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June Workshops

June 2017

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The Path of Kirtan explores the ancient practices of kirtan and sacred sound. In this workshop we’ll immerse ourselves in this luminous ocean through voice, mantra, devotion, movement, yoga and meditation to connect more deeply with the divine Presence. In many Eastern cultures, the practice of music is approached as a spiritual practice, as the yoga of sound, and that is how it will be presented in this workshop.

From this foundation, the chanting of sacred names and mantras will flow with new depth and new freedom. This workshop is offered with the intention to cultivate more beauty, love and peace inside ourselves and in our world.

Heather & Benjy Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exquisite instrumentation. Together they create music with beauty, passion and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten and Jai Uttal. Elizabeth Rainey, certified yoga teacher, will offer yoga and meditation during this retreat.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.446.6076 or or www.shantalamusic.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $200 ($175 if registered by 5/4) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Recovering from addiction or alcoholism is a process of cleansing the mind and the body. The 12 steps are a tool to build a successful life that can work for anyone, for we are all addicted to something. The practice of yoga supports the internal changes that happen as we heal the body and mind from addiction. We will practice yoga asana to heal the physical body. We will learn movement practices that support our recovery from trauma and abuse, and help to detox and cleanse the tissues. We’ll learn meditation practices to improve our conscious contact with a power greater than ourselves. We will support each other as we find the courage to change ourselves and the world.

Lisa Wells, PhD, ERYT500, co-owns Live Well Studio in Corvallis and teaches yoga, meditation, mixed-abilities dance, trauma-release and Ayurveda. Her 25+ years of yoga practice have brought her patience, humility and happiness. Her 56+ years of life have led her from trauma, through addiction, to recovery and joy in a life that includes rather than excludes suffering. Lisa has taught yoga since 2000. She received her PhD in geology from Stanford University. She specializes in gentle yoga adapted to all bodies.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Lisa Wells or 541.231.6091 or www.livewellstudio.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Mon lunch

COST: $315 ($275 if registered by 5/2) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

kacena-reevesJoin Kathy and Jackie for an opportunity to step away from the demands and distractions of life, and make space to practice yoga and meditation surrounded by beautiful old-growth forest and healing waters. The classes will include asana, primarily yin yoga (long-held passive poses that promote deep releasing), restorative poses and dynamic vinyasa, and will incorporate pranayama and meditation. There will also be time to enjoy Breitenbush. All levels welcome.

Kathy Kacena has taught retreats for the past 17 years. Her training includes Viniyoga (TKV Desikachar lineage), a Yoga Alliance certification, Yin yoga training and Vipassana meditation with Phillip Moffitt. She is owner/director of Yoga Samadhi Columbia Gorge.

Jackie Reeves has taught for over 30 years. Her studies have deepened through a wide range of movement, meditation, body and energy work and psychology. This work has included yoga, Vipassana meditation, massage, polarity therapy, Reiki and process work psychotherapy. Her teaching style is open, light-hearted and sincere.

REG & INFO: Kathy 509.637.4293 or or www.columbiagorgeyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $165 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

Liv and Fred will provide you with nonviolent communication tools, practice, and capacities to create and sustain joyful, flowing relationships. They will combine fun and deep, heartfelt learning into capacities you can take home. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to work through unresolved upsets and practice the difficult conversations that could bring relief. Whether you have stuck places at work, at home, with children, friends or with an intimate partner, you will return to your relationships ready to shift old stuck energy and experience sweet movement in connection – even your connection with yourself.

Fred Sly PhD and Liv Monroe are NVC Trainers certified by The Center for Nonviolent Communication. Both offer workshops, practice groups, coaching, consulting and mediations–Liv lives in Olympia and Fred lives in Portland. Fred founded the Oregon Prison Project to bring NVC to prisons. Liv shares NVC with individuals, couples, families, businesses, schools and organizations.

