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November Workshops

November 2017

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FrankCoppieters copyPre-requisite Reiki II

The Second Degree Reiki Class is for those who want to dedicate themselves more deeply to the healing power of the Reiki energy. Through the use of the Reiki symbols, which form the central teaching piece in this class, there is an enhancement of the energy flow. In addition, the ability to do “distance treatments” is taught. Frank teaches this class in the tradition of Reiki Shiki Ryoho with Phyllis Lei Furumoto as the current lineage bearer. If possible, bring some pictures to the class from your youth and of some people that have been important to you. Reiki practitioners of any lineage are welcome to this class but there needs to be a minimum time elapse of six months between Reiki I and Reiki II. There is no maximum time.

Frank Coppieters, PhD, LMT #2385, taught at the graduate level for 13 years at the University of Antwerp in Belgium before he became a spiritual teacher, counselor and Reiki Master in 1989. He has a private practice in Raleigh Hills.

REG & INFO: Oregon School of Massage 1.800.844.3420

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $625 includes meals and lodging

DEPOSIT: Full amount by 10/24

Consider your life and all the support that exists in order for you to be here simply to witness and receive this world. When this witnessing is cultivated with honesty, respect and wonder, our offering to the world is authentic, respected and clean. Through the practices of asana and breath work, chant and mantra, meditation, and journaling, 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 360.774.0887 or or www.teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Mon lunch

COST: $270 ($230 if registered by 9/6) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

SunitiThis retreat is an opportunity to inspire, deepen and enliven personal inquiry through the combined study of asana, improvisational movement, somatics and meditation. We will explore spacious mindful movement that enlivens our senses, awakens our inherent creativity and guides us into embodiment. Through welcoming subtlety, detail and fresh perception we will allow for flexibility and fluidity in posture and mind-set. Move consciously, curiously and intelligently while embodying subtlety and grandness in the healing environment of Breitenbush. This workshop is appropriate for anyone with interest. No movement experience is necessary.

Suniti Dernovsek is a choreographer, performer and movement educator living in Portland. She has been a student of dance, yoga and Buddhism for 20 years. She teaches a warm and generous style of movement that is influenced by her interest in contemporary and classical dance forms, Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness. She brings her love of movement, fondness of detail and her own understanding of practice into her teaching. suniti.net.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.913.8959 or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $200 ($175 if registered by 9/5) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Hank Wesselman copyThis retreat involves shamanic fieldwork into the sacred dimensions of the Upper Worlds where we will deepen our connections with our Oversoul, our Spirit Guide, as well as our spiritual council of elders to learn about our destiny as a soul traveling across eternity. In our explorations, each may find enhanced connection with the benevolent forces poised to help us through these times of change and societal transformation.

Participants should be familiar with shamanic journeywork and in touch with their spirit helpers and teachers. Bring rattles and drums, power objects, a notebook, a bandana or eyeshade, a drawing pad and perhaps pastels and a light blanket. This workshop has extended hours.

Hank Wesselman, anthropologist, has spent much of his life with traditional people in Africa. He is the author of nine books on shamanism. His most recent are The Bowl of Light: Ancestral Wisdom from a Hawaiian Shaman, the award-winning Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman) and The Re-Enchantment: A Shamanic Path to a Life of Wonder (Dec 1, 2016).

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: www.sharedwisdom.com or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $495 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

The sacred feminine – heart-centered, nurturing, circular, accommodating, intuitive – exists within all living beings, but has been oppressed in humans for centuries. The shifting of consciousness that is necessary for the healing and sustainability of our planet requires divine feminine energy. This workshop will steep us in the ways of the sacred feminine and explore our relationships with feminine energy, and ways to recognize, develop and sustain it. All genders welcome!

Carrie is an educator, urban farmer, and wise woman living in Seattle, WA. She relies on the life cycles of people, plants and planets to inform her life and work. Her sons and grandchildren delight her, along with seeds, plant medicine, creating and making music.

 

REG & INFO: 206.419.7447 or www.bigbellyservices.com or

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $300 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Ayurvedic wisdom points us to nourishing the nervous system, particularly in the fall. In this experiential workshop, we delve into rich and mindful yoga practices, guided meditation and exquisite healing practices using the senses. Morning yoga is a slow flowing practice using Ayurvedic principles to balance the mind-body. We sequentially move through stability, surrender and expansion throughout the retreat. Early evenings, we explore deep relaxation, using restorative yoga, mindfulness of the senses and breathing practices. The afternoons are free to delight in the beauty and benevolence of Breitenbush. This holistic approach to balancing the nervous system cultivates stability, presence and vital connection.

