The Physics of Meditation: A Scientific and Experiential Exploration of Spirit and Nature

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Gaston, Oregon, USA
  • Aug 2 - 4, 2019 (3 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $550.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $460.00 Serene Queen - $330.00 Comfy Full - $290.00 Cozy Twins - $282.00 Hostel-style Lodging Women - $176.00 Pet-Friendly Room

About This Event

The Physics of Meditation

A Scientific and Experiential Exploration of Spirit and Nature

Presenter: Joseph (Puru) Selbie, author of The Physics of God

“He draws from the transcendent testimony of mystics the world over as well as from the findings of string theory, David Bohm’s version of quantum physics, quantum biology, neuroscience, and quantum physics itself to demonstrate that a physics of God is at hand!”

–Dr. Amit Goswami, author of The Self–Aware Universe

Woven into a weekend of experiential spirituality — including sessions of deep physical, emotional, and mental relaxation — we’ll explore how the explanations of spiritual phenomena and transcendent experience described by saints, sages, and near death experiencers fully align with and are supported by scientific discoveries in the fields of relativity, quantum physics, M-theory, neuroscience, and quantum biology.

Joseph is known for making complex subjects simple and clear— no science back ground required. The program is a wonderful balance of mind, heart; connecting the dots between science and experience.


Matter is an Illusion

Drawing from: Quantum physics, neuroscience, quantum field theory (QFT), and the Higgs Boson

Experiential: Multi -level deep relaxation, breath work, and the grace of stillness

You have Two Bodies

Drawing from: M-theory, nonlocality, brane-worlds, and the holographic universe

Experiential: Pranayama and life-force awareness

Your Consciousness Creates Matter

Drawing from: Quantum biology, placebo theory, and the intelligent observer effect

Experiential: Hong Sau technique of meditation and concentration

Who Should Attend

Those who want to learn how to meditate—and why it works: this program will teach you three keys to successful meditation, the Hong Sau technique of concentration, and how meditation changes your life

Established meditators looking to deepen their practice: this program will reinvigorate your meditation practice through fresh insight into the core scientific and subtle principles of meditation as well as immersive meditation sessions

Anyone who wants to connect the dots between science and spirituality: this program will show you that clear support for ageless spiritual truths can be found in the modern discoveries and theories of science. No science background required

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing suitable for yoga. Yoga mats are available but you may want to bring your own. The weekend will include multiple meditation sessions as well as hatha yoga.


Friday Evening

3:30–6:00 Room Check in, Harmony Hall Foyer

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

6:00–7:00 Dinner in Green Hill Café

7:30 to 9:00—Session 1, Matter is an Illusion and Multi-level Deep Relaxation

Saturday Morning

8:00–9:00 Breakfast

9:00 to 9:45—Optional Morning Walk to the Yogananda Shrine

10:00 to 12:30—Session 2, You have Two Bodies and Life Force Awareness

Saturday Afternoon

12:45–1:30 Lunch in Green Hill Café

2:00 to 4:00—Session 3, Your Consciousness Creates Matter and Concentration

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

Saturday Evening

6:00–7:00 Dinner in Green Hill Café

7:30 to 9:00—Kirtan

Sunday Morning

8:00–9:00 Breakfast

11:00–12:30 Optional Sunday Service

12:45–1:30 Lunch

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!

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