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October Workshops

October 2017

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Noah-LevineIn the Buddhist tradition of uncovering the heart and mind’s natural qualities of Wisdom and Compassion through meditation, this weekend workshop focuses on the practices of mindfulness that allow us to access the freedom we seek from within. We will learn to develop mindfulness in sitting, walking, eating and hot-springs meditations.

Instructions in meditation will be offered. This retreat is suitable for beginning and long-term practitioners.

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 or againstthestream.org

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Mon lunch

COST: $275 plus lodging plus dana

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Your eyes are the Eyes of the Infinite. True vision is so close and so immediate when you simply drop the habitual mind. Discover the deep silence and brilliancy available when you are being the pure consciousness that you are in your core. This retreat will be a support to recognize, embody and see as Pure Consciousness, free of mind. Physical practices (Yoga, Qi Gong, Kriyas) along with deep meditation and spiritual discourse will inform these days spent immersed in silent, awake presence. Retreat into your true nature as Being, and live with aliveness inside your deepest potential.

Adi Vajra is a spiritual teacher living in Hood River, OR. Trained in multiple disciplines such as Classical Yoga, Shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, the Enneagram and A Course in Miracles, Adi is a teacher who reaches beyond the confines of doctrine to the authentic ancient core of true Knowledge. He incorporates deep psychological understanding with the energy of presence, and emphasizes living with reverence, clarity, and joy, opening to the transmission of sacredness in stillness as well as everyday living.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Flow Yoga 541.386.9642 or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $195 ($175 if registered by 9/8) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Join 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 the 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 18 years. Her training includes Viniyoga (TKV Desikachar lineage), 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: Mon dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $165 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

Paula Byrne“If I could say with words what my dances are telling, there would be no need to dance them.”

Enter the temple of your body. Drop into art-time and soul-space. Embrace your authentic movement. Listen to the whispers of your heart.

DanceQuest offers four days of movement, stillness, music, silence, journaling, ritual and soul-crafting. We come together to remember our vision, reclaim our wisdom and rejoice in community. Using movement as fuel and breath as fire, we burn away what no longer serves. Engaging intuition and instinct, we connect to a larger self, breaking open a life that has grown too small. If your body is tired of being ignored … If your heart desires a nurturing circle of women… If your soul needs reflection and rejuvenation… If you want to get away, and back to yourself…the dance awaits you.

Paula Byrne, since 1996, has facilitated conscious movement: Wild Grace™, DanceQuest™, Soul Motion™, contact improv, authentic movement and trance dance. She teaches internationally and is Founder of SomaSpace in Portland, Oregon.

REG & INFO: Paula 503.804.7660 or or www.WildGrace.us

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 to $375 sliding scale ($300 if registered by 9/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

*See the Breitenbush policy for gender-specific events below.

Traveling from Norway, Maja and Jonathan offer us a healing journey into the transformative power of yoga and loving-kindness! In our modern times many people suffer from debilitating stress, anxiety, difficult emotions, depression and trauma. Here we explore the profound healing of Therapeutic yoga, Mindfulness, expressive arts therapy and compassion. In this nurturing space for opening the heart, we can recover our radiant Self.

Join this special international event, together with a group from Norway. No yoga experience required.

Maja Thune is a celebrated author, yoga teacher, therapist and speaker. Her inspiring journey from mental illness to recovery, and the work she has done to bring alternative healing into psychiatry has popularized into the concert-seminars called ‘Love As Medicine.’ She is founder/director of the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher training in Oslo.

Jonathan Weber is a certified teacher of Mindful Therapeutic yoga and MBSR, with 30 years experience in yoga and meditation. He has taught mindfulness and compassion since 2006, and is currently a co-teacher of the TYT training. Originally from Salem, he lives in Oslo.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Jonathan Weber: or jonathanweber.org

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $580 ($480 if registered by 8/13) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Learn about the wild Pacific Northwest fungi that fruit on the lands surrounding Breitenbush from an expert panel of speakers. In the mornings, hunt the nearby forests for all kinds of mushrooms, including choice edibles and their toxic look-alikes. In the afternoon workshops, make tinctures with medicinal mushrooms, craft colorful creations with mushroom and lichen dyes, learn basic identification skills and participate in a hands-on cooking class with an experienced cooking instructor. At night, our mycology experts present on their specialized topics and answer your mushroom-related questions before we end the evenings with a soak in the hot tubs. All levels of mushroom enthusiast are welcome.

Many of the afternoon workshops will have limited space and will require registration. Workshop registration will be conducted by email a couple of weeks before the event. Please visit www.mushroominc.org for more information.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Teddy Basladynski, 206.579.6592 or

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $200 plus lodging

DEPOST: cost of lodging

Larry RogersBreitenbush is a wonderful healing environment – natural, safe, nurturing, peaceful, reflective, free of distractions. Imagine taking care of yourself, being empowered by the trees and soothed by the breeze while taking a big next step in your personal growth. Come for emotional and physical (body image, body issues, shock, dissociation and other somatic issues) healing and renewal through powerful Heart Centered processes. Stepping off the rescuer, victim and persecutor triangle assists you to open to healthier emotional understanding and expression, clarity, spirit, vision and inner peace.

Neutralizing your past traumas, hurts and fears, while releasing anger, shame, guilt and hopelessness, frees your energy for your goals and passions, allows you to reenter your world stronger, more grounded and energized with a renewed acceptance and love for yourself.

