Community Services, Classes, & Workshops

tending the soul

Browse and register for our current community classes, workshops, & retreats. You can also check out our collaborations with local organizations, facilitators, and other friends of CSC!

The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “to yoke” or to unify; the deeper purpose of these practices is whole-self alignment through embodied movement. Therapeutic yoga incorporates the asanas (postures typically associated with yoga in the West) with pranayama (energy and breathwork) to facilitate healing mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our facilitators also bring a trauma-informed approach to yoga, so that sessions safely encourage depth and release as needed. 

More info & register for Therapeutic Yoga

All backgrounds and experience levels welcome. Please bring mats, towels, blocks, and anything else to help your practice (we do have some mats and blocks for use). You might also consider bringing a notebook/journal to capture insights and reflections.

FACILITATOR: Emily Snodgrass

LOCATION: Creative Spirit Collaborative Office (if weather permits in April/May, we’ll meet at Owen Rose Garden instead)

DATES: 2/19, 3/11, 4/15, 5/13

TIME:  4:30pm – 6:00pm

COST: $20

(To inquire about financial assistance, please click here)

Nature as Teacher

Blending pagan rituals, earth-
based traditions, astrology, yoga, introspective journaling, & community, this immersive 90- minute experience offers guided rituals that can be adapted & practiced again on your own. We’ll gather on or around major celestial events and Pagan festival days to honor the energies present both in and around us. 

More info & register for Building Personal Ritual groups

Please bring any materials for comfort and presence; some mats/cushions will be provided. All experience levels and backgrounds welcome!

FACILITATORS: Emily Snodgrass, Brenton

LOCATION: Creative Spirit Collaborative, 739 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

DATES: Spring Equinox – 3/19; Beltane – 5/1

TIME: 5pm – 6:30pm

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tending the soul

In this closed 6-week group, we’ll explore how tending to the unseen, interconnected awareness within us all (often called the “soul”) can contribute to overall health and well-being. Through council sharing, Transpersonal approaches, and Expressive Arts practices that help anchor you in presence, we will journey together to cultivate self-discovery, inner connection, and co-created spiritual community.

More info & register for Tending the Soul

All backgrounds and experience levels welcome. Please bring blankets, pillows, and anything else to help you sit with us in circle. You might also consider bringing a notebook/journal to capture insights and reflections. Our space comfortably accommodates 10-12 people for this experience, so advanced registration guarantees your spot.

FACILITATORSJonathan Stemer, Olivia Haglund

LOCATION: Creative Spirit Collaborative building

DATES: 6 consecutive Thursdays (4/4/24 – 5/9/24)

TIME:  5:00pm – 6:30pm

COST: $120

(To inquire about financial assistance, please click here)

Nature as Teacher

When we bring conscious awareness to our breath, we tap into a wellspring of insight, understanding, and vitality. In this monthly series we’ll draw upon specific breathing practices to facilitate an inner, meditative experience while actively engaging the body, through yogic breathing techniques, breath retention, Wim Hoff Method (WHM)-style exercises, rebirthing, and psychotropic-style breathwork. To enhance this immersive experience, we’ll also incorporate elements of Sound, including mantras, music, singing bowls, chimes, drums, and gong.

More info & register for Breathwork & Sound

All backgrounds and experience levels welcome–this class is open to everyone regardless of experience, and those with a background in meditation/pranayama will have the opportunity to deepen their practices with us. Please wear loose, comfy clothing and feel free to bring blankets, mats, and anything else to help you sit/lay and breathe with ease . Our space comfortably accommodates 10 people for this experience, so advanced registration guarantees your spot.

FACILITATORS: Rachelle Cornelius, Brenton Harris

LOCATION: Creative Spirit Collaborative, 739 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

DATES: Saturdays: 2/24, 3/30, 4/20

TIME: 10am – 11:30am

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Nature as Teacher

This facilitated support group is for anyone who has experienced religious and/or spiritual trauma. Every two weeks, we’ll gather in circle, incorporating a combination of council sharing and open discussion, with the intention of cultivating community that’s centered around shared experiences and collaboration. No matter your religious or spiritual background, this group is open to anyone who needs support and connection related to religious trauma or spiritual emergency. (OHP is also accepted for this group, possibly other insurances too. Please email us to inquire.)

