Workshops

Enjoy a variety of workshops each day of the festival from experts on the subjects of breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, and more. All workshops are included in the price of registration.

Larkin Stentz: Meditation Teacher & Professional Flutist

Larkin’s Meditation Training Journey

Prior to his freshman year of college Larkin read, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen, which launched his journey of self discovery. During his freshman year he took the TM training and received his personal mantra. Another book that influenced his inner journey was, “The Only Dance There Is” by Ram Dass. His teachings on meditation breathing and focusing on the molecules of air as they entered and left the nose was yet another tool that excited Larkin. “I Thou” by Martin Buber helped him realize his connection to all beings, including trees, rocks, water, etc.

Many years later, a seven day Sasheen (or total silent meditation course) with a Korean Zen Master opened the door to his deep innerconnectedness that exists within and around us all. There, Larkin had a profound experience of watching everything around him dissolve, carpets melting and reforming, walls vanishing to leave the outdoors in view, to reassemble moments later. He had no feeling, no pain, no pleasure, no hunger, nor the stiffness that had plagued him for four days. He had a new presence of mind and body, without borders for the next three days.

Larkin’s graduation event occurred three months later. He had been so opened to the universe that a magical energy surrounded him, insisting he accept special power. It felt wrong somehow, and out of tune with the feelings he had experienced earlier. An inner battle raged within him and he was taken to the edge of consciousness where he chose to accept Truth, Light, and Love as his guiding life principles over the “magical” powers that were offered to him. Upon making that decision, he was lifted into a bright loving light of unconditional love. Now, teaching meditation is an act of love, allowing him to share tools of awareness that can assist others in connecting to their inner loving presence.

Beth Bauer: The Mindfulness Happiness Connection

Beth traveled to over 30 countries in the past few years in search of happiness. What she realized is that happiness is a journey, and not a destination and she’s eager to share her insights with others to help them live a happier life. You’ve probably heard it said many times, “Happiness is a choice.” But is it really that simple? If it were, everyone would be happy. So what does mindfulness have to do with happiness? What’s the connection? In this workshop you will learn how to be more mindful (aware) of the things that interfere with your happiness and how to prevent them. Beth has a an acronym for it – FEEDBACK. Learn how FEEDBACK can help you be happier in any circumstance.

Beth Bauer has taught workshops and classes at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and currently teaches at Grays Community College in Ilwaco, Washington. She has also been a trainer for many corporate clients and non profit organizations, both in the U.S and overseas.

Kelly Marie Dawson: Healthy Living through Prana and Breath Work

Pranayama is the practice of breath control in Yoga. Learn to breathe fully and live life without trying to control, grasp, or push. The flow of breathing is a metaphor we have for the way we live our life and how we react to changes that life brings us. Students will learn different breathing techniques and how to cultivate mindfulness through the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation.

Padme Grace

Padme Grace, owner of Pacific Integrated Martial Arts and My Keto Sensei, found her passion for guiding others toward their best selves through the martial arts. She holds multiple black belts and has been a health and wellness lifestyle coach for over 20 years. Her extensive education includes NASM CPT personal trainer certification with specialties in corrective exercise and fitness nutrition, NLP neuro-linguistic programming and CBT cognitive behavioral therapy.

She embraces a holistic approach with her coaching clients. The main force behind My Keto Sensei is a deep desire to empower and support individuals in achieving their long-term diet and nutrition goals through a low carb way of eating. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, sports nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan for nutrition, movement, sleep and relaxation they can follow for the attainment of their goals.

Padme’s baby is her martial arts school, Pacific Integrated Martial Arts, in Long Beach. It is a multiple style fitness facility delivering character building life skills along with its family-friendly atmosphere.

Qigong Shibashi Tai Chi: Peaceful Motion for Health

This class leads you through a peaceful, beautiful, and gentle flowing Qigong exercise that creates euphoric relaxed feelings, and at the same time is physically stimulating.

The rocking motions and stretching movements gently massage the internal organs, stimulate the energy meridians, move the major joints, and improve circulation and digestion.  The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for the heart, lung conditions and asthma related problems.  The overall effect of the routine is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.

Six steps of Qigong

1.   Calm mind-empty the mind of all thoughts focusing on the breath

2.   Relax body- by deeper fuller and slower breathing

3.   Qi flows freely through the body to open meridians (energy pathways)

4.   Mind directs the Qi

5.   Can absorb the Qi where needed as meridians are clear and open

6.   Can release the Qi…letting go or direct it.

These movements are suitable for practiced by anyone regardless of age and can be done seated or standing.

Sleep Hacks: the Art and Science of Sleep

The overwhelming majority of people have trouble sleeping, even those who have mastered every other aspect of their lives. Even if you had time to sleep an entire eight hours a night, would it be optimal, uninterrupted sleep?  Would you wake up feeling 100 percent refreshed?Learn the benefits of high quality sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep chronotypes, the role nutrition and exercise play, tech gadget aids and action steps toward a better nights sleep.

Nelle Moffett and Rick Bowers

Nelle Moffett and Rick Bowers are ordained interfaith ministers and are the founders of  Common Ground Interspiritual Fellowship. As a married couple, they partner together to lead workshops, facilitate practice groups, and coach individuals and businesses in communication and conflict resolution. Nelle spent 25 years in higher education as a strategic planner, researcher, change agent, coach, internal consultant, and Psychology instructor. Rick spent 26 years with the Hewlett-Packard Company in R&D. He retired early to obtain an MA in Conflict Analysis and Engagement. He has mediated in the court system as well as supported families and churches to work through conflict. Nelle and Rick are the authors of four books including Empathy in Conflict Intervention: The Key to Successful NVC Mediation.

Compassionate Communication

This class provides an introduction to simple communication tools so that you can resolve conflict and create connection and empathy. Participants will learn a simple procedure for providing empathy to themselves, family, and co-workers. They will learn to distinguish the difference between observations and interpretations, between feelings and thoughts, and between needs and strategies. They will learn how to make clear requests instead of demands. This training is based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg called Nonviolent Communication.

Authentic Spirtual Conversations

Rick Bowers and Nelle Moffett facilitate a conversation and create a safe space where participants can explore what feels spiritually real, core, and alive in fellowship with other spiritual seekers and practitioners from a variety of spiritual paths. This is an interactive group conversation for anyone interested in sharing their unique spiritual journey in a gentle and relaxed setting of learners where we are encouraged to express our authentic Self in the company of others. Participants are free to explore spiritual questions, doubts, practices, and deepest longings in a space where there is no preaching, teaching, or promoting any particular belief system. This group meeting may be the first time you have experienced such freedom and safety in speaking about spirituality. Not to be missed!  Rick Bowers and Nelle Moffett are interfaith ministers and live in Astoria, Oregon.

The details on more workshops will be released soon so check back often, and if you know someone that would be a great addition to the workshop schedule please have them contact us or fill out an application.

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