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Workshops with CE Credits for Massage

An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 1 week
with Carl Swanson & Nora Matten

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen massage. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.

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Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

This workshop is designed for loving partners who wish to bring the nurturing practice of massage into their daily lives and spend a special weekend together cradled in the beauty and intensity of the Big Sur coast. It is also for couples who want to deepen already existing skills and for those who want to create more time in their lives for healing and intimacy.

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Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Eleanor Criswell Hanna

Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves.

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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 29 - Jun 03, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Melinda Naye

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.

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New Self, New World: A Healing Embodiment of Consciousness

Jun 05 - 10, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Philip Shepherd

“Here’s a little-known fact: 8,000 years ago our ancestors experienced their thinking in the belly,” proposes Philip Shepherd. “They relied on that thinking because it allowed them to consciously ‘be,’ feeling the life of the world around them. As we became a culture of ‘doers’ who farmed, erected buildings, and rode horses, our center of thinking began to rise and change. When it migrated into the head, we turned away from the Mother of earthly abundance and gave our allegiance to male gods of the sky. Our evolving consciousness has arrived at the limit of that trajectory.

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Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Josie Weaver & Jessica Kolbe

Health, well-being, and longevity can be achieved through cultivating and mastering qi. Every style of qigong – including tai chi and yoga – shares a basis in essential principles. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to awaken and refine natural healing and intuitive abilities associated with the most mysterious and neglected aspect of being: the eternal nature, or universal self.

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Touching Essence: Esalen® Massage Retreat for Couples

Jun 17 - 19, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

This program is specifically designed to enhance the quality and experience in loving relationships through the sense of touch. Remaining aware of self while giving attention to another is a foundational practice for all sustainable relationships, and especially important in giving and receiving Esalen Massage.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Jul 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the interplay of muscular balance between the neck, thoracic cavity, spine, and arms. Imbalances and chronic tension around the scapulae, neck, and shoulder are frequently caused by misaligned habitual movement patterns. These holding patterns result in kyphosis, elevated/retracted shoulders, or a depressed chest, all of which affect one’s ability to breathe fully and can support habits of fear and anxiety.

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Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Judith Orloff

Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes when we awaken it and trust its guidance in our personal and professional lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and NY Times best-selling author, shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Jul 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

In today’s demanding world, we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive. Are you tired of feeling scattered and pulled in too many directions? Do you love feeling grounded and mindfully aware? Would you like to experience more resilience under stress and access your creativity and joy to your deepest potential?

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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Jul 29 - Aug 05, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

“As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems,” Suzanne Scurlock-Durana writes. “That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.

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5Rhythms®: Connections

Jul 31 - Aug 05, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche
What are the invisible threads that connect you in this life? In this workshop, we will use the map of the 5Rhythms to explore the connections we want most. By fostering the intimate union of breath and movement, we follow a path that leads us out of isolation and into connection.

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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Stan Gerome

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.

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The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Aug 12 - 14, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Russell Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi
All methods devoted to human potential emphasize the importance of awakening to the present moment. All that we long for—love, joy, peace, harmony, truth—require the fundamental capacity for presence.
This seminar uses ancient and modern methods for directly and simply uncovering this natural capacity. Put simply, we need the capacity to: 1. Sit quietly with our own thoughts. 2. Mindfully welcome our feelings/emotions. 3. Find comfort in our own bodies.

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Gratitude and Forgiveness: Deepening into The Embodied Life™

Aug 14 - 19, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Russell Delman

During this five-day seminar, you will experience direct, enjoyable, and reliable practices for inviting embodied presence. You can uncover the natural meditation of "just sitting" as you learn to walk through the doorway of embodiment.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 21 - 26, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Fritz Smith

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a nondiagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skeletal system. Science has shown that energy and matter are fundamentally coupled; psychology has shown that the mind and body are interconnected. ZB embodies both perspectives. It is based on the experience that balancing the body’s energy with its structure has a direct positive effect on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

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Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

Sep 04 - 09, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Ken Koles

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy. From the rich knowledge of Oriental medicine, you can draw connections between the craniosacral system and organs, emotions, sounds, colors, tastes, and much more. This dynamic workshop also offers options in verbal dialoguing to enhance energy flow.
Before participating in this course, students must complete Upledger's CranioSacral 1 and 2, either at Esalen or elsewhere.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Sep 23 - 25, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This workshop is packed with useful skills for rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul, including practical tools to energize your daily life, skills for meeting life’s challenges with new resources that grow stronger over time, practices to help you tune into your body’s wisdom in the face of stress, and steps for re-charging your system to calm physical tension and quiet your mind.