Appropriate for those with at least six months yoga experience.

Ronly Blau, yoga instructor & Ayurvedic practitioner, is a graduate of the Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock. She taught yoga and meditation for 17 years. Her classes weave together asanas, pranayama, meditation and practical Ayurveda. She is co-author of the book, The Mindbody Cleanse. Her dharma is holding space for spiritual connection, with compassion and joy.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 206.499.8488 or or www.MeadowHeartAyurveda.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $270 ($250 if registered by 10/25) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Mika_Cassidy Ecstatic LivingAs Osho once explained, for millennia meditators escaped into the mountains to avoid love, and lovers avoided meditation, thinking it would dissolve their lover’s passion… But in truth, when two in meditation become one in love, passion becomes endless.

In Tantric Intimacy: SkyDancing into Bliss, you will discover “The Wave”, a transformational tantric practice to enrich your spiritual-sexual intimacy. Using ecstatic sensual touch, energy and gentle breathing practices, you will connect with yourself and your partner in ways that create deep communion and balance between the masculine and feminine aspects of yourself and your relationship. You will discover how to become one with yourself and your partner within and beyond the sexual context, experiencing the deep connection between love and meditation.

You will take home with you an amazing tantric treasure to enrich your life and loving — a complete spiritual practice that can be used in lovemaking, meditation, conflict resolution and more.

Open to couples with or without tantra experience who desire to deepen their spirituality, personal growth and relationship. No explicit sexual content.

Mika Smith & Cassidy Geppert, certified SkyDancing Tantra teachers, have over 30 years of experience teaching and practicing the healing arts, including Tantra, yoga, massage, breathwork, movement, group process and transformational therapy. Their workshops provide a safe and nurturing environment. Mika and Cassidy were trained by long-time Breitenbush presenters, Steve & Lokita Carter.

REG & INFO: Ecstatic Living Institute 707.987.3456 or or ecstaticliving.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 ($295 if registered by 10/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $500 per couple

The arcs of our lives flow in a jumble of joy, beauty, wonder, and belonging, intertwined with change, loss, pain, and letting go. Together they form the tender heart of being human.

Dharma dialogues and teachings from many traditions, along with sitting meditation and interactive contemplative exercises, will help us enter the heart of loving, living and dying. If you are living with terminal illness, or are awash with old or recent grief, or simply want to look more openly into the depth of life in a supportive space, join us for this retreat.

We’ll explore contemplative practices and skillful means that can carry us through the gentle rains and the pounding storms of our lives. Our work together will illuminate the boundless field that sustains and transforms everything we know.

Betsy Toll volunteers as a hospital chaplain, providing support to dying individuals and those they love. She offers dharma programs with Living Earth in Portland, and bows to Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax and Joanna Macy, among many teachers whose wisdom and generosity illuminate the dharma here and now.

REG & INFO: www.livingearthoregon.org or Living Earth at to register or Betsy at 503.358.5204

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $59 facility fee plus lodging (dana to the teacher is welcome at the retreat)

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging and facility fee

The focus of this retreat will be on deepening our direct experience of the stillness of being, of living with an expanded heart, of strengthening the spiritual practices of meditation, chanting and self-reflection, and developing a greater capacity to let conscious intelligence inform our every day life to meet the complex challenges of living in the world.

There will be guided and silent meditation, deeply uplifting devotional chanting, music woven throughout, dharma talks and interactive discussions on how we live consciously and ethically in our changing world.

“The best way to release emotions and open the heart is to sing with Kathy Zavada!” -Gangaji

Kathy Zavada is a nationally acclaimed performing/recording artist and producer of sacred music. She is also an ordained Interfaith minister, inspirational speaker and long-time retreat and workshop facilitator.

 

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Kathy or www.kathyzavada.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: : $370 ($340 if registered by 10/26) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Elizabeth RaineyThis retreat is an invitation to come home to yourself and to reconnect to the wisdom and beauty of your own embodiment. Through the practices of somatic movement and deep perceiving as well as yoga asana, pranayama and meditation we will re-enliven our deep and abiding presence of being. We will slow down to allow ourselves to reclaim the innate rhythm of our body and revel in the nourishment of this sacred land and enriching waters. You are invited to join this circle of renewal and rediscover your own wild and deep Living Presence.