REG: Liv 360.357.4503 or www.nwcompass.org

INFO: or Fred 503.395.5285 or

BEGINS: Wed dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $330 ($300 if registered by 4/30) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging plus $50

winky-meshiEveryone is a dancer and everything around us is part of the dance…sometimes we just need a little help remembering that.

Join us for a movement journey into a new experience of your own body, your moving relationship to others and the spaces between us.

We’ll offer tools that create doorways into new movement possibilities while activating our imagination and senses, and connecting with our vitality. We develop the skill to be present to the fleeting moment and to find our dance wherever our feet are. We literally dance both inside and outside in this workshop, deepening our connection not only to ourselves and each other but also to the river, wind and the ground beneath our feet. All levels of movement experience are welcome…just bring an open mind and a willingness to unfold.

Winky Wheeler and Meshi Chavez are co- founders of Momentum: Conscious Movement where they offer daily classes and workshops in ‪Portland, Oregon.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

REG & INFO: Meshi Chavez 503.730.2737 or or Winky Wheeler 503.788.8060 or or www.MomentumStudioPDX.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $375 – $395 sliding scale ($355 if registered and paid in full by 5/8) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

The content and purpose of this workshop is to activate the process in which the beauty and magic of life can be celebrated in our daily practice and through our living experience. We will work with various practices including mantra meditation, active movement, writing and ritual. This workshop will enhance the creative processes of manifesting our dreams and making the space to indulge in the creative process of finding our voice and vocation in this life.

Sweethome has taught for over 25 years. With a humble and inspiring presence, she integrates meditation, chant, movement and writing into a graceful yet powerful dance of self reflection and world connection.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Sweethome 360.774.0887 or or www.teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $210 ($190 if registered by 5/12) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

What is your soul longing for? Let the magic of SoulCollage® deepen the relationship with your longing and knowing. Play in the pure joy of creating personal collages using imagery. Expand your awareness through journaling, meditation, sound, labyrinth and time in nature. Solstice is a perfect time for rekindling the fullness of YOU.

SoulCollage® experience is not necessary. Glenda and Ann will guide you in this soul-nurturing process that you can continue with on your own.

Glenda Goodrich is a mixed media artist, writer, teacher, SoulCollage® facilitator and devoted practitioner of the ceremony of the vision quest. She uses a soulful grounded approach, along with an open and loving heart, to guide others in realigning with their inherent creative nature. www.glendagoodrich.com

Ann Christensen, MA, is an artist, SoulCollage® facilitator, sound/energy healer, QiGong teacher, and a compassionate coach for transformation. Her teaching is informed by a grounded unconditional acceptance. She is dedicated to assisting you to strengthen your soul’s foundation and your relationship to body, self and others, service and earth. www.annchealingarts.com www.soulcollage.com

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Glenda Goodrich 503.990.0278 or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $275 ($250 if registered by 5/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

SSHR-SolsticeCome and gather on this sacred land for healing, sharing and to celebrate life. Summer Solstice Healing Retreat, Breitenbush’s cornerstone event, is unique because each participant contributes their knowledge and healing talents to co-create the weekend activities. This is a non-commercial gathering.

Plan to bring a tent as cabins are given to those with the greatest need. Please carpool to reduce fossil fuel use and prevent over-crowding our parking lot

Registration for this event starts at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 1st. Once it begins, register promptly at our website as this event sells out within hours. No registrations will be handled by phone.

For information, email us at or call us 503.854.3320. Please note: there are no transfers, refunds or credit vouchers available for cancellations. No more than two children per adult.

BEGINS: Thu 4pm

ENDS: Sun 2pm

COST: $139-$380 adult sliding scale. Children 0-4 free/ 5-10 $47-$137 sliding scale/ 11-17 $63-$178 sliding scale.

Run, eat, soak, yoga, repeat. Join us for three days of trail running and restorative yoga. Whether you are a novice runner looking for a structured program or an experienced runner looking to invigorate your training, this retreat will help you meet your goals. This balanced workshop addresses the physical and mental aspects of running. The days include morning trail runs, interactive classes, technique sessions, and restorative yoga, targeted to the needs of runners, led by Sarahjoy Marsh. Participants will leave with a personalized training plan for their next race.

