Courage to Stand For . . . Our New Year’s Day Retreat; 9am – Noon

What do you stand for?  

Let’s navigate this question together: Generously, openly, compassionately.  With no right answer yet with our unique answer. Each of us.  This calls for courage.

The root word in early forms of Latin and French for the word courage meant, “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”

In the face of life’s difficulties and amidst society’s overwhelming changes  let’s explore the  courage to love more fully, to meet this challenge, to stand for this:  For your life.  For what and who you cherish.  A sturdy way to begin the year.

We will spend the morning in contemplative practice, restorative practices, and encouragement.   Bring your heart, your thoughts,  your emotions, you concerns, your enthusiasms, and perhaps something to share that has inspired you toward courage.  Details

 

FROM THE PHOTOS ABOVE:  Greta Thunberg is a school girl who addressed the United Nations and talks to people all over the worlds about seriousness of climate change.   in 1955 Rosa Parks refused to relinquich her seat on a public bus for a white passenger encouraging people to peacefully resist racism.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran minister who spoke out agains tne Nazis and was executed for doing so.   Fr. Maximillian Kolbe was a priest and opponent of Nazism who volunteered to die in place of a stranger at a Nazi death camp.   Mahatma Ghandi employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign to end British rule in India and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.   Malala Yousafzai is Pakistani advocate for female education.  As a 15 year old girl she was attacked and shot in the head by a Taliban fundamentalist. She survied and has thrived while becoming the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize.   Lt. Ehren Watada  was discarged from the US Army for refusing to deploy while saying he believed the Gulf War to be illegal and that it would make him party to war crimes.  Ryan White was an Indiana teenager diagnoed with HIV/AIDS from a transfusion.  He and his family faught to have him be able to attend school while the district refused his admittance without proof that his attendance would endanger others.  Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat in World War II who saved the lives of 6,000 Jews though it put him and his family in danger.   Helen Keller was a deaf-blind author, activist, and lecture promoting women’s sufferage, workers’ rights, antimilitarism, and other causes.  Elenor Roosevelt was a tireless advocate for the rights of minorities, the poor, and womens rights even though first ladies were seldom so committed.  Anne Frank was a young Dutch-Jewish Diarist who wrote about her and her family’s experiences while hiding in occupied Netherlands.  She died in a concentration camp.  The first responders on 9-11 offered themselves for others in incredible ways.  Of the nearly 3000 people who died in the twin towers over 400 were firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel.  Hundreds of the surviving first responders have lingering health problems as a result of their selfless acts that day.

Meeting Despair with Fierce Roaring Compassion

 

In feeling overwhelmed with the sharp edges of change gripping life,  I am like so many of us; my friends, students, colleagues and family.  Whether this change is deeply personal or broadly social, the seeds of despair can spout and grow.

It might be insanity of our current national politics that throws you into despair.  Perhaps it’s the reality of climate change alongside people, even loved ones, who deny the truth.  Perhaps it’s the veracity of the mass extinction of species happening across the planet, the ‘sixth extinction’ mankind is causing, rivaling the extinctions of dinosaurs and the other mass extinctions of life on our planet over the millions of years.  Perhaps it is a personal loss you’ve experienced that shattered the life you knew.  Despair arrives hand-in-hand with our ability to remember, imagine, and long for something other than this difficulty, this terrible occurrence.

Despair doesn’t need to run the show.  Consider the possibility that despair is a way of avoiding the sharp edges of change that shatter what we cherish; our health, a bright future for our children, loved ones.  In her recent article Searching for a Cure  writer Cara Buckley recently described her enquiry along the path of despair and found what she describes as a ‘fierce roaring compassion.’  A willingness to  meet what is before us, however terrible, and allow it to be part of life to be worked with even in the smallest ways and during each of these unfolding moments.  To embrace life in a fierce way no matter our urge to despair, avoid, or fight.

The message she found was that when we are free of the desparing reaction that saps us of our vitality we can move more fiercely and powerfully to make positive change in our lives and the lives of those around us.  We offer compassion and find courage  in response to these difficulties.

The writer Joanna Macy shares this view of meeting the insurmountable with such fierceness in her recitation of one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s sonnets Let this Darkness Be a Bell Tower.  The passage ‘Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell.  As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength’ seems to capture the message Cara Buckley found.

A few years ago without Cara Buckley or Joanna Macy’s inspiration, this poem welled up for me in the face of a very sharp edge in life.  Perhaps this will encourage you to know that compassion comes forth in difficult times without so much effort and with a willing openness to experience the difficulty:  Allowing

Let’s practice fierce roaring compassion in the midst of these difficulties.  Let’s inspire one another.

Kindest Regards  —  Brant

 

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.