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April Workshops

April 2018

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In the old model, we entered our workplace each day and put on a compromised version of ourselves. 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 or www.businesscultureconsultants.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $125 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Advance your yoga practice and teaching through this intensive workshop with several of Seattle’s most respected yoga teachers. Our goal is to broaden the understanding of participants while encouraging yoga practice as a means to discover and fulfill one’s dharma, or purpose. Open as training or as personal practice. This eight-day training will offer a range of subjects: Art of Teaching, Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy in Asana, Student Observation and Diagnosis, Ayurveda, and Holistic Living as a Yoga Teacher.

Melina Meza (left) began teaching in 1996. Her main influences are Dr. Robert Svoboda, Scott Blossom and Sarah Powers.

Chiara Guerrieri, LMP (below), has been practicing yoga for 20 years. She been inspired by Ana Forrest, Shari Friedrickson and Rod Stryker.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 206.325.8221 or or www.8limbsyoga.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch (7 days)

COST: $1050 ($890 if paid by 2/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

The Buddhist path to treating addiction is one of developing wisdom and compassion through meditation, renunciation and wise actions such as service, amends, forgiveness and generosity. Buddhism offers a non-theistic spiritual path, Refuge Recovery follows the traditional Four Truths and Eight Fold Path of early Buddhism. Refuge Recovery is a program that can be worked in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, the 12-Step approach. During this retreat there will be periods of meditation, talks on Buddhist recovery, group discussion and Refuge Recovery meetings.

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: www.refugerecovery.com, www.dharmapunx.com or www.againstthestream.org

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $475 ($425 if registered by 3/10)

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 for 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.

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

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Mon lunch

COST: $325 to $375 sliding scale ($300 if registered by 3/13) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

In volatile times, it is easy to disconnect in myriad ways. Fusing the complicated aspects of living with the unbounded field of our deepest nature is easier said than done.

Weaving together form and spirit enables us to live skillfully in a complicated world. With our awareness grounded in both earth and sky, our human nature shines.

We’ll draw from timeless wisdom traditions using breath and meditation, prayer and devotion, interactive practices, and dialogue. These tools can reignite those connections, integrating the beauty and wonder of being alive with the practical challenges we face here and now.

Our sessions will be balanced by periods of silence and time to hike, rest, soak, connect, and delight in beauty of Breitenbush.

Betsy Toll has been engaged in spiritual development, social action, and conscious service since working with Ram Dass in the mid-1980s. A volunteer hospital chaplain and founder of Living Earth in Portland, she offers workshops and community programs. Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax and Joanna Macy are treasured teachers on the dharma trail.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 503.358.5204 or or www.LivingEarthOregon.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $175 ($145 if registered by 3/15) 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. As we awaken our hearts and minds, renew our vitality and radiance, and rest 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 yoga, Ayurveda, interpersonal neurobiology, and the philosophies and psychology of yoga.

REG & INFO: 503.552.YOGA(9642) or or www.sarahjoyyoga.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $300 ($250 if registered by 2/10) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $250 by 2/10; after 2/10, full amount

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 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:

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $150 ($130 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 one

Qigong has been the source for women’s health and longevity for thousands of years. The slow and gentle movements provide many health benefits, and will help women age gracefully and maintain youthful vitality. With only a 15-minute daily practice, women’s qigong will balance hormones, reduce stress, improve digestion and sleep, trim the waist, benefit bones and joints, and increase overall well-being. Qigong is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Take home a powerful 15-minute daily practice for self-healing and well-being.

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 at or www.deborahdavis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 ($295 if registered by 3/21) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

This retreat is for you — four glorious days of creative feminine expression, we step up more fully into ourselves, making transitions into what can be! We play and pray with yoga and healing, journaling, Shamanic Circling, Tribal Grooves and African dance. We include divine self-care practices and moving meditations—diving into your heart, body and soul…thriving on magical time taken for yourself!

Time for massages, soaking in hot pools, walking the labyrinth, watching the rapid river surrounded by beautiful deep woods, and enjoying delicious vegetarian meals.

With words and movement, reverence and release, we learn tools for transitions, infusing and anointing ourselves with the magic of dreaming and desiring. We dance daily ceremony with sweaty wild abandon and sacred feminine sensuality, journaling into spaciousness and clarity, ripe with the gift of transition!

Paulette is a Transformational Lifestyle Coach, author, and Global Dance Instructor, with over 26 years experience as an innovator of feminine celebration, dance and creation. Her work guides you on your journey–Movement, Momentum and Magic– following your soul’s desire to your wild spirit and beauty.

REG & INFO: or www.paulettereesdenis.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: plumbed cabin $697 ($647 if paid in full by 1/30), regular cabin $647 ($597 if paid in full by 1/30)

DEPOSIT: $250

This workshop will focus on cultivating an honest authentic relationship with our self 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. 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 or www.teacupyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $175 ($150 if registered by 4/10) 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.