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.

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EFL Outreach Programs: 

Devotional Altars for Families with Melissa Heart
Saturday, December 4th,  12 – 2 PM

Have fun with yoga stories, meditation and building a devotional altar to take home. 

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How to Raise Happy Children Through Holistic Parenting
with Rose Neal
Saturday, January 8th, 2022, 12 – 1:30 PM

This class is open to parents with children of all ages. Come with an open mind and heart, ready to access new perspectives and ways of knowing.

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Elementary Enrichment Series with Sydney
Winter series begins January 11, 2022  1 – 3 PM

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.

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Sharing Nature with Sundara Traymar
March 12, 2022   9 – 4PM  Register early and pay only $65
After Jan 31st, full price will be $80

A world class event for parents, educators and nature enthusiasts. We are thrilled to offer a rare opportunity to participate in a Sharing Nature program here in Portland. 

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“Sharing Nature sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education.”    National Association for Interpretation

Who will lead this workshop training? 

Greg Sundara Traymar is the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide. Greg has spent years training with Joseph Cornell and has trained thousands of people around the world in Sharing Nature techniques. Learn more about Greg. 

Learn more about Sharing Nature around the world HERE

Upcoming Programs being scheduled: 

Calm and Compassionate Children, with author Usha Dermond

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

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