Just for Fun Piano & Harmonium: One Day Workshop

About This Event

Whether you have never played piano, or are a seasoned classical pianist, learn to play the piano or harmonium using the “Chord System” in one easy session. Composer, pianist, educator Donn Rochlin will teach you all you need to know to play any of your favorite songs now without years of tedious lessons and hours of fruitless practice. Learn all the chords you need to play any song, any style. Using a system similar to touch typing students will learn musical shorthand and how to feel confident in their ability to play with fun and creativity.

Since giving his first “Just For Fun Piano Workshop” in 1993, pianist, teacher, Donn Rochlin has visited over 65 cities, spreading the gospel of an easier way to learn piano. According to Rochlin, the attrition rate of people dropping out of traditional piano lessons is 90% in the first two years.

The common reasons for quitting according to Rochlin’s students are boredom, stress, note reading, lack of creativity, hours of tedious practice and traumatic recitals – some of which led to years of therapy. Rochlin goes on to say that learning note reading before learning how to play chords and understanding the basic building blocks of music is like teaching a child to read before they can form words and speak.

The Just For Fun Piano and Harmonium workshop is intended for absolute beginners as well as seasoned players suffering what Rochlin refers to as “P.T.P.L.S.D. – Post Traumatic Piano Lesson Stress Disorder.” Workshop participants can expect to walk out of this session with the knowledge of how to play any song any style using chords. They will learn how to play more and read less as well as learning a variety of “tricks of the trade” used by professional piano players.

**** ( Workshop 9:00 – 2:00 (includes lunch) also includes book & CD for home study )

Rochlin’s philosophy is that when students have fun learning and see positive results from the start they are inspired to stick with it, become self-motivated and eager to take on more advanced information. This workshop lays the foundation for a lifetime of creative expression and enjoyment making music.


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
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten 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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