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Ananda Center at Laurelwood is an educational non-profit (501 (c) 3), dedicated to providing a setting where Education for Life can be explored. Education for Life is an approach to life that embraces each experience, each challenge as an opportunity for growth and understanding. Based in the universal spiritual teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyanada, Ananda Center at Laurelwood is home to every path that leads to expanding awareness and harmony.

Ananda Laurelwood is sited on 50+ acres in the Laurelwood Valley, just west of Portland Oregon. Fertile soils, pure spring water, rolling hills, inspiring views, abundant wildlife and the close proximity of Bald Peak all provide a setting conducive to expansive thinking, creativity, exploration and a sense of harmony with life.

You can help develop and sustain Ananda Center at Laurelwood – both its facilities and its programs.  Your fully tax deductible donation helps support the development and growth of Ananda Center at Laurelwood.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation with a credit or debit card, you can use this online form.

If you would like to donate by check, you can mail it to:

Ananda Center at Laurelwood

38950 SW Laurelwood Rd.

Gaston OR 97119

Please indicate on the memo line of the check that it is for a donation.

Thank you for your support!

The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is an ideal environment to quickly “unplug” from life’s daily stresses and learn lifelong techniques for an improved quality of life. The retreat center has great energy, beautiful surroundings, and warm, open people. The food was excellent and the lodging comfortable.

Venue Highlights

The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is located 45 minutes west of downtown Portland in Oregon, surrounded by farmland, forest, and wetlands, with vistas of gently rolling hills stretching west to the coastal range. Quiet, serene, and inspiring, the landscape itself rejuvenates the soul.

The campus was originally designed and built as a residential high-school for the Seventh Day Adventist community. Retreat buildings are updated and comfortable, while retaining the charm and nostalgia of mid-century architecture.

Classrooms are sunny and bright, with plenty of room to stretch out and immerse yourself in a workshop, discussion group, or movement class.

Afternoon yoga classes are offered almost daily, year round.

Group meditations are held each morning and mid-day. Meditation instruction can be arranged.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

All meals are vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Grace Kitchen tries to accommodate special dietary needs.

Accommodations

Most of the accommodations at the Center at Ananda Laurelwood are dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms down the hall. Most rooms have a sink in the corner. All rooms have ample closets and are quite spacious, light, and airy with good-sized windows looking out either across Laurelwood valley or onto the hillside above the retreat center.

You can choose your sleeping preference: twin, double, or queen bed. A small number of rooms have an en suite bathroom. A 2-bedroom apartment with kitchen and bath is also available.

Directions

From Portland airport (PDX), take the MAX light rail to the Beaverton Transit Station. Uber or Lyft are available for the picturesque, 30-minute drive to the Center at Ananda Laurelwood.

For GPS directions, enter Academy Way, Gaston OR.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To bring my friend and open her world to the gift of yoga. Denise
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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