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Community Links

Buddhism and Noetic Sciences | Yoga and Ayurveda | Athletic EventsNatural Healing Practitioners | Places to Relax and Good Eats

Buddhism and Noetic Sciences:

Institute of Noetic Sciences:  The Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” IONS™ conducts, sponsors, and collaborates on leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness, exploring phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.

Mind and Life Institute:  The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization that seeks to understand the human mind and the benefits of contemplative practices through an integrated mode of knowing that combines first person knowledge from the world’s contemplative traditions with methods and findings from contemporary scientific inquiry. Ultimately, our goal is to relieve human suffering and advance well-being.

Learning to listen: Learning To Listen Yoga & Meditation Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community committed to offering tools that promote conscious living.  For the most part our offerings are grounded in the wisdom traditions of Asia, particularly those born in ancient India.  Our central guiding lineages are that of Patanjali’s Classical Yoga (Yoga-Sutra) and the Teachings of the Buddha (Buddha-Dharma).   In addition to our central practices of yoga and meditation, we also honor any practice that supports the cultivation of mindfulness; all things if done mindfully can contribute to one’s growth.

Jonathan Reynolds:  Author of Learning To Listen: Simplifying Spiritual Practice, Jonathan teaches insight meditation and yin yoga, offers mindfulness-bases counseling and leads retreats in San Francisco and India.  He is also the executive director of Learning to Listen (see above.)

Dharma Rain Zen Center: Dharma Rain Zen Center (DRZC) 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.

Great Vow Zen Monastery: Great Vow is a residential, Zen Buddhist, training monastery guided by the bodhisattva’s vows to help relieve suffering in the world. The monastery aspires to maintain authentic, whole-hearted practice while keeping the teachings open and accessible to anyone with a sincere desire to practice the Buddha-Dharma. Our practice is a synthesis of Soto and Rinzai Zen traditions informed by the practice and study of our teachers, Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi and Hogen Bays, Sensei.

Yoga and Ayurveda:

DAYA Foundation:  For the DAYA Foundation Delivering Accessible Yoga Alternatives means making yoga physically, financially, culturally, and spiritually accessible. Fundamentally, the tools of yoga know no cultural, economic, social, religious, gender, education-level, cognitive, neurological, or age barriers. Every one of us deserves to access the tools that support us in developing our well-being, awakening our vibrancy, and moving beyond perceived limitations.

Institute for Spirituality and Psychology:  ISP’s mission is to ease suffering, promote peace and support spiritual awakening by bringing together the wisdom traditions of spirituality and psychology.

Integrative Restoration Institute:   The Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI) provides programs and teacher trainings that show you how to live a contented life, free of conflict and fear, by opening your mind and body to its inherent ground of health and well-being. It is our vision to help people resolve their pain and suffering by rediscovering their essential wholeness and their interconnectedness with all of life. From this place of discovery, trauma and difficult life situations are then met with a deeply wise and compassionate response.

Centre of Gravity: yoga, buddhism and community practice.  Michael Stone’s organization that also works for social well-being at the intersection of spirituality, social action, and psychology.  Michael Stone is a teacher, psychotherapist and author, whose work has inspired us for some time.

Ryoko Suzuki and Healing Spirit: The newest member of our collective and a wonderfully felt presence.  She teaches Svaroopa yoga and meditation out of Nashville, TN.

Stasia Bliss: A close friend and co-teacher.  Stasia is a Life Alchemy consultant, Body empowerment educator, author, chocolatier, yoga instructor, and mother.

Sarahjoy Marsh and Amrita:  A Sanctuary for Yoga: Sarahjoy Marsh’s home studio in Portland, Oregon.

Richard Haynes of Ayurveda Plus in Portland, OR: Ayurveda Plus Rejuvenation Center in Portland, Oregon provides Ayurvedic health consultations, spa services, classes and workshops as well as books and products to support your whole health. Our staff will guide and nurture your journey toward balance and radiance.

E.B. Ferdig and Big Yoga Yoga: Our studio is a small, private escape, within the residential neighborhood of Woodstock, in Southeast Portland.  You will find personalized attention to your needs and goals with yoga therapist and teacher, E.B. Ferdig.
Big Yoga Yoga refers to the use of multiple tools (including the yoga of breath, movement, philosophy, mindfulness and relaxation) to address your larger goals in life.  So, whether you’re looking to reduce stress, balance your life, understand yourself or work toward better health, we have tools to help you with your journey

Living Yoga: Living Yoga is a non-profit outreach program teaching yoga as a tool for personal change in prisons, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, transitional facilities, and to populations who would otherwise not have access to it.

