A weekend for slowing down, healing and being in community. Come soak with us at Bretienbush Hot Springs. Spend time under the stars, meditate, heal, write and move with our team of talented BIPOC practitioners. This is a BIPOC-only weekend.
We want to honor the need for the BIPOC community to rest, heal and reset. Help us make this weekend a success by sponsoring with a donation of any size.
Sponsorships go a long way in reducing the financial barrier so that more people in the BIPOC community may attend.
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This systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. Yoga Nidra is the practice of psychic sleep. It’s not an asana, but a conscious state that flirts on the border of sleep and is shown to boost dopamine levels, reduce symptoms of PTSD, improve sleep and relieve chronic pain. Deep transformation can happen in yoga nidra when you can set a resolve that permeates into the subconscious through the practice, bringing powerful potential for healing and self-growth.
What to bring: Journal, pen, comfortable clothes - wear moveable layers (socks, hat, sweater) as it can get chilly when you are resting; yoga mat, towel, blankets, cushions. Anything you need to feel comfortable in laying on your back on the ground for 45 minutes. Workshop Time: 1 hour.
There is no better place to turn on the faucets of creativity and let imagination flow than in a tranquil retreat in the forest. Throughout the weekend, these writing workshops will offer a space to process, spark creativity and connect with other writers. Through writing prompts and examples to read, these workshops will leave your creative cup spilling over the brim.
What to bring: Bring a journal or something to write on and something to write with.
Naike is excited to join the BIPOC wellness weekend and will be facilitating two sound healing spaces. One will be an interactive workshop where participants will explore their voice and learn how to give each other mini sound healing treatments. We will ground into the astrology of the present moment, identify which element could use tonification in our lives and amplify this elements through sound (1hr).
Our second gathering will consist of an evening communal sound bath performed by Naike using some of the instruments that we explored in our workshop and others (1hr).
What to bring: yoga mat, blanket & pillow, singing bowls or harmonic instruments that you would like to share with others.
Naike Swai is a Portland based multi-instrumentalist, acupuncturist and astrologer of Tanzanian and German heritage. In their artistic practice, they utilize time-suspending harmonic ratios, tuning forks, traditional kalimbas, analogue electronics and other natural instruments to bring harmonizing vibrations into the body to balance the parasympathetic nervous system and facilitate somatic healing.
We will tune into the body, heightening our inner awareness and connection in tandem with the rhythms and lessons of Mother Earth.
I use eco-somatic to refer to a practice that understands the impact of our environments on our bodied existence and recognizes that an integration of Mother Earth’s teachings can help us not just better understand ourselves - an extension of her - but to shift away from and heal from the oppressive and extractive beliefs, practices, and systems we live with.
What to bring: yoga mat; yoga; blocks; blanket; notebook; and some ideas around what healing practices your family/ancestors use/used (perhaps ceremony, prayer, plant medicine, dance, song, storytelling, etc.)
Danielle has a strong foundation in anatomy, asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy and trauma-informed practices. While the weather is nice, Danielle is in a rotation of BIPOC teachers teaching a Monday evening BIPOC-only yoga class outdoors. Connect with them at www.daniellemjones.com or in
We stand strong today because of them. They are there through our hardest times and rejoiced during our triumphs. This fall we want to celebrate our caregivers; Wild Diversity & Breitenbush Hot Springs are providing 10 passes to this BIPOC Wellness Weekend for those BIPOC caregivers who have supported us through thick and thin. This is lodging, soaking and meals for the entire weekend. Nominate the BIPOC caregiver in your life.