Rob VanCleve has been running for 30 years and coaching for 22 years. He is a certified USATF Level I coach and a five time national master’s champion in middle distance races. First and foremost, Rob is teacher and coach at heart with a passion for helping people discover the joys of running.

Sarahjoy Marsh has taught yoga for 20 years and specializes in adapting yoga to the needs of a variety of populations utilizing her depth of knowledge in kinesiology, yoga and strength training.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Rob 775.342.7417 or or www.rvcrunning.com or www.sarahjoyyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $275 ($250 if registered by 5/8) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Join me and a group of like-minded souls for a week of yoga, meditation and ayurvedic learning. When we schedule time away from our everyday life and enter a week of practice, rest and renewal within a sacred container of conscious community, magic happens. Our gathering is organized around three sessions a day of meditation, breathwork, asana exploration, deep relaxation, self-inquiry, Agnihotra (sunrise and sunset fire ritual) and ayurvedic teachings. Afternoons and evenings are free for soaking, hiking, massage, Breitenbush staff offerings and other impromptu events. This week is designed to support and inspire your personal practice when you return home. Summer camp is appropriate for those with one year of ongoing yoga practice up to advanced students and teachers.

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: Sun lunch

COST: $660 ($560 if registered by 5/1) plus lodging (note: 10% discount for lodging for participants staying 7 days)

DEPOSIT: $108

Suzanne-McQueenWhat if you discovered an ancient treasure chest within that holds the secrets of the ages for governing yourself and leading the world?

Based on her book, 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, author Suzanne Mathis McQueen and her team will guide participants through a profound journey of awakening, reclaiming and using the fuel of their hormones and 28-day body clock to find power, clarity and joy in their everyday lives.

She’ll break down the cycle blueprint into four guided weeks using symbolism, science, art and movement to reveal a remarkable inner-navigational system, applying practical meaning to the hormonal experience, even beyond menopause.

Soak your bones in the healing waters and deepen your wisdom through a traditional sweat lodge ceremony. Allow your indigenous ”knowing” to surface and unfold.

Suzanne Mathis McQueen, author of 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks, is a keeper of women’s mysteries and the carrier of a sacred stone medicine bowl. She helps women utilize four distinct phases within their hormonal rhythm to make life-building decisions in health, business and love.

REG & INFO: Suzanne 541.292.9004 or or 4s4w.com

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $365 ($315 if registered by 3/20) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

SusanGraceMany of us spend our lives making ourselves, others, or situations into problems to be solved; fighting, complaining, anxious about circumstances, the people we love, our bodies, our lives. End the war by questioning your thinking.

Byron Katie shows us how to dive into the beliefs we hold when we’re not being “spiritual” or “enlightened.” You’ll find a gate to your own freedom. Who would you be without the story that you have a problem? YOU have the answer. Beginners and experienced all find this precious time in inquiry at Breitenbush to be life-changing, finding the ability to bring peace to stressful situations. Join us for this transformative immersion in The Work.

26 CEUs for mental health professionals through the WA State Society for Clinical Social Work.

Grace Bell is a certified facilitator and trainer of The Work of Byron Katie working with people all over the world to wake up through investigating stressful stories.

Susan Beekman, assisting, is an instructor of Inquiry in Martha Beck’s life coaching tribe of Wayfinders.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: or www.workwithgrace.com or 206.650.1230

BEGINS: Wed dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $495 ($395 if registered by 5/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

jen-janelleTrain in the healing methods of restorative yoga while experiencing the peace and beauty that is Breitenbush Hot Springs. You’ll spend five days and four nights relaxing, soaking in new knowledge and in the healing hot springs in this 20-hr, Yoga Alliance-certified training.

Through direct experience and practice teaching, you’ll learn the science of relaxing and the energetics of slowing down. You’ll find ways to use these transformative concepts in your own practice, and ways to impart them to your community. We will also discuss the physiology of stress, the endocrine system and the detrimental effects stress has on our health and wellbeing.