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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Training: Medical Qigong Certification

Sep 23 - 25, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Roger Jahnke

Medical Qigong has powerful roots in ancient healing traditions and also in modern science. The Healer Within™ Practices, developed from a Chinese Medical Qigong known as Bu Zheng Qigong or Vitality Enhancement Method, help your body utilize its own extraordinary medicine through these four essential practices:
• Body practices - posture and movement
• Breathing practice
• Self-applied massage
• Mind focus practice - mindfulness meditation

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Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Sep 25 - 30, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Roger Jahnke

Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit. Developed by master teacher Roger Jahnke, Tai Chi Easy enhances energy (qi) to strengthen and cleanse the body and mind. According to Chinese Medicine and philosophy, qi is the vital essence that creates health, well-being, and harmony.
During this workshop, you will be taught tai chi principles including breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness.

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Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Sep 25 - Oct 23, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Sep 25 - 30, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to SomatoEmotional Release will also be presented.
The prerequisite for this course is Upledger Institute's CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Sep 30 - Oct 02, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, a sense of connection with another. When we receive a massage we remember an easier time and "come home."

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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Oct 02 - 07, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Carl Swanson & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection, and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscles groups of the body.

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 09 - 14, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity.

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Work Study - Streams of Energy

Oct 23 - Nov 20, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Back, Hips and Shoulders

Oct 23 - 28, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy in turn becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Oct 28 - 30, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.
“It is critically important," says Fritz, "to periodically meet with like-minded people and to openly, freely, and safely discuss problems, insights, and successes of your work—in this case, the leading-edge therapy of balancing energy and structure.”

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and techniques. Emphasis is on the kidneys, greater momentum, peritoneum, spleen, and pancreas. See Visceral Manipulation 1, offered October 9-14, for more information.

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Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Peggy Horan & Vicki Topp

No one is ever competent enough, nor is any technique effective enough. It is only the continuing growth of the practitioner that can guarantee competence and effectiveness.
-Thomas Hanna

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Nov 13 - 18, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.

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5Rhythms®: Gateways

Nov 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Lucia Horan

Come to dance and be danced! Move until you are moved. Dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains. - Gabrielle Roth
The gateway of the body is a powerful vessel that allows us to move and be moved. In a wild world of distraction, do you know how to find your way into focus and connection? The 5Rhythms teaches us skills and tools to use in our everyday life that help us facilitate this union. If we have the courage to move the body, the heart and mind can follow. Come open the gateway to your potential and see what is waiting for you on the other side.

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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Nov 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Dec 02 - 04, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity

Dec 04 - 11, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Harriet Goslins, Laura Kunysz & Melissa Krikorian

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns. Feeling powerless, we attempt to survive and to win love by figuring out “the rules.” The resulting strategies may protect us as children but, deeply ingrained in our muscular postures and movements, they limit our choices as adults. These engrams remain outside of awareness, causing discomfort and dysfunction.

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Dec 09 - 11, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Harvey Deutch

Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our posture and energy have started to slump and drag. We assume positions and engage in tasks that our bodies are not meant to do nor were ever taught how to perform correctly. Without mindfulness and grace in our movement and without awareness of our energy systems, our bodies begin to break down faster and earlier than expected. Is your body heading down this path? Has your once pristine temple turned into a fixer-upper? Good news! You can change this course and re-fortify your foundation starting now.

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Deep Bodywork®, Esalen® Massage and Subtle Energy

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Subtle phenomena can frequently arise during an effective massage or bodywork session. When clients enter deep states of relaxation, different kinds of releases occur that support innate processes of tissue repair and organismic healing. Often, the practitioner can feel pulsing and other kinds of subtle motion. Changes in the quality of these movements can indicate important shifts in the state of well-being of the client.

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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 18 - 23, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

Give thanks by celebrating the holiday season and enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. This seasonal workshop offers the talents of two experienced teachers and five days of touch. This week of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage. The essence of the Esalen style of bodywork is the awareness and presence with which one approaches massage.

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