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April Workshops

April 2017

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Lovingkindness, or metta, is the one of the four luminous abodes of the heart described by the Buddha. In this retreat, we’ll use the practice of metta to cultivate the rich loamy soil of our hearts.

With this abode as our “home,” we’ll also incorporate teachings on love and compassion from eastern and western traditions. Nurtured with care and intention, we’ll see how the practice of metta lightens our hearts and supports us in embracing even the difficult aspects of our lives and our world.

Sessions will include meditation, dialogue, and interaction, balanced with periods of silence, and open time to hike, rest, soak, and delight in the beauty of Breitenbush.

Betsy Toll has been engaged in spiritual practice and meditation, social action, and conscious service for many years. A volunteer hospital chaplain and founder of Living Earth in Portland, she leads workshops, dharma circles, and community programs. Ram Dass, Joan Halifax, and Joanna Macy have been important influences in her work.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.358.5204 or or visit LivingEarthOregon.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $165 ($140 if registered by 3/6) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

flip-head-shotIn the old model, we often entered our workplace each day and put on a compromised version of ourself. In the new paradigm, we bring our full being with our dreams, wisdom, and experience, knowing that we must channel our energies in ways that balance our needs with that of the organization. We’ll explore the meaning of workplace culture, best practices for dealing with negativity (ours and others!) and methods for getting out of our own way. Join us in an interactive process where we “go deep” about what it means to do work, be at work, and experience stronger results, more meaning, and greater fulfillment.

Flip Brown has worked with socially responsible organizations for over 15 years in Vermont and across North America. He has experience in international business, non-profit service, depth psychology, executive coaching, rock ‘n’ roll and organic gardening. He is the author of Balanced Effectiveness at Work: How to Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor without Driving Yourself Nuts. A copy will be provided to each participant.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Flip 802.658.4111 or or www.businesscultureconsultants.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $95 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

melina-mezaAdvance your yoga practice and teaching through this intensive with several of Seattle’s most respected yoga teachers. Our goal is to broaden the understanding for participants while encouraging yoga practice as a means to discover and fulfill one’s dharma, or purpose. Open as training or as personal practice, this 8-day training will offer a range of subjects: Art of Teaching, Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy in Asana, Student Observation and Diagnosis, Ayurveda, and Holistic Living as a Yoga Teacher.

Melina Meza (top) began teaching in 1996. Her main influences have been Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom and Sarah Powers.

chiarajenny-hayo-high-resChiara Guerrieri, (left) LMP, has been practicing yoga for 18 years. She is a graduate of two Ana Forrest Teacher Trainings.

Jenny Hayo (left) began her Yoga studies in 1996. She has trained in the Ashtanga and Iyengar movement systems, is a student of Buddhism, and continues her study of the Yoga Sutras with her longtime teacher Jo Leffingwell.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 206.325.8221 or or www.8limbsyoga.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch (7 days)

COST: $1050 ($890 if paid by 2/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Noah-LevineThe Buddhist path to treating addiction is one of developing wisdom and compassion through meditation, renunciation and wise actions such as service, amends, forgiveness and generosity. Buddhism offers a non-theistic spiritual path, Refuge Recovery follows the traditional Four Truths and Eight Fold Path of early Buddhism. Refuge Recovery is a program that can be worked in conjunction with or as an alternative to the twelve step approach. During this retreat there will be periods of meditation, talks on Buddhist recovery, group discussion and Refuge Recovery meetings.

Noah Levine is the founder of the “Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society” with centers in Los Angeles and San Francisco and over 20 affiliated groups in North America and Europe. He teaches meditation groups, gives workshops and leads retreats internationally. Noah has created a process of addiction recovery based on the teachings of the Buddha called Refuge Recovery. He is the author of “Dharma Punx”, “Against the Stream”, “Heart of the Revolution” and “Refuge Recovery”.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: refugerecovery.com, dharmapunx.com or againstthestream.com

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $475 ($425 if registered by 3/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

shannon-smallWomen are the caregivers and nurturers in our world, and yet often don’t prioritize their own self-care and healing. If you can relate, I invite you to join me for some quality time this spring, away from your everyday responsibilities. Daily yoga, meditation, authentic movement, self-inquiry, journaling, agni hotra (sunrise and sunset ritual fire), and Ayurvedic teachings will nourish your energetic and physical bodies and inspire your heart-mind. Enjoy open afternoons and evenings to walk in the woods, hike, nap or soak in the healing waters. Return home rested and nourished—well supported with practical ways to bring more self-care into your daily life at home.

This retreat is for women with at least six months of ongoing yoga practice.

Shannon McCall is a long time yoga practitioner and teacher of meditation and ayurveda with decades of experience teaching and leading retreats. Motivated by a deep interest in personal transformation and healing, she has a rich background in Yoga, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Somatic Meditation, Authentic Movement and the Diamond Approach.

REG & INFO: Shannon 206.412.8784 or or livingintobalance.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $450 ($395 if registered by 3/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $108

This weekend-long workshop is presented by the collaborative leadership of Allies: People to People. In our time together we’ll review the fundamental principles and practices of our peer counseling method with a special focus on how we can reclaim the wholeness of our human nature. We’ll work in pairs, small groups, and all together, exchanging time and attention. We’ll practice being in two roles: the role of the growing, healing, vulnerable recipient of attention, and the role of the giving, thoughtful, supportive listener. Through this process, each of us will get to consider how emotional support, fresh thinking, and community can help us heal our lives and face the world with empowerment, creativity, and hopefulness. Completion of an introductory fundamentals of co-counseling class is required to attend this workshop. Contact the Maura below if you are interested in attending the spring class that finishes before the workshop.

