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July Workshops

July 2018

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Stewart-CubleyIn process painting the goal is free expression, with emphasis on the creative process rather than on technique or expertise.

The Painting Experience takes place in a respectful and nurturing environment where you’ll receive individual attention and guidance to help you to inspiration, growth and change.

• Discover a creative voice entirely your own

• Trust your intuitive perception, not the mind’s critical chatter

• Follow your energy rather than what looks good or makes sense

• Overcome blocks by following their hidden message

• Experience your imagination as intelligent—a doorway to deeper knowing

• Explore process painting as a path to spiritual awakening

You are welcome even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. All materials are supplied – all you have to bring is YOU!

For over four decades Stewart Cubley has pioneered a way of integrative and creative living through the practice of process painting. His method is one of respectful questioning, inviting you to extend yourself into new areas of thought and feeling. Stewart is co-author of Life, Paint & Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression. CE credits for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP/RN.

REG & INFO: The Painting Experience 415.488.6880 or www.processarts.com or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $695 ($630 if registered by 5/1) continuing PE participants $595 (all materials included) lodging extra

DEPOSIT: $350

If you are interested in massage and Tantra, you will love this experiential workshop! Ecstatic touch, ritual and communication are the foundations of this delightful weekend. Giving and receiving sensuous, healing and pleasurable full-body massage can open new doors to your heart and enrich your life and loving. Integrate spirituality and physical pleasure; explore the fine line between giving and receiving; allow more pleasure and trust in your relationship; rekindle the flames of passion; enjoy a very relaxing and sensuous weekend!

You will learn a variety of techniques that you can practice at home to deepen your intimacy and connection. No experience is necessary. This workshop is open for couples working exclusively with each other during the massages. There is no sexual activity.

Mika Smith and Cassidy Geppert, certified SkyDancing Tantra teachers, have over 30 years of experience teaching and practicing the healing arts, including Tantra, yoga, massage, breath work, movement, group process and transformational therapy. Their workshops provide a safe, nurturing and playful environment that encourages intimacy and expansion. Mika and Cassidy were trained by long-time Breitenbush presenters, Steve & Lokita Carter.

REG & INFO: Ecstatic Living Institute 844.987.3456 or 707.987.3456 or or ecstaticliving.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $325 per person ($295 if paid in full by 5/6) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $250 per person

Through the practices of yoga we experience love, grace, openness, contentment and joy. Yet we don’t sustain this luminous understanding. What gets in the way? Explore the fundamental obstacles to living as love: human restlessness, out of balance living, mental habits and conditioning that keeps us tied to our more primitive thinking.

Through psycho-educational discussions, Sarahjoy and Jay address key elements of our human restlessness. Yoga practices, breathing techniques and meditation support us in addressing anxiety, self-critical thinking and self-care ambivalence, guiding us to the love that is our basic nature and giving us a repertoire of skills for the daily life that forgets this love.

Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, RYT has taught yoga since 1994 and practiced mind-body counseling since 2001. She is founder of the DAYA Foundation, a non-profit yoga therapy center known for its integration of mindfulness, yoga, neuroscience and psychotherapy.

Jay Gregory, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with 20 years in couples therapy and anxiety issues, using insight-oriented psychodynamic to help clients transform through reinterpreting emotional and interpersonal processes.

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

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $280 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Treat yourself to a weekend retreat of exploration, discovery and inspiration in the Oregon forest. This retreat is for Deaf individuals who wish for more abundance in spirit, love, relationships and quality time. American Sign Language is used.

The retreat gives you a chance to pause and look at your life from a new perspective. You gain tools to step out of your comfort zone and take action for change. The program includes coaching, yoga, chair yoga, reflection and other activities provided by your two Deaf facilitators.

Deborah S. Mayer, MA, PCC, is a certified International Coach Federation (ICF) Deaf Professional Coach and Coach Trainer, and is a certified chair yoga instructor. Deborah coaches, leads workshops/retreats and trains Deaf professionals to be Deaf coaches.

Dorothy “Narayani” Wilkins, MA, ACC, is an ICF Associate Coach and a certified yoga instructor. Her whole approach to wellness integrates emotions, thoughts and soul. Dorothy works with Deborah in retreats/workshops and coach training.

