What workshop participants are saying …
Qi of Self-Compassion Breitenbush Retreat 2015
“I learned how to view my body in a more compassionate way, and to see self-care as fun and a reward instead of something I have to fit in to my time. You are awesome as always! As you know, I always love your offerings and get a lot out of them.”
– Elena Robinson
“This retreat helped remind me to let go and be present.”
– Linda C.
“One of your gifts in teaching this is letting it go deeper than just a class, and your grace and “realness” — showing us how [qi gong] can be part of life and a practice during hard times — is what hooked me on qi gong. You have an amazing gift for presenting things with stories, scientific details, and emotional depth. I always feel more connected and whole afterwards. When I get home, I know I’ll be listening to my heart and body, and then taking risks towards growth.”
– Rachael Weber
“Loved watching you flow spontaneously as you teach, heeding your intuitive sense of direction to go. Truly a retreat — away from our daily routines and concerns.”
– Phyllis Lefohn
“I have picked up bits and pieces of Chinese medical concepts, but this helped me to put it all together. This retreat has helped me to trust what my body is telling me and accept its cravings/pain as wise communication.”
– Ian Naftzger
Easing Up: Chinese Medicine Self-Care Breitenbush Retreat 2014
“I really enjoyed the lecture and discussion. It allowed space for thoughts to surface and for me to reflect on aspects of my life that I had grown distant from. The retreat has catalyzed me to return to living from my heart rather than my head, extending to the way I talk to myself and how I relate with others.
You are great at facilitating discussion and engaging a group in complex and dense material. I love how to you draw on various perspectives and use humor to make the material accessible. You have a wealth of knowledge to share and you do so passionately and compassionately.
I felt very uneasy and anxious at the beginning, with many questions, uncertainties and worries. Now, I feel like I have returned to my heart – the place that gently speaks to me of its desires and reminds me of my ability to carry out those desires without fear. I have also returned to acceptance of what is, as opposed to wanting to strive for ideals. . . I am reminded of my capacity for compassion towards myself . . . Thank you, Brodie. You are a warrior goddess!!”
– Breanna Johnson
“It gave me understanding of some negative patterns in my life and I really feel like I have an idea of how to go about solving them. You are a great speaker. Concepts were clearly and cogently explained.
Brought what is really important into focus . . . helped me to understand who I am at a deeper level. I am hooked! All around life changing experience. I feel that I have many strategies to use.”
– Elena Robinson
“Five of the 12 treasures have become the way I start my day— it’s as if my body is hungry for it. My back in particular is a big fan and I will return to my favorite movement later in the day to relieve the tightness and aches after a demanding task in the shop, or at night to help with sleep.
I’ve come to appreciate that it works on much more than my back; it guides my awareness to other parts that need attention. And I’ve had these experiences in spite of a fair degree of skepticism.”
– Pat Megowan, Guitar/Ukulele Maker
“[The most valuable part of the retreat was] cultivating self-acceptance, self-care through creating routines that honor my true essence or desires. Identifying the essential yin from the external yang of my life. Maybe ‘less is more.’
You are a very intelligent and articulate human who shines with exuberance and passion for her work and for life. You are also humble and have a great sense of humor. All of this in you makes for a valuable and enjoyable investment.”
– Liz Bounds, Lake Oswego, OR
“Learning about the 5 Element concept of Chinese Medicine and going into depth on how to apply it has helped to shift my “worldview” of health and personal care. Awesome!
Brodie, you are a caring, passionate, energetic, positive and super smart lady!! It has been a pleasure to be in your presence these past few days. Grounding, fulfilling, lovely!!
I believe that this workshop will help to deepen my personal acupuncture work with Brodie. This experience has also helped me recognize habits that will be shifted when I go home.”
– Cori H., Corvallis, OR
“Encouraging . . . fulfilling . . . grounding . . . “
– Araya Sol
“You have a wealth of knowledge/information and expressed it in a way that made it accessible to all levels of experience. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge. Looking back, I see the journey you have led us through.”
– Ann W.
“You are inspiring in your intelligence and knowledge of Chinese Medicine. Felt safe, listened to, experienced very strong feelings of joy and awareness in the workshop.”
– Stephanie, Portland, OR
“The chanting really satisfied something deep. Your spontaneity is engaging – such a gift in the way you communicate. Personal examples were very meaningful to me; I think I learn best from someone who feels like a fellow human being. There were many opportunities to connect with people on a deeper level, and this was satisfying.
