Labor Day Weekend 2018: Celebrating the Spirit of Creative Enterprise

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Laurelwood, Oregon, USA
  • Ongoing
  • Premium Queen with en suite bath - $207.00 Serene Queen - $149.00 Comfy Full - $130.00 Cozy Twin - $130.00 Hostel-style Lodging - $80.00 Pet-Friendly Room - $140.00 Accessible Room - $99.00 (All prices include $0.00 base…

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Celebrating the Spirit of Community & Creative Enterprise

Our 8th Annual Labor Day Weekend Celebration!

This uplifting retreat and family fun weekend is open to all, newcomers (like our First Timers Weekend) and long-time devotees. A great way to experience and enjoy Ananda, see what Laurelwood has to offer and be in the company and satsang of joyful truth seekers. We will be celebrating our many new creative enterprises that are becoming manifest in this year. They are as follows:

The Village at Ananda Laurelwood

The Center at Ananda Laurelwood

Cities of Light Residential Program

Ananda House, LLC

Awakening Arts Academy

Awaken Gardens

Dwapara Yoga & Meditation, LLC

Green Hill Market and Espresso

Laurelwood Builders Guild, LLC

Yogananda Gardens of the Northwest

Highlights of the weekend celebration to include:

Daily meditation and yoga

Inspiring talks from the new creative enterprise leaders

Shared visioning

Joyful Seva (service) opportunities

Kirtan with our Ananda Laurelwood kirtan group and special guests

Purification and Sunday Service at Laurelwood

Tours of the campus, Yogananda Gardens, Ananda House, and new community

Delicious vegetarian meals


Volleyball/Team Building


Garden Visits

Satsang, friendship and joy

Ananda Laurelwood welcomes all to celebrate with us. Stay overnight or come for just the day. To register and pay for meals a la carte click here.

Labor Day Celebration Schedule

Friday, August 31

3:30 pm – Check in

4:30 – 6:00 pm:  Ananda Yoga sadhana (Movement Room in Expansion Hall)

7:30 pm:  Introductory & Welcome Evening (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)


Saturday, Sept 1

6 am:   Energization Exercises (Front Lawn of Contentment)

6:30 am – 8:00 am:   Long Meditation (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

8:00 am – 8:30 am:   Breakfast in Silence (Green Hill Cafe)

8:30 am – 9:00 am:   Breakfast continues (Green Hill Cafe)

9:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Sharing our Creative Enterprises (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm:   Energization and Meditation (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

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

4:30 pm 6:00 pm:    Ananda Yoga Sadhana (Movement Room in Expansion Hall)

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

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm:   Kirtan under the stars! (Yogananda Gardens)

Sunday, September 2

6 am:   Energization Exercises (Front Lawn of Contentment)

6:30 am – 8:00 am:   Long Meditation (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

8:00 am – 8:30 am:   Breakfast in Silence (Green Hill Cafe)

8:30 am – 9:00 am:   Breakfast continues (Green Hill Cafe)

10:00 am -10:45 am:   Purification Ceremony (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

11:00 am -12:30 pm:   Festival of Light Service (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

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

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm:    Afternoon activities (Volleyball, Team Building, Tours of Ananda House and/or Yogananda Gardens, etc)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:   Picnic-style light dinner (Green Hill Café)

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm:   Movie or Swamiji reading PG Wodehouse

Monday, September 3

6 am:   Energization Exercises

6:30 am – 8:00 am:   Long Meditation (Meditation Room in Expansion Hall)

8:00 am – 9:00 am:    Breakfast (Green Hill Cafe)

10:00 am – 11:00 am:   Closing Circle, Go with Love (AUM Pavilion)

12:15 pm:  Midday Meditation

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


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.

Thank you!

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

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