Gala Weekend at Ananda Laurelwood

Saturday June 23 - Sunday June 24

Gala Weekend at Ananda Laurelwood

Saturday June 23 - Sunday June 24

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After celebrating International Day of Yoga  and the Summer Solstice at Portland’s Pioneer Square (June 21) and the Peace Symposium at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall (June 22),  Yogafest continues at the Ananda Laurelwood in Gaston, Oregon. 

After celebrating International Day of Yoga  and the Summer Solstice at Portland’s Pioneer Square (June 21) and the Peace Symposium at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall (June 22),  Yogafest continues at the Ananda Laurelwood in Gaston, Oregon. 

Discover our Intentional Community, Retreat Center And ‘Campus Of Higher Consciousness’

Discover our Intentional Community, Retreat Center And ‘Campus Of Higher Consciousness’

June 23, 2018 From 9am - 6pm

June 23, 2018 From 9am - 6pm

Saturday June 23 

Saturday June 23 

9 am - 2:30 pm

Open House & Tour Of Ananda Laurelwood

Experience our ‘Campus of Higher Consciousness’.  Mini classes in yoga & meditation along with presentations on organic gardening, conscious building, vegetarian cooking, conscious aging, etc., plus art exhibitions and more.  Come have a taste of conscious living!  Our center offers personal retreats, in-house programs and rental for group retreats.  A delicious vegetarian lunch, available by reservation, is served at 12:45pm.

9 am - 2:30 pm

Open House & Tour Of Ananda Laurelwood

Experience our ‘Campus of Higher Consciousness’.  Mini classes in yoga & meditation along with presentations on organic gardening, conscious building, vegetarian cooking, conscious aging, etc., plus art exhibitions and more.  Come have a taste of conscious living!  Our center offers personal retreats, in-house programs and rental for group retreats.  A delicious vegetarian lunch, available by reservation, is served at 12:45pm.

3 - 6 pm  

Ceremony of Dedication, unveiling the  8 ft bronze statue of Paramhansa Yogananda, a pioneer in recognizing the underlying unity of all religions. 

The statue will be installed on a panoramic hillside in Yogananda Gardens- a newly created area in the Laurelwood Valley providing a sanctuary for peace, prayer and meditation.  Honoring the timeless universal spiritual truths that unite the world in brotherhood, Yogananda Gardens invites collaborators from all spiritual traditions to join in the creation of its Gardens for Peace. 

3 - 6 pm  

Ceremony of Dedication, unveiling the  8 ft bronze statue of Paramhansa Yogananda, a pioneer in recognizing the underlying unity of all religions. 

The statue will be installed on a panoramic hillside in Yogananda Gardens- a newly created area in the Laurelwood Valley providing a sanctuary for peace, prayer and meditation.  Honoring the timeless universal spiritual truths that unite the world in brotherhood, Yogananda Gardens invites collaborators from all spiritual traditions to join in the creation of its Gardens for Peace. 

6 - 10pm

Dinner & Evening Kirtan  

Group chanting event on the green. 

6 - 10pm

Dinner & Evening Kirtan  

Group chanting event on the green. 

Sunday June 24

Sunday June 24

6 - 8 am  

Morning Meditation

Sunday, a day of retreat, begins with nourishment for the soul with a morning meditation.

6 - 8 am  

Morning Meditation

Sunday, a day of retreat, begins with nourishment for the soul with a morning meditation.

8 - 9 am  

Beginners Yoga & Meditation Followed By Breakfast

8 - 9 am  

Beginners Yoga & Meditation Followed By Breakfast

10 am  

Vedic Fire And Purification Ceremony

Fire has historically symbolized purification and transformation. In this ceremony we offer ourselves to God and ask for help and guidance in areas of challenge.  Ask God to help change those traits and behaviors that are obstacles to spiritual growth. Deep, simple and heart opening, the Purification Ceremony can bring profound peace and lasting change to our troubled hearts and lives.

