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April Workshops

April 2020

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In the old model, we entered our workplace each day
and put on a compromised version of our self. 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 flip.brown@icloud.com or businesscultureconsultants.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $125 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Come sing with others as we create a safe container for vocal exploration.

Through group exercises, Bhakti yoga (Kirtan), movement, songs and lots of connecting and support, Kavita guides participants to unpack stories and energetics that hold us back from singing freely. Through this process we allow for the softening of our self critic and the opening of our own path to voice.

No prior experience necessary, simply a willingness to be present for yourself and others. We will have ample time to nurture our circle together, sing and play as well as engage in self-care during these special days in the beauty of Breitenbush Hot Springs.

Kavita Kat Macmillan is a workshop facilitator and devotional musician with a deep study of Indian Classical vocal music and love for Kirtan & chanting. Kat brings over 19 years of training, performing, teaching & sharing kirtan and sound yoga with students at her classes, retreats and workshops. Kavita is a nurturing, open guide for those who are interested in exploring this path.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: babyom@gmail.com or www.openheartkirtan.co

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $275 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Right now, there is a deep, palpable fatigue in our world. Planetary and political climate changes have left many of us anxious, fearful and depleted.

Many of us need more than rest: we need to fully recharge our bodies and reset our nervous systems. When we are refreshed, we are more in touch with ourselves and more able to take actions within our dharma, our purpose in this life. A retreat is a time to slow down, immerse, and reflect: to lean into a core tenet of yoga, that knowing oneself deeply is the key to reducing suffering.

Take this opportunity to temporarily unplug from the onslaught of external stimuli and your responsibilities as a human. Replace demanding devices with time-tested practices: asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra.

Chiara Guerrieri has been a bodyworker, anatomy instructor, meditator and yoga practitioner for the past 30 years. She and Anne Phyfe Palmer, founder of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle, met in 1994. They have offered retreats together at Breitenbush since 2005, and enjoy holding space for deepening practice.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 206.325.8221 or info@8limbsyoga.com or 8limbsyoga.com/retreats

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $500 ($450 if registered by 2/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential. Yet courageous leadership is not necessarily something we are born to. Here’s the good news: research shows it’s actually a collection of four skills that are measurable and teachable. I invite you to hit the refresh button on your professional journey and join me for this transformational leadership training. Dare to Lead™ is based upon the work of Dr. Brené Brown. We’ll take four full days to reflect, connect and skill-build for work, and for life! For more information, https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/

Ruth Williamson, PCC, CDTLF is a leadership and life coach and workplace consultant. She delivers the curricula of Dr. Brené Brown and leads retreats throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information, please contact ruth@ruthwilliamsonconsulting.com.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Ruth ruth@ruthwilliamsonconsulting.com or 541.815.7166 or ruthwilliamsonconsulting.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $375 ($325 if registered by 2/28) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Early April is a transitional time marking the emerging light and warmth of spring. Come commune with the shifting elemental energies and attune to the rhythms of nature at this juncture, while aligning more deeply with your unique constitution and present life-stage through yoga and ayurveda. Daily sessions in meditation, asana, self-inquiry, ayurvedic teachings and discussion will provide a structure in which to open, clear, receive, stabilize and learn. During your free time, soak in the healing waters or steamy sauna, curl up with a good book or connect with new friends. Massage, trails and cozy indoor spaces are available for your pleasure. Return home refreshed and revitalized, with plenty of fresh insight and new learnings to support you at home.

Shannon McCall is a long time yoga teacher, retreat leader and ayurveda practitioner living in Seattle. She loves to practice and teach at Breitenbush Hot Springs, where people come together from all over the world to heal and grow in the presence of the forest, the healing waters and the open sky.

REG & INFO: Shannon McCall at 206.412.8784 or Shannon@livingintobalance.com or livingintobalance.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch (7 days)

COST: $480 ($380 if registered by 2/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $108

“Music is what feelings sound like …”

Come! Sing through the body and move through the voice as we explore the healing power of whole-body improvisation. Join us in four days of connection, collaboration and celebration of the living work of art that is YOU!

In Body-Song, we will access our intuition and wisdom as we explore creative freedom when both voice and movement are engaged. For singers who want to move and dancers who want
 to free their voice… you are the instrument. Simply bring your open body-heart-mind. Join catalyst Paula Byrne
 for a weekend uniting Soul and Spirit in sound and movement. All are welcome. No formal dance or voice experience required.

