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

Group Retreats

Ananda Center at Laurelwood has Group Facilities for 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 conference, program, meeting or event. Feel surrounded by nature just 25 miles from downtown Portland.

Group Retreats in 2015
(We have meeting spaces and lodging to accommodate multiple groups. These dates are still open for your reservation!)

Santosha Yoga Teacher Training – Jan 2015 santoshaforeverybody.com

Taylor Group – Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2015 taylorgroup.com

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

Somatic Movement Retreat – July 17-19, 2015 somaticexpression.com

Northwest AutoHarp Gathering – July 30 – Aug 2, 2015 nwautoharp.org

Step UP Leadership Camp – Aug. 3-7 & Aug 10-14, 2015

Education For Life Retreat for Educators – Sept. 18-20, 2015

Cosmos, Gaia, & Eros Symposium Portland – Oct. 23-25, 2015

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.

organic foodOngoing 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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Sharon Yoga Warrior Pose at the Beach at sunsetFirst 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.

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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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Follow Self-Study with Action!


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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