Somatic Resources

Awakening your whole self


Dharma Rain is a diverse group of people who come together to share the practice of meditation, and to study the principles of Buddhism. The purpose of the Center is to offer instruction in Zen practice and Buddhist teachings, and to provide a place where people can form a community that supports Zen practice in everyday life.

Vipassana Meditation Retreats-The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.


Sacred Circle Dance occurs every Sunday at the Tiffany Ballroom from 10:30-12:30. The dance space is for people to express movement and celebrate being alive. One can walk into the space at 10:30 and start warming up. An opening circle happens at 11 where an intention for the dance is set and every one is welcomed into the space. At 12:30 there is a closing circle and community announcements. While dancing no one talks. Talking occurs in the hallway out side the dance space. Your space and person is respected in this community and people will generally not try to dance with anyone unless it is made clear that someone is interested in dancing with him/her. This space is for dancing, self expression and the celebration of life. $8-$10 sliding scale.

Square Dancing every Sunday from 7-9pm at the Village Ballroom in NE Portland. Live music. Live callers. $7 sliding scale.

Tango- Tango is a dance form that leads to an enormous deepening in ones awareness of self and other in relationship. It is a great addition to personal or couples therapy. Alex, at Tango Berretin is a very kind and thorough teacher.


Ashtanga is a traditional series of yoga poses, or asanas. One slowly learns the series until one knows the series by heart. Traditional classes are taught according to the mysore method. In a mysore class you do the series according to your own breath and ability. The teacher walks around and does individual corrections. As you progress in your practice the Ashtanga practice develops a deeper and generally more spiritual message to the practitioner

Ashtanga at Near East Yoga- a very community oriented yoga space led by Casey Palmer. Casey was trained in Ashtanga under Sri Pattabhi Jois and has a Buddhist practice. $15 drop in.

Downtown Ashtanga-Jason Stein teaches Ashtanga in downtown Portland. Jason studied under Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller and Dominic Corigliano. $17 drop in.

Renee Sills-Renee trained under Richard Freeman, an incredible Ashtanga yoga teacher out of Boulder, CO. Renee no longer teaches the traditional Ashtanga series but creates incredible Vinyasa flows and incorporates aspects of developmental yoga in her practice. You can experience Renee's group classes at People's Yoga in Northeast Portland.





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