All your workshops have been game-changers for me. They’ve sparked self-awareness and offered practical, doable changes in my curiosity, sense of possibility, ability to sustain effort in a desired direction. Thank you!”
– Laila Ayyoub, Corvallis, OR
“It was truly a ‘retreat’ – devoted to qigong and related concepts in an environment that allowed us to take care of ourselves with wonderful food, time in beautiful nature settings, the river, the hot pools. Being able to do for myself what I already knew intellectually I must – take care of me in ways that will allow me to heal. Digital detox was a big plus.
You are great! Keep doing it! You have a gift for explaining complex concepts with great clarity. Some of your explanations will likely find their way into my teaching. With immense gratitude for all you have taught this week, for your enthusiasm, intelligence, and wisdom – for you!”
– Phyllis Lefohn, Clancy, MT, Qigong Teacher
“You know so much! You have so much value to offer!”
– Arthur Hebert
“Very fun and interesting . . . really liked you as a teacher . . . felt very authentic. I enjoyed this workshop very much on all levels! Thank you!”
– Ursula Adler, Yachats, OR
“Energy you give off is spectacular. You explain things in a manner I could understand. All the grounding movement we did I will take home! Glad I was a part of this workshop. I learned enough to feel great!”
– Theresa Erickson
Brodie Welch’s qigong classes have been a gateway to my discovering health and ease of being. Her depth of knowledge, engaging teaching style, and experienced practice offers a profoundly transformative experience that has helped me feel enlivened on a cellular level. I feel so lucky to have her teachings as a part of my life. It’s because of Brodie that I was introduced to qigong and fell in love with the practice. Qigong has helped me overcome many negative emotions in my life, including anxiety, fear, sadness and overwhelm. Some of these had such a powerful grip on my body that they were daily companions that continually depleted my ability to step into the life that I was wanting but wasn’t experiencing. Qigong has helped me get out of this dissociated rut. It has also helped me restore my natural wake-sleep rhythm. Qigong is the most empowering and transformational “medicine” available to help us restore ourselves from the afflictions of modern living. The best part of this “medicine” (a form of right action) is that it’s cheap, portable, and has no negative side effects.
– Rachael Mueller
June 2013 Yachats, Oregon Retreat:
“The beautiful reminders of the utmost importance of daily consistent practice … I love the new breathing tools – and the qigong – so many wonderful options to center and ground me each day … your vast knowledge, practice, passion and enthusiasm for Chinese Medicine and all of the mind body spirit practices … was so fascinating, insight producing, life enhancing and kind of mind blowing! Simply – YOU ROCK!”
– Celia C.; Corvallis, OR
“[I’ve gained] a greater understanding of my constitutionality and the Five Elements. I sense my connectedness with nature, the universe, other beings. I have strengthened my motivation to meditate. I am filled with a tremendous sense of gratitude for Brodie’s generosity with time and sharing of her love and expansive knowledge.”
– Lynne S.; Corvallis, OR
Perfection … filling … I got what I came for and then some …
– Tim; Corvallis, OR
“The whole retreat got me out of my comfort zone … This is the first time I have even explored the concept of myself as an energy being.”
– Christine B.
“It met my need for self-care, nourishment, learning and community. I feel like I have new insights into myself and my close relationships (a better understanding of where each of us is coming from).”
“Spontaneous humor and laughter are such strengths for you. A sweet carrier agent for information/learning. Your enthusiasm is infectious, your plans and activities are inclusive and address all parts: emotion, body, spirit, mind. I have a lot of new “seeds” to take home with me and nurture into bloom. When’s the next one? Sign me up!”
– Layla C.
“You are very articulate and passionate …”
– Pauline K.; Yoncalla, OR
October 2012 Tulum, Mexico Retreat:
“I am more grounded, breathing deeper than ever before, and loving my daily practice instead of dreading it . . . I could go on and on, I feel like I can breathe all the way into my toes. The calming serenity of breath feels completely new to me. It is like discovering a super power!
– Erin Ryan; Corvallis, OR
“Brodie’s dedication and vast knowledge made this week an opportunity to learn on various levels, seek answers to a lot of questions about my life, my purpose and consolidate my awareness. The opportunity to share experiences, opinions, sentiments, feelings, fears and joys with a group of truly open minded people enriched the learning. The take-away is immense! A month or so later, I meditate daily; I visit the little qigong knowledge with great enthusiasm. I read over my notes from our sessions; I feel the week was a turning point in my life, the timing couldn’t have been better and I have been integrating many principles of Chinese medicine, qigong, yoga, and philosophy on a daily basis. And, it’s working – it’s not an effort; it’s natural.”
