New Year’s Retreat with Shantala!

About This Event

This year we’re very happy to have Shantala joining us for our annual New Year’s Kirtan Retreat. Their deep and soulful Kirtans are very well known and loved among their thousands of devoted followers. The spiritual power that comes with one of their Kirtan retreats is even more deeply moving.

Join us for this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to relax, renew, and re-open your heart to begin the New Year.  Our Laurelwood retreat center offers comfortable lodging, great vegetarian meals, yoga classes, meditation temples, acres of land to walk on, and a deeply peaceful vibration.

Starting Monday the 31st, with a convenient early afternoon check in and finishing Tuesday January 1st with a late lunch, come and immerse yourself in a deep spiritual environment and enjoy several hours of chanting New Years Eve, a midnight fire ceremony,  and a two hour New Years day morning workshop with Shantala, two yoga classes, great vegetarian food, and the uplifting company of other like minded souls.   Below is the full schedule:

Monday December 31st:

2 to 4 pm check in.

4:30 to 5:30 Yoga class

6pm dinner

7:15ish to 8:45ish pm we’re showing the movie “American Yogi”.

9pm to midnight, Shantala kirtan

Midnight fire ceremony

Tuesday January 1st:

8am to 9am breakfast

9:30am to 10:30am New Year’s morning Yoga class

10:45am to 12:45pm special Shantala workshop. Including chanting, affirmations for the New Year etc.

12:45pm  New Years day brunch.

2pm checkout and goodbyes

If you’d prefer, you can come for just the dinner and kirtan on New Year’s Eve. Go here for info and to register.


Ananda Laurelwood does not provide ride sharing or carpooling arrangements.  However


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.


  • 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.


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.


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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