Guided Silent Retreat Mar 2019

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Gaston, Oregon, USA
  • Mar 28 - 31, 2019 (4 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $1,050.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $917.00 Serene Queen - $729.00 Comfy Full - $670.00 Cozy Twins - $662.00 Hostel-style Lodging Women - $506.00 Pet-Friendly Ro

About This Event

The 3-day Guided Silent Retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. The methods and pattern of meditation practice are drawn from the vipassana tradition and the “eight-fold” path of yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The sessions unfold at a gentle, progressive pace with opportunities to rest and reset within a longer, deeper rhythm than is normally available to us in our personal practice.

Silence is recognized by many of the world’s spiritual traditions as a powerful antidote to the mental agitation and stress resulting from the demands of our everyday life.


Peace is a palpable energy, making it possible to experience the joy within our beings. These retreats are designed to introduce you to a deep experience of inner peace.

Elements of the Guided Silent Retreat include:

Learning a simple but profound technique of meditation

Group meditations to support your individual practice

Gentle Ananda Yoga® to release tension, raise your energy and lift your consciousness

Use of mantra (devotional chanting) to calm your mind and open your heart

Qigong (chi kung) to stimulate and balance your life energy

Personal time for reading, contemplation and journaling

Practicing mindfulness in action – eating, walking, self-care

Nourishing vegetarian meals

Optional massage and spiritual counseling available by appointment

Peace is the first sensation to greet you when you arrive at Ananda Laurelwood. Our spacious and beautiful campus is the perfect place to unplug from your everyday concerns and recharge your spirit.

If you would like a longer stay, there’s a place on the registration form to come early or stay afterwards for an extended individual retreat.

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Planned Activities

Day 1

Room check-in (3:30 -6:00 pm)

Ananda Yoga (begins at 4:30 pm)

Evening meal together

Initial Gathering with guided meditation

Silence begins

Days 2 & 3

Walking meditation morning and afternoon

Group meditation morning, afternoon and evening

Self-reflection, journaling


Meals in silence

Ananda Yoga & Qigong

Day 4

Morning group meditation

Breakfast in silence

Silence ends

Group sharing & integration process

Lunch and departure


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.


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.


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

Menu Types

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


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


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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