Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) NEW Series Starts April 6th

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) NEW Series Starts April 6th

Center your life with Meditation… Is this something for me? MBSR is an intensive eight-week course designed to transform you relationship with stress and increase your well-being. Working with your own natural capacity to care for yourself, you will learn to deal more effectively with stress, pain, illness and the challenges of everyday life, leading […]

May 14th:  Compassion Cultivation Training Starts

May 14th: Compassion Cultivation Training Starts

Developed at Stanford University Medical School’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.  CCT is designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. This class is perfect for anyone who works […]

Discovering Your Secret to Health and Happiness, January 24th 10:00-noon

Discovering Your Secret to Health and Happiness, January 24th 10:00-noon

January 24th, 10:00am to noon, $25.00 Just as the passing of a year gone by offers a valuable opportunity to pause and reflect, the greeting of a brand new year presents us with an opportunity for transformation. What in your life has brought you peace this year, and where is there room for more balance in […]

De-Stress Your Holidays

De-Stress Your Holidays

Surviving and Thriving in the Holidays and Beyond… The holidays are often a time of great enjoyment and connection with those we love and care for.  We may have special personal rituals or religious activities that are deeply meaningful.  For many of us, the holidays are also the time when we come face-to-face with old […]

Compassion Cultivation Training Starting October 9th, 2014 at Jade River

Compassion Cultivation Training Starting October 9th, 2014 at Jade River

Developed at Stanford University, Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is a nine week course developed by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), and now offered in Portland.  The course, starting October 9th, will meet for nine weeks, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at Jade River.  The course is taught by Dawn-Starr Crowther, L.Ac., certified […]

Breaking the Cycle of Stress

Breaking the Cycle of Stress

Stress is endemic in today’s society. Modern life is fast-paced, hurried, demanding and full of external stressors that have the potential to wreak havoc on our health. As a primary care physician often my first step in any treatment plan is to balance out the hormones that play a role in our stress response because […]

Massage…It’s Not Just for Relaxation

Massage…It’s Not Just for Relaxation

But– massage IS good for relaxation.  Massage soothes the nervous system and reduces cortisol levels in the body.  Cortisol is a stress hormone that contributes to aging and disease in the body.  Using massage to reduce cortisol levels not only feels great, but is good for your long term health, too. Massage Frees Neuro-Vascular Tissue […]

New Year’s Light

This blog post from our Naturopathic Physician, Daivati Bharadvaj, celebrates Diwali (which occurred in October of last year).  The sentiments are apropos for entering the New Year, and we share this with you in the spirit of “new beginnings.” I celebrate an Indian holiday called Diwali. The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” (Sanskrit: […]