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

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 Teachers in seated postureInterested 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.


Practical Spirituality for Mystics With Bills To Pay


Medical intuitive Caroline Myss spoke in her classic recording, Spiritual Madness, about seekers throughout the ages who spent a whole lifetime preparing to ask the “big spiritual questions” they knew would turn their lives upside down. Most mystics today aren’t found praying behind cloistered walls or blessing the world from a cave in the Himalayas.... Read more »

Part of our Morning Circle at Ananda Laurelwood.

How to Be Happy All the Time


By Sharon Kelly, Director of Program Development and Outreach In preparation for last Friday morning’s intern/resident circle, and in need of a little extra joy myself, I picked up How to Be Happy All the Time from Crystal Clarity’s “Wisdom of Yogananda” series. When I read beginning of Chapter 2,”If you have given up hope... Read more »

The Art and Science of Raja Yoga coursebook by Swami Kriyananda

Diving Deep into Raja Yoga


By Shaun Finn, Intern  On Sept. 29 the Raja Yoga weeklong intensive started at here at Ananda Laurelwood. It is my first time participating in a weeklong yoga intensive. I am now a few days in and I am sure that I have only just begun to realize the wonderful fruits of the practice by participating in the... Read more »

"Crest of the Wave" by Dana Lynne Andersen

Made in the Image and Likeness of God


By Dana Lynne Andersen, Director, Awakening Arts Academy We are made in the image and likeness of God. This simple and magnificent truth can change the way we see ourselves — and the way we live. The qualities we think of as belonging God are the very qualities we find at the core of our own... Read more »

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Whether you are coming for a program or a personal retreat, you can make your reservation online, by phone, or by email. Make your reservation today.

Community Living

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

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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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