Healing and Staying Well; An evening with a physician, nutritionist, and organic farmer. Saturday, October 5th; 5:30-7pm

We have a profound capacity for healing and balanced well-being for ourselves, our loved ones, and those in our communities.  This is an early evening conversation with some clinicians and food growers.  These are folks who know the arc of self-care and community well-being will turn your heart and life toward that profound capacity of yours.

Kristin Kinnie MScN, MSW: As a nutritionist, I work with people to explore their questions, emotions and goals surrounding food and nutrition.  Good nutrition provides the building blocks our body requires and desires as we strive for optimum health.  I believe everyone’s journey towards optimum health is personal – you know your body best!  I work with people to tune into their own body and discover what truly nourishes, nurtures, and heals them.


Laura Rogers ND: As an integrative physician, Dr. Rogers strives to use the best of naturopathic and allopathic medicine in her practice. She believes that the foundation for health is a healthy lifestyle: healthy eating, regular physical activity, connection with nature and learning how to stay balanced amidst the inevitable stressors of life.  She provides naturopathic primary and adjunctive care with a focus on improving your mental and physical vitality. Her expertise includes family medicine, mental health, women’s health, and GI and endocrine imbalances.

James Brougham of Sparrowhawk Farms will share his experience of sustainable farming and explain it value to our community, our health, and our wellbeing.

We’ll touch upon your ability to nourish yourself toward vibrant health, to find your way of healing from the inside out, to source foods that hold compassion for our land, our community and your personal health.

You are invited to attend and share the evening  Saturday, October 5th; 5:30-7pm.  More details at this link.  Free and RSVP

 

 

I have opened registration for fall’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses  Thursday evening  starting October 3rd as well as Saturday afternoon MBSR Programs.  The Saturday, 2pm training starting October 5th, is an excellent choice for Portland area commuters with good traffic and Max nearby.  And it is just after the Saturday Market; nice food, market goods, city fountain!  Just a few yards from my classroom’s front door.  Also, my classroom is an easy 2-block walk from both downtown Hillsboro Max stations.  There are a number of excellent restaurants, shops, and parks downtown near my classrooms.  Here are more general details about MBSR.

A rich background of scientific research and books has made MBSR one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more.  Read a summary of my MBSR program’s clinical results.  You may want to read the review paper about my MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by my colleagues, 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Context & Relevance.

Learn more background about MBSR training here at this link:  MBSR at the Stress Reduction Clinic.  Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions about MBSR and my trainings:  Contact Brant.

 

How We Love; Fall Retreat on Sunday September 15th; 2-5pm


Begin fall with pondering our way of loving.  We all so so though often we don’t enquire how and discern who we love. Together let’s learn something helpful about loving; romantic, familial, brotherly/sisterly, with community, and more.

There will be gentle mindful yoga practice, sitting meditation practice, progressive relaxation practice, kind group exercises, periods of reflection and conversation and more this Sunday afternoon.  Poetry and readings will be offered.

Please RSVP so we have enough space for all!  Tuition is $20. Sunday, September 15th; 2-5pm.  Details

I look forward to sharing the morning with you  —  Brant

Dr. Zach Bush MD: A breathtaking perspective on health and wellbeing. Let’s pay attention.

Dear Folks;  Those of you who have been in my classrooms or spent time sharing the learning and practice here know that my style, though often playful , is very down-to-earth and pointed toward what is effective for your health and well-being; heart, mind and body.  What I share with students is anchored in science, practicality, and direct experiences of my students and me.  I am a scientist by academic training and seldom a true believer in  any orthodoxy or personal opinion of some famous teacher.  About twenty years ago Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work, research, and teaching of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction captured my interest and offered a straightforward, effective, and directly experiential mode of learning I found extremely effective and straightfoward.  Eventually trained to teach MBSR and have done so for over a decade with reams of tangible positive results with hundreds of students here.  Studies conducted in my classrooms document these helpful consequences of the system that Jon assembled.

Encountering Dr. Bush in my recent research I have been stunned by the incredible breadth, depth, and spirit of his medical and social perspective and outreach.  He reminds me of a younger Jon Kabat-Zinn in his insight and practical wisdom.  Given the state of our personal health, medical care system, social and political dynamics,  and the state of our planet’s biologic and climatic systems I urge you to listen and learn from Dr. Bush in a few of his videos and on this website listed below.

His insights are both stark and unyielding to any naive notion that we aren’t at a dramatic tipping point personally, environmentally, socially, and as a species. Equally though he offers a rich and wise personal path toward meeting the immense challenges we face.  His perspective on how to approach personal and community health is a powerful form of changing the direction of our species current trajectory toward immense difficulty.  Doubt this?  Learn below.

