Healing Journey

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Gaston, Oregon, USA
  • Mar 21 - 26, 2021 (6 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $1,795.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $1,580.00 Serene Queen - $1,290.00 Comfy Full - $1,195.00 Cozy Twins - $1,195.00 Hostel-style Lodging Women - $945.00 Pet-Fri

About This Event

Join us for a Creative Journey of Inner Transformation

Creative Process takes us to the heart and soul of who we really are.  Through this powerful inner work you will COME HOME to your own deep, authentic Self within. 

Come home to your own UNIQUE  AUTHENTIC BEING 

We will use all the modalities of the arts – pastel drawing, painting, clay, collage, singing, expressive dance, authentic movement, costume and theater- etc., as vehicles for self exploration, healing and spiritual growth.

Creative Process takes us to the heart and soul of who we really are.  Through this powerful inner work you will COME HOME to your own deep, authentic Self within. Listen to the songs of your soul and hear the messages from your dreams.

Creative embodiment helps us to access the wisdom of our soul and catalyzes profound positive change. The week includes richly informative presentations and daily creative creative work in the studio.  You will be skillfully midwifed in your own inner process, following the threads to make creative ‘acts of transformation’. Close personal guidance will accompany your work within an intimate group.

A unique and powerful experience of inner healing and spiritual awakening!

No talent or experience is necessary.  Through decades of pioneering work in the emerging field of Art & Consciousness Dana Lynne Andersen has distilled a proven method for awakening creativity in all people.  Regardless of your age, ability or background you can open the channel of your creative potential.

Many of these courses satisfy some of the requirements for the Transformative Arts Certification Program. For more information about the certification program, click here.

Vegetarian Retreat Center

Your weekend will includes delicious vegetarian meals, optional daily yoga & meditation and the serene and natural surroundings of Laurelwood Valley. Enjoy a boutique with unique gift items, and personal support and attention to insure your weekend is enriching and rejuvenating. Relax in our simple yet uplifting guest rooms. Each room includes a personal sink; bathrooms with showers are just down the hall.

Register Now- Space Available!

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation for a Personal Retreat or Ananda Laurelwood sponsored event or program 7 days before your arrival date, we will refund your payment minus a $20 processing fee.

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.

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 bring my friend and open her world to the gift of yoga. Denise

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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