Paula Byrne is a professional jazz singer and voice teacher. Since 1996, she has facilitated conscious movement in Wild Grace™, DanceQuest™, Soul Motion™, contact improv, authentic movement and trance dance. She teaches internationally and is Founder of SomaSpace in Portland, Oregon.

Joining Paula is concert pianist and cellist Sophie Lippert, Founder of Connections Concerts, and featured soloist with the Olympia and Seattle Symphonies.

REG & INFO: Paula 503.804.7660 or Living (-at-) WildGrace (dot) us and www.WildGrace.us

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 to $395 sliding scale ($300 if registered by 3/11) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Just 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 two poetry collections, Hermit Thrush and The Wider Lens. 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: amyminato@mac.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

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

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

On the sacred land
 of Breitenbush, we immerse ourselves in the timelessness of nature’s wisdom. Yoga reveals this wisdom as our very nature. Awakening our hearts and minds, renewing our vitality and radiance, and resting deeply into the innate sacredness of life, we are returned to the vast intelligence and compassion that has held us all along. Join us in deep physical asana, profoundly restorative practices, and compelling conversation for living your yoga, as a very alive process—not a preconceived destination— both on and off your mat.

This retreat is for beginning and intermediate students enthusiastic about the beauty, intricacy and power of yoga and Ayurveda as gateways to stillness, expansiveness and love.

Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, yoga therapist and author, is
a vibrant, compassionate catalyst for transformation. She is the founder of the DAYA Foundation, a non-profit yoga studio and therapy center in Portland, OR, and has taught yoga for more than 24 years. Her teaching is informed by Ayurveda, interpersonal neurobiology, and the philosophies, psychology and practice of yoga.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.552.YOGA(9642)
or retreats@sarahjoyyoga.com or sarahjoyyoga.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $345 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount (payment plan available)

Bringing together people of color from diverse backgrounds in a spirit of mutual support and empowerment, we will experience together the spiritual, healing, and personal growth modalities of yoga, silent meditation, sound healing, Process Work and the interactive meditation practice of Insight Dialogue. As we create a cultural sanctuary, we will leverage these practices to build resilience in a world often filled with the injustices of implicit bias, microaggressions and much more. Healing our bodies, minds and spirits, we will learn how to find peace and empowerment amidst our challenges, and we will together nurture the love and light within ourselves and our communities.

This retreat is open to all people who self identify as people of color.

Trained in India, Zhalisa Clarke specializes in Tibetan Singing Bowl sound healing and meditation. She is also certified as a yoga instructor and Reiki practitioner. www.lunavibrations.com

Alexander Aris, MA, is a graduate of the Process Work Institute of Portland, Oregon, working with individual clients as well as relationship and group processes. He is a long time meditation practitioner in both the Vipassana and Zen traditions as well as in Insight Dialogue. www.dreamingalive.net

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Alexander at dreamingalive@protonmail.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $175 ($140 if registered by 3/6) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

This workshop will focus 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. Six 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 is the founder of the non-profit, Yoga and Animal Rights Alliance linking yoga retreats with animal sanctuaries around the world. 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 sweethometeacup@gmail.com or teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $250 ($220 if registered by 3/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Balneology is the study of the arts, sciences and cultures of natural mineral water therapeutic use.

Thought leaders and pioneers in the world of Balneology are coming together to steep in the wisdom and experience of North American Therapeutic Waters. BANA will navigate us through the most important topics to the realms of hotspring ownership, therapeutic bathing, direct use geothermal, health and stewardship of Earth’s mineral waters.

For Nine years BANA has been circling North America visiting any place where therapeutic waters are found. In that time we have worked with members of our Balneologic Community – Hotspring owners, land stewards, clinicians, environmentalists, policy makers, energy advocates and more – to understand the unique landscape (and watershed) of North American Balneology. We want to bring our knowledge to you.

This event is open to everyone with a passion for any and all aspects of Balneology who want to be a part of the North American Balneology conversation for the 21st century.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Info@Balneology.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $200 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Soak, 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 it

Want to feel more sensual and alive? Feeling disconnected from your body? Have you lost your libido? Revitalize the women’s power center, the Uterine Palace, with gentle movements and breath. One of the ancient secrets of longevity and sexuality, internal alchemy circulates the primordial energies for nourishing your body/spirit and increases sexual juiciness and vitality. You’ll also learn a Daoist guided meditation for women to increase the health of the breasts and uterus. Open to women of all ages who want to reclaim their sexuality and appreciate their sensual feminine essence. There is no nudity in this class.

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

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Deborah at 541-821-8228 or qi@deborahdavis.com or deborahdavis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $360 ($300 if registered by 3/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

These are times when our entire facility is closed. 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.


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