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April Workshops

April 2019

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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. The 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 in 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 coordinator of the Shollond Trust, which was 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 several 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 five years. She is beginning to share this loving, nurturing Way.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Sequoia sstar01@gmail.com or 541.756.1561 or headless.org

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $350 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

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

What is sustainable in your life? What kind of lifestyle and practice routines would be helpful for you to practice to sustain you from this season into the next, this life phase into the next?

Our focus in this retreat is to cultivate both autonomy and connection, in community. We will practice daily, and spend time as a group learning to exist and communicate with harmony and compassion. Our classes and the experience of living at Breitenbush will encourage healthy sleep, food, and yoga routines.

The physical practice will be appropriate for all levels and most bodies (please email us if you have any questions). Meditation will be offered in formats that encourage accessibility and sustainability. We will attend to what is real and relevant, and let go of what it is time to release.

Join Chiara Guerrieri and Anne Phyfe Palmer for a spring retreat at Breitenbush, a retreat center Chiara and Anne Phyfe have visited since the 90s, and 8 Limbs has worked with since 2005 to bring urban yogis to the woods.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

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

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch (7 days)

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

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

“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 4 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.

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

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 to $375 sliding scale ($300 if registered by 3/11) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rameshwar Das, Betsy Toll, and Kavita MacMillan will share practices and teachings from the Buddhist, bhakti and nondual currents that flow through Neem Karoli Baba, sweetened with stories of Ram Dass’s journeys, nurturing our capacity to be present here and now, with compassion, grace and joy, even in challenging times.

Rameshwar Das was Ram Dass’s first student after his India experience. He spent a year and a half with Neem Karoli Baba in India, and learned Vipassana meditation from S. N. Goenka. He has co-authored two books with Ram Dass, Be Love Now and Polishing the Mirror, and they are working on a third. He works with youth developing mindfulness, creative arts, and environmental awareness.

Betsy Toll volunteers in chaplaincy, lending support to individuals who are dying or in trauma. She offers dharma gatherings, workshops, and community celebrations with Living Earth, and is grateful for Ram Dass’s experience, wisdom and love on the dharma path.

Kavita Kat Macmillan offers kirtans and yoga workshops, bringing 18 years of practice and study of nada yoga (the yoga of sound) to her offerings. She participates in kirtan festivals including Beloved and Bhaktifest West, and also teaches yoga and music and performs in Portland.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.358.5204 or betsy@livingearthoregon.org or visit LivingEarthOregon.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $223 ($203 if registered by 3/20) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

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 & 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)

This weekend-long workshop is presented by the collaborative leadership of Allies: People to People. In our time together we’ll review the fundamental principles and practices of our peer counseling method with a special focus on how we can reclaim the wholeness of our human nature.

We’ll work in pairs, small groups and all together, exchanging time and attention. We’ll practice being in two roles: the role of the growing, healing, vulnerable recipient of attention, and the role of the giving, thoughtful, supportive listener. Through this process, each of us will get to consider how emotional support, fresh thinking and community can help us heal our lives and face the world with empowerment, creativity and hopefulness. Completion of an introductory fundamentals of co-counseling class is required to attend this workshop. Contact the person listed below if you are interested in attending the spring class that finishes before the workshop. We’d love to have you!

REG & INFO: Marcella at mwestcott@hotmail.com or 503-819-5785

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $150-$600 sliding scale, 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

This workshop will focus on cultivating an honest authentic relationship with ourselves and the journey we are walking. Through the practices of asana and breathwork, 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. 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 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 at sweethometeacup@gmail.com or teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $200 ($160 if registered by 3/21) 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 along with a companion DVD series on women’s qigong.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Deborah qi@deborahdavis.com or deborahdavis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 ($295 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.