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Workshops with CE Credits for Massage

A Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Apr 03 - 05, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Rob Wilks & Vicki Topp

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Rob Wilks and Vicki Topp 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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Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Apr 12 - 17, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of meditation can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

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

Apr 19 - 24, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais®, and Brain Plasticity

Apr 26 - May 03, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Harriet Goslins & Sybil Krauter

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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5Rhythms®: Heartbeat

Apr 26 - May 01, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Lucia Horan

Love is not a mood, but a dynamic way of being. - Gabrielle Roth
The spontaneous heart is one that knows how to love and be loved. The Heartbeat map is a guide to how our emotional energy moves and morphs. In this practice we embody the art of being a fluid emotional athlete. This map teaches us how to navigate the emotional terrain of life without getting stuck, holding on, or pushing away.

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Esalen® Massage for Couples, Friends or Family Members

May 08 - 10, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

Come with your partner to discover the movements and creative, loving connections available to your relationship through Esalen Massage. This workshop provides a safe and supportive environment for you to explore and connect, to enhance sensitivity, and to reawaken intimate touch. The fundamental elements of Esalen Massage, such as breath awareness, quality of touch, and long integrative body strokes, will be combined with creative stretches and table movements, to support partners in giving and receiving a pleasurable full body massage.

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Touching Essence™: Esalen® Massage and Essential Oils

May 17 - 22, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Daniela Urbassek & Ellen Watson

The artistry of a skilled Esalen® Massage practitioner is recognized among connoisseurs of bodywork all over the world.  This “quality of touch” is one of the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage style and philosophy. When we add the use of essential oils, we actively engage another powerful sense. Our sense of smell has a more powerful capacity to take us deeply into our memories than any other sense. When combined with massage, a powerful alchemy occurs: deep relaxation, an opening of the heart, and freeing of breath.

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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 24 - 29, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Eric Moya

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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Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners: Healing the Neck, Opening the Chest and Freeing Breath

Jun 07 - 12, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. As we open the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, “stuck” energy in the form of shortened, hardened tissue is mobilized, making this energy available to support us in the process of healing.

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Dynamic Woman Qigong

Jun 12 - 14, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Deborah Davis

Qigong is an ancient system of self-healing from China that has been used for more than 2,000 years to maintain health, achieve longevity, and treat disease. Qigong consists of gentle exercises that combine breath, slow movement, self-massage, and meditation to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. Simple yet profound, qigong provides many health benefits and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Dynamic Woman Qigong was designed specifically for women to increase vitality/stamina, improve digestion, trim the waist, and help prevent breast cancer.

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

Jun 21 - 26, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Roger Jahnke

The greatest promise is that we can heal our own pain and suffering, our body-mind-spirit.
Qigong, also known as energy empowerment and Chinese yoga, was developed by China’s shamans more than 5,000 years ago. Drawing on forty years of experience and nine trips to China’s sacred mountains, Roger Jahnke has guided thousands of people in exploring the potential of life’s energies – the qi.

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Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch 

Jun 26 - 28, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Brita Ostrom & Peggy Horan

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

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries

Jul 19 - 24, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

To thrive in today’s demanding world, we all need full access to our inner and outer resources. This course teaches how the deep wisdom of the body can help navigate our living, working, healing, and relating. Listening to this body-wisdom as the ground of knowing enables us to rediscover our innate spirituality and develop our emotional intelligence.

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

Jul 24 - 31, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

“As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive system,” 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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Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 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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The Upledger Institute's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Susan Steiner

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 

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 Begins in 4 months
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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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Dean Marson

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

Aug 14 - 16, 2015 Begins in 4 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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5Rhythms®: Gateways

Aug 16 - 21, 2015 Begins in 4 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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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 23 - 28, 2015 Begins in 4 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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Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness with NeuroMovement®

Aug 28 - 30, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Anat Baniel

We all want to be strong, flexible, and full of energy and vitality, yet so many of us experience pain and limitation and are less fit than we would like to be. We may believe that it is due to prior injury, our age, or some missing “talent.” In our efforts to be pain-free and fit, we often overlook our brain, which actually organizes all action, including movement, thinking, feeling, and emotion. We now know that the brain can easily change for the better at any age when given the right conditions and information.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Aug 28 - 30, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend workshop. Gain practical tools and skills that will enable you to meet life's challenges with new resources that don't fade but grow stronger with practice.
Discover how to tune into your body's wisdom and acquire skills to stay energized in the face of life stressors and draining situations. Learn exact tools for re-charging your system to calm physical tension and quiet your mind. Leave the weekend more embodied, with clarity about how your own full body presence can support you in your world.

