A Place to Bring Life Into Balance
To provide a safe and potent environment where people can renew and evolve in ways they never imagined.
I have lived the majority of my life within 100 miles of Breitenbush. Growing up in Corvallis I heard many stories of this place, but had never visited until my interview. I inevitably compare/contrast Breitenbush to the last community I was a member of: Great Vow Zen Monastery, near Clatskanie, Oregon. Many years ago Suzuki Roshi, abbot of Tassajara, told the story of a wire-mesh box they submerged in a stream running through the grounds, and how when filled with potatoes they would bump up against each other, knocking off the imperfections. He said monastic training is similar: students bump against each other and over time we soften. I attended a week-long silent retreat at Great Vow every month for a year before I entered full-time residency. I had the idea that full-time residency would [...]
9/7/19 Note to Guests,
The Breitenbush communication system is undergoing maintenance. Our phones, email, online reservation system and day use availability calendar may be slow or unavailable. Our response time to reservation requests and other queries will be delayed.
We expect to have our systems up and running by close of business tomorrow, 9/8. Thank you for your patience!