10 am  

Vedic Fire And Purification Ceremony

Fire has historically symbolized purification and transformation. In this ceremony we offer ourselves to God and ask for help and guidance in areas of challenge.  Ask God to help change those traits and behaviors that are obstacles to spiritual growth. Deep, simple and heart opening, the Purification Ceremony can bring profound peace and lasting change to our troubled hearts and lives.

11 am  

Festival Of Lights With Jyotish & Devi Followed By Lunch

Sunday Service includes chanting, meditation, prayers, music, readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, and an inspirational talk. The service concludes with the Festival of Light, a universal celebration of the path of inner communion with God and of the divine grace that has come to us in our age.

11 am  

Festival Of Lights With Jyotish & Devi Followed By Lunch

Sunday Service includes chanting, meditation, prayers, music, readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, and an inspirational talk. The service concludes with the Festival of Light, a universal celebration of the path of inner communion with God and of the divine grace that has come to us in our age.

3 - 6 pm  

Open House At Ananda House

Afternoon tours of the Laurelwood campus, Ananda House (our elder residence)and various offerings will provide structured activities for visitors, but for those wishing a more inward experience, the many beautiful meditation sites will be open across the campus

3 - 6 pm  

Open House At Ananda House

Afternoon tours of the Laurelwood campus, Ananda House (our elder residence)and various offerings will provide structured activities for visitors, but for those wishing a more inward experience, the many beautiful meditation sites will be open across the campus

6 - 8 pm  

Dinner Theater With P.G. Wodehouse

At 6pm, another meal will be served with a Dinner Theatre production of a P.G. Wodehouse play directed by Vajra Johnson. 

6 - 8 pm  

Dinner Theater With P.G. Wodehouse

At 6pm, another meal will be served with a Dinner Theatre production of a P.G. Wodehouse play directed by Vajra Johnson. 

8 pm  

Sing Along With Gary Roller

Enjoy a sing-along led by sculptor and country music performer Gary Roller.

8 pm  

Sing Along With Gary Roller

Enjoy a sing-along led by sculptor and country music performer Gary Roller.

Experience the ‘small community solution’

Experience the ‘small community solution’

Visiting a small, self-sustaining community offers something for everyone, regardless of beliefs... from Agnostic to Zoroastrianism.

This special weekend retreat invites you to experience an intentional spiritually-based community. Yogananda envisioned that these kinds of communities would “spread like wildfire” as practical solutions to the dire problems of today’s troubled times. Come and discover how the yogic principles of ‘simple living, high thinking’ provide the key to living in harmony with each other and with nature.

Visiting a small, self-sustaining community offers something for everyone, regardless of beliefs... from Agnostic to Zoroastrianism.

This special weekend retreat invites you to experience an intentional spiritually-based community. Yogananda envisioned that these kinds of communities would “spread like wildfire” as practical solutions to the dire problems of today’s troubled times. Come and discover how the yogic principles of ‘simple living, high thinking’ provide the key to living in harmony with each other and with nature.

Register

Register

Overnight lodging and hearty vegetarian meals are provided at Ananda Laurelwood’s retreat center.  Join us for a weekend retreat or reserve meals for your day visit:   To register for the weekend Click Here   To reserve meals Click Here

Overnight lodging and hearty vegetarian meals are provided at Ananda Laurelwood’s retreat center.  Join us for a weekend retreat or reserve meals for your day visit:   To register for the weekend Click Here   To reserve meals Click Here

About The Statue

The 8 ft bronze statue was created by Santa Fe artist (and musician) Gary Roller.  

The Statue will honor Paramhansa Yogananda’s expansive vision for world brotherhood and peace through the fundamental unification of all the world’s religions and spiritual paths.  Awareness of the wholeness and oneness of all humanity starts with one’s direct understanding of the nature of the Divine and radiates out from there.  Without that centeredness on Unity, Gandhi could not have shepherded a peaceful transition to an independent India.

About The Statue

The 8 ft bronze statue was created by Santa Fe artist (and musician) Gary Roller.  

The Statue will honor Paramhansa Yogananda’s expansive vision for world brotherhood and peace through the fundamental unification of all the world’s religions and spiritual paths.  Awareness of the wholeness and oneness of all humanity starts with one’s direct understanding of the nature of the Divine and radiates out from there.  Without that centeredness on Unity, Gandhi could not have shepherded a peaceful transition to an independent India.