REG & INFO:  Deborah at or crossroadsolutionscoach.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $240 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

edgu-logoEDGU (edge-you) is evolutionary spinal maintenance. Grounded in an open, stable stance that specifically isolates all motion to the spine, the upper body is gracefully gyrated through a fluid sequence of pivotal movements. This art of rhythmic spinal tuning systematically exercises the intervertebral disks to avoid disk degeneration by maintaining their inherent strength, pliability and absorbency. EDGU balances the left and right hemispheres of the body/brain, keeps the vertebral bodies mobile, liberates spinal compensation patterns and creates a “wholly” experience, blending body movement with spiritual invocation.

The EDGU Training program is a five-day event for learning and imparting the 14-step EDGU sequence. Daily schedule includes EDGU classes, step-by-step EDGU breakdown instruction, practice sessions, in-depth spinal maintenance insights, free time and laughter. Whether EDGU is cultivated as a personal practice, shared one on one as EDGU therapy or taught in group classes, you will fully activate your ‘Edge You’ experience.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: or edgu.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $550 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

8 Limbs Yoga Centers, a 500-hour RYT certified school, invites yoga teachers and dedicated practitioners to join us to connect and gather with other like-minded practitioners. As students, we are always learning, filling our wells and receiving deeper insights through continued practice and study. As teachers, continued study allows us to expand our repertoire and more fully develop our voices and yogic lifestyles. As practitioners, we seek a sangha, or community, with whom we can share and celebrate our journey. Our goal this week is to provide a rich program and inclusive community to help you prosper – in your practice, studies and your career as a yoga teacher.

In this spirit, we will provide space for meaningful conversations, classes in therapeutic and advanced asana, the art of teaching and sequencing, physical and energetic anatomy, non-violent communication, business empowerment, Ayurveda and more.

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

Chiara Guerrieri (left), LMP, has practiced yoga for over 30 years. She is inspired by Ana Forrest, Shari Friedrickson and Rod Stryker.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: 206.325.8221 or or 8limbsyoga.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch (5 days)

COST: $865 ($715 if reg by 6/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Discover plant uses, functions, lore, and craft while designing a food forest project for the Breitenbush grounds. From weaving willow to making medicine, plant identification, edibles, psychotropics, and design of Permaculture plant guild systems, this workshop will be an intensive immersion for gardeners, healers, designers, and lovers of the natural world. This workshop provides many opportunities for observation and attunement with the plant and fungal kingdoms, with hands-on activities and plant spirit meditations. This workshop weaves together the practical and spiritual aspects of working deeply with the plant kingdom, and will leave participants with useful applications and a sense of harmonious alignment with the plant world.

Join us, award winning ecological designer and author Jessi Bloom, and renowned permaculture designer and teacher Andrew Millison, as we walk through the spiral of the design process from observation and awareness to the practical tools of design and implementation. Not only will we delve into techniques of rainwater harvesting, food forests, drafting, budgets, plants and permits, but we will also attune ourselves to the spirit of the land and the community through meditation, ritual and collaborative meetings. Designing the new housing development will be the focus of this course and will include hot springs, gardens, orchards, water systems, natural building and community gathering spaces. It will be a true sacred garden and will benefit the community for generations to come. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn real world skills for designing enlightening spaces.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Andrew

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $585 ($485 if registered by 5/8) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

pnwmtrPlease join us for our 28th annual retreat. Breitenbush is stunningly beautiful in July; the days are long and warm, and the water is running high. You can hike, soak, steam, plunge, take classes, relax, network or exchange massages, as you wish. Your family and friends are absolutely welcome to attend.

We will offer several four-hour NCBTMB- approved continuing education classes for massage therapists, and you may attend any or all of them. Classes will include Myofascial Balancing for the Core; Introduction to Esalen Massage; Treatment Strategies for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome; The History, Science and Future of Topical Cannabis; Working with Client Trauma; and Structural Bodywork for the Feet.

Visit pnwschool.com for details, and to register for the retreat and any classes you wish to attend. A two-night minimum stay is required.

REG & INFO: pnwschool.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Mon lunch

COST & DEPOSIT: pnwschool.com

Are you ready to treat yourself to a very special journey full of yoga, music and dance? Join these celebrated mantra artists and teachers as they lead you on a heart opening retreat. This will be perfect for those looking to learn/practice more Kundalini Yoga and Mantras as well as looking to celebrate and heal through singing and dance.

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are internationally touring mantra musicians, yoga teachers and cacao ceremony facilitators. Since 2010, they have released 4 albums on Sounds True as well as 8 independently. They are regular performers and teachers at festivals including Beloved Festival, Bhakti Fest, and the Oregon Country Fair. Jaya Lakshmi’s inspiration to bring mantras and electronic music together birthed Kirtronica. They are known for their powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart and invokes a meditative and connected state.