Dr. David Frawley and the American Institute of Vedic Studies: The American Institute of Vedic Studies is an educational center providing a broad range of training programs, resources and publications. It focuses on Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, Yoga and their interconnections. It provides in depth examinations of Veda, Vedanta and Tantra along with the background system of Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma. It is one of the few places in the world today that brings the greater Yoga tradition together and explains it in an integral and authentic manner with regard to its ancient lineages and branches.  “Yoga in the Shadows” examines the role that Yoga is playing in the recovery of individuals whose personal stories and perhaps tragedies have led them to jails and prisons, low-income and homeless shelters, teen centers, domestic violence shelters and drug and alcohol recovery centers.  In “Yoga in the Shadows,” we witness compelling dramas of personal transformations as we explore the shadow places, both emotional and physical, that our characters inhabit. These personal stories are juxtaposed with interviews with the luminaries of the “Mindfulness Movement” and research scientists who are proving empirically, with evidence based research, that Yoga and Meditation are effective tools in our society’s efforts to deal with the social costs of stress and addiction.

Athletic Events: is a great California organization that is dedicated to providing amazing race events for triathletes, runners, bikers and swimmers.  Their events are full of great people, young and old alike, amateur and professional, who view challenge and movement as an important part of a healthy, fulfilling life-style.  Ryan, the owner, is dedicated to offering people of all abilities opportunities to challenge themselves while enjoying great music, food and beautiful routes in Northern California.

Natural Healing Practitioners:

Dr. Jason Lindekugel, DC:  Runs Concordia Chiropractic Center in NE Portland.  “A native Portlander, he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree followed by state and national board certification.  After completing his formal education, Dr. Jay went on to receive certification in Active Release Technique (ART), Egoscue, and Function Dynamics Exercise Therapies.  ART is a special massage technique that removes longstanding scar tissue from muscles and other soft tissues.  Dr. Jay has used this technique to treat elite athletes at the Iron Man Triathlon competition.  With this technique, Dr. Jay can diagnose and treat your long-standing muscle problems, or simply tune things up for an up-coming event.  Dr. Jay offers a series of uncomplicated postural exercises utilizing yoga positions and many other techniques to allow the muscles to hold their joints in proper alignment.  It is a wholistic technique whereby he addresses the muscular imbalances from head to toe instead of just the site of pain.”

Amanda Anderson, ND:  Working at Sellwood Family Medicine on Tacoma in SE Portland.  “I love working with families, which is why I decided to become both a naturopathic doctor and a midwife.  As a naturopath, I use all kinds of tools to help my patients achieve their healthcare goals.  I especially love working with herbs, flower essences, being creative with exercise, dietary choices, and nutrition.  I also enjoy doing bodywork in the form of massage and energy work. As a midwife, I treasure spending the prenatal period working with families to have healthy pregnancies and beautiful births.”

Places for Relaxation

The Outside Inn:  The Outside Inn is a unique and intimate place to stay, eat, enjoy a coffee or a drink, or just relax in Ubon Ratchathani.  Large, comfortable rooms.  Made-from-scratch Mexican food as well as other Western and Thai favorites.  A full drink menu including authentic cocktails, beer, wine, coffee, and other non-alcoholic drinks.  A beautiful garden setting with classic Thai and Isaan style and architecture.  All located in the city of Ubon, within easy walking distance of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and night life.  At the top of this page, please “Explore The Inn” and learn more about The Outside Inn, see our menus, view our rooms, and read the story and philosophy behind The Outside Inn.

Esalen:  Esalen is more than a retreat center or an educational institute. Anchored by the inspiring beauty of Big Sur and an unparalleled intellectual history, Esalen is a world-wide network of seekers who look beyond dogma to explore deeper spiritual possibilities; forge new understandings of self and society; and pioneer new paths for change.

Earthrise Retreat Center:  EarthRise at IONS has become a place where psychologists, educators, leaders, philosophers, frontier scientists, and spiritual masters conduct their work. We support intrapersonal and interpersonal consciousness work in a gorgeous natural setting.

Breitenbush Hot Springs:  Join us for a workshop, personal retreat or just the day!  Breitenbush Retreat and Conference Center is a worker-owned cooperative and intentional community on 154 acres of wildlife sanctuary in the Willamette National Forest of the Oregon Cascades.  Hot springs, massages, Yoga classes, organic natural whole foods, and the Breitenbush River.

At Ocean’s Edge: Designed for peaceful relaxation, At Ocean’s Edge is a new luxury boutique bed and breakfast  located in the Cannon Beach area. Enjoy the calm and serenity this well-appointed B&B offers you: excellence in accommodations, epicurean delights, and expansive ocean vistas.  Explore the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast and participate in the many activities available at your door step. Only one and one-half hours from downtown Portland!

Good Eats

Authentic Thai we recommend:

Chai Thai Noodles:  545 International Blvd, Suite B, Oakland, CA 94606  (510) 832-2500

Sai Jai Thai:  771 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.  (415) 673-5774

Mee Sen Thai Eatery:  3924 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR.  One of the only places we’ve eat than tastes like home.  Mostly because of the noodle dishes that have the same taste as the street food in the various Thai towns we’ve eaten in.  Owned and run by local Thais, this is a restaurant we would love to have you try.