Larry Rogers, ACHT, has a private practice in Portland having studied with many national experts in varied disciplines including Mind Body Connection, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy, Breathwork, leadership, couples coaching and Energetic Psychodrama. This is Larry’s 17th year at Breitenbush. He has lived in and studied many cultures worldwide.

REG & INFO: Larry 503.781.6542 or or www.larryrogers.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $300-$400 sliding scale ($250 if paid in full by 9/15, call early for partial scholarship info) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging plus $50

Holistic nursing is defined as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal” (American Holistic Nurses’ Association, 1998, Description of Holistic Nursing). Oregon Holistic Nurses Association (OHNA) understands that Holistic Nursing is about a way of being, not doing. Holistic Nurses may integrate complementary health practices into their practice to promote the well being and healing of individuals.

We recognize that as health professionals, we must first heal ourselves in order to facilitate the healing potential of others. The OHNA conference offers opportunities to integrate self-care, reflection and spiritual practices, as well as to expand our awareness and nursing practice. Most classes earn CE contact hours for registered nurses.

We are a professional group that honors and cherishes the diversity and unity that we share. The Breitenbush Retreat and Conference Center offers community and a healthy environment for our tenth annual event. Non-members and non-nursing holistic practitioners are welcome.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: www.oregonholisticnurses.org/events or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: Members $247/Non-members $297 (Members $207/Non-members $257  if registered by 8/20) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

Elevate and rejuvenate your body and mind through AcroYoga, asana, meditation, strength and conditioning exercises, handstand training and restorative partner yoga. In a mindful and joyful community atmosphere, this workshop will include 20+ hours of training, fun, inversions, vinyasa style flying, deep relaxation and more.

Prerequisites:  You enjoy being upside down, playing, and having fun! At least 1+ year of consistent rock climbing, yoga, dance, aerial silks or gymnastics. AcroYoga classroom experience is recommended. Integrated body and movement awareness is really what we are looking for. Contact teachers with any questions.

Jacob Handwerker is a certified AcroYoga teacher, Ashtanga Yogi and Vipassana meditator. “I love helping people do things they think are impossible.” Jacob brings a gentle and benevolent presence to everything he does.

Deven Sisler will help you empower your practice on and off your mat. A senior certified AcroYoga teacher, E-RYT 200, CRYT, Deven is known for her joyful, playful approach to partnership and collaboration. Deven is also the founder of the Yoga and Mindfulness Institute (YAMI).

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: : or

BEGINS: Wed dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $295 ($225 if registered by 10/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Every major healing has a spiritual component. Indigenous traditions have always known this. Our symptoms carry meaning, energy and potential change for the person and their world. Healing involves not only getting rid of symptoms but integrating them into our lives. We will bring in indigenous wisdom and spiritual- psychological methods to explore the power of the Spirit in healing. We will have important teachers from Native American, Peruvian and other indigenous traditions, and also from Aikido, Tantra, Process Oriented Psychology, and other traditions. Come submerge yourself in healing practices that can be life changing. Come explore:

• What does healing mean? What is the role of spirit in healing?

• How can physical, mental, relationship and world problems be a call to a spiritual path?

• How can we integrate spiritual healing into mainstream models like traditional medicine?

• How are symptoms connected to our family; our culture; our collective history?

• What role does dancing, singing, drumming, painting, writing, and other forms of expression have to do with healing?

We are particularly excited to welcome our teachers from last year: Gary Reiss, Marilyn Youngbird, Daryl Berlie, Miguel Angel, Dawn Beck and Gerard Gatz. And we welcome new teacher Sage Emery.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Gary at or 541.686.8060 or Amy

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $425 ($395 if registered by 9/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Robert Beatty VAMindfulness (Vipassana) meditation is the art of being fully alive. On this silent retreat we will be mindful of every activity, from sitting in the meditation hall, to walking in the ancient forest, to bathing in the hot springs. You will go home with practices that will change your life. Suitable for beginning and experienced meditators. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the workshop fee covers room and board only. You may offer support for the teacher and these priceless teachings by offering a financial contribution at the end of the retreat.

Robert Beatty is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings 40+ years of Buddhist Dharma practice and decades as a therapist to his teaching. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America. His teaching includes the Non-Dual perspective. He uses humor, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationship, parenting, work and community.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Robert 503.223.2214 or or www.robertbeatty.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $52 registration and event fee plus lodging plus dana

DEPOSIT: $52 plus lodging

Join us for a special Ashtanga Yoga retreat at the healing and nourishing Breitenbush Hot Springs. Schedule includes five morning Mysore classes, daily clinics to deepen your practice, Yoga philosophy, singing & chanting and meditation. The peaceful and serene atmosphere at Breitenbush will support our connection to inner silence.

Ashtanga Yoga is a moving and breathing meditation. We hope that this retreat inspires you to continue practicing with new awareness and insight. Combined, Casey and Jacob have a diverse background of skills and they’re excited to combine forces for this event. No previous experience in Ashtanga Yoga is required.

Jacob is an Ashtanga and AcroYoga teacher, and a Vipassana meditation student. He loves bringing people together and creating community. Jacob is from the NW but teaches internationally for much of the year.

Casey, a student of yoga since 1996, founded Near East Yoga in Portland, Oregon in 2002 to practice Ashtanga yoga, study yoga philosophy and share in devotional chanting.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: : and/or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $275 ($225 if registered by 10/1) 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.