Our spring Breath of the Heart retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs is an invitation to enjoy dharma reflections, contemplative practice, and extended periods of silence, as well as opportunities for kirtan and chanting, hiking and soaking, friendship and rest. Using breath, inquiry, and metta practices, our boundaries soften and mental habits untangle, slipping away like misty clouds in the wide open sky. All traditions and levels of interest or practice are welcome.
Retreat sessions will include dharma talks, interaction, and silent contemplative periods. Each day will offer opportunity for extended silence, as well as kirtan and chanting. Our time in session will be balanced with personal time for hikes, soaks, solitude, friendship, and the delight of the forest in spring.
Sessions this spring will be held in the round, wood-and-stone Forest Shelter, on the upper path between the cabins and the Lodge, just above Breitenbush Creek. Check the Breitenbush website for details about facilities and lodging.
Registration and fees: Retreat fee is a slim $108, plus lodging. Call Breitenbush at 503-854-3320 to register. All registration is handled by Breitenbush (Note: Retreat fee is $65 for Living Earth members.)
Betsy Toll has been exploring spiritual practice, compassionate service, and conscious social action for more than three decades. A writer and editor, she leads dharma circles, workshops, retreats, and community programs in Portland, and volunteers as a non-affiliated hospital chaplain with intensive care patients. She bows to the wisdom of many spiritual traditions, with special appreciation for Ram Dass, Joanna Macy, and Catherine Ingram. She has been following Ram Dass on the dharma trail since working on a project with Seva in the 1980s.
For registration or info about facility and accommodations, call Breitenbush at 503-854-3320.
For questions regarding retreat format and content, or retreat fee, call 503-771-1940, or post your query below.