Jen Mitchell’s appreciation for restorative yoga developed during years of self-study, including studying often with Judith Hanson Lasater and multiple visits to India. Jen directs Twist Yoga in Edmonds, WA. Her classes combine pranayama, kriyas and heating asana with restorative poses.

Janell Hartman’s classes are safe and empowering, with accessibility for any level of practitioner. Her first loves, however, are restorative and yin yoga, as she’s seen the most profound healing come from stillness and authentic relaxation.

REG & INFO: Jen 425.778.9642 or or http://twistyogaedmonds.com/events

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $449 ($349 if registered by 5/25) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $300

ron-susanThere is a big difference between simply becoming old and aging consciously, with intent. This retreat, for people in or approaching their senior years (50+), provides an experiential introduction to the fruits and challenges of aging consciously. The elder third of life can be a time of growth, passion, purpose and service to the larger community. Such an elderhood is consciously chosen and requires preparation at all levels—physical, psychological and spiritual.

Using reflective time in nature, work with life review, legacy and intention, ceremony, sharing councils and 24 hours in solitude, this retreat will help you let go of beliefs, attachments and self-identifications that no longer serve you, and open you to an expanded vision for your conscious elderhood.

Ron Pevny is Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging, and host of the Shift Network’s Transforming Aging Summits.

Susan Prince is a life coach and long time Hospice volunteer. She provides elder support for the Tree of Life Women’s Initiation Program and is active in the Conscious Elder’s Network.

REG & INFO: Ron at or 970.247.7943 or centerforconsciouseldering.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Sat lunch

COST: $1645 includes shared non-plumbing cabin, $1765 for shared plumbing cabin ($100 off if registered by 3/25)

DEPOSIT: $300

Come learn The Full Body Elixir and Five Tibetans, a rejuvenating, joyous and fun moving meditation, and fountain of youth. This is a wonderful, slow flow integration of yoga, Qigong, deep breathing, tapping, isometrics and positive mind. The practice cleans your neural network, recharges your immune system, and reinvigorates and strengthens your body. Calley’s son Noa, an avid lucid dreamer/teacher, will teach the basic practices and benefits of lucid dreaming, as well as the skills for developing lucidity in waking and dreaming life. Transform your days and take back your nights! The good news is, this daily transformational practice actually works to dissolve pain, stress and resistance into vitality and happiness. The cumulative effect over years is joy and great energy!

Calley O’Neill is an inspirational yoga teacher and internationally acclaimed conservation artist who has practiced yoga and meditation daily since 1975. Teaching since 1997, she has helped literally thousands of students out of stress and pain.

Noa Eads, Calley’s 24 year-old son, is an experienced ‘oneironaut,’ percussionist, and agro-ecologist. He has been seriously exploring the world of lucid dreaming for over seven years with great benefit.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Calley 808.885.0609 or or text 808.987.7003

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $385 ($300 if registered by 5/29) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Over six decades a contemporary way of “seeing one’s Nature” or “Enlightenment” has developed. In essence it’s the same as Zen and other disciplines. This Way offers a user-friendly approach to seeing who you truly are. This experiential workshop will guide participants through awareness exercises that allow for the experience of the true nature of being. One is more likely to see their true identity in a minute of active experimentation than years of reading, satsangs and traditional meditation. Discover this deep truth about your indisputable identity. And then go on rediscovering it in daily life.

Richard Lang, is a graduate of Cambridge University and co-ordinator of the Shollond Trust founded to support the worldwide sharing of the Headless Way. He has devoted his life to seeing and to offering this simple, accessible way. He is author of three books, producer of numerous videos and a CD.

Sequoia Star, M.Ed., a consultant in education and training, has been on the Headless path for over three years. She is beginning to share this loving, nurturing way.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Sequoia or 541.756.1561 or www.headless.org/english-welcome.htm

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $350 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.