After spending time in Quaking Grass's furnished loft studio, you learn why some of the yoga, Zumba, and holistic-dance instructors refer to the space as their "big living room." Once inside the studio, you find yourself in a sprawling, high-ceilinged loft. Natural light spills in from tall windows and onto green walls, where African art and decorative Asian fans hang. Scanning the room, you see plush furniture, a kitchenette, and a massive Native American dream catcher, painted white and hanging 6 feet to the floor.
Quaking Grass is home to the Healing Arts Collective; many of its members left positions as businesspeople, teachers, and lawyers in favor of a more relaxed lifestyle. According to director Heather Straube, they each felt called to help others through techniques such as massage, yoga, and dance. Instructors lead students through progressive poses in Vinyasa yoga, dances set to Latin and Caribbean beats in Zumba, and blends of meditative martial arts and freeform movement in Earthquake Ecstatic and Nia dance. Though they guide some classes step-by-step, instructors emphasize free exploration over adhering to a strict routine—reminding students that they can meditate silently, pair off with partners, or dance alone to practice leading and following at the same time.
Once each month, Quaking Grass's members also host an open community clinic, experimental salon, and potluck. Practitioners stationed throughout the space introduce curious guests to basics of tarot-card reading, massage, hypnosis, quantum touch, and a host of other holistic methods—with the hope that visitors, like babies balancing their first checkbooks, experience something new. Individual members, artists, or community practitioners may also lead workshops or lectures explaining their craft.
A stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Portland places you in the heart of Portland, walking distance from Holladay Park and Lloyd Center. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Oregon Convention Center and Oregon State Hospital Portland.
Make yourself at home in one of the 477 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations. Premium TV channels provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Portland? This hotel has 46,500 square feet (4320 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
At Inflatable Kingdom, kids can explore a whimsical empire built with color, imagination, and lots and lots of air. Inside the sprawling facility, children can bounce on towering castles, then careen down cushy slides. Inflatable Kingdom opens its world to the public during open-play sessions and birthday parties, which can be tailored to a special theme, including pirates, carnival, westerns, and obscure Secretaries of State. And Inflatable Kingdom also uses its shape-shifting space to host dances, weddings, teambuilding events, and other adult-related functions, which can be customized to your specifications.
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With more than a decade of experience producing urban and pop music, Kyle “Terminill” Steckley of Flatline Studios captures crystal-clear versions of clients’ tunes with professional recording, mixing, and mastering services. Clients settle into the private, comfortable studio to lay down solo vocal tracks or back up their melodies with an instrument. Musicians can croon into Peluso VTB or Blue Baby Bottle microphones, pound out tunes on keyboards, or moderate their volume to spell out “Let's Rock” with receivers’ blinking readouts. For the mixing, Terminill equalizes all tracks before layering sonic threads together for a polished, professional sound. Finished tunes emerge once Terminill masters tracks into radio-ready singles.