New Year’s Creative Vision Quest

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Gaston, Oregon, USA
  • Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019 (5 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $1,528.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $1,352.00 Serene Queen - $1,106.00 Comfy Full - $1,028.00 Cozy Twin - $1,020.00 Hostel-style Lodging…

About This Event

Will You Follow the Compass of Your Soul?

This year make your New Year a time of NEW VISION

Discover your highest DESTINY

This unique workshop uses the power of right brain modalities to access the wisdom and creative genius of your own internal compass.

Transform your PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

• Review and Release the PAST

• Come into the PRESENT- the center of your own Soul where you can experience the new energies and visions that are emerging from deep within.

& CRYSTALLIZE your positive FUTURE with a unique Life Map, Vision Board, and New Year’s Ceremony of INITIATION

• Receive support for your success with potent spiritual techniques and concrete strategies.

It’s time to DREAM BIG!

Discover the synergy between what the world needs and what you are here to give.

• Journey from scattered desires to focused vision.

• Recalibrate to the DIVINE BLUEPRINT of your own Soul’s unique mission and purpose.

• Immerse yourself in uplifting and healing vibrations that bring Love and JOY into your field.



THURSDAY  December 27  Arrive early and settle-in, if you like!

FRIDAY  December 28

7am            Group Morning Meditation (optional)

8am            Breakfast


11am           REVIEWING and RELEASING the PAST

12:15pm     Group Afternoon Meditation (optional)

12:45-1:30pm      Lunch

3pm             CHANGE YOUR BRAIN

                     ~ Crucial information from the field of brain science

                     ~ Learn how to remold your plastic brain.

4:30pm       CHANGE YOUR WORLD

                    ~ Powerful techniques from the science of yoga conjoin

                     cutting-edge knowledge from quantum physics


                    ~ Guided Moving Meditation & Creative Process to clean your energy body

                      and clear obstacles from the field of possibility.

6:00-6:45pm        Dinner

8:00-9pm   A CRYSTAL BOWL CEREMONY for clearing the past.

SATURDAY December 29

7am            Group Morning Meditation (optional)

8am            Breakfast

10am          Recovering your TRUE DESIRES

                     ~ Letting go of distracting ‘false desires’ from media, culture & family

                     ~ discovering the authentic desires that are signals of our Dharma.

                     Knowing your TRUE PURPOSE

                    ~ ‘Drawing from the Well’ – A creative process with guided moving meditation, chalk & oil  pastel.

12:15pm       Group Afternoon Meditation (optional)

12:45-1:30pm      Lunch

3pm          Tuning into the QUANTUM FIELD

                     ~ Accessing the wisdom of your own soul.

                     Guided Visioning Process includes creating your own unique LIFE MAP

6:00-6:45pm        Dinner

8:00pm        DREAM POWER  Drawing from daydreams, night dreams and intuitive revelation we will gather the dreams that are speaking to your soul.

SUNDAY December 30

7am             Group Morning Meditation (optional)

8am            Breakfast

10am          Discovering EMERGENT NEW ENERGIES

                     MASKMAKING! ~ An actual casting of your face becomes

                     an invocation for the emergent energies that are ripe to be revealed.

12:15            Group Afternoon Meditation (optional)

12:45-1:30pm      Lunch

3-6pm         Embellishing an exploring the message of your mask

6:00-6:45pm        Dinner

8:00pm       Circle of the Masks ~ SOUL REVELATIONS

MONDAY December 31

7am            Group Morning Meditation (optional)

8am           Breakfast


                   ~ Creating an activating your own SOUL COLLAGE VISION BOARD

12:15            Group Afternoon Meditation (optional)

12:45-1:30pm      Lunch

3pm           INTERVIEW with YOUR FUTURE

                    ~ using theatrical play to experience your own future

6:00-6:45pm        Dinner

10pm         Crystalizing your NEW DIRECTION in a rite of passage ritual

12pm         Initiation of TRANSFORMATION


7am            Group Morning Meditation (optional)

8am           Breakfast

10am         Sharing Circle

11am          CLOSING CEREMONY

12:15          Group Afternoon Meditation (optional)

12:45-1:30pm    CELEBRATION Lunch

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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.

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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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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