• Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath – $658.00
  • Premium Queen with en suite bath – $568.00
  • Serene Queen – $438.00
  • Comfy Full – $398.00
  • Cozy Twin – $390.00
  • Hostel-style Lodging – $284.00
  • Pet-Friendly Room – $418.00
  • (All prices include $108.00 base amount)

All prices include tuition and 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily (a $35 value if purchased separately).

Accommodations: Choose "Register Now" to confirm availability and pricing for guest rooms and meals.

First Timers Weekend Meditation Retreat – Jan 2019

With Jagadeesh Franklin and Shanta Franklin

January 18 - 20, 2019

Yoga, Meditation and Community

Experience a relaxing retreat with guided meditation and yoga, explore spiritual principles and feel the joy of community while surrounded in the beauty and peace of our rural retreat center west of Portland, Oregon. First Timers’ Weekend is the perfect time to experience a little of everything Ananda offers for a discounted price.

Retreat weekend includes:

  • Introduction to Ananda Yoga, suitable for all bodies and abilities
  • Instruction in effective and practical meditation techniques to expand your consciousness
  • Exploration of universal spiritual principles that can improve every aspect of your life and the concept of Self Realization as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Introduction to the Energization Exercises and Qigong which bring increased energy and vitality
  • An evening of Kirtan, devotional chanting that opens the heart
  • Restorative Yoga on Sunday morning
  • Personal retreat time
  • An experience of a dynamic spiritual community where every day is a joyful adventure
  • “Satsanga” – fellowship with truth seekers who are committed to living with higher consciousness and expanded awareness

*To register for the Saturday only portion of the program, please click here.

New to Meditation and Yoga?

While most of our programs are perfect for those with no prior experience, this one 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.

Personal Instruction, Guidance and Community


Experience in-depth instruction in meditation, and guided yoga postures. Morning and afternoon yoga and meditation are offered daily in addition to sessions of instruction and discussion. Explore spiritual principles that can help you improve your quality of life. Enjoy a tour of Ananda Laurelwood, sing and play along with a joyful community kirtan, get to know residents and the uplifting music and stories of Ananda.

Our teachers have devoted their lives to life-transforming meditation and yogic principles and will guide you from their own love of the practice and of people.

Vegetarian Retreat Center

Your weekend also includes delicious vegetarian meals, the beautiful, natural surroundings of Laurelwood valley, a boutique with unique gift items and personal support and attention to insure your weekend is enriching and rejuvenating. Relax in our simple yet uplifting guest rooms. Each room includes a personal sink; bathrooms with showers are just down the hall.

Internships or Extended Stays


Are you interested in experiencing spiritual living and community for a longer time? Consider our internship program; it starts each month with First Timers’ Weekend.





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Jagadeesh Franklin
Born to musical parents, Jagadeesh was drawn to music, which became his inspiration and focus during his teenaged years. He later chose a career as a clinical lab scientist at the University of Washington Medical Center. Midway through that career he found his spiritual family, Ananda, after reading Autobiography of a…
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Shanta Franklin
Shanta’s search for deeper meaning led her to Ananda Assisi in Italy, where she became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and was certified in Ananda Yoga®. Feeling the guidance to learn English in America, she came to Ananda Village as a Karma Yogi at the Expanding Light Retreat, where she renewed her…
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