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July Workshops

July 2019

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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 to practice at home to deepen your intimacy and connection. No experience is necessary. This workshop is open for couples working exclusively with each other. 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 and Lokita Carter.

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

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $350 per person ($300 if paid in full by 5/5) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: $250 per person

Through 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 fundamental obstacles to living as love: human restlessness, imbalanced living, mental habits and conditioning that keeps us tied to more primitive thinking.

Through psycho-educational discussions, we address key elements of human restlessness. Yoga practices, breathing techniques and meditation support us in addressing anxiety, self-critical thinking and ambivalence, guiding us to the love that is our basic nature and giving us skills to maintain that love.

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

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

REG & INFO: 503.552.YOGA(9642)
or retreats@sarahjoyyoga.com or sarahjoyyoga.com/yogaandlove

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $280 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

EDGU (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 the 14-step EDGU sequence. Daily schedule includes EDGU classes, step-by-step EDGU 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. This event enjoys the many benefits and experiences that come along with Jeffrey and the Vitalist Institute offerings.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: info@edgu.org or edgu.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $595 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

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, Breitenbush Summer Immersion Retreat will provide space for meaningful conversations, classes in the art of teaching and sequencing, physical and energetic anatomy, non-violent communication, business empowerment skills, Yin Yoga, Ayurveda and more.

Senior 8 Limbs Yoga Center instructors Melina Meza and Chiara Guerrieri (each with at least 20 years of teaching experience) will help you integrate your studies “off the mat” into daily life.

REG:  Breitenbush 503.854.3320

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

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $875 ($725 if registered by 6/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Please join us for our 30th 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, and there will be many activities available for everyone.

We will offer several 4-hour NCBTMB-approved continuing education classes for massage therapists, and you may attend any or all of them. This year’s classes will include Dynamic Thai Massage; Hydro-therapy History, Principles, and Experiential Immersions at Breitenbush; World-Championship Massage Techniques; Introduction to Neurofascial Manipulation; and Specific Structural Techniques for the Neck.

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

If you are someone who is looking to commence, immerse and/or enhance the practices of Kundalini Yoga, mantra chanting and much more, then please join these two for 4 days and nights. This retreat offers a transformational journey that can help heal hearts, recharge your whole system, create intimate friends and leave you floating in love. There will also be a Kirtronica ecstatic dance and a cacao ceremony to amp up the bliss!

Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are internationally touring mantra musicians, yoga teachers and cacao ceremony facilitators. Known for their devotional blend of modern and ancient mantra and heart songs, their music opens the heart and invokes a connected state.

Jaya Lakshmi and Anandas’ inspiration to bring mantras and electronic music together birthed Kirtronica. They co-lead as well as serenade participants in their Kundalini Yoga sessions. Ananda has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2007 and Jaya Lakshmi since 2010. They have also been leading cacao ceremonies for over 8 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: Fri lunch

COST: $350 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Celebrate life through dance and movement at Breitenbush! The heart of this retreat is Ecstatic Dance—a freeform journey of self-discovery through movement for exercise, emotional expression, and community connection. Additional sessions—such as yoga, contact improvisation, and qigong—will help us drop deeper into movement as meditation. We’ll dance indoors and outdoors throughout the four days, and be treated to a special set by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. Choose your own pace among this variety of activities, plus enjoy the natural hot springs and delicious meals Breitenbush is famous for! Whether you come alone or with companions, the Breitenbush community is warm and welcoming. See more details at EcstaticDanceImmersion.com.

This retreat is produced by Breitenbush, with guest host Peter Weinstein (aka Baron von Spirit). Peter is co-founder of Ecstatic Dance Corvallis and founder of Amoeba Dance in Eugene. He lead the renowned retreat series Dance Immersion at Harbin Hot Springs, and has DJ’d at hundreds of ecstatic dances since 2010.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Peter Weinstein 415.335.6213 or info@ecstaticdanceimmersion.com or ecstaticdanceimmersion.com

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $100 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. We will explore as much as can be packed into a seven-day trip. Our hikes will include cold creeks in 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 “Paul Saindon.”

Paul Saindon enjoys backpacking and hiking but is at home just being outdoors. He has been leading Sierra club trips since 2005. Co-leader 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, Robert began leading trips in 2015.

REG & INFO: paul@pauls.us

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST & DEPOSIT: $200

As we age, we can begin to lose flexibility both mentally and physically. We get stuck in habits of thought and movement. Through the practices of Feldenkrais Method®, meditation, and gentle, restorative yoga, open yourself up to new possibilities. There is incredible potential for change no matter your age. Whether you are recovering from injury or illness, coping with chronic pain or just want to regain lost mobility or flexibility, you will benefit from this workshop.

Ada Riley, now in her 80s, is a living testament to these combined practices. Ada began studying yoga and meditation at age 50 and teaching yoga in her mid-50s. At age 75, she came upon the Feldenkrais Method® and began a four-year certification program at age 76.

Joanna Dunn has taught yoga since 2000 and meditation since 2013. A yoga studio owner and co-director of a teacher training program, she has a keen interest in neuroplasticity and the role of yoga and meditation in health and wellbeing. Based out of Leavenworth, Washington, Joanna teaches in the Pacific Northwest and abroad.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Joanna at yoga@joannadunn.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $275 ($250 if registered by 5/3) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Do you feel stuck in your career or life’s purpose? Do you beat yourself up for eating the wrong foods or shy away from your bank account? Do you feel accomplished in some areas of your life, but struggle
 in others? Your inner voice is calling you to be more, do more and live more – but you’re not sure how to take charge of your own life? You are NOT alone!!

Join me in this highly interactive deep-dive into own your divine power, reclaim your voice by increasing your emotional intelligence.

This transformative experience will help you: increase your self-awareness for greater well-being; deepen relationships at work and at home; claim what you want, when you want it (more money, more intimacy, more time, etc.) and build a supportive community with other powerful women.

Dr. Tracey Adams is national speaker on women and leadership and has taught emotional intelligence to organizations for over 21 years. Partnering with well-being experts at Gallup, 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: $175 ($135 if registered by 6/20) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Everywhere in nature you are surrounded by delicious wild food. You can easily learn to find, recognize, and harvest this bounty.

Gathering and eating food from wild nature creates deep connections with the plants and places where you forage. You begin seeing plants you know instead of just a sea of green, and they feel like generous friends and not just pictures 
in a book. You’ll learn about all stages of their life, where they like to grow, and who else eats them. Wild edibles are chemical-free concentrated packets of nutrition. We’ll share some simple and delicious recipes. Spend two days forest bathing at Breitenbush as you learn skills and connection with your wild green relations.

Cader Olive has lived and taught in wild nature for 40 years. He brings skills and knowledge from science, practical living and spiritual connection to his work- shops. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology, and founded and taught at his nature education center for 15 years. He currently lives and teaches in Portland, OR.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Cader 715.322.4349 or learnnatureskills.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $185 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 54 years, who have raised three children and “walk their talk.” They lead workshops internationally on relationships, parenting and personal growth. SharedHeart.org for more information.

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

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: go to sharedheart.org

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Abandonment is a primal human fear and an 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 susanmanderson@rcn.com or abandonment.net

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

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

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

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

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 45 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 all aspects of every- day life, including intimate relationships, parenting, work and community.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Robert 503.223.2214 or robert@robertbeatty.com or robertbeatty.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun or Wed lunch

COST: $35 registration fee ($59 registration fee for five day) plus dana, plus lodging

DEPOSIT: registration fee plus lodging

A full immersion astrological experience, spending five days in an intimate setting, exploring your individual relationship to the cosmos. Whatever level of astrological experience you may have, this special retreat will deepen your knowledge of astrology, increase awareness of your own patterns, and forever alter your perspective of your relationship with time. Rick has a teaching style that connects with beginners to advanced professionals.

We each possess a chart that is an imprint of the moment of our birth, and the relationship between the planetary movement and a natal chart is how we understand the nature of unfolding events and their timing. Rick will calculate the natal horoscope for every person who attends the workshop and use these charts as the curriculum for the retreat.

Rick Levine is a professional astrologer whose daily forecasts appeared online for 17 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 rlevine@stariq.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $280 ($240 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.