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Ananda Yoga Retreat – March 2016

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Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm – Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Ananda Center at Laurelwood 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd
Gaston, OR 97119 United States
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Ananda Yoga Retreat Weekend getaway just west of Portland

Learn a unique style of Hatha Yoga to add to your personal practice. Stretch, strengthen and tone muscles in your core, arms, legs and all parts of the body. Release stress, emotional and physical tensions, as well as toxins stored in the body and encourage positive brain chemistry. Develop awareness of subtle energy movement in the body and feel the peace and joy from this holistic practice.

Enjoy the beautiful, scenic drive to our yoga retreat center in the quiet, peaceful Laurelwood Valley. Experience guided yoga asana classes for strength, energy, balance and relaxation with multiple experienced and gifted instructors.

Relax in a Beautiful, Peaceful Setting at Our Rural Retreat Center

SpringViewSK2Come visit our center, just west of Portland. We’re located in the heart of Laurelwood Valley, a peaceful and serene oasis amid pine trees, with a stunning panoramic view of mountain tops. Be immersed in a community of wellness, where you will enjoy nourishing vegetarian meals, served with love, walks in nature, and experience the power of Yoga in healing your body, mind and spirit.

Surrounded by nature with all your needs taken care of, soak up the green hills, beautiful mountain views and walking trails or relax in the cafe, lounge or your cozy guest room, catch up on your favorite book or find a new one in our library or boutique. Take respite from your busy life, leave your to-do list behind and find yourself.

Enjoy optional treatments from our Radiant Health Center during this wonderful health retreat.

Give yourself this gift!

YogaAnanda Yoga, Qi Gong, Restorative and More!

Yoga for energy and relaxation, restorative yoga, healthy and delicious vegetarian meals, walking trails, library, lounge and boutique. Optional activities: Meditation Lesson & Qi Gong.

The Ananda Yoga approach to Hatha Yoga brings awareness to the subtle energy movement in the body.

Students will enjoy guided practice for fitness and relaxation, learn some basic asana routines to take home and may also explore the deeper spiritual or subtle energy aspects of this ancient science.  All-levels are welcome, instructors will offer modifications and options for beginners and encourage more experienced practitioners to go deeper, develop strength, improve alignment and enjoy sun-salutation flow classes.

Discover the power of Yoga to heal and calm your mind

Immerse yourself in a liberating flow of asanas, experience the peaceful mind and open heart. We will also work with pranayama, breath and affirmations to cleanse our energy and uplift emotions.

In the quiet, serene atmosphere of Ananda Laurelwood, explore how to combine yoga asanas, affirmations, and pranayamas with meditation. All of the principle aspects of Ananda Yoga will be intensely practiced:

  • Relaxation of muscular and mental tensions
  • Awareness of the subtle movements of breath and of vital energy
  • Affirmations with asanas to uplift energy and consciousness
  • Correct body alignment during each posture
  • Receptivity to higher states of awareness.
  • Deeper sense of peace of mind

This retreat will help you to develop a fit body, a more positive mental outlook, a joyful heart, and an expanded awareness of the beauty of your soul and the world around you.

Our Retreat Center

Restorative YogaRetreat packages include organic vegetarian meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, workshop sessions, instruction and daily meditation and yoga practices. Registration for Day Program on Saturday includes lunch. Enjoy the delicious vegetarian meals that are included as part of your retreat and rejuvenate while being surrounded by nature in a beautiful pastoral valley. Come for the day program or relax in our simple yet uplifting guest rooms with a view of the expansive valley or the thriving orchards. Each room has its own sink with bathrooms just down the hall.


Yoga Teacher Donna

Donna O’Neil, E-RYT 500 is a Yoga Alliance Registered teacher with many thousands of hours of experience. Donna has been teaching a full complement of classes in Eugene, OR for over 18 years, as well as retreats and workshops. First certified by Ananda in 1995, she is also trained in Therapeutic Yoga and certified as a Meditation Teacher through Ananda Yoga®. She finds that her students are her best teachers and keep her interested every day in coming to her classes.  Donna sees Yoga as a never-ending, joyful process of unfolding to your true Self.


Yoga Teacher Pete



Peter Jordan, Yoga Therapist, IAYT Member, E-RYT

Peter began practicing yoga in 1968 after reading the classic book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda. He immediately began studying and completed the official SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship) six years program of yoga lessons and service readings in the art and science of Raja Yoga. SRF is the organization founded by Yoganandaji. Pete was also fortunate to have lived in Yogananda’s SRF Encinitas Ashram for one year, and has attended many International SRF Convocations throughout the years.

In this same time frame of studying SRF Raja Yoga, Pete also began studying Kriyananda’s official Yoga Course, later renamed “The Art and Science of Raja Yoga”. Pete attended many of Kriyananda’s talks and events over the years at Ananda, the organization that Yogananda’s loyal, direct American disciple, Swami Kriyananda created. Kriyananda honored Pete with the Sanskrit name of Ishwar in 1976.

Pete has had continued personal interactions with direct disciples of Yogananda from both SRF and Ananda throughout the years, as well as with newer next generation disciples up to and including the present.

In 2012, Pete retired from IBM as a Software Engineer.

In addition to Raja Yoga training mentioned above, Peter has also completed over 2100 hours of formal yoga training. He is certified in multiple 200-hour trainings in Power Vinyasa, Power Fusion, and CorePower Hot Yoga, as well as being certified in multiple 500-hour trainings in original Hot Yoga and Absolute Academy Yoga. He has completed 500-hour Level 2 Ananda Yoga classes, including Meditation Teacher training at the Expanding Light. See below for Pete’s accredited I.A.Y.T. (International Association of Yoga Therapists) Yoga Therapy training.

Pete feels grateful to dedicate his life to Yoga and share its benefits with all!

Peter is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of Yoga Teacher Training with an approved Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS), that is not derived from the I.A.Y.T.

Peter is a registered member of the I.A.Y.T. and completed his official Yoga Therapy 450-hour certified training by the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation which is accredited by the I.A.Y.T., that is not derived from an RYS with the Yoga Alliance Registry.

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Yoga Retreat Schedule


4-6pm: Guest Check-in

4:30-6pm: Optional Guest and Resident Sadhana (Yoga Postures & Brief Meditation)

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Opening Circle; Cultivating Breath Awareness to Re-boot and Re-balance (Donna & Pete)


6:30-8am: Optional Guest and Resident Sadhana (Yoga Postures and Brief Meditation)

8-9am: Breakfast

10am-11:30am: Strengthening Sun Salutation and Energization Series (Pete & Donna)

11:40-12:10: Option to learn a Meditation/Concentration technique (Pete & Donna)

12:15-12:45: Optional Guest and Resident Group Meditation

12:45-1:45pm: Lunch

2-3:30pm: Free Time or Qigong lesson with David
 (Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China and a wonderful compliment to yoga. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques with gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy/qi)

4:30pm-6pm: Optional Guest and Resident Sadhana (Yoga Postures & Brief Meditation)

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9:00pm: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra (Donna & Pete)


6:30-8am: Optional Guest and Resident Sadhana (Yoga Postures and Brief Meditation)

8-9am: Breakfast

10am-11:30am: Final Yoga Practice and Closing Circle (Donna & Pete)

12:45-1:30: Lunch

Other optional activities:

  • Self-guided walks around campus (get a map during check-in)
  • Schedule a massage or other healing session in our Radiant Health Center
  • Enjoy our lovely boutique!

– See more at: https://anandalaurelwood.org

Registration Closed

Please see this page for our other Yoga Retreats.