Please make time to review some or all of these.  I know you will find realistic hope for personal, family and friends, community, society, and humanity here.

Kindest Regards  —  Brant

For Folks in Greater Portland: Two MBSR Programs this Summer; Thursdays & Saturdays

 

 

I have opened registration for summer’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses  Thursday evening as well as Saturday afternoon MBSR Programs.  The Saturday, 2pm training, is an excellent choice for Portland area commuters with good traffic and Max nearby.  And it is just after the Saturday Market; nice food, market goods, city fountain!  Just a few yards from my classroom’s front door.  Also, my classroom is an easy 2-block walk from both downtown Hillsboro Max stations.  There are a number of excellent restaurants, shops, and parks downtown near my classrooms.  Here are more general details about MBSR.

A rich background of scientific research and books has made MBSR one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more.  Read a summary of my MBSR program’s clinical results.  You may want to read the review paper about my MBSR program and mindfulness in the Journal of Participatory Medicine coauthored by my colleagues, 15 local referring physicians, therapists, teachers and MBSR participants: Mindfulness in Participatory Medicine Context & Relevance.

Learn more background about MBSR training here at this link:  MBSR at the Stress Reduction Clinic.  Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions about MBSR and my trainings:  Contact Brant.

 

Student Shares His Enthusiams for Golf & Yoga!

 

I was so very delighted when Dan D’Amario found that his yoga practice was improving his golf game as well as his attitude on the course especially when balls fly in the wrong direction!  He was more that surprised because he thought attending yoga class with Linda would be relaxing and a nice thing to share with her then low and behold his golf game improved!

Acknowledging that enthusiasm Dan and Linda assembled a fun and engaging short video about Dan’s journey with golf and yoga side-by-side.

Here is the video they created!

Kind Regards  —  Brant

 

For Licensed Physicians & Therapists — Chronic Pain, Mindfulness, and Our Clinical Approach: with Scott Hein PT, DPT

I am so very honored and excited to invite Scott Hein, PT, DPT and certified therapeutic pain specialist (TPS) to come and share his insight and passion about studying pain science and treating patients with persistent pain. Scott will discuss the source of pain and how evidence shows it can best be treated with a biopsychosocial approach. I will lead the topic of the power and practicality of mindfulness practice in the approach to treating pain and stress.  Scott and I will guide you through learning, practice and discussion that may help you in practical ways with patients and with self-care.

Reach out if you would like to attend.  —  Brant

Be our guest on Saturday, April 20; 5-7pm.  For licensed physicians and therapists; MD, PhD, PT, LCSW, PA, LPC, OT, NP, RN & others. RSVP.  Tuition is $20 and a certificate of completion for 2 contact hours of training will be provided.

  • Learn about the mind-body connection and how mindfulness practice can support both clinicians and patients from the viewpoint of an physical therapist  
  • Medical & Therapeutic Clinical Evidence of Mindfulness Practice Discussed      
  • Experiential practice with your peers
  • Come in informal, comfortable clothing.  Informal and with a changing room if you wish.  

This is an event for licensed physicians and therapists.  There is limited space and these sessions tend to fill.  Reach out soon if you  have interest:  503 640-6006 or  Contact Brant

More Details

 

15th Anniversary Celebration. Saturday, March 23rd; 3-7pm. All Welcome!


Dear Folks;  Everyone Welcome!  Bring or send friends, family, neighbors and others.

There will be a book release, hand-crafted woodwork, poetry, yoga and heart rate monitoring, song, weaving, iguana fashion, and much more!  

Check it out below and please just stop in to visit and learn more about what people love.

Downstairs will be the Student Stage to share your music, song, poetry or talk.  Upstairs will be the Student Gallery with wall displays and tables for you to share your love.  There will be many door prizes and unique exhibits.

Here is a downloadable link to the Celebration program with bios and details about presentations and displays

DOWNSTAIRS SHARING STAGE: 

3pm – John McGinity, Practice Your Yoga Poses with a Heart Rate Monitor !!

