The 3rd Annual 12-Step Buddhist Summer Retreat at Breitenbush Hot Springs Energy, Healing and Transformation August 25th-27th – Sunday 6pm-Tuesday Noon For our third summer retreat we’ll be working with energy, healing and transformation. We’ll have four-five sessions beginning Sunday evening and ending Tuesday morning. There will be breakout sessions and a weekend creative project. Breitenbush is sacred land and is ripe with energy for all of this kind of work. The program will include silent and guided meditation, all levels yoga (optional but strongly encouraged), ongoing writing practice, group and individual exercises designed to make the practice come alive. We’ll have a more traditional style 12-Step meeting on Saturday evening. This will be open to all and will include a meditation, a speaker/chairperson and sharing. Tysa will also have a session/project that she’ll be leading for women, as long as we have a balance of men and women. Darren is now certified as a Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader. We’ll be working with some meditations, group practices and gentle yoga on this retreat.
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By the end of the training I felt that yes, it was no accident that I was in that place at that time with those people. I’m a certified Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) space holder/leader now. I’ve done a lot of work over the past 30 years and this weekend was part of the ongoing process of transformation. I’m grateful for the opportunity to let the issues that were trapped in my tissues arise in a safe place, with safe people. I feel pretty raw and I still have this dang cold. But healing ain’t easy. As I’ve said in The Power of Vow, you gotta feel the pain if you want to heal the pain. And, as they say in the rooms, you gotta name it to claim it. We don’t have to do it along. Y12SR is a great way to do this work. I’m looking forward to starting two new meeting/classes here in Portland very soon.
Today I woke up and listened to a webcast teaching from my teacher, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. We practiced Guru Yoga with thousands of practitioners worldwide. The practice consists of singing the Song of the Vajra, a sacred mantra that takes about 12 minutes to chant.
Yoga …it’s not just for hippies any more.