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Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm – Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Ananda Center at Laurelwood 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd
Gaston, OR 97119 United States
Family Camp Reservations
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Laurelwood Valley with red clover

We are very happy to be able to offer family camp again this year. This will be our third year holding the program in Oregon. Families for a New Tomorrow Summer Camp is based on Education for Life principles and spiritualized family life. Laurelwood is located about 30 minutes west of the Ananda Temple in Beaverton and about 45 minutes west of Portland, Oregon. The center is nestled among bucolic rolling hills, verdant forests and rich farmland.

Family Camp

Family Camp 2012

The camp is a place to deepen spirituality in your family; to joyously relax with your children; and to share experiences with other families who have similar values. As a parent you will learn the art of nourishing your own and your children’s innate spirituality. Your children will learn about living in harmony and attunement with others and with nature through yoga, games, art, theater, stories, music and other activities. Reserve early for family camp! Space is limited. We will have tent or room-stay options. All meals are provided. This retreat is led by Living Wisdom School teachers.



A few highlights of this retreat include:Boys at Silver Falls

  • Separate classes for parents and children
  • Overnight camping trip for older kids
  • Optional daily sadhana (yoga & meditation)
  • Group hiking, swimming and walks
  • Art, music & nature activities
  • Delicious, family-friendly vegetarian meals
  • A beautiful, rural setting

This program is open to all people ages 1-101.

Meet our Facilitators:

Erica Kellogg has spent a lifetime learning and teaching Education for Life. As a child she attended an Education for Life (EFL) School. Now she teaches, along with her husband, early childhood education at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California. Along with an Education for Life teaching certificate, she holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature, and a yoga teacher. Erica has a passion for travel and the diverse and beautiful cultures of the world. When out of the classroom, she is often adventuring and serving in her local community or around the globe.




Rose Neal, BSN, RN.  Rose is currently the Director of the Living Wisdom School in Beaverton, OR and has been with LWS since 2007. She and her husband, Andy, have a son who currently attends Living Wisdom School, and a son and daughter who graduated. An Education for Life certified teacher, Rose is also a registered nurse and also certified as a Radiant Child Yoga teacher.





Darshan Lotichius is a founding member of the Living Wisdom School Assisi which he co-directed for three years. As an Education for Life  teacher he integrates this approach to child education in his many activities with children, both as a teacher and a father. Darshan  has conducted many summer camps at the Ananda Assisi community and is currently expanding his activities to Holland and America. He holds degrees in Italian and French literature and has studied music and violin at the Bari conservatory. He is an active practitioner of the meditation techniques since 1985.




Matthew Fredrickson, B.A. Matthew taught high school English in California. He holds a degree from Ananda College of Living Wisdom, interned in the Intermediate Class at the Portland Living Wisdom School, and completed the Center for Effective Learning’s Highly Effective Teaching course. Matthew loves to write and is enthusiastic about sharing his skills with students.





Family Camp kids paintingCost Per Person: $400 for adults, $350 for children (free for children under 4 years old, when accompanied by an adult at all times) Day-care is available for toddlers and those 4 and under at a rate of $8 per hour, per child. Those 5-17 have age-specific classes and activities that they attend every day. Call us at (503) 259-9161 with questions.
Includes: Retreat program fee; activities; classes, all meals. If you intend to camp, please bring your own tents, mats, sleeping bags/bedding, pillows and towels.You can rent dorm-style rooms at the Laurelwood Retreat Center for an additional fee of $195/room for the week (bring your own linens and towels). Rooms have two twin beds and two floor pads. Families with more than 4 members should consider 2 rooms (one adult per room please). Bathrooms/showers are down the hall.
Application: A $50.00 nonrefundable deposit per person payment is required to reserve your space. Children 4 and under are free when accompanied by a parent at all times.
kids at Hagg Lake

Enjoying Hagg Lake

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or Make checks payable to:
Ananda Center at Laurelwood Family Camp for a New Tomorrow 38950 SW Laurelwood Road Gaston, OR 97119



“The week of Family Camp was so bonding, relaxing, enlightening, and calming. It was very difficult to integrate back into normal life –and it took at least 10 days — but what’s more important, I DID NOT WANT TO integrate back into my old life. I have still kept some of the practices learned during Family Camp and have incorporated them into my life.”  
“Activities for the kids, while you have an adult yoga & meditation class. You come out of class only to find your children have been taken care of, served dinner, and you can sit down to a wonderful dinner FamilyCamp4yourself –and you don’t have to do dishes! Beautifully planned.” — Julie W., Portland, OR
“The children and I had a wonderful time during Family Camp 2012. It was a perfect blend of family time, classes, separate parent and children activities, as well as free time. Mornings began with optional meditation and yoga. The  vegetarian cuisine was delicious and was enjoyed by my children as well. We never felt rushed or bored; the energy flow was peaceful, harmonious and uplifting. We are very much looking forward to camp again next summer!” — Angie J., Portland, OR

Family Camp meditation


“Years ago, our family went to An Education for Life Family Camp. To this day, that event is still one of the greatest memories we have of our family together. The kids had a fantastic time and so did we. Everything was taken care of. I did not have to cook or think about cooking, it was just a time to nurture our family, our spiritual parenting, and to be with people we truly connected with on a deep level.”  — Helen G., Portland, OR

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