More info & register for the Spiritual Trauma Support Group

Oregon medicaid (OHP PacificSource) insurance is accepted for this offering, and other insurances might be accepted as well (depending upon your plan). If you are a new client and would like to use insurance for this offering, please email [email protected].

FACILITATORS: Olivia Haglund, Solomon Buccola

LOCATION: Creative Spirit Collaborative, 739 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402

DATES: Every other Monday, beginning 3/4/23

TIME: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

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Nature as Teacher

For millennia it has been associated with purification, sacrifice, and healing, all of which link fire with the energies of transformation and expansion. When we spend time near physical fire, we give our energy fields a bath in energy and light, making it easier to relax into the warmth of presence. This workshop is about the esoteric secrets and power of elemental Fire. We’ll share space and meditate around a wood-burning fire, learn practices and breathwork related to elemental fire purification, and practice a fire-release ritual that you can implement on your own.

More info & register for Sacred Fire Circles

Our fire circles are held outdoors around an in-ground fire pit at Jasper State Recreation Site (~20 min SE of Eugene). Please bring a campchair/cushion/mat, water/tea to drink (if desired), and an optional notebook to capture any insights. Please plan to dress in weather-appropriate clothing as well. All experience levels and backgrounds welcome.

FACILITATORS: Brenton Harris, Olivia Haglund

LOCATION: Jasper State Recreation Site

DATES: Saturday 4/13/24

TIME: 10am – 12pm

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EXPLORE OUR COLLABORATIONS

Each year we collaborate with some of the amazing local practitioners, guides, and organizations across Lane County. Our offerings rotate with the seasons, but you can find out more about our collaborating-partners below!

Explore frequently asked questions about our groups, classes, & workshops below:

WHO CAN / SHOULD ATTEND?

Our Nature as Teacher groups are designed to deepen our relationship with self, community, and the natural world. This programming is for anyone, ranging from frequent wilderness explorers to urban dwellers seeking connection with their local surroundings. Our Reiki & Sound and Breathwork Journey groups are designed to benefit both long-term practitioners as well as people brand new to embodiment practices. If you’ve ever been curious about effective, body-centered, mindfulness practices for greater health and healing, there’s something here for you! Our Honoring the Moon in Ritual and Archetypes & Inner Journeying  groups serve to deepen our connection with ourselves and with our community, through conscious, intentional practices. These circles are ideal for people looking to bring more intentionality to their lives through connection with nature, community, and more. Our Tending the Soul group will foster the connections within ourselves and with others, through the vehicle of Expressive Arts. Whether you find written and artistic practices effective for authentic being and expression, or you’re new to mandala and poetry and are curious about the process, we’d love for you to join us!

WHAT TO BRING?

For indoor circles and groups, there will be some yoga mats, pillows, and blankets available for use. Please bring personal yoga mats, cushions/pillows, blankets, etc to use for comfort and embodiment. For outdoor events and nature groups, please bring a cushion or chair to sit on and layered clothing to keep you dry, temperature regulated, and comfortable. There will be some outdoor yoga mats available for use. You might also consider bringing your own water, sunscreen, sun protection, insect repellent, and any other materials that will support your experience. For most, if not all events, you might consider also bringing a notebook and writing utensil. We’ll have these materials if required, but sometimes it’s nice to keep your insights and contemplations together in a journal you already utilize!

WHAT ABOUT COVID?

We take your health and safety seriously. We will continue to track county, state, and federal recommendations about Covid-19 precautions and respond accordingly. At this time, please note, we are honoring each person’s choice to manage their own Covid-19 risks: Masks are currently optional in our space and at our events. Please do not plan to attend in-person events if you have been sick with any type of symptoms or exposed to anyone who has been sick.

HOW DOES SPONSORSHIP WORK?

When you sponsor someone for our groups or services, you donate to our Foundation for Alternative Healing (FAH)–the non-profit side of CSC. We utilize this pool of resources to allow people who might be experiencing financial hardship to attend our events and participate in the healing power of community. If you’d like to contribute to someone else’s opportunity, please select “Sponsor someone” for any of our offerings above.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

If you’re experiencing financial hardship, we understand and can help you on a sliding scale basis or with sponsorship through our Foundation for Alternative Healing. Please contact us if you’re interested in attending and need creative solutions for financial assistance.

ACCESSIBILITY?

We strive to make our offerings available and accessible for all people. Please contact us if you have accessibility and accommodation questions.