Ananda Yogiji has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2007. He has studied under master teachers in the Kundalini Yoga lineage including 4 years with Viriam Singh and Kaur in Eugene as well as attended nine, nine day Kundalini Yoga summer solstice intensives in New Mexico. Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda have also been leading cacao ceremonies for over 7 years in which they share their heart opening music as well as ceremonial wisdom.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: JayaLakshmiandAnanda.com

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $300 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

“Few regions pack such a variety of trails into an area crossable by a two-hour drive,” writes William Sullivan about the Oregon Cascades, and we will explore as much of that variety as can be packed into a seven-day trip. Our day hikes will include cold creeks in the foothills, wooded lakes, rushing rivers, barren lava fields and vistas of snow-capped peaks from above tree line. We will sleep in large tents provided by the retreat, eat breakfast and dinner in the lodge and pack our lunches to take on the trail.

This is a Sierra Club national outing. More information can be found on the Sierra Club website: sierraclub.org/outings/national, click on “advanced search” and search for trips led by Robert Lowe.

Robert Lowe attended his first Sierra Club backpack trip over 40 years ago. Motivated both by the beauty of the outdoors and by the close relationships that develop on Sierra Club trips, he began leading trips in 2015. Co-leader Leah Madoff has hiked, backpacked and skied for decades in the Sierra, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and the Catskills

REG & INFO:

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $1695 Includes transportation, lodging and meals

DEPOSIT: $200

Red Tent is a celebration of the divine feminine. This sacred circle is a space where we care for ourselves, and for one another, with postures, breathing, meditation, song, dance, massage, storytelling and celebration of the Goddess in us all. The practices will be focused on pelvic floor health, and you’ll learn how to tailor your practice to support your unique pelvic floor. We’ll discuss anatomy and why it’s important to have a healthy pelvic floor. There will be lots of practice, as well as plenty of time to rest, soak, sauna and explore.

Emily Light has practiced yoga since 2001 and has taught since 2007. While living in Southern India, she studied under Swami Turyeananda, and has completed a 500-hour yoga therapy professional training with Sarahjoy Marsh, at the DAYA Foundation in Portland, Oregon. She weaves practical application of yoga philosophy into movement, breath and meditation guidance, encouraging a dynamic exploration into one’s true nature. Her intention is to create a safe and nurturing place for students to learn about themselves and to connect.

REG & INFO: Emily 971.313.4747 or or emilylightyoga.com

BEGINS: Wed dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $197 ($172 if registered by 6/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Do you feel stuck in your career or life’s purpose? Do you feel drained at the end of the day? Do you beat yourself up for eating the wrong foods, or shy away from what is really going on in your bank account? Do you feel accomplished in some areas of your life, but struggle in others? Your inner spirit is calling you to be more, do more and live more.

You are NOT alone!!

Join me in this highly interactive deep-dive into your own your power, reclaim your spirit, and increase your emotional intelligence.

This transformative learning experience will help you to:

· increase your self-awareness for greater well-being

· deepen relationships at work and at home

· set clear boundaries for yourself and others

· clearly articulate what you think, feel and want when it matters, and

· practice new skills while building a supportive community with other powerful women.

Dr. Tracey Adams has taught emotional intelligence to corporate leaders, physicians, entrepreneurs, academicians and creative spirits for over 21 years. Partnering with well-being experts at Gallup and behavioral scientists at Oregon Health and Science University, Tracey developed this transformational curriculum just for women.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Tracey at thriveonseminars.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $150 ($125 if registered by 6/20) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Would you like to experience a living, loving community as each one of us, young and old, remembers who we are and why we’re here? Would you like to receive strength and inspiration as you sing, celebrate, and open your heart to more and more love? Children and teens undergo their own transformation in a program that is alive with art and movement, nature experiences, challenges and fun. Adult program includes yoga, meditation, group and individual processes for personal growth. The adults’ and children’s programs dovetail, enhancing the experience for all.

Joyce and Barry Vissell, a nurse and psychiatrist by training, are the authors of eight books, including two new ones, To Really Love a Woman and To Really Love a Man. Ram Dass describes Joyce and Barry as a couple who live the yoga of love and devotion. They are two people deeply in love for 53 years, who have raised three children and “walk their talk.” They lead workshops internationally on relationships, parenting and personal growth.