– Agnes Mallet-Carbonneau; Seattle, WA
“Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to grow spiritually. The week was amazing for me. Most valuable? I don’t know how to begin. I meant what I said: ‘I would not change one second.’ I feel like I am 10 years younger.”
– Audrey Bach; Washington, D.C.
“Brodie, you are a natural. Your understanding of the material is amazing, your ability to answer such a wide range of questions and yet keep us on track, too.”
– Anne; Corvallis, OR
Extraordinary Vessels Workshop:
“Brodie is a born teacher whose enthusiasm, passion, and sense of humor make challenging material very engaging.”
– Lynn Haeffele; Corvallis, OR
“I want to thank you for an extraordinary workshop on Extraordinary Vessels. It was all so fascinating and such a rich experience. For me, the work done has signaled a definite shift in perception, intention, thinking — a wide range of benefits that will be with me for a long time. I know I am not alone in that reaction.”
– Cheryl McLean; Corvallis, OR
“I am so grateful for the Extraordinary Meridians work I have done with Brodie. It has changed my life.”
– Mandy Cole; Brownsville, OR
“After Brodie’s teachings, I began connecting my body/mind/spirit consciousness at a deeper level.”
– Jane Barr; Corvallis, OR
“Brodie is a passionate, exuberant teacher and her knowledge of and excitement about this field are infectious.”
– Pat Newport; Corvallis, OR
What patients are saying …
“I came in one morning, a day after a sudden-onset injury that inflamed my right arm elbow to shoulder (quite painful and stiff). Joe’s treatment – combining acupuncture, pressure, massage, and movement exercises – gave me significant flexibility by evening. Within three days, adding prescribed herbs, the whole episode was fully resolved and my arm was back to 100%.”
– Joe Esker
“Joe is an amazing acupuncturist. The only thing I feel is better when I get a treatment from Joe. He has helped me resolve a few health issues. I completely trust him with my health and value his recommendations. Thank you Joe for all of your help!”
– Jason Lasley
“I met with Joe Moceus after 3 days of significant back pain. After a single session, I immediately felt much better and the pain has continued to diminish over the next 24 hours (it is now barely noticeable). I appreciated Joe’s warm yet professional approach as well as his emphasis on providing tools, exercises and suggestions to facilitate healing and prevent future back problems. Joe gets my highest recommendation!”
– Dr. Jeff Tarrant
“I have always been ‘needle-phobic,’ so when I was first encouraged to try acupuncture for my thyroid issues, I resisted. But then I went to Brodie Welch and discovered that I could actually be lying on her table full of ‘needles’ and be more relaxed than I’d been in ages.
Brodie has made such a huge difference in my life on so many levels–from reducing my thyroid goiter and improving my sleep, to getting rid of the midnight “squirrel mind” rolling over so much old baggage I was losing sleep, to realigning my DNA to allow me to let go of past traumas and accept myself in ways I’d not thought possible. Her qi gong classes have been instrumental in moving me from a Type-A workaholic to someone whose life is more-or-less in balance. She has (along with her colleague Joe Moceus) given me so many tools for self-care and so many insights into how Chinese Medicine affects ALL of me–not just the sprained knee or shoulder that’s out of whack.
Life in Balance practitioners are wise and accessible, caring and total advocates for your healing from top to bottom, inside and out. Acupuncture ROCKS!! And Life in Balance is THE place to find out how much…
I’ve been a patient of Brodie’s for probably 12+ years now. I try to get in once a month just for a ‘tune-up.’ My GP was actually complaining that I don’t come see her any more…
– Cheryl McLean
“I have a long term experience with Brodie Welch’s expertise in acupuncture and holistic approach to wellness. She helped me on multiple occasions with different types of problems, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Started with my very weak immune system, going through my menopause, helping me with stress and focus on my life purpose. Always very helpful and personal, with great sense of understanding, Brodie became an important source of knowledge.
A few months ago I ended up with so called ” frozen shoulder”. I called the office for an appointment; Brodie was booked for weeks and that’s how I got to meet Brodie’s new partner in business, Joe Moceus. Joe helped me so much not just with my shoulder, but he is helping me to go through a stressful period of my life. His sense of humor and knowledge are also amazing.
I cannot imagine not having Life in Balance Acupuncture around. I feel so blessed have Brodie and Joe in my life.”
