EMBODY THIS: A Movement & Mindfulness Retreat

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Laurelwood, Oregon, USA
  • Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2018 (3 days)
  • A) Economy Twin (Shared) - $360.00 B) Economy Twin/Full (Private) - $410.00 C) Standard Twin (Shared) - $410.00 D) Standard Twin (Private) - $480.00 E) Premium Queen - $520.00 F) Deluxe Queen (w/private bath) - $650.00 G)…

About This Event

Are you ready to listen?

To your body, that is. Dive into the mind-body connection through movement, meditation, and visualization practices used to transform consciousness and actions.

In this weekend retreat*, you will:

Explore and express yourself in a safe and creative space

Experience how visualization and the imagination impact behavior

Access deeper states of consciousness

Distill the essence of an experience and learn to fully embody it

Learn to integrate mind-body connections into daily life

Dance. Ecstatically

This dynamic retreat offered at the Ananda Center at Laurelwood features mind-body techniques used in meditation, art, theatre, therapy, and community development– as well as yummy vegetarian meals and a breath-taking rural landscape just outside of Portland, Oregon within a blossoming spiritual community.

No experience necessary; just a willingness to play and explore.

Embody This.

You won’t regret it.

*If you would like to come for the program on Saturday only, click here.


The way Sangeet blends body awareness, spirituality, and a knack for creative logistics makes me feel empowered in my own magic to make bigger moves. From her I’ve learned how to come into dialogue with my body and intuition as partners.–Q.A.W.

Working with Sangeet is like stepping into a warm room. She is very aware of people’s energies and respects people of all ages with her listening heart. I would trust her with any one’s imagination and personal growth. —J. Zodrow

Sangeet offers a safe and supportive space where I am free and unafraid to get spiritual!—K. Kore

Collaborating with Sangeet allowed me to reclaim vision in my life, trust my intuition, and birth a sense of community. I still practice a meditation Krista introduced me to. —C. Patton

Sangeet’s healing work transformed my life! My world has completely changed and expanded, and I’ve never been happier, more capable, more fulfilled, more loving, and more empowered. I went deep into myself and reclaimed my personal sense of power! From this profound, life-changing experience with Krista, I have embodied unbending authenticity, gratitude, self-love, and self-worth ever since. —B. Francis



3:30-6:00 Registration at Harmony Hall

4:30-6:00 Yoga

6:00-6:45 Dinner

7:30-9:00 Introduction to Movement & Mindfulness:   Ease the mind and listen to the body with meditation, communication,                                                                                                       and improvisational movement.


(Also available as Day-Only)

6:30-8:00 Yoga/Meditation

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

10:00-12:30 Energy, Ease & Visualization:   Dive deeper into the mind-body connection using physical exploration,                                                                                                       visualization and techniques by Michael Chekhov

12:45-1:30 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Authentic Movement:   Integrate body and mind for elevated access to consciousness with this technique used in                                                                       spiritual, therapeutic, artistic, and community development.

3:30-4:30 Personal Retreat Time

4:30-6:00 Yoga

6:00-6:45 Dinner

7:30-9:00 Ecstatic Dance:   Share the journey with free-form dance!


6:30-8:00 Yoga/Meditation

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

10:00-12:00 Experience–Essence & Embodiment:   Distill the essence of an experience and learn to fully embody it. Then                                                                                                          learn how to integrate the experiences of the retreat into daily life.

12:45-1:30 Lunch

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.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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  • Erica Kshama Kellogg   June 18, 2019

      A Treasure!

    The Center at Ananda Laurelwood is a treasure I return to again and again! There is a peace and preciousness that permeates the grounds and is nurtured by the staff and student-residents of the campus. I love to walk the property at sunrise and sunset, attend the yoga and meditation sessions, and participate in classes and karma yoga activities. Every retreat and program I have attended has left me feeling more deeply connected with myself and transformed from the inside out. I will be back again and again!

  • susan Traff   April 25, 2019

      Awesome week!

    I came to Ananda tired and in need of changing pace and chilling out. I wanted some structure and community but not too much. Ananda seemed to offer just that with meals, meditation and yoga. But it was more than that. I entered an incredible community of people who welcomed me with such openness, I immediately felt settled and so glad to be there. It was great to share meals and sit in meditation together and then find a new pace and rhythm to relax and retune. I was able to do that to my own amazement and I feel due to the support of the community along with the beautiful grounds and cozy comforting room I looked so forward to relaxing and reading in at different times during the day. My days were spent meditating, doing yoga, eating and reading, with big energizing hikes in the afternoon. I also got to chant kirtan with the community one night as well as participate in a workshop a couple of days while I was there. Definitely go if you are looking to recharge and like the idea of some community, food is fantastic and the people, so open and loving. Thanks Ananda, see you next year!

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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