We’d love to have you! The healing presence of the woods and the support of the Breitenbush community help make this immersive weekend a powerful, life-changing experience.

REG & INFO: Maura Jansen 503.575.8596 or

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $185-$550 sliding scale, PLUS lodging.

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

social-justice-2Yoga CARE explores the teachings of yoga and social justice. This year our focus includes the Bhagavad Gita: Contemplation (inquiring into the seeds of human capacity and the seeds of suffering), Action (socially-engaged practices to nourish human capacity and address suffering), Restoration (understanding and integrating that which we’ve considered the shadow of human nature), and Equanimity (maintaining our porousness and presence in the social justice margins).

When yoga is accessible, inclusive and respectful of the diversity and dignity of all, it becomes a social justice catalyst – an opportunity for all to experience themselves as capable of making contributions to the betterment of the whole, as worthy of their own advocacy, resilience and empowerment.

Visit dayafoundation.org to see our team of yoga teachers and social change agents, and to learn more about related online conversations and resources.

REG & INFO: 503.552.YOGA(9642), 

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $250 ($200 if registered by 3/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Amy MinatoJust as our cottonwoods and conifers unfurl their foliage this season, stretch and open yourself through writing. Examine new forms of expression and be inspired by discoveries as you turn over the leaves of your personal journey. Immersed in this place of riffling waters and wind-strummed trees we’ll practice ways to shape your findings into effective writing. This workshop develops organically with participant interest. Themes we may consider include loss, hope, change and love. We will weave being outdoors with readings, discussions and writing in a fun, relaxed, supportive atmosphere. All writing levels welcome!

Amy Minato is author of Siesta Lane, a creative nonfiction book about living in a rural community and The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. Her writing has been recognized with a 2004 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and her prose with a Walden Fellowship. She currently teaches a sustainable living course at PSU and offers writing workshops through Literary Arts, Wordstock and at conference centers.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO:

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $150 ($130 if registered by 3/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

labyrinth-minSoak, steam, relax and dream with other women in the splendor of the Cascades. Nourish your creative and expressive spirit with the excellent workshops offered, or come for Personal Retreat. Daily Well-Being Programs reflect the beauty and energy of the season. Children may be present. (Male staff will be present in work areas.)

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: Either the cost of lodging or cost of lodging plus cost of the workshop if you choose to take one

Davis-womens-qi-gongQigong has been the source for women’s health and longevity for thousands of years. The slow and gentle movements provide many health benefits, and will help women age gracefully and maintain youthful vitality. With only a 15-minute daily practice, women’s qigong will balance hormones, reduce stress, improve digestion and sleep, trim the waist, benefit bones/joints and increase overall well-being. Qigong is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Take home a powerful 15-minute daily practice for self-healing and well-being.

Deborah Davis, L.Ac. is an acupuncturist and medical intuitive who has practiced alternative medicine for more than 30 years. Deborah specializes in women’s qigong and authored Women’s Qigong for Health and Longevity along with a companion DVD series on women’s qigong. She teaches qigong and intuitive healing internationally.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Deborah at or www.deborahdavis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 ($295 if registered by 3/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

paulette-rees-denis-web-6smallerHonor, Claim, Desire.

Three glorious days full of creative feminine expression, Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance and Tribal Grooves, yoga, African dance, divine self-care, moving meditations, journaling, ritual, alone time, massages, soaking, labyrinths, rapid rivers, deep woods, the desire of deep diving into your heart, body, and soul… striving for self-connection…thriving on time taken for yourself!

With words and movement, reverence and release, we move within and from our delicious past into our present sacred body, infusing and anointing ourselves with the magic of dreaming and desires. With daily ceremony, dancing with sweaty wild abandon and sacred sensuality, alone and in circle, drumming into journey, journaling into spaciousness, ripe with desires into our awakening!

Paulette, with over 25 years as an inspiration for feminine celebration and a movement motivator; her work is ultimately about guiding you on your journey, Life coaching –Movement, Momentum, and Magic, full of dance and desire, and Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance, to follow your soul desires through movement, words, and personal creative expression, opening to your wild spirit and your individual beauty.

REG & INFO: or www.paulettereesdenis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: Cabin with bathroom $497.00, ($437 if paid in full by 1/15) Cabin w/o bathroom $457.00, ($407 if paid in full by 1/15)

DEPOSIT: $195

sweethome-newThis workshop will be focused on cultivating an honest authentic relationship with ourselves and the journey we are walking. Through the practices of asana and breath work, chant and mantra, meditation and journaling with great writing exercises, we shall investigate this incredible relationship we are graced with by having a body and mind. Four well-rounded practices, amazing meals and hot springs under the stars offer a powerful setting for this transformative work.

Sweethome has studied Yoga since 1993. She received her B.A. in creative writing and loves to tell stories and listen to them. She approaches the practice of yoga and life with devotion and awe. Her style is unique and dynamic, poetically blending vinyasa with yoga philosophy, chanting, pranayama and meditation. Her desire is to inspire all to experience life with compassion, patience and reverence.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Sweethome Teacup at or www.teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $175 ($150 if registered by 4/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging


* Some events and times are gender-specific. For these events we recognize a person’s self-stated gender, regardless of birth assignment.