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The Gokhale Method™ for a Pain-Free Life

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain? Why are we damaged from our normal activities (bending and lifting), exhausted from our most basic positions (sitting and standing), and uncomfortable even in our stillness (sleeping)? And why do some populations in the world enjoy pain-free, relaxed, and potent lives into old age? How can we improve our situation?

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Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 5 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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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Nora Matten & Rob Wilks

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Nora and Rob will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions combined with deeper bodywork. Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage while enjoying the natural beauty and healing waters of the Esalen Institute.
Previous massage training is required.
This workshop is also useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Medical Qigong for Stress Mastery, Healing and Vitality

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 5 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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Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity: Cutting-Edge Professional and Personal Tools for Health Practitioners

Sep 18 - 25, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Harriet Goslins, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

The most effective tool in healing injury is engaging the patient’s, client’s, or student’s own nervous system, using your touch to get the attention of the brain, tissues, and immune system. Speaking its kinesthetic/neural language, you bring awareness to what was habitually out of awareness. You create input, the system responds with a shift that you sense. Then you send new input based on that shift. Together, you create lasting change.
Using CFR floor and table work, you will learn to expand your own perceptual net, deepening the clarity and impact of your touch.

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Work Study - Streams of Energy

Sep 27 - Oct 25, 2015 Begins in 6 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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 6 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’s Institute CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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IAHE: D'Ambrogio Institute's Total Body Energetics 1

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 6 months
with Kerry D'Ambrogio

Total Body Balancing (TBB) is a body evaluation and treatment approach based on classical osteopathic theory. TBB uses long levers to improve circulation and nerve and energy flow, thus normalizing sympathetic and parasympathetic neurological activity with a goal of creating a new homeodynamic state. You will be taught a six-phase treatment template that can be done in as little as twenty minutes to balance the client's body. TBB can be easily integrated with the other therapeutic techniques such as craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage.

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Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 6 months
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 6 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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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 25 - 30, 2015 Begins in 7 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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Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Oct 25 - 30, 2015 Begins in 7 months
with Richard Gold

Whether you are an experienced body worker, a complete novice, or somewhere in between, this workshop offers a joyful and profound immersion experience of traditional Thai massage. Thai massage’s historical roots are embedded in the meditative Buddhist monastic tradition of Thailand, originally practiced primarily by monks.

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Legacy Group - Practicing Presence through Body-Centered Awareness

Oct 25 - Nov 22, 2015 Begins in 7 months
with Patrice Hamilton

"The issues are in the tissues.” Habitual beliefs and behaviors formed early in life lead to habitual ways of responding that limit life experience. Our bodies are our greatest resource. They provide a direct path for exploring these unconscious beliefs and the emotions tied to them. By increasing awareness of our bodies, we connect with the here and now, where change and growth are possible.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2015 Begins in 7 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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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®; Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

Nov 01 - 06, 2015 Begins in 7 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set. Bodyworkers who have learned to work slowly and with great sensitivity on these deeper layers are sought after both in private practice and in spas. Perry and Johanna Holloman have created a series of classes for massage professionals that are designed to teach deep tissue skills, which are readily integrated into participants’ current massage practice.

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Nov 08 - 13, 2015 Begins in 7 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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Where the Healing Waters Meet: Esalen® Massage, Water and Temperature

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 7 months
with Barbara Braunstein & Brita Ostrom

Ancient baths were considered spiritual, hygienic, therapeutic, and social. The role that bathing plays within a culture reveals the culture's attitude toward human relaxation. It is a measure of how far individual well-being is regarded as an indispensible part of community life. - Patrick Barron

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5Rhythms®: Connections

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 8 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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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 8 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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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 8 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

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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Deep Bodywork and Healing Trauma: Working with Difficult Cases

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 8 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep Bodywork is a unique modality for healing the effects of trauma within the human organism. Because trauma lives not just in the physical tissues, but in the mind through memory, in the emotional realm through feeling, and in the soul as impression, practitioners must learn to deal with it on multiple levels in order to help heal its often intractable symptoms.

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Esalen® Massage for Couples

Dec 11 - 13, 2015 Begins in 8 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Oliver Bailey

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful holiday gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen Massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension, and deepening nonverbal communication skills. The workshop focuses on how to pay attention with heart and hands, ask for what you need, and take the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner.

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The Art of Essential Touch: Classical Esalen® Massage

Dec 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 8 months
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

The healing art form of Esalen Massage has become a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch. Created more than forty years ago at the Esalen baths, to the rhythms of the mighty Pacific Ocean, our practice remains timeless as it continues to evolve.

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Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Dec 20 - Jan 17, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Rob Wilks

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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