Pacific Northwest Massage Therapists’ Retreat
Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon

Save the date: July 12-15, 2019


Details of the 2019 retreat will be posted here in January 2019.
Until then, our 2018 info (below) will give you a sense of the event.
(CE classes and instructors change each year.)

Greetings Massage Therapists, Friends, and Family

Breitenbush Hot Springs has been a magical highlight of the Northwest massage community for over 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.

   >  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.

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Continuing Education

We will be offering several 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.

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Learn More

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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 after dinner in the lodge for an orientation session. Mandatory starting at 7:45 if this is your first time at Breitenbush. Encouraged for everyone starting at 8:15 for specifics about our 2018 retreat. 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.

Sacred Sweat Lodge (Inipi) Ceremony
A sweat lodge is a sacred Native American prayer and purification ceremony. One sweat will be offered: Saturday night, 7-10 pm. Ceremonies are open to everyone over 15. Before you register, read the full description, and read the sweat lodge handout (PDF) to see if you would like to experience this deep, cleansing ritual. 
Price: Sweat lodges are free, although donations are accepted. Registration is required: Register by email.

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. 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.

FREE: Mindfulness: Body-Scan Meditation
Settle deeply into your body, laying the groundwork for a mindful transition from the retreat back to home. Monday, 9:30-10:30 am.