Pacific Northwest Massage Therapists’ Retreat
Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon

July 7-10, 2017


Greetings Massage Therapists, Friends, and Family

Registration and wait list for the 2017 retreat are closed. Registration for the 2018 retreat will open in January.

Breitenbush Hot Springs has been a magical highlight of the Northwest massage community for a quarter century, and we’d love to have you join us this year. Breitenbush is beautiful in July; the days are long and warm, and the water’s running high. Your friends and family are absolutely welcome to join the retreat, and there will be several events open to everyone. We hope to see you there!

About Breitenbush

Breitenbush Hot Springs is a forest retreat with a historic lodge, cozy cabins, several hot pools (and a cold plunge), a steam house, a labyrinth, riverside swimming, and many inviting gathering spaces. All cabins are geothermally heated, and the electricity is generated from the Breitenbush River. The retreat is off the grid and is surrounded by Mt. Hood National Forest with easy access to hiking trails from the grounds.

Breitenbush is seven miles downstream from a glaciated volcano in a glacial flood plain that drains nearly a hundred square miles of rainforest. This is the largest thermal spring area in the Oregon Cascades. Every single geological condition known to produce hot springs converges here. The hot water you soak in at Breitenbush existed as glaciers on Mt. Jefferson 60,000 years ago and has not seen daylight until now.

Breitenbush Hot Springs is hiring massage therapists for the summer. 

Frequently asked questions about our retreat at Breitenbush


To attend the retreat, register for lodging. Lodging includes three delicious organic meals per day (starting with dinner on your first day and ending with lunch on your last day), use of all the hydrotherapy facilities, and all the activities listed further down on this page as “FREE.” The cabins are geothermally heated, and most have two to three beds each. Tent options are available too. There is a two-night minimum stay. Learn more in our FAQ.

Please note that registration has moved entirely online. 

Explore & register for lodging

Continuing Education

We will be offering seven outstanding continuing education classes for massage therapists. Classes are open to guests who have registered for retreat lodging. The classes are offered a la carte, and you can do as many or as few as you wish. Register for classes in advance by paying the class deposit; classes are likely to sell out before the date of the retreat.

Please note that registration has moved entirely online.

Explore & register for CE 


Learn More

Breitenbush Slideshows


You can hike, soak, steam, plunge, relax, exchange massage, take CE classes, and network, as you wish. We’ll also have many other offerings open to everyone. Take a look below; you’ll see that some activities require advance registration.

Retreat Orientation
Please join us Friday at 7:45 pm, right after dinner, in the lodge for an orientation session. This is important, even if you have been to Breitenbush before. You’ll meet your fellow retreat guests, get an overview of the weekend and how to get the most out of your stay, register for activities described below, and more.

Breath of Light: Group Breathing Practice with Tanya Hughes
Our breath is a deep and constant source of nourishment for all of our cells. Learn a simple and focused two-part pranayama-based breathing practice that will stimulate the cleansing and healing intelligence of your own body. Two sessions will be offered: one on Saturday afternoon, 3:30-5:30 pm, and one on Sunday night, 7-9 pm. Open to everyone.
Price: $30. Registration is required: Register online.

FREE: Yoga Classes 
Relax, unwind, and connect with spirit in yoga classes offered throughout the weekend. Look for times and locations posted in the lodge. Open to everyone.

Watsu (Aquatic Bodywork) Sessions
Experience the deeply relaxing and restorative power of aquatic bodywork. In warm water, the body can be manipulated and stretched in ways not possible on land. Sessions are offered throughout the weekend. Look for a sign-up sheet in the lodge starting on Friday night. Open to everyone. Swimsuit required.
Price: $40 (cash or check at the time of your session, paid to the practitioner)

Massage/Healing Arts Offerings 
With the Breitenbush healing arts staff. By appointment only, at the Breitenbush office. Open to everyone. 90-minute appointment, price: $123.

FREE: Saturday-Night Party
Join us for music and dancing in the lodge with Babajaga. Open to everyone. Don’t miss it!

FREE: Sunday-Night Bonfire
Meet us on the floodplain by the river and under the stars—everyone is welcome. Bring a musical instrument if you wish.


About Babajaga
The music of Babajaga (Sebastian Lange and Maja Zavaljevski) is an organic mélange of beats, complex harmonies, and captivating melodies. Live violin soars over luscious electronic soundscapes, invoking a variety of themes ranging from gypsy to faery. The music is made to inspire movement, from slow and flowing to high energy and bouncy. Babajaga has performed live both in major cities (Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver BC) and at festivals (Photosynthesis, Burn In The Forest, Burning Man). Listen at