Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

First Timer’s Weekend: Meditation, Yoga and Community 2014

« Back to Events
This event has passed. View upcoming events.
Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm – Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm
Ananda Center at Laurelwood 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd
Gaston, OR 97119 United States
Reservation Desk
[add_to_cart item="FTW2" quantity="user:1" ] [add_to_cart item="FTW1" quantity="user:1" ]

Event Navigation

Ananda College YogaAn ideal first experience of Ananda, with reduced fees for first-time visitors. Together with other newcomers, you will experience a little of everything Ananda offers:

·    Instruction in meditation practices

·    Ananda Yoga for overcoming physical tension and mental stress

·    Energization Exercises which bring increased vitality and better health

·    A lesson about spirituality and Self-realization

·    Superb, tasty vegetarian meals

MeditationWhile most of our programs are perfect for those with no prior experience, this retreat is especially designed to introduce newcomers to meditation, yoga, and spiritual community. You’ll be amazed at the variety of things you can learn and experience in just one weekend.

You’ll have in-depth instruction in meditation, and experience guided yoga postures. You’ll explore spiritual principles that can help you improve your quality of life. You’ll enjoy a tour of Ananda Laurelwood, get to know some of the residents, experience community and enjoy the uplifting music and stories of Ananda.


TeacherNayaswami Miriam Rodgers joined Ananda Center at Laurelwood and the Cities of Light program in the spring of 2013 after many years with Ananda, serving as Swami Kriyananda’s nurse. Personally trained by Swami Kriyananda through daily contact across fourteen years, Miriam brings a depth of understanding and a richness of joy to Ananda Center at Laurelwood.


LewisLewis Van Der Meulen is a founding member of Ananda Laurelwood, first finding Ananda in 2009. He is a certified yoga teacher and meditation teacher. He provides support to residents participating in our internship program, is a member of the Community Council, and keeps our water and sewer systems functioning.


Yoga Teacher
Laurie Chadwick, RYT ®500 is the director of Ananda Yoga® of Portland, Oregon. She has taught all levels of Ananda Yoga for the past 10 years and co-developed the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program here in Portland. She also specializes in the following classes: Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Extra Gentle Yoga.



See more about our guest rooms here: https://anandalaurelwood.org/about/guestrooms/
These simple, yet delightful rooms look out toward the expansive valley or the thriving orchards. Each room has its own sink with bathrooms just down the hall.

[add_to_cart item=”FTW2″ quantity=”user:1″ ] [add_to_cart item=”FTW1″ quantity=”user:1″ ]