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To register for one or all of these workshops email Erika Rench at erench@gorge.net
For Lodging contact Claire @ Trout Lake Abbey E-mail: Business@TLAbbey.com phone 509-395-2030


Dec 1&2 2018

Women and Dharma, 5 Rhythms, and the Work That Reconnects Kaye Jones and Erika Rench at the Trout Lake Abbey

December 1 –Women and Dharma


Join us for a day of dharma in the company of others as we explore together our experience as women in this tradition. The day will include time in nature, in meditation, with the dharma, and in quiet reflection on the seasonal turn. In this series, we will find nourishment for our journey with visiting teacher Stephanie Kaza, who will give us a timely teaching- Liberating the Heart- on direct experience as the basis for inner wisdom. All are welcome, experienced practitioners or new to dharma. Bring your own lunch. Tea will be available all day.

Led by Kaye Jones and Erica Rench. Suggested donation is $50. No one turned away for lack of funds.


December 1st– 5 Rhythms


Allowing life to dance you we move from the head to the direct experience of our bodies as teacher. We will gather by candlelight for ritual and dancing Gabrielle Roths 5Rhythms® movement practice. Together we reclaim the

motherland of our bodies, of mother earth’s body and our sacred place as women in the world. Led by Sara Mains. $15 at the door.


December 2nd–Work that Reconnects

We gather again as women have for centuries in the houses of their ancestors, at the brink of darkness, to kindle our internal fires and reclaim our birthright as women. Join us for a day of the Work that Reconnects; the spiral of gratitude, honoring our pain, seeing with new eyes and going forth. This work, created by our teacher Joanna Macy,reveals how grief, anger and fear are all healthy responses to our fierce love for the world.

No previous experience is necessary. Come as you are. Sliding scale $35-65. Bring your own lunch. Facilitated by Erika Rench and Kaye Jones.


About the teachers: 

Erika Rench has been exploring the teachings of dharma her whole life. She is a student of Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, and is honored to be stewarding the work, and is committed to embodying life through 5Rhythms dance. In other circles Erika works for Confluence to bring Native Americans from the tribes of the Columbia River into classrooms to share story, culture and history in their words. She lives in Hood River with her partner CJ and daughter Katen, an awake and full of wonder teenager!

Kaye Jones is a homesteader in Trout Lake, an educator, and mother of three with her partner Adam. She is a student of nature, and of reality, and chaos~ as understood through the lens of the dharma and natural systems. Kaye has her MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, and is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrayana, in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa. Joanna Macy has been Kaye’s root teacher, dear friend and collaborator for 15 years. She is currently at work providing research and editorial assistance on a forthcoming book on Joanna Macy’s life-work to be published by Shambhala in 2020.

Sara Mains fell in love with Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms as soon as she found it on a Wednesday evening in San Francisco many years ago and it has been in her life every day since. She leads classes and workshops in the Columbia River Gorge – catalyzing embodiment and healing on the dance floor and off. Sara lives in Mosier, Oregon and enjoys good food, both eating and preparing it for others, laughing hard, and cheerleading her friends wildest dreams.

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Dr. Stephanie Kaza is Professor emerita of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont and former Director of the UVM Environmental Program, now living in Portland, Oregon. She is a long-time Zen student and lived at Green Gulch Zen Center in the 1980s. She took lay ordination vows with Kobun Chino Ottogawa and currently practices with a small Zen sitting group in Portland. She will draw on her writing and teaching in Green Buddhism and Buddhist ecofeminism. Her books include Dharma Rain (co-edited with Kenneth Kraft), Mindfully Green, and Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume. She is currently working on climate issues in Portland, Oregon, and will have a new book out in spring 2019 on Buddhist environmental thought.