REG & INFO: Paris Morgan at 831.684.2299 or www.sharedheart.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST & DEPOSIT: go to sharedheart.org

Soak, steam, relax, dream and gather in the splendor of the Cascades. Come for a workshop or for a personal retreat. Silent bathing and meal options are offered as well as daily programs tailored to the season. The lodge lobby will also be a silent space.

Please, no children under 16.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: cost of lodging plus workshop cost if you choose to take one

Reiki is a form of natural healing that takes place through gentle, sacred touch. It restores health and harmony to the physical body, releases emotional blockages and activates a closer connection to spirit. Reiki works with the vibration of love and compassion and is an easy form of self-healing. Its recent origins have been traced back to Japan in the late 1800’s and the inspired work of Dr. Mikao Usui. The opening to this simple and mysterious universal life energy happens through a series of initiations and the practice of the form through various hand positions. Frank honors the oral tradition and Phyllis Furumoto as the lineage bearer. This is a First Degree Reiki class.

Frank Coppieters, PhD, Reiki Master, LMT #2385, taught at the graduate level for 13 years at the University of Antwerp in Belgium before he became a spiritual teacher, counselor and Reiki Master. He has a full-time private practice in Portland where he does Reiki, massage, shamanistic work and counseling.

REG & INFO: Oregon School of Massage 800.844.3429

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $560 includes lodging and meals

DEPOSIT: full amount by 7/19

Susan-AndersonAbandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction. Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and author of Taming Your Outer Child and Journey From Abandonment to Healing will share powerful tools of emotional and spiritual healing to help you reverse abandonment’s universal wound. You will learn exercises for each of the five stages of abandonment (shattering, withdrawal, internalizing, rage and lifting); how to conquer “abandoholism” and other “outer” child behaviors; how to make new connections and find lasting love. Whether you’re experiencing a recent breakup, a lingering wound from the past, or struggling to overcome self-defeating patterns, the tools will propel your growth, help restore your sense of self and increase your capacity for love.

Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and workshop leader, has spent 30 years of groundbreaking research, scholarship and clinical experience working with victims of trauma and loss. Founder of “Abandonment Recovery”, she is author of Taming Your Outer Child, Journey from Abandonment to Healing, Black Swan and The Abandonment Recovery Workbook

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Susan at or abandonment.net

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $200 ($180 if registered by 6/28) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

You are not who you think you are. Beneath the habits of anxiety, self-hatred, addiction, anger and depression there exist within you oceans of ease, love, compassion and happiness. The ancient meditation teachings of the Buddha are effective ways to manifest these vast potentials. This silent retreat includes sitting, walking, movement and eating meditations. Thorough instruction will be offered. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the workshop fee covers room and board only. The teacher’s livelihood depends upon your practice of generosity. Your gifts (dana) at the end of the retreat make the teachings available to others.

Robert Beatty, MES, MSW, is the founder and guiding teacher of the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings 40 years of Buddhist Dharma practice to his teaching and work with individuals. Robert is a member of the first wave of lay Theravada Buddhist teachers who brought Buddhism from Asia to America. Robert uses humor, poetry and drumming to teach meditation for everyday life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work and community.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Robert 503.223.2214 or or robertbeatty.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun or Wed lunch

COST: $33 registration fee ($56 for 5-day) plus dana, plus lodging

DEPOSIT: registration fee plus lodging

Rick LevineA full immersion astrological experience, spending four days in an intimate setting with like-minded people, exploring your individual relationship to the cosmos. Whatever level of astrological experience you may have, this special retreat with astrologer Rick Levine will deepen your knowledge of astrology, widen your understanding of the world, increase your awareness of your own patterns, and forever alter your perspective of your relationship with time.

Rick has a teaching style that connects with beginners while also bringing new ideas to the table for more advanced students.

We each possess a chart that is an imprint of the moment of our birth. But the natal chart is just a jumping off point, for the planets continue to move on their appointed rounds. The relationship between the planetary movement and a natal chart is how we understand the nature of unfolding events and their timing. We will explore strategies to handle our own transits.

Rick will calculate the natal horoscope for every person who attends the workshop. These charts of the participants will be the basis of the workshop’s teaching.

Rick Levine is a renowned astrologer whose daily forecasts appear on Tarot.com, Huffington Post, Yahoo and other leading websites. He co-authored (with Jeff Jawer) eight years of Your Astrology Guide. Rick is a frequent lecturer at astrology events 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

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $160 ($140 if registered by 6/30) 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.