Healing with the Power of God

About This Event

 “Healing with God’s Unlimited Power”

Join Dr. Shanti Rubenstone, MD, internist, minister and spiritual counselor, as she explores the nature of true healing, and how to be truly well. These states reflect our unlimited ability to tap into eternal and infinite sources of energy, and making the conscious choice to do so.

Topics covered will be:

~ We ARE Energy!

~ Transformation and healing: turning illness and major life struggles from stumbling blocks to stepping stones

~ Interplay of right mindedness, conscious intention, spirituality and wellness

~ Using all spiritual practices: affirmations, chanting, meditation and more to expand your consciousness and heal


Friday, May 17th:

4:00 – 6:00     Room Check in

4:30 – 6:00     Ananda Yoga Sadhana

6:00 – 7:00     Dinner

7:30 – 9:00                 Introductory Evening: What does it mean to be Truly Well?

 Saturday, May 18th:

7:00 – 8:00     Superconscious Living Exercises and Ananda Yoga / Restorative

8:00 – 8:30      Meditation

8:30 – 9:30     Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00  Personal Time

10:00 –11:30 We ARE Energy, Transformation and Healing: turning illness and major life struggles from stumbling blocks to stepping stones

11:30 – 11:40 Break

11:45 –12:45        Interplay of Right Mindedness, Conscious Intention, Spirituality, and Wellness

12:45–1:30    Lunch

2:00 – 3:00     Using all Spiritual Practices: affirmations, chanting, meditation and more, to expand your consciousness and heal

3:00 – 4:00     Q & A, Closing Meditation

4:30 – 6:00     Energization and Ananda Yoga

6:00 – 7:00     Dinner

7:30 – 9:00     Community Satsang 

Sunday, May 19th:

6:30 – 8:00     Restorative Yoga

8:00 – 9:00     Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45     Purification Ceremony

10:00 –11:30 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.

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