Mindfulness Meditation Workshop

About This Event

Mindfulness is the most scientifically studied method of meditation, and has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and to improve mental health and concentration. Mindfulness is a modern presentation of ancient meditation techniques that are central to the Buddhist vipassana and zen traditions.

Mindfulness meditation teaches us to be unconditionally present – to clearly see ourselves, just as we are and what is happening, just as it is.

Your workshop* experience will include:

Exploration of the principles of mindfulness meditation

Practice of sitting and walking meditation

Opportunities for individual meditation guidance

Through the practice of mindfulness, we become aware of the mental unrest that arises when “what is” isn’t how we think it should be.  We learn to calmly observe our thoughts and sensations and to open into the luminous tranquility of our inner wisdom.

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Yoga, Meditation and Community

Experience a relaxing retreat with guided mindfulness meditation and yoga, explore universal spiritual principles and feel the joy of life in an intentional spiritual community while surrounded in the beauty and peace of our rural retreat center west of Portland, Oregon.

*If you’d like to come early and stay the night, click here to reserve lodging. Accommodations include 3 wonderful vegetarian meals, starting with dinner on evening of arrival and include breakfast and lunch the next day.

Retreat Schedule

10:00 –11:00 Instruction in mindfulness practice

11:15 –12:30 Guided mindfulness meditation practice

12:45 – 1:30 Lunch in Green Hill Café

2:00 – 2:30 Walking meditation

2:30 – 4:00 Guided mindfulness meditation practice

4:00 – 4:30 Questions and answers

4:30 – 6:00 Optional Ananda Yoga with energization, asanas, meditation

 

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.

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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.

Accommodations

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.

Amenities

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

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

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

Directions

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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Why Retreat?

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

Love of life. Tamara
 

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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