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

Newly Revitalized! Building Spiritual Intentional Community

Cities of Light Residential Study Program

Our educational campus is home to a Meditation and Yoga Retreat Center, a Growing Dharma permaculture farm, and an Institute of Expressive Arts. Some members of the Cities of Light program contribute their time in service to these endeavors while others commute to nearby cities for work.

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Each day in Harmony Hall, thus named for one of the qualities towards which we are aspiring, a small group of people begin their day by meditating or doing yoga together and then throughout the day, whatever their activities, attempt to apply spiritual principles to every aspect of daily life.

You can begin your journey in the Cities of Light Program by participating in a Personal Retreat, the Internship program or the Institute’s Gap Year Program. If interested in joining this experiment, email or call us at efl@anandalaurelwood.org or 503-746-6229.

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NEW! Health and Wellbeing Program

Stephen meditating 2Become a member and enjoy our health and healing services at our Radiant Health Center and Inner Awakening Writing Center while on Personal Retreat or with a day pass! Membership to the Health & Wellbeing Program is just a one-time yearly fee of $50! Enjoy massage and body work including Reiki, BodyTalk, sacred movement therapy, Shiatsu and acupuncture, and private writing sessions! For more information, visit our page, or contact (503) 746-6229 or efl@anandalaurelwood.org.

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New! Expressive Arts and Healing Programs

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 YoganandaExpressive Arts and Healing weekend retreats, internships and Gap Year Programs for all ages in art, music, holistic healing, and journaling. Delve deep, tap into the superconscious state of creativity and self-discovery through art, music and writing. Learn while living in a spiritual community based on yoga and meditation. Learn more about the Writing and Consciousness AcademyResonant Holistic Health: The Heart of Natural MedicineTransform Your Performance: Music Programs, Awakening Arts Academy
Call for more information: 503-746-6229

Creative Joy

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Group and Personal Retreats

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Classroom Space

Ananda Center at Laurelwood has Group Facilities for conferences, meetings, performances, retreats, and informal gatherings. 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 in lodging pricing.

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Experience Conscious Community

Cities of LightAnanda 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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Ongoing Internships at Ananda Laurelwood

Gluten Free Pizza NightLive 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.

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Being Ever-Present Here and Now

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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

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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 »

Practical Spirituality for Mystics With Bills To Pay

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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

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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 this line the beginning of Chapter 2,”If you have... Read more »

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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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