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The Shared Heart New Year’s Retreat for Couples

Jan 02 - 04 Begins in 1 week
with Joyce Vissell & Barry Vissell

Imagine your relationship expressing the true depths of your love and commitment. If you are in love, this retreat is an opportunity to rise even higher in love. If you are in crisis, it is an opportunity for healing on the deepest level. We all carry some degree of negative programming from our past, and there are loving and effective ways to transform this programming into a positive and vibrant celebration of our connection.

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Designing the Life You Want: Self-Renewal in the New Year

Jan 02 - 04 Begins in 1 week
with Mark Nicolson

You have never been where you are today. You have never been the age you are today, or had the experience you have today. The river of life flows and we find ourselves in places we have never been before. At times, you must pause and reflect: Have you created the life you want? Are you going in the right direction? Are you who you want to be?

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Respite, Reflect, Release: The Three Rs for Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals

Jan 09 - 11 Begins in 2 weeks
with Charlea Massion

We care deeply for others, but how about ourselves? Health professionals (nurses, physicians, chaplains, and social workers) who work in hospice and palliative care have the highest rates of burnout and compassion fatigue. Both in our training and our everyday work, we focus on patients, families, and their communities. Daily we encounter people who are in pain, often intensely suffering at the interface of life and death.

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

Jan 11 - 16 Begins in 3 weeks
with Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warm-hearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

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Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Jan 11 - 16 Begins in 3 weeks
with Richard Schwartz

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who is interested in exploring the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.
With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture their process, participants have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion, in the following ways:

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Plugging Into Body Intelligence: Love Your Body, Live Your Dreams and Lead the Change

Jan 16 - 18 Begins in 3 weeks
with Katie Hendricks & Lamara Heartwell

Humans have the opportunity to make the shift now from fear-focused, adrenaline-fueled living to full-body-intelligent living. Body intelligence expands our perspective beyond fear to the rich, millennia-long wisdom we carry in our cells. Body intelligence is the direct, consciously felt experience of being alive, from the flow of blood and sensation to the feelings and mental shifts that interweave with our responses to being in a body, relationships, work, and the world.

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The I in the Storm: Bringing Self-Leadership to Everyday Life 

Jan 18 - 23 Begins in 4 weeks
with Richard Schwartz

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS over the past twenty-five years as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly efficient and effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves.

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The Writer’s Journey: Crafting Personal Stories that are Vivid, Compelling and True

Jan 23 - 25 Begins in 1 month
with Laura Davis

Many of us hold a deep dream of writing. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space, or circumstances in which to do so. This workshop will give you that time. In our hours together, we will create a vibrant, supportive writing community. Through creative exercises, guided meditations, and evocative writing prompts, you will learn to transform scraps of memory into a rich written legacy.

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Awakening Joy

Jan 23 - 25 Begins in 1 month
with James Baraz & Jane Baraz

True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside of you. Awakening Joy is based on a popular ten-month course taken by thousands since 2003, and designed to develop our natural capacities for well-being and happiness.

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As Above So Below: The Alchemy of Destiny

Jan 25 - 30 Begins in 1 month
with Benjamin Fox & Lorie Eve Dechar

In every life, there are times when Heaven and Earth meet. At these moments, we know who we are and why we are here. Our lives have meaning, purpose, and passion. How can we bring more intention to these chance meetings of Above and Below? How can we play a more active role in the manifestation of our destiny?

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Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Jan 30 - Feb 01 Begins in 1 month
with Ron Frederick & Timothy Beyer

Why is it so hard for us as gay men to feel present in our lives and closer to those we love? For many, the main reason is fear; we’re afraid of being emotionally present with ourselves and with others. It’s this fear, often outside of our awareness, that keeps us from learning how to tap into our emotional experience. We avoid our feelings and end up stuck, detached from the wisdom and power inside us. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Jan 30 - Feb 01 Begins in 1 month
with Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity and non-reactivity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Jan 30 - Feb 01 Begins in 1 month
with Sam Berne

Today, the fear of losing our eyesight is escalating because of an increase in many deteriorating visual conditions. Current allopathic medical approaches offer little hope. In this workshop, you will be taught The Berne Method®, an evidenced-based system designed to reconnect us to the most important sense organ we have: our eyes.
Sam Berne has spent more than twenty-five years developing his method, which teaches that neuroplasticity exists within us. Topics include:
· Primordial movements that relax the reptilian response that is so ingrained in how we use our eyes

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Living Presence: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Jan 30 - Feb 01 Begins in 1 month
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?  What if you knew how to offer your friends, family, co-workers, children, clients, patients, or students (and yourself!) a spacious, centered presence that could meet every feeling, ache, joy…and impermanence itself?

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Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Feb 06 - 08 Begins in 1 month
with Cassandra Vieten

We are each always changing, always growing. But sometimes we encounter moments or periods of life that are so potent, and so full of potