Testimonials from Shan Ren Dao Retreat July 2015

Shan Ren Dao QiGong

Shan Ren Dao QiGong

June 26-July 11, 2015

The spirit of service abounds in the community. The view from the hillside…. the warm, welcoming staff…. and the flow is what I most liked about Ananda Center at Laurelwood. Michael, Jacob, and the whole kitchen staff did an excellent job responding to our many needs…. with kind attention and care. The food was nourishing and delicious– just right for the retreat process. We especially enjoyed the soups. And the final meal which included a stupendous dessert! Our needs and expectations were met in an easy process with a comfortable meeting space and lovely outdoor areas. Such a wonderful supportive community. Thanks all for being extremely attentive and supportive. Laurie R., Portland, OR

Michael and the kitchen staff were so helpful. It’s clear that the staff put their love into their work. Anonymous

I most liked the orchards and surrounding environment! Hasina C., Portland, OR

The best thing about Ananda Laurelwood is the thoughtful environment and terrific food. Our needs and expectations were met in every way and more. It was a terrific stay. Thank you all so much. Chelsea M., Woodland, WA

The best thing about the retreat facility is the kindness of the staff, the beautiful hills, and the setting. The food is incredible! Nourishing was so many colors… delicious. All our needs were met perfectly. I would most definitely come again. Erin, Portland, OR

I most liked the beautiful hillside view! Sounds of the birds! Quiet – peaceful! Fantastic sunsets. Wonderful sound of the chimes. Such a peaceful community and loving presence! Very comfortable room with clean carpet, comfortable bed – attractive blanket and comforter. It was quiet and I slept well! Food was delicious! I was surprised to feel this because I’m not accustomed to a vegetarian diet – especially because I eat dairy free. But I felt energized and peaceful from the food! The rooms, meeting space, outdoor areas, everything was perfect for this retreat. I loved my stay! Daron W., Los Angeles, CA

The food is excellent – as is the view at Ananda Laurelwood. I was struck by how hard you all are working to make the experience of your guests unique and restful. The room is great – I had the corner southwest room. The meeting room is perfect for our retreat. I wanted to hike and I enjoyed the logging road. Meg H., Portland, OR

I liked the wildlife – views – and setting. I found the community very supportive of silence. I’d retreat here again! Christopher, Portland, OR

The best thing was the food! Also the crystals around the garden and the swallows. I especially loved the wind chimes. Thank you so much for caring about us and providing such a great experience. Nicole, S. Portland, OR

I especially liked the food… and the moon… and the planets. The food is phenomenal. All our needs were absolutely met. I just really adore the kitchen staff. Thank you! Rachel K., Portland, OR

Shan Ren Dao Mini Retreat July 3-6, 2015

Thank you for facilitating this retreat. I appreciate all the touches of beauty and devotion here. And the food is wonderful! Kathryn, W., Portland, OR

David, thank you so much for hosting our retreat. It was good to be back at Laurelwood! Warmly, Andrea W., Portland, OR

David, thank you for helping us with our time here. The Shan Ren Dao Mini-Retreat is dear to our hearts and I appreciate being able to have it at this sacred space…. Full of love, peace, and kindness. With gratitude, Rita S., Portland, OR

Thank you David for making my time here comfortable and enjoyable. I appreciate all that you do to keep things running smoothly so we are able to go deep and do our inner work. Much gratitude, Inez C., Portland, OR


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