The Education for Life Outreach Program through Ananda Portland offers support and connection to families with holistic education and community friendships. The programs and classes will enrich our lives and expand our awareness of what’s possible in raising kind and compassionate children. Everyone gains greater self-understanding through the tools of Education for Life.

What makes you happy? Seeing a beautiful sunset, achieving a goal, learning something new, hiking in a forest? Education for Life is a holistic way of looking at life and growth that supports our natural development, an unfoldment of who we are. We offer life skills in the form of Tools of Maturity and Specific Gravity to children, parents & caregivers, so we can grow into happier, more balanced individuals focusing on the joy of learning and the art of living.

Family walking in the woods.

Swami Kriyananda

We are here to help prepare children to meet life’s challenges. The book Education for Life was written by J. Donald Walters, also known as Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda worldwide.

Autobiography of a Yogi

The origins of the teachings come from a great Indian spiritual teacher Paramhansa Yogananda who brought yogic principles to the western world and authored Autobiography of a Yogi.

These tools are not just for children, they apply to all ages! We are hardwired to seek happiness so we can come to an understanding of how to embrace ourselves and expand our compassion for others.

Learn more about Education for Life at

EFL Outreach Programs: 

September 25, 2021 @ 10 am – 2 pm
Conscious Families Mini-Retreat
Join us for this half-day retreat for families with children ages 4 – 10.
Yoga, music, stories, art, nature games as a group as well as a parent workshop with separate kids activities.Click here for all the details and to register. 

Begins Sept 28, 2021 @ 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Elementary Enrichment Series with Sydney
A ten week series of classes for children 8 – 11 years to explore and expand their inner joy.This class will provide a space for the exploration of inner awareness and  life skills, with self-expression through yoga, meditation, art, writing and games. Click here for all the details and to register. 

Upcoming Programs being scheduled: 

Parenting Teens, with Rose Neal

Spirituality with Children, with author Lorna Knox

Making Altars for Family and Home, with Melissa Heart

Calm and Compassionate Children, with author Usha Dermond

Yoga and Games for 4-8 yr olds using EFL principles, with Melissa Heart

Sharing Nature, with Sundara Traymar

The Early Years, with Trina Gardner

Art and Consciousness, with Dana Andersen

Energy Medicine, with Chris Wheeler

EFL for Parents, Teachers and Homeschoolers, with author Nitai Deranja