Ananda schools are built around Education for Life, a system of education that emphasizes experiential learning, practical skills for living, and spiritual development. It is a proven approach to education that is used in schools from pre-school through college.
As parents, grandparents, and educators, we all want the best for the students in our lives. We want them to be successful in life. Clearly, success is much more than a good job, financial security, a nice home, and social status.
Education for Life teachers believe in raising children to express their greatest gifts and talents throughout their lives, and to lead lives of joy, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning. Students excel not only in self-understanding and resilience, but in academic achievement.
Living Wisdom School
The Portland Living Wisdom School is a small school offering a holistic education based on the priciples of Education for Life, an educational philosophy that balances mind and heart, body and spirit. The roots of the Education for Life system lie in the philosophy of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda emphasized the unity of all religions and their common purpose in helping people experience joy, love, and peace. We emphasize universal principles that bring happiness, for example, kindness, generosity, courage, and optimism while supporting a learning environment where students thrive.
Ananda College at Laurelwood
The core purpose of Ananda College is to provide a transformational learning environment where each student develops the intellectual acuity and life skills to express their unique dharma. Besides academic growth, the college offers students many tools to examine their lives with clarity and honesty as a basis for finding inner and outer fulfillment in life.