Awaken to Your True Potential: A Yogananda Retreat – Sept 2018

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • SW Academy Way, Gaston, OR
  • Sep 14 - 16, 2018 (3 days)
  • A) Economy Twin (Shared) - $584.00 B) Economy Twin/Full (Private) - $634.00 C) Standard Twin (Shared) - $634.00 D) Standard Twin (Private) - $704.00 E) Premium Queen - $744.00 F) Deluxe Queen (w/private bath) - $874.00 G)…

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SPECIAL OFFERING FOR Sept 2018 PARTICIPANTS:  Receive a FREE REIKI HEALING SESSION with Stephen!!  (NOTE:  Applies to full weekend registrants ONLY – i.e. those who stay overnight from Fri to Sun)


Led by Makara (Stephen J. Hopson), a spiritual way-shower, bestselling author and Dolphin Ambassador, this powerful weekend retreat will offer spiritual seekers powerful tools to expand and deepen awareness of their divine purpose in life through universal spiritual principles based on a combination of spiritual teachings from Yogananda, Makara and wild dolphins/whales.

The teachings are partially based on his best-selling book, “Obstacle Illusions,” Yogananda’s “How to Awaken Your True Potential,” as well as from Makara’s experience with wild dolphins in Hawaii.   From these teachings, participants will dramatically alter their perceptions of their life’s challenges and transcend 3rd dimensional limiting beliefs.

We are in a period of massive global awakening where millions are waking up.  Do any of these characteristics of awakening apply to you?

Possible Awakening Characteristics:

  • No longer watch or read negative-fear based news
  • Strong desire to swim with wild dolphins/whales
  • Recognize that “horrific events” that have happened to you actually have a divine purpose
  • Difficulty doing things you don’t want to do or don’t enjoy
  • Require more solitude than the average person
  • Move with the flow of life rather than force your hand at “making things happen”
  • Strong desire to help raise the Planet’s vibration and those of your own
  • Laugh and smile a lot more

Some Things You May Experience:

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  • Accelerate your spiritual growth by bringing in more authenticity/truth
  • Contact the Divine Playwright through guided mediation
  • Rediscover the Role You Were Born To Play
  • Expand Your Divine Gifts and Infinite Potential
  • Remember how to hear with your heart versus your physical ears
  • Ah-Ha! Moments/Revelations
  • Review personal life lessons learned
  • Experience more clarity and inner peace with who you really are
  • Strengthen and increase your magnetism to attract what you want
  • Deepen your perception through introspection
  • Perceive how obstacles have really helped you learned your life lessons

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Read testimonials/reviews for Makara (Stephen J. Hopson) here!

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Guest Registration Fri Night3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Registration at Harmony Hall

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Introduction to Yoga, Energization and Meditation

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm  Dinner at Green Hill Cafe

7:00 pm -8:45 pm  “An Introduction to the Course”

  • Hear Makara’s inspirational story:  “From Wall Street to a Spiritual Pilgrim”
  • What we’ll be doing this weekend
  • Attributes and meaning of awakening

9:00 pm Stargazing or Walk the Labyrinth  (weather depending)

Saturday (Also available as “Day-Only” for those who come for one day)

6:30 am-8:00 am Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

8:00 am-8:45 am Breakfast in Silence (no talking from 8 to 8:30 am!)

David Photo 79:00 am-11:15 am   Workshop #1:  “Life is One Big Cosmic Play”

11:15 am Short Break

11:30 am-12:15 pm Workshop #2:  “Ten Ways of Dealing with Family & Friends Who Do Not Understand the Unfoldment of your Awakening”

12:15 pm-12:45 pm Guided Meditation

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (Green Hill Cafe)

1:45 pm-3:00 pm Workshop #3:  “12 Life Lessons From Makara and the Wild Dolphins”

3:00 pm   Personal Time – Journal, Rest, Hike, Labyrinth, Explore campus, etc.

4:45 pm-6:00 pm Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

6:00 pm-6:45 pm Dinner (Green Hill Cafe)

7:00 pm -8:45 pm Group Session:  Discuss revelations, insights, ideas, etc.


6:30 am-8:00 am Yoga, Energization and Guided Meditation

8:00 am-8:45 am Breakfast in Silence (no talking from 8 to 8:30 am!)

Saturday Day Only Group Session9:00 am-11:30 am Workshop #4:  “Raising Your Divine Magnetism with More Confidence, Courage and Inner Calmness”

11:30 am-12:15 pm  Personal Time:  Check out of room, pack up in addition to free healing sessions for those who stayed over the full weekend

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Meditation

12:45 pm -1:15 pm Lunch (Green Hill Cafe)

1:30 pm  – 2:00 pm Workshop #5:  “Next 30 Days – What Will You Do Differently with your Life?”

Upclose with Dolphins!

Additional Notes:

Full weekend (lodging from Fri to Sun) includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch. All meals are freshly prepared, vegetarian and delicious!

Read Awaken to Your True Potential testimonials/reviews featuring Makara (Stephen J. Hopson) here!


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

Menu Types

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

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Awaken to Your True Potential: A Yogananda Retreat – Sept 2018

at The Center at Ananda Laurelwood

  • Sep 14, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018 (3 days)


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