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Group and Personal Retreats- Relax and Enjoy

FriendshipWe offer a serene and uplifted place for your conference, program, meeting, event or relaxing personal retreat. Daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals included.

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Year-round Internships at Ananda Laurelwood

Summer interns in the gardenLive 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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Group Retreats - Enjoy Inspired Moments Together

Expansion HallAnanda Laurelwood is a serene and uplifted place for your conference, program, meeting or event. Feel surrounded by nature just 25 miles from downtown Portland. Facilities include multiple bright open classrooms and meeting spaces, a 500 seat auditorium, dining facilities, and overnight guest rooms .


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First Timers' Weekend: Yoga, Meditation, and Community

Yoga classInterested 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 Retreat

Restorative YogaRediscover 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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Here and Nearby

  • 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

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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Higher Education for Higher Consciousness

Ananda College LogoAnanda College is revolutionizing higher education with a student-centered curriculum founded on universal spirituality and experiential learning. Discover a holistic approach to learning and life in our state-approved, academic setting that uplifts, inspires, and prepares each individual for self-discovery and an opportunity for positive change: in themselves and the world around them.


Garden Notes


New Location! The St. Francis statue has been moved about 10 feet up the path to an area perfect for two benches and a small flower bed and maybe a bird bath. You can see from the photo that it is still a work in progress. Lend us your creativity to make this an area... Read more »

Connect with Nature


Being in nature and connecting with nature aren’t the same thing, as is so wisely pointed out in the excerpt below from a blog post written by Joseph Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children: When outdoors, many people are so engrossed in their own private concerns that they notice little of their surroundings. I... Read more »

Valerie, yoga and meditation teacher

5 Reasons to Meditate


Have you been thinking about starting a meditation practice? Here are 5 reasons to meditate today. 1. Find Calmness Within My favorite metaphor for meditation is the ocean. At the surface the ocean is restless with breaking waves, but the ocean depths are always calm. We have that calmness within us. Sitting still in meditation... Read more »


Mandala: the Sacred Art of Centering


Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”, the primordial shape that represents wholeness, completeness and unity. This ancient and enduring archetype resonates deeply within the human psyche. It is found in all cultures and time periods. Carl Jung discovered that the Mandala, as a potent archetype of the human psyche, could be used as... Read more »

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Community Living

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

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Growing Dharma

Sunflowers growing in the garden
Join us on Saturdays from 2 – 5 for an opportunity to learn and apply spiritual principles to agriculture.


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