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January Workshops

January 2019

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Robert Beatty VAMindfulness (Vipassana) meditation is the art being awake in the present. 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 really knowing how to meditate. 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 forty five 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, movement 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 Robert@robertbeatty.com or robertbeatty.com

BEGINS: Tue or Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: two-day $48 registration and event fee; five-day $93 plus lodging, plus dana

DEPOSIT: full amount

7-minBegin the year with restful contemplation. Quiet Weekend is a special time for those who crave deep peace and the unique communion of shared silence. The atmosphere throughout the land is reverent. Come for one of the excellent workshops (see below), or for your own personal quiet retreat. This weekend is for adults only (no children under 17). We will observe quiet time for the first half of most meals, and in the meadow pools and sauna before breakfast. Community children may be present in some areas.

INFO & REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: cost of lodging and workshop should you choose to take one

These are times when our entire facility is closed or reserved exclusively for the participants in an event. 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.

Rick LevineTake a personalized astrological journey through 2019 with one of the world’s top astrologers. Learn about yourself and astrology by exploring the upcoming year’s patterns in the birth chart of each attendee. Rick uses a creative, humanistic perspective to provide tools for achieving your personal goals by working with natural astrological rhythms. This is educational and fun!

Symbolic analysis, combined with real-time chart work for each attendee, produces a deep understanding to ground the cosmic information in usable form. Working with the archetypal planetary energies empowers you with the grace of Venus, the passion and punch of Mars, the vision of Jupiter, and commitment of Saturn, along with the unique energies of the Sun, Moon and the rest of the planets.

Rick Levine is a professional astrologer whose daily forecasts and YouTube videos have appeared on the Internet for years. He co-authored (with Jeff Jawer) eight years of “Your Astrology Guide.” Rick is a frequent lecturer at astrology conferences around the world and has an active astrology counseling practice out of Redmond, WA.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Rick 425.260.6466 or stariq.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $160 ($140 if registered by 12/15) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Contact Improvisation (CI) is a dance practice of caring for oneself while moving in physical contact with others. It asks us to show up in our diversity and focus on the dynamics of interbeing. It calls us to own the inherent belonging and freedom available in the one and only unfolding now. The contact includes us. The improvisation frees us.

The WOW is a five-day journey dedicated to exploring the CI paradigm of mutual well-being, on and off the dance floor. All levels of experience are welcome. Each is supported to begin where they are and be curious about what nourishes and celebrates us all. WOW! Three two-hour sessions are available each day. The dance space is available round the clock.

Carolyn Stuart and Patrick Gracewood are the Touchmonkey limb of CI; a dance duo exploring, teaching, performing the ‘wow’ of contact improvising for 30 years. They find the interplay of inquiry, experimentation and discovery to be exhilarating and satisfying. Currently they offer CI events at Gracewood Studio in Portland.

Visit contactgames.wordpress.com/the-wow-of-contact.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Carolyn 971.334.4599 or touchmonk@yahoo.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $200 ($160 if registered by 12/16) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

In the old model, we often 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: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $125 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

We often get requests to work with us as part of our community and cooperative. Service Week combines this opportunity with an integrated exploration of the noble path of service.

Focused morning circles and special programs provide sharing and inspiration. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to participate in four hours each day of hands-on tasks and projects. Bring comfortable work clothes, gloves, winter-wear and sturdy shoes. Expect to be doing physical, mostly outdoor work. Lodging prices are discounted. If you have ever considered living and working at Breitenbush, and if you are interested in being part of a community of service, begin by joining us this week.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $390/plumbed cabin, $320/regular cabin, $250/lodge room, $240/dorm

DEPOSIT: full amount

img_6485Join Laura and Beattie for a rich and soulful weekend of integrated movement, asana and touch. In this practice, we’ll work within the structure of yoga to uncover ways of moving authentically, connecting to sequence and being embodied. Laura will guide you through skillful and unique movements, with focus on breath and functionality pointing you toward deeper realms of self inquiry. Beattie will work hands-on to help you find your optimal alignment and expand the spaciousness that exists within and around you and your physical practice. Their teaching is heartfelt, honest and accessible.

Laura and Beattie emerged as a collaborative force in 2010 with a desire to bridge the gap between the movement arts and bodywork. Their vision is to make yoga/guided movement/bodywork accessible and healing to students of all ages and abilities. Their practice celebrates the beauty and vastness of asana reinforced kinesthetically with touch. The symbiotic energy and vision of this collaboration provide a supportive, sensory experience that enables you to personalize a practice to meet your individual needs.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: lovingfiercely@gmail.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: : $375 – $475 sliding scale plus lodging 

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Version 2RhythmAsana is a unique, joyous blend of yoga, movement meditation, dance and heart-opening live music from around the planet. RhyhmAsana employs movement and rhythm to open pathways into deep joy. In this workshop, we’ll use a harmonious blend of yoga, movement, meditation, dance, drumming, singing and chanting to deepen connections with our inner selves and with our global community. Lea will serve as movement guide and facilitator with a soundscape provided by Johanna, George and friends.

Lea Bayles (leabayles.com) is a dynamic and inspirational movement catalyst, teacher, speaker, author and performer who helps people of all ages and abilities connect with the creative joy and healing power within.

Johanna Beekman (johannasings.com) is an internationally acclaimed singer, kirtan artist, yoga teacher, songwriter and recording artist loved for her soulful voice and her inspiring songs that tap deep into the collective soul.

George Beekman is the co-creator of RhythmAsana. George is a musician, author, teacher, multimediator, world music DJ, creative collaborator and yoga/dance junkie.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: george@rhythmasana.com or rhythmasana.com or facebook.com/rhythmasana

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $200 ($160 if registered by 12/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Matt Nelson copyReinvigorate and reconnect to your heart through the powerful practices of yoga in the wondrous natural setting of Breitenbush. In the company of majestic mountains and old growth forest, we will immerse ourselves in conscious movement practices that facilitate meditation and a reawakening of our inherent loving and healing capacities. Through classical yoga practices infused with creative subtle body awareness principles, we will explore the dynamic relationship between ease and effort, seeking to let go of that which creates tension while rekindling our ability to connect with our heart.

This yoga retreat is intended to be accessible for all levels of practitioner and will provide appropriate challenges and adaptations for each participant, facilitating a positive and nurturing experience.

Matt provides, joyful, nourishing and accessible classes that support inner-growth and healing. His first entry into movement, breath and spiritual inquiry began in 1995 with the practice of Qigong. In 2003 he started practicing yoga. Since then, many practitioners have served as a source of inspiration, including Gary Kraftsow, Peter Sterios, Amy Matthews and Swami B.V Tripurari.

RED & INFO: Matt 503.331.8176 or matt@mattnelsonyoga.com or mattnelsonyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $470 – $590 ($435 – $555 if registered by 12/15), includes lodging, retreat and meals 

DEPOSIT: $225, full payment by 1/12

Ruth Williamson copyLiving our lives with passion and purpose means re-relating to fear and uncertainty—constant companions on our human journey. Cultivating our resiliency and authentic wisdom expands our capacity to lead with courage, compassion and transformative vision. This is the Rising Strong process.

Join me at Breitenbush for a deep dive into the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The Rising Strong™ curriculum is a highly experiential methodology that offers powerful insights into the ways we live, love, parent and lead. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Partners are encouraged to speak directly with the facilitator prior to registering.

Ruth Williamson PCC, CDWF is a leadership and life coach and is certified to deliver The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

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

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $325 ($275 if registered by 12/30) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging