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September Workshops

September 2018

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This somatic practice of breath, posture and awareness yokes us to our intuitive awareness and a strength that arises from deep within. Our movement practice will combine yoga, pilates, resistance stretching and functional fitness to build mobility, grace, strength and ease in the body. The work is easily adapted to all abilities: both the seasoned yogi and the injured will find challenge and support. We discover a way to walk hand-in-hand with pain and fear, and the courage to show up for life and the world.

Lisa Wells, PhD, ERYT500, teaches yoga, body awareness, meditation, relaxation and trauma-release. She co-owns Live Well Studio in Corvallis. Her 30 years of yoga practice have brought her patience, humility and happiness. Her 59 years of life have led her from trauma, through addiction, to recovery and joy in a life that includes rather than excludes suffering. Lisa has been teaching yoga since 2000. She received her PhD in geology from Stanford University. She specializes in gentle yoga adapted to all bodies.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Lisa Wells or 541.231.6091 or www.yogawells.com

BEGINS: Mon dinner

ENDS: Thu lunch

COST: $350 ($299 if registered by 8/5) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Herbal-LogoWe invite you all to gather with us for another amazing weekend of insightful classes from some of the most respected herbalists in our community and the originators of this incredible conference. This is not just another herbal conference. It is a retreat for relaxation and personal growth. It is a chance to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones. It is a time to nourish our bodies with wholesome food and healing waters. It is time to gather in circle for the 36th time. For our 2018 conference, we have invited the teachers that gathered around the hot springs 36 years ago and gave birth to the modern Western Herbal Movement.

Teachers include Rosemary Gladstar, Ryan Drum, David Winston, Tim Blakely, Christopher Hobbs, Mindy Green, Kathi Keville, Ed Smith, Jane Bothwell and more! Space is limited. Thursday night lodging at Breitenbush and class fee required for the pre-conference intensive.

REG: INFO: Sue 503.288.3588 or or breitenbushherbalconference.com

BEGINS: Thu dinner or Fri 4:30pm

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: see registrar

Ready for fun and a deep exploration of your most wonderful life as revealed in the wisdom of Tarot cards? Come join this fantastic group of Tarot enthusiasts, facilitated by Katrina Wynne, Tarot Master and Soulful Counselor. Enjoy a healing retreat from the world while immersing yourself in the wisdom of the cards, all in a safe and supportive environment. The Saturday night tradition continues with Tarot Alive™, an interactive Tarot card actualization ritual. All levels of Tarot interest are welcome. Bring your favorite decks and books, or materials will be provided.

Katrina Wynne brings Tarot cards to life with 45 years of experience studying and sharing their wisdom. For 25 years she has taught her unique psycho-spiritual approach to reading the cards as explained in her book, An Introduction to Transformative Tarot Counseling. For 22 years Katrina’s Tarot Retreats have engaged participants in an inspiring and healing way, beginning at Breitenbush in 1996.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Katrina 541.547.5123 ~ ~ www.TarotCounseling.org

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Tue lunch

COST: $100 ($50 if registered by 5/1), plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Now 4 days/3 nights! Come nourish yourself with Ecstatic Dance—a freeform journey of self-discovery through music & movement for emotional expression, spiritual connection, and celebration of life. Additional sessions in related modalities—including Yoga, Contact Improv, Tea Meditation, Breathwork, and Qigong—will help us drop deeper into movement as meditation. 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 ecstatic community is warm and welcoming. See more details at: EcstaticDanceImmersion.com

Peter Weinstein (aka Baron von Spirit) and Oli Oldaker are cofounders of Ecstatic Dance Corvallis. Peter founded the renowned retreat series Dance Immersion at Harbin Hot Springs, and has DJ’d at 300+ ecstatic dances since 2010. Oli has been a Tantric practitioner and tea master for almost 20 years. In addition to these lead presenters, other facilitators from the community will be there to create a truly memorable experience.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Peter Weinstein 415.335.6213 or or www.ecstaticdanceimmersion.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $175 ($150 if registered by 8/9) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Soak, steam, relax, dream and gather with other women in the splendor of the autumn 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. Male staff members may be present in work areas.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Thu 3pm

ENDS: Sun 3pm

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

This three-night weekend retreat for women is held primarily in silence, with guided and silent meditations, dharma talks and opportunities for group sharing. The relaxed meditation schedule includes silent bathing hours and generous personal time, inviting each woman to recognize and rest in her innate sacredness. This retreat welcomes beginning as well as experienced meditators and will be limited to 50 women.

As always, this retreat is offered in the ancient tradition of dana (generosity): the teacher offers the teachings as her practice of dana. Participants have an opportunity to practice dana with a contribution of financial support for her ongoing work.

Barbara Secrest studied Buddhism for 30 years, has made numerous trips to Nepal and has studied with teachers in both the Vipassana and Tibetan traditions. For the past 20 years she has practiced with Julie Wester and for the last five years she has been a co-teacher of the Breitenbush women’s retreat. We are happy to have Barbara as the new teacher for this annual women’s retreat.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $41 registration fee plus lodging, plus dana

DEPOSIT: $41 plus lodging

Contact Improvisation utilizes gravity, momentum and the energy of individual dancers. An open form, the dance begins with following a point of contact between dancers and ranges from subtle to highly physical. Each day includes group warm-ups followed by open dancing. This is an opportunity for the expanding contact community to dance together, gathering for fun and creative connection. Open to all levels, no previous experience is necessary. All we know is dancing.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

REG & INFO: David 541.687.5780 or

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $125 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: full amount

Service-WeekCome explore community and service with us on this sacred land, in the beauty and color of the mountains and forest in fall. Morning circles, talks with Breitenbush community members and daily well being programs round out your experience. The opportunity for four hours of service daily leaves ample time for you to soak, relax and enjoy our organically grown vegetarian cuisine. Bring sturdy shoes, work clothes and rain gear. Most of the daily four hours of service will be physical and outdoors.

REG & INFO: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Fri lunch

COST: $490/plumbed cabin, $405/regular cabin, $315/lodge room, $300/Breitenbush tent/dorm, $250/own tent

DEPOSIT: full amount

Jeannie-KassyHow is your unique life energy being spent? Are you choosing wisely? Whether you’re feeling too busy, under constant pressure, unmotivated, under-engaged or unfulfilled by what you’re doing, we invite you to join us for reflecting on “your one wild and precious life.”

The choices we make in each moment are continually morphing our lives. “Make time” for investigating the past, celebrating the milestones and transforming the challenges. Imagine participating in a transformational women’s circle committed to offering and receiving support for establishing healthy boundaries and practicing effective communication skills that support your choices.

Through participatory activities, dialogue, breath work, music and creative personalized exercises, you’ll explore your next steps toward choosing freedom, authenticity and satisfaction. It’s about time… (9-18 CEs) Participant comments: vrkd.com/workshops/reflections

Jeannie Edwards, BS, LMT (#3484), Certified Hakomi Therapist. Mind-body approaches that enhance awareness, lovingness and wisdom.

Kassy Daggett, LMT (#5785), Somatic therapist, coach, author, artist. Inspirational, entertaining and individually customized coaching.

Eugene based, they each work with individuals, couples and groups in person or by phone or Skype.

REG & INFO: Jeannie 541.344.4374 or or vrkd.com/workshops/reflections

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $379 ($349 if registered by 9/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Join two of The Bhaktishop Yoga Center’s most celebrated teachers in exploring the joys of yoga, at the beginner level. If you’ve wanted to try a yoga retreat but worried it would be too difficult, this is for you! Experience deep rejuvenation as you practice simple breathing techniques, mantra and meditation, and yoga that is both energizing and restorative. With two classes per day, there will be plenty of time to relax, hike, nap and soak in the healing waters. Explore the foundations of a yoga practice in the great company of others.

Monicka Koneski (right) and Jeannie Songer (left) are skilled, experienced teachers with a passion for making new students feel welcome and supported. Sharing practices that are accessible, therapeutic and restorative, their passion and enthusiasm are infectious. With varied backgrounds in psychology, massage therapy and therapeutics, as well as many years of teaching experience, they embody grace, warmth and authenticity in the most accessible way. They are teachers at The Bhaktishop Yoga Center in Portland.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Jeannie at 503.244.0108 or or thebhaktishop.com

BEGINS: Fri dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $158 plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Amy MinatoJust as we discover those zen-like salamanders hidden under logs, and crawdads under rocks, when we look below the surface of daily life—meaning is revealed. Come be inspired by what you find as we turn over the stones of our lives beneath elder trees and beside the effervescent Breitenbush River. Then practice ways to shape your findings into effective writing. This workshop develops organically with participant interest. Themes we may consider include loss, hope, change, love and spiritual quest. 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 The Wider Lens, a poetry collection. 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 9/1) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Celebrate the amazing power of your true, authentic voice. Conquer fear, eliminate “wrong notes” and uncover the undeniable beauty of your soul. Whether you already sing or always wished you could, this workshop will indeed change your life. You’ll break through blocks and free up a rich and empowering sound. The results are stunning and transformational, even if you’ve never been able to carry a tune!

There are basic techniques for breathing, tone, range, hitting the notes, projection and overcoming stage-fright. Then voices ring out, as favorite songs become transformational wellsprings, and inner and outer voice align. Multidisciplinary experts have called the results “profound” and “astounding.” Whether you are an absolute beginner, or your goal is to take a public performance to the next level, you’ll find yourself expressing beautiful messages from your heart. This workshop is a Breitenbush favorite and consistently gets incredible reviews.

Claude Stein is one of the great master teachers of our time, so don’t miss it. Visit naturalsinger.com for stories, photos and video. Bring instruments, CDs and song books if you like.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Claude 212.460.5878 or or naturalsinger.com

BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Wed lunch

COST: $295 ($285 if registered by 8/13) plus lodging

DEPOSIT: cost of lodging

Explore with a community of women grounding the open heart, and living from a sense of rooted sovereignty. Impact the world around you from your deepest essence and take tangible steps to deepen your capacity to live as the divine love that you are. Jeannie’s gift for inviting people into resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality, bringing people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through meditation, talks, experiential exercises and movement, Jeannie will host a space of warmth and clarity where the embodiment of the heart can be explored fully.

Jeannie is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and supporting people to live from their essence as Love. As a young mother, Jeannie was plunged into a dark night of the soul that culminated in a radical shift of consciousness. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy toward humanness, and poetic and humorous style and draws from Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Christian mysticism and the ongoing revelation of fully engaged living.

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BEGINS: Sun dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST & DEPOSIT: see registrar (note: 10% discount on lodging rates for guests staying 7 or more days)

This active and reflective Circle of Trust® program is open to men of all ages. The human journey is ultimately a return to who we are. In large group, small group and solitary settings, the journey of returning to ourselves is explored, using the personal stories of men, poetry and stories from wisdom traditions.

We co-create a trustworthy circle in which we can listen to each other with courage and compassion. Within a safe space and as we rest, hike, contemplate and converse, our own voice can be heard: wisdom arises to guide us how to return to ourselves.

Jeff Creswell is a Courage & Renewal facilitator mentored by activist and writer Parker J. Palmer. Jeff has been an elementary school teacher in Portland for decades, and is an educational consultant for the Storyline methodology, developed in Scotland. Anthony is an earth scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is co-hosting the retreat having been a part of several Courage and Renewal experiences. This will be his second time co-hosting the men’s retreat.

REG: Breitenbush 503.854.3320

INFO: Jeff at , Anthony at .

BEGINS: Thu dinner

ENDS: Sun lunch

COST: $300 ($250 if registered by 8/31) 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.