Painting from the Heart and Soul

  • The Center at Ananda Laurelwood The Center at Ananda Laurelwood
  • Gaston, Oregon, USA
  • Feb 21 - 26, 2021 (6 days)
  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath - $1,645.00 Premium Queen with en suite bath - $1,430.00 Serene Queen - $1,140.00 Comfy Full - $1,045.00 Cozy Twins - $1,045.00 Hostel-style Lodging Women - $795.00 Pet-Fri

About This Event

Unleash the Joy and Passion of your own Unique Expression

Discover the bliss of losing yourself in the vibrant flow of creative energy and creative process.  Register by Jan 15 to receive $20 off! This full-immersion ‘energy flow’ painting workshop retreat near a Portland, Oregon hosted by Ananda Laurelwood, a community founded on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda author of spiritual bestseller Autobiography of a Yogi. This awakening retreat gives you the freedom to express your inner Self without self-consciousness or self-criticism. Proven techniques will overcome blocks and open the doorway to inspiration.  Learn how to cultivate true originality and spontaneity of expression.  When you paint from the HEART and SOUL you access the deepest wellspring of your own inner wisdom just like during quiet meditation.

Discover the PURE JOY of childlike spontaneous creative expression

Overcome blocks to your own authentic artistic voice and vision

Learn practical techniques for sparking an endless FLOW of CREATIVITY

Cultivate deep connection to the inner world of your SOUL

For artists and non-artists alike.  Absolutely no talent or experience is required.  “Non- Artists” will unleash the creator within- experiencing the delight of their own unique expression.   Practicing artists will discover an inexhaustible font of inspiration to use in their professions.

ALL are guaranteed to experience the bliss of being absorbed in the flow of creative process.

This course counts towards the Transformational Art Certification Program.


Our unique SOUL CENTERED approach will enliven you- sparking the creative spirit in all aspects of your life.  Past participants have reported breakthroughs in their personal lives as well as in other creative endeavors.

“Thank you so much for such a beautiful painting experience- it opened the channel for my writing.  I went home after your course and easily finished a book I had been working on for years!  It is now published.  Thank you again for a work that so profoundly  stirs the creative spirit…I am enclosing a copy”   LWS Australia



Awaken creativity during this creativity course and learn to paint from the heart and soul. For artists and non-artists alike this creative self expression retreat gives you the freedom to express your inner Self without self-criticism.

You will experience:

Spiritual exercises for opening the doorway to inspiration

Overcoming your blocks to creative expression

Energy Painting from a higher state of consciousness

Energy flow painting

Techniques for cultivating creativity and soul intuition

Techniques for spontaneity of expression through expressive arts

Development of your own original artistic style through intuitive painting

Clarity of vision and fluidity of expression.

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:

Opening up to the joy and peace of meditation and Yoga. <3 Marion

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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