Rainey offers Living Presence Yoga and Somatic Awareness: an invitation to move and live with deep attention and curiosity, pausing often to listen to what is currently arising and orienting ourselves in the larger context of nature. She has taught for 17 years and is devoted to co-creating a space of wild inquiry with her students. She is deeply influenced by her ongoing studies in Somatic Experiencing, Continuum and Meditation. Rainey is E-RYT-500 certified.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: : or yourlivingpresence.com or 206.499.8255

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $195 ($175 if registered by 10/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Adams and MunnRetreat into deeply experiencing peace and contentment. Mindfulness, purpose, intention/sankalpa and grace often result from the practices of yoga nidra and restorative yoga. Yoga nidra, or “psychic sleep,” will be taught within a series of energetically-aligned postures to maintain an optimal brain wave state for nidra while also opening and healing the body so that this deeply meditative practice can be comfortably sustained for an optimal experience. Especially if meditation has been challenging for you in the past, these silent and guided meditation practices may resonate deeply with you. Our time together will include four practices in restorative yoga/yoga nidra and a sankalpa/intention workshop. Paired with soaking in the natural beauty of Breitenbush, you will leave restored in clarity and presence.

Stephanie Adams, ERYT 500, is the creator of Flow Yoga Community and Jaya Yoga Teacher Training. She brings a rich and diverse 20-year experience in life and yoga to intensives/retreats she leads throughout the world.

Lora Munn, RYT 200, is a heart-centered yogini who is naturally gifted at creating space for opening and healing.

REG & INFO: Flow Yoga at 541.386.9642 or or www.flowhoodriver.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $195 ($175 if registered by 10/19) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of workshop

Come to the Cascades to soak, celebrate and give thanks in your own way. Savor the splendor of nature and the abundance of this harvest feast-time. We’ll take care of all the preparations. Our cooks have planned excellent meals, including a fabulous vegetarian banquet on Thursday. The Blessing Circle preceding the banquet creates an atmosphere of profound “thanks giving,” and evening entertainment concludes a day of delightful celebration. Enjoy our usual cornucopia of daily well-being programs highlighted by seasonal offerings.

Note: During holidays there are many more children on the land with all of the joyous, extraordinary energy they bring. We offer family-focused activities that parents and children may share. The library will be an adult only quiet space. The meadow pools and sauna will be adult only from 8pm – 8am.

Please note that the weekend is no longer part of this event. Participants wanting to attend Thanksgiving and stay through the weekend for additional personal retreat, should register right away to ensure availability.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Wed dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: (prices are per adult for two nights, see lodging rates for children’s costs) plumbed cabin/$284; regular cabin/$242; lodge room/$192; dorm/$180

DEPOSIT: full amount

These are times when our entire facility is closed or reserved exclusively for the participants in an event. There is no day use during these times. Our reservations office is open. These periods begin at 3pm on the first day and end at 3pm on the last day.

Soak, steam, relax and dream with other women in the splendor of the Cascades in Winter. 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. (Male staff members will be present in work and dining areas.)

 

 

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: Lodging, plus workshop fee if you choose to take one

As the light fades and the days grow shorter, join us for a nourishing extended weekend of soul tending! With new explorations for both novice and experienced participants, we’ll dive deeply into the practice of SoulCollage®, shining a light into your depths and revealing the pearls of wisdom waiting there. Learn to trust your intuition in supportive community as you playfully explore the mysteries of your soul through journaling, active imagination and dream sharing. Dreams immerse us into the symbolic world of the deep psyche, the well from which we will draw throughout the weekend. The River Yurt will be open all night providing abundant time to create to your heart’s content! You’ll leave with a set of uniquely personal collaged cards and a transformational practice you can continue on your own.

Cindy Brodner, LPC, and Melissa Yeary, MA, are therapists in private practice who are intrigued by the inner dance of emotion, body, and spirit and trust the richness of SoulCollage® to support healing and nourish creativity.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Melissa 503.451.3732 or or Cindy 503.261.0600 or

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $350 ($315 if registered by 11/1) plus lodging (includes $25 materials fee)

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Join one of The Bhaktishop Yoga Center’s most celebrated teachers in exploring yoga at a gentle pace. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time practitioner, you are welcome to come enjoy a quiet weekend away. We will learn and practice breathing techniques, gentle movement and restorative postures, and the basics of mantra and meditation. We’ll meet for one class in the morning and another in the afternoon and leave plenty of time to read, hike, nap, and soak in the healing waters. Note that this retreat takes place during a women-only time at Breitenbush, and thus will be a women-only retreat.

Jeannie Songer is a skilled teacher and mental health therapist with a passion for making new students feel welcome. Sharing practices both therapeutic and restorative, her passion and wisdom are infectious. With a varied background in music, psychology, and restorative yoga, as well as many years of experience teaching, she embodies grace, warmth, and authenticity in the most accessible way.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

REG: : : Jeannie Songer at 503.244.0108 or or thebhaktishop.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $198 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.