• Men's Private Room – $573.00
  • Men's Shared Room – $523.00
  • Shared Couples Room – $523.00
  • Women's Private Room – $573.00
  • Women's Shared Room – $523.00
  • (All prices include $333 base amount)

Location: Ananda Laurelwood

Address: SW Academy Way, Gaston, OR

Awaken to Your True Potential: A Yogananda Retreat – April 2017

With Makara (Stephen J. Hopson)

April 7 - 9, 2017

Inner Awakening Retreat

SPECIAL OFFERING FOR April 2017 PARTICIPANTS:  Receive a FREE healing session with Stephen!!  (NOTE:  Full weekend registrants only – those who stay overnight from Fri to Sun)how-to-awaken-your-true-potential

Led by Stephen J. Hopson, a spiritual teacher, bestselling author and Awakening Specialist, this weekend retreat will offer spiritual seekers powerful tools to expand and deepen awareness of their divine purpose in life through meditation and spiritual principles.

Partially based on his best-selling book, “Obstacle Illusions,” and Yogananda’s “How to Awaken Your True Potential,” participants will dramatically alter their perceptions of their life’s challenges and transcend limiting beliefs.

We are in a period of massive global awakening where millions are waking up.  Do any of these characteristics of awakening apply to you?

Characteristics of Awakening

  • No longer watch or read negative-fear based news
  • Recognize that “horrific events” that have happened to you actually have a divine purpose
  • Difficulty doing things you don’t want to do or don’t enjoy
  • Require more solitude than the average person
  • Move with the flow of life rather than force your hand at “making things happen”
  • Strong desire to help raise the Planet’s vibration and those of your own
  • Laugh and smile a lot more

Retreat Benefits

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  • Accelerate your spiritual growth by bringing in more authenticity/truth
  • Contact the Divine Playwright through guided mediation
  • Rediscover the Role You Were Born To Play
  • Expand Your Divine Gifts and Infinite Potential
  • Review personal life lessons learned
  • Experience more clarity and inner peace with who you really are
  • Strengthen and increase your magnetism to attract what you want
  • Deepen your perception through introspection
  • Perceive how obstacles have really helped you learned your life lessons


Ananda Boutique Book Table for Retreat

NOTE:   Since the book “Obstacle Illusions” is NOT included in the retreat price but is required for the program, copies of Stephen’s book are available for purchase at Laurelwood’s boutique.  You may purchase a copy upon arrival at Laurelwood.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Guest Registration Fri Night3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Registration at Harmony Hall

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Introduction to Yoga, Energization and Meditation

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm  Dinner at Green Hill Cafe

7:00 pm -8:45 pm  “An Introduction to the Course”

  • Hear Stephen’s inspirational story:  “From Wall Street to a Spiritual Pilgrim”
  • What we’ll be doing this weekend
  • Attributes and meaning of awakening

9:00 pm Stargazing or Walk the Labyrinth  (weather depending)

Saturday (Available as “Day-Only” for those who come for one day)

6:30 am-8:00 am Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

8:00 am-8:45 am Breakfast in Silence (no talking from 8 to 8:30 am!)

David Photo 79:00 am-11:15 am   Workshop #1:  “Life is One Big Cosmic Play”

11:15 am Short Break

11:30 am-12:15 pm Workshop #2:  “Ten Ways of Dealing with Family & Friends Who Do Not Understand the Unfoldment of your Awakening”

12:15 pm-12:45 pm Guided Meditation

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (Green Hill Cafe)

1:45 pm-3:00 pm Workshop #3:  “Explore Meaning of Obstacle Illusions While on the Spiritual Journey”

3:00 pm   Personal Time – Journal, Rest, Hike, Labyrinth, Explore campus, etc.

4:45 pm-6:00 pm Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

6:00 pm-6:45 pm Dinner (Green Hill Cafe)

7:00 pm -8:45 pm Group Session:  Discuss revelations, insights, ideas, etc.


6:30 am-8:00 am Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

8:00 am-8:45 am Breakfast in Silence (no talking from 8 to 8:30 am!)

Saturday Day Only Group Session9:00 am-11:30 am Workshop #4:  “Raising Your Divine Magnetism with More Confidence, Courage and Inner Calmness”

11:30 am-12:15 pm  Personal Time:  Check out of room, pack up in addition to free healing sessions for those who stayed over the full weekend

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Meditation

12:45 pm -1:15 pm Lunch (Green Hill Cafe)

1:30 pm  – 2:00 pm Workshop #5:  “Next 30 Days – What Will You Do Differently with your Life?”


Additional Notes:

Full weekend (lodging from Fri to Sun) includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. All meals are freshly prepared, vegetarian and delicious!

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Makara (Stephen J. Hopson)
Makara is Stephen’s spiritual name.  It means 1/2 sea creature (dolphin!) and 1/2 terrestial (not from this world!).  He is a former Wall Street stockbroker, bestselling author of “Obstacle Illusions,” the first deaf instrument rated pilot in the world (2006), and now on a quest to help awaken others to their…
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