Join us for our 2014 Breath of the Heart retreat, Sunday to Wednesday, April 6-9, at Breitenbush Hot Springs. See registration info below.
Breath of the Heart provides an opportunity for focused practice, dharma reflection, and extended silence, as well as kirtan and chanting, hiking and soaking, reflection, and joy. Attending to body and breath, we will use metta, inquiry, simple presence, and shared practices to soften boundaries and untangle mental habits that limit our awareness. All levels of interest and experience are welcome.
Retreat sessions include dharma dialogue and silent contemplative periods, with practices from a range of spiritual traditions. Three practice sessions daily are balanced with personal time to rest and integrate, and to enjoy solitude or new friendships in the beauty of early spring. Early risers are welcome to join a morning kirtan and meditation before breakfast. Sessions are held in the wood-and-stone Forest Shelter, on the upper path between the cabins and the Lodge.
Please check the Breitenbush website for details about facilities and lodging. Please note that Breitenbush is a rustic retreat center with meandering paths between cabins, lodge, and all facilities. Participants requiring mobility assistance can talk with Breitenbush (503.854.3320) to ensure that accommodations will be comfortable.
Breath of the Heart is led by Living Earth founder Betsy Toll (see below).
Registration / fees: Call Breitenbush at 503.854.3320 to register. Early registration, before March 4: $108 plus lodging (see below). After March 4: $135 plus lodging. Lodging rates are per-person in a shared cabin, and include three bountiful, delicious vegetarian meals daily and use of all amenities (soaking pools, steam sauna, lodge, labyrinth, and other facilities):
- Plumbed cabin (indoor toilet): $279
- Simple cabin (shared exterior lavs): $228
- Dorm cabin (4 in bunk beds, exterior lav): $168
Please check at Breitenbush for more details or to schedule massage appointments. All registration is handled by Breitenbush, at 503-854-3320.
Scholarships: For scholarship information, contact Living Earth. Thanks to a grant, we are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships for our April and October retreats this year to ensure access to folks who may be a little short of funds.
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. She bows to the wisdom of many spiritual traditions, with deep pranams to Ram Dass for his loving support on the path of the Heart, and for Joanna Macy’s passionate path of engaged Buddhist spirituality and Catherine Ingram’s timeless advaita teachings. Betsy has followed Ram Dass on the dharma trail since the 1980s.