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

Exciting New Programs at Laurelwood:

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Laurelwood, in joyful partnership with master artists and teachers Dana Lynne Anderson and Rassouli is proud to support the Awakening Arts 2015 programs. Awakening Arts offers lively weekend workshops and relaxing retreats that use creative self expression. Simple, joyful and profound, no talent or experience is necessary– and once your creative channel is open you can apply your inspiration and intuition to all parts of life.

Awakening Arts Retreats in 2015

Painting with Rassouli November 6-8!

Corporate Meditation TrainingCorporate Training Mediation

Corporate stress management training, using meditation techniques, will give your managers and employees  tools to improve their flexibility and job performance as well as productivity. See how you can help your employees:

  • reduced stress and better health
  • increased productivity
  • enhanced creativity
  • improved mental focus, clarity and memory
  • greater resiliency and flexibility in the face of change
  • heightened self-awareness and compassion

For inquiries call: (503) 828-1114. Or email: corporatetraining@anandalaurelwood.org


Group Retreats

Ananda Center at Laurelwood has Group Facilities f
or conferences, meetings, performances, retreats, and informal gatherings. Or book your Personal Retreat any time! We offer overnight accommodations, meeting rooms, a large auditorium and our Green Hill Café serves three delicious vegetarian meals each day. Daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals included. Ananda Laurelwood is a serene and uplifting place for your confe
rence, program, meeting or event. Feel surrounded by nature just 25 miles from downtown Portland.

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Use the form below or contact us at 503-746-6229, efl@anandalaurelwood.org to schedule a tour and for more information about availability/pricing for your group.

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Find out more about Group Retreats!


Non-Violent Communication International Teachers’ Training – April 2015 cnvc.org
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NCAP Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides – May 2015
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The Art of Living – June 11-15 artofliving.org
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WayFinding Academy Board Retreat – June 15-16

Shan Ren Dao Retreat – June 26- July 11, 2015 ncnm.edu/shan-ren-dao

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Rassouli-nature-300x300Awakening Arts Workshop with Rassouli

Rassouli  is a renowned and beloved visionary artist known for his mystical paintings and books such as RUMI REVEALED.  He is also a master teacher- imparting  powerful techniques, invaluable  insights and life changing inspiration in a few short days.

Register Now for his November Workshop!

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 or learn about the upcoming Energy Healing Retreat.

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 logo Laurelwood leaf 300px sqYogananda 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.

Yogananda Gardens at sunset

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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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Originally posted on www.writingandconsciousness.com Our Writing and Consciousness journaling classes are taught from a yogic perspective. Yoga is commonly understood to mean “union,” referring to oneness with the divine. We also know that man is made in the image of God, and therefore, divinity lies within each of us. The Indian scriptures define our inner... Read more »
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Experiencing Joy: Harvest Day and benefit concert


We had a couple of annual events last weekend that were very inspiring. On Friday night, Living Wisdom School (LWS) had a fundraiser for their new school building. A wonderful concert featuring Lori Henriques and David Eby. Lori composes and performs as a pianist and singer. She is well known in the music industry for her work in the... Read more »

Being Ever-Present Here and Now


By Shaun Finn, Laurelwood Intern The past few weeks, I have made it a habit to sit outside and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the Laurelwood campus while reading a book. I found myself at odds of being truly present with the nature around me, while also focusing my attention on the book in my... Read more »

Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey"

Revelations From My Journey Inward


By David Seybert, Teacher & IT Services at Laurelwood One constant in my daily rhythm at Laurelwood is the intern circle.  Every morning except Sunday, our interns (who stay with us from two weeks to three months) meet for half an hour with some of the full-time residents to discuss a topic or participate in an... Read more »

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