Dedication Ceremony

UN peace Ambassadors and Ananda Worldwide Directors Jyotish and Devi Novak will preside over the unveiling and blessing of the statue along with representatives from diverse spiritual traditions.  Join us for a beautiful dedication with short talks, music, dance and a ceremony of blessing.  

Dedication Ceremony

UN peace Ambassadors and Ananda Worldwide Directors Jyotish and Devi Novak will preside over the unveiling and blessing of the statue along with representatives from diverse spiritual traditions.  Join us for a beautiful dedication with short talks, music, dance and a ceremony of blessing.  

About Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of yoga and meditation.  In the 1920’s Yogananda toured the United States, lecturing to sold out auditoriums and founding the first yoga center in America.  His teachings of self realization and practical spirituality have continued to reverberate. It was the only book on the ipad of Steve Jobs, the only book Steve read every year, and the one book given to everyone who attended his funeral.  Many other leaders in business, medicine, government, the arts, etc., have embraced the uplifting vision of Yogananda.

About Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, introduced millions of westerners to the teachings of yoga and meditation.  In the 1920’s Yogananda toured the United States, lecturing to sold out auditoriums and founding the first yoga center in America.  His teachings of self realization and practical spirituality have continued to reverberate. It was the only book on the ipad of Steve Jobs, the only book Steve read every year, and the one book given to everyone who attended his funeral.  Many other leaders in business, medicine, government, the arts, etc., have embraced the uplifting vision of Yogananda.

Yogananda was a pioneer in recognizing the underlying unity of all traditions 

Yogananda was a pioneer in recognizing the underlying unity of all traditions 

“If religion means primarily God-consciousness, or the realization of God both within and without, and secondarily a body of beliefs, tenets and dogmas, then, strictly speaking, there is but one religion in the world, for there is but one God.”   

“Our One Father, we are traveling by many true paths unto Thy one abode of Light. Show us the one highway of common realization, where all bypaths of theological beliefs meet. Make us feel that the diverse religions are branches of Thy one tree of truth. Bless us, that we may enjoy the intuition-tested, ripe, luscious fruits of self-knowledge,. hanging from all the branches of manifold scriptural teachings. In Thy one temple of silence, we are singing unto Thee a chorus of many-voiced religions. Teach us to chant in harmony our love’s many expressions unto Thee, that our melody of souls may rouse Thee to break Thy vows of silence and lift us upon Thy lap of universal understanding and immortality.”

“Let me be Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Mohammedan, or Sufi: I care not what my religion, my race, my creed, or my color be, if only I can win my way to Thee! But let me be none of these, if it enmesh me in labyrinthine ways of religious formalities. Let me travel the royal road of realization which leads to Thee. I care not what bypaths of religion I follow, if at last I can travel by the one highway of common realization, which straightway leads to Thee.”

“If religion means primarily God-consciousness, or the realization of God both within and without, and secondarily a body of beliefs, tenets and dogmas, then, strictly speaking, there is but one religion in the world, for there is but one God.”   

“Our One Father, we are traveling by many true paths unto Thy one abode of Light. Show us the one highway of common realization, where all bypaths of theological beliefs meet. Make us feel that the diverse religions are branches of Thy one tree of truth. Bless us, that we may enjoy the intuition-tested, ripe, luscious fruits of self-knowledge,. hanging from all the branches of manifold scriptural teachings. In Thy one temple of silence, we are singing unto Thee a chorus of many-voiced religions. Teach us to chant in harmony our love’s many expressions unto Thee, that our melody of souls may rouse Thee to break Thy vows of silence and lift us upon Thy lap of universal understanding and immortality.”

“Let me be Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Mohammedan, or Sufi: I care not what my religion, my race, my creed, or my color be, if only I can win my way to Thee! But let me be none of these, if it enmesh me in labyrinthine ways of religious formalities. Let me travel the royal road of realization which leads to Thee. I care not what bypaths of religion I follow, if at last I can travel by the one highway of common realization, which straightway leads to Thee.”

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