 

4pm – Brant Rogers, Archery as Meditation

4:30pmHelena Huipe (tentative) – Two Songs

5pm – Dan D’Amario – poetry, Yoga and Golfing Video

 

5:30pm – Kristin Kinnie – Balancing Blood Sugar using Whole Foods

 

UPSTAIRS GALLERY:

Fine WoodworkingBill & Carol Pressley

Loom and Weaving – Tracy Irwin

Growing, Shearing, Spinning and Weaving Wool – John & Marilyn Harrison


Fine Sketching Linda Engstrom

Iguana Fashion Statements – Janie Coleman

Fine Handmade JewelryTeresa Shelton


Intuitive Personal Readings
 (Available from 3-4pm and 5-6pm) – Kristen Spahn

 

 

Book Release.  Gentle Yoga; A Celebration – Linda & Dan D’Amario

Cartooning, Cards, Heart Rocks, and Our Practice – Lea Villalaz

 

Five years ago it was the 10 Year Anniversary many dozens of folks came to share and more than 300 folks came to listen and learn.   It was grand and lovely so let’s make time to create another day sharing with one another what we love..

It’s been 15 years since the doors opened here.  Counting all students  of all the teachers here over the years (Laurie Bass, Sue Fernald, Carole Cotten-Figueiredo, my former wife Marie, Malkiera, Chris Brehms, John McGinity, me, and others!) there have been over 10,000 students attending classes and many thousands of hours of class time offered by teachers.  See come regularly and other drop in once and everything in-between.  What an incredible privilege it has been to be of support to the folks of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Beaverton, Portland and beyond.

The moving and heartwarming stories students share with me as they find more of their inherent vitality and wisdom continues to inspire me.  Scoll through the Yoga Hillsboro blog to read some of their blog posts and their pictures shared:  Students have their say.

With so many years shared with them I have witnessed the blessings and challenges of life in these classrooms; children growing into adulthood, marriage and parenthood,  elderly folks passing into the great disappearance, illness transformed to health, vitality traumatized by a diagnosis, moments of tearful awareness in transition, the consequences of a car crash, the blessing of a wedding, the loss of a dear one, great laughter, and so very much more.

Let’s ‘Share What We Love’ on March 23rd.  Please reach out to me if you would like to share, have door prizes, or would like to help out in some way: contact Brant.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Two Courses for the Portland Area this Spring

This Spring I will offer another two MBSR courses.  The Saturday, 2pm course , begins on April 13th and is an excellent choice for Portland area commuters with good traffic and Max nearby.   The Thursday course begins on April 11th. My classrooms are an easy 2-block walk from both downtown Hillsboro Max stations.  Also there are a number of excellent restaurants, shops, and parks downtown near my classrooms.

Learn more background about the MBSR course and links to both Thursday and Saturday courses as well as free Orientations here at this link:  MBSR at the Stress Reduction Clinic.

A rich background of scientific research and books has made MBSR one of the most effective and respected methods of helping people though the most stressful challenges of life: heart disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, asthma, multiple sclerosis, sleep problems and much more.  Read a summary of my MBSR program’s clinical results.

Feel free to contact me with any and all questions about MBSR:  Contact Brant.

 

It’s Here! The Year of 10,000! — Hard to Believe. Let’s have a party!

 

 

This year brings a number of milestones for the work here.  Milestones I can hardly believe.  By my count there have been over 10,000 students registered for my classes here since the doors opened in 2004; yoga students, MBSR students, students in my specialized trainings with governments, universities, corporations, police agencies, firefighting districts, social service agencies, hospitals, and more.  Oh my!   As I tallied the classroom time with these courses and trainings I realized this has been more than 10,000 hours of time in the classrooms with folks.

Of course there are the thousands of students and hours of class time with other dear teachers here over the years; my former wife Marie, Laurie Bass, Sue Fernald, Carole Cotten-Figueiredo, Malkiera, John McGinity, and others!

What an incredible privilege it has been to be of support.  The moving and heartwarming stories students share with me as they find more of their inherent vitality and wisdom continues to inspire me.  Folks think of me as a teacher though I know in my heart of hearts my students are my teachers at every turn.

With so many years shared with them I have witnessed the blessings and challenges of life in these classrooms; children growing into adulthood, marriage and parenthood,  elderly folks passing into the great disappearance, illness transformed to health, vitality traumatized by a diagnosis, moments of tearful awareness in transition, the consequences of a car crash, the blessing of a wedding, the loss of a dear one, great laughter, and so very much more.

 

Also, this is the 15th year of life for this community of kind souls and time for an anniversary celebration!  We did so on the 10th Anniversary in 2014.  On that Saturday afternoon and evening students and teacher brought something in their life that they loved dearly; their music, song, photography, jewelery, woodwork, weaving, writing, crafts, a drag racing hotrod, a bag piper, and a lot more.  The classrooms became galleries and a music venue for the day.  We will do so again this year.

I will send out an official invitation for everyone in the weeks ahead.  The preliminary date is Saturday, March 23rd 3 until 8pm.  Save the date.  All are welcome.  Much more details to come.

It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve, support, and share with you all.  I look forward to the years ahead!  —  Brant