– Jindra Brandejska
“Joe Moceus, L.Ac has a great touch with acupuncture needles. I recently had a treatment for allergies which involved treating points around my face and scalp along with some body points. His technique was smooth and effective. During the treatment, Joe also did some acupressure/qi gong breath work to help relax my shoulders, which Joe felt was part of my overall pattern. My shoulders and sinuses still feel great. Later Joe showed me an easy breathing exercise which I’ve been able to incorporate easily into my daily life. I recommend Joe to everyone as he is thoughtful, present, and caring in addition to being knowledgeable in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Qi gong.”
– David Heron
“Just wanted to say a quick Thank You! I wish I could see you every week! Not only did my hand stop hurting completely! (why does this always amaze me???) I was able to stop a migraine before it could hit; and my gut is happy again… I love acupuncture!”
– Anne, Oregon
“My chronic lower back and neck pain are gone, blood pressure and cholesterol are under control.
I am happier, calmer, less anxious, more balanced, more aware and conscious, more in touch with my life force.”
– Susan Richardson
“My allergies are now something that I can handle and this allows me to stay in the Willamette valley all spring and summer without steroids.
Brodie has also helped tremendously with hip and feet pain; I do a lot of traveling and am on my feet everywhere I go. Without Brodie’s help I could never keep promoting my business around the world.”
– Rob Gandara
“Brodie has worked with me in managing the chronic tightness and pain in my shoulders and neck. Not just through acupuncture, but through a whole body approach. Helping me to slow down and focus on what is most meaningful to me – my stress is greatly decreased.”
– Lynn Honey
“I no longer have an ankle problem, but the real improvement is always my sense of overall well-being that I have developed through my work with Brodie.”
– Deborah Hobbs
“I began acupuncture treatment for my two trigger thumbs 2 months ago. Amazingly I now am enjoying full mobility for golf, tennis and all of my exercise. The greatest results of working with Brodie have been to my overall health at age 62. Breathing techniques, healthy eating with a fresh look at herbs and spices. Exercises for life and a sense of total well being. It’s funny I came in looking for healing for my thumbs, but my sessions have left me healthier in a much more holistic way. I no longer have a craving for sweets or empty calories as a result of my treatments with you. I have a really renewed sense of purpose in my daily activities and my cooking and my exercise and just plain even breathing. Much healthier lifestyle thanks to you.”
– Heather Jager
“Brodie has been a major force in my move from debilitating pain to being able to function normally.”
– Bobbie Weber
“Brodie is knowledgeable, compassionate, and truly caring in her approach to healing. She took the time to see the whole picture before beginning treatment, and has provided great suggestions and advice. Although I originally began to see Brodie for lower-back pain (with great results), I continued treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. I was diagnosed with RA over thirty years ago and was taking a combination of meds with limited success. I worried about the long term impact of the anti-inflammatory meds on my health. Brodie’s integrated approach to my health: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, coupled with conversations about food and exercise resulted in an amazing transformation in my overall health. I have lost weight, been able to stop taking the anti inflammatory meds with no flare-ups and overall I feel better than I have in years. I also went through menopause during this time and credit Brodie for almost a complete lack of symptoms.
I feel blessed to have Brodie in my life. I would recommend her for anyone who is dealing with a chronic illness and/or looking to take control of their overall health.”
– Sandy Neubaum
“Acupuncture has greatly improved my health in all areas treated and contributed positively to my overall wellness! [Brodie has helped me with] neck pain (herniated disc), infertility, carpal tunnel, overall wellness and stress management.”
– Julia Paz, MD
“There are many aspects of my overall health that have improved from Brodie’s care. One in particular was the elimination of knee pain. When I first came for acupuncture treatment of my knees, the pain was keeping me awake at night. A series of treatments has been so effective in eliminating knee pain that it never awakens me, and has restored mobility to full capability.”
– Lynne Schauble
“Brodie’s holistic approach accepts that we lead busy Western lives, and she asks us to examine what some of the causes of our illness may be. I’m much less susceptible to immunity breakdown, colds and effects of stress due to her good care.”
– Cynthia Spencer
“Lots of good things [have come from my work with Brodie] – especially more energy and joy brought to me, and better eating and lifestyle.”
– Margarita Donnelly
“After suffering from hereditary and degenerative hand tremors for over 35 years, I decided to use several sessions of Brodie’s acupuncture. Not only did I realize a 90% improvement, but I have maintained steady hands for eight years through acupuncture. Amazing!”
– Mary Zaske
To schedule an appointment with Brodie or Joe, call (541) 757-4868
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