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12-Step Buddhist Winter Retreat Jan 21st, 2011

The retreat will be at Breitenbush Hot Springs again this year. It was amazing last year, so we reserved more space in the larger area.  Due to national workshops and the success of the book, space is going to go fast. If you’re interested, register soon. The price is still very reasonable.

Last year’s retreat was so much fun! We’re thrilled to be able to do it again. Many people have stayed in touch and helped to develop Sangha (spiritual community) online. This year we’ve added some brand new ideas to the program. You’re going to love it! The theme for this retreat is: Integrating Recovery: Exploring Boundaries, Self-care and Community Through Multiple Modalities. Our weekend course will include Recovery Yoga with Kyczy (keet-ski) Hawk, Art Therapy with Cheri Epstein (with a special session for couples),  Acupuncture and Qigong with Daniel Espiritu (individual, private, and group setting options), Zen Meditation (silent sitting and daily walking groups), group discussion and the famous Aspects of Self Dialog process. (Specific activities are subject to change.)

Join Darren Littlejohn, author of the 12-Step Buddhist and Tysa Fennern for the second annual 12-Step Buddhist Winter Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon. The retreat is open to anyone – you do not have to be an addict or Buddhist to participate. Join us as we foster spiritual recovery in the rustic but comfortable mountain setting. The retreat is priced as low as possible. ($140 after Dec. 15) plus lodging. We don’t control the lodging options. Details explained below.

Retreat Schedule

Registration/Deposit/Bedding Fees

To keep costs down, all registration will be handled by us. Note: Don’t contact Breitenbush for registration. See the Breitenbush website for facility details, map, directions, etc. There is bedding (pillows and blankets) available for $16 (single)\$22 (double) through PayPal below for the weekend or you can bring your own. Please email Darren Littlejohn for specifics about the retreat activities. Breitenbush is not handling any of the retreat details. They will refer you to us.

To secure your place, please try to make full payment using the PayPal drop-down menu below.  All lodging options are first come, first serve. We have limited space and will try to accommodate everyone’s choices.
Retreat and lodging fees are per person, (not per cabin) for the entire weekend and include food.

  • Retreat Registration cost (not including lodging): $140 after Dec. 15
  • Bedding: Bring your own or $16 (Single), $22 (Double) – make this payment using PayPal
  • Dana (Dharma Tips) to individual presenters gratefully accepted

To keep costs down, all registration will be handled by us. Note: Don’t contact Breitenbush for registration. See the Breitenbush website for facility details, map, directions, etc. There is bedding (pillows and blankets) available for $16 (single)\$22 (double) through PayPal below for the weekend or you can bring your own. Please email Darren Littlejohn for specifics about the retreat activities. Breitenbush is not handling any of the retreat details. They will refer you to us.

To secure your place, please try to make full payment using the PayPal drop-down menu below.  All lodging options are first come, first serve. We have limited space and will try to accommodate everyone’s choices.
Retreat and lodging fees are per person, (not per cabin) for the entire weekend and include food.

  • Retreat Registration cost (not including lodging): $140 after Dec. 15
  • Bedding: Bring your own or $16 (Single), $22 (Double) – make this payment using PayPal
  • Dana (Dharma Tips) to individual presenters gratefully accepted

Lodging Options


Refunds and Cancellations

  • We’re committed to pay for the spots we reserve.
  • Registration deposits are non-refundable after December 15th. At this time all reservations should be paid in full in advance. But if you’re having difficulties with that, contact Tysa to make arrangements. We don’t want anyone left out in the cold!
  • Lodging refunds can only be given if cancellation made by 1/1/11.
  • All retreat and lodging fees must be paid in full by midnight, January 15th. (If we don’t have the full registration by the cutoff, we have to release the beds to other guests or pay for them ourselves.)

NOTE: Deposits are no longer excepted unless you make arrangements with Tysa Fennern (503-358-1794). If you have made a deposit and have not paid in full, please note that lodging preferences are given to retreatants who are paid in full.  See below for lodging descriptions and what is included. Be sure to indicate in the PayPal instructions to seller if you require same sex room assignments, what your sex is, if you’re with a partner that you’d like to room with etc.

As of Jan 7th, this is what is available:

1 male space in cabin w/ bath ($336)
1 female cabin space w/ bath ($336)
2 male space in cabin w/o bath ($304)
1 male dorm space ($264)

  • Cabin\no bath+retreat=$164+$140=$304 total (8 spaces left as of Dec 19th)
  • Cabin w\bath+retreat=$196+$99=$295 total SOLD OUT
  • Lodge (shared) Bunk+retreat=$128+$99=$227 total SOLD OUT
  • Dorm+retreat=$124+$99=$223 total SOLD OUT
Lodging includes: Vegetarian/Organic meals; Friday dinner, 3 meals on Saturday, breakfast and optional lunch on Sunday and 24 hour access to natural hot springs, as well as other Breitenbush staff planned activities including optional massage.

Lodging Descriptions

  • Dorm – shared (separate men and women dorms)
  • Cabins - all cabins are geothermally heated and fully enclosed with 2-3 beds
  • Shared Cabin with outside toilet access
  • Shared Cabin with private sink and toilet inside
  • Lodge Room inside main lodge with no bathroom

Reserved for disabled persons – the lodge room is nearby the main area and is not as quiet but is wheelchair accessible. However, not all of the areas of Breitenbush are easily accessed by wheelchair. For questions about access please call the facility.

Note: All registration will be managed by Darren Littlejohn, so please don’t ask Breitenbush staff about retreat details.

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Schedule of Activities

We’ll post a complete schedule with all meetings, topics and other events in the main meeting hall. Everyone will get a copy during check-in as well. Until then, please see the 2011 Tentative Retreat Schedule (coming soon).

  • Guided and silent meditations, some mantra chanting, zen walking meditations, and Qigong.
  • Aspects of Self Dialogs on topics related to this retreat theme: Boundaries, Self-care, Community.
  • Midnight Meditations and Games Friday and Saturday nights! Bring your favorite group game to share.
  • Writing and Art Exercises – bring your own notebook for journaling/inventory work.
  • Spiritual Topic Book Basket – bring a favorite book to share for the topic grab bag. All books will be returned to their owners at conclusion of retreat.
  • Spiritual Altar – bring an item to collect energy from the weekend for the altar; sobriety chip, photo of ancestor, sacred statue, flowers, incense, lights/candles, Buddha or images of other spiritual figures. Everything will be returned on Sunday.
  • Yoga Therapy as a Recovery Tool – Sessions each morning and Saturday workshop
  • Art Therapy for Recovery and (special emphasis on couples). Note: there will be a nominal materials fee for Art Therapy.
  • Acupuncture Sessions – by donation group sessions, or private individual sessions are offered throughout the weekend for sliding scale pricing (sign-up sheet will be available)
  • Hot Tubbing in the Natural Springs – Full 24 hour access to the various levels of heat and steam – wonderful!

Directions for Getting There + RIDESHARE Options

Please coordinate rides on the 12-Step Buddhist Google Group on the Resources page. Additionally, there is a rideshare program from Breitenbush. Please check their website with this login:

http://www.breitenbush.com/rideshare/

Username: rideshare
Password: sustainable

The rideshare site is only intended for Breitenbush guests and staff. We also have people with some space in their cars. Email Darren for the hook up. It takes about 2 hours from SE Portland to get up there. Maybe a bit longer if it’s snowing. Chains are required at that time of year.  SPECIAL NOTE: USE ONLY DIRECTIONS PROVIDED BY BREITENBUSH.


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3 comments to 12-Step Buddhist Winter Retreat – Jan 21st, 2011

  • briankarger

    I will be renting a car and driving from Portland airport to Breitenbush on Friday. I can give a ride to at least 2 or 3 people. If interested, please let me know at brian.karger@gmail.com or call me at 240 215-5860. I prefer to depart PDX as early as possible – before noon if we can. I will be willing to return you to the airport after the retreat. I request some expense-sharing.

    Brian

  • For people who need to arrange rides, please use the Breitenbush website listed above or join the 12-Step Buddhist Google Group (see Resources page) to coordinate. It will all work out just fine.

  • Kara H

    I am able to take people on Friday for a ride share as well. E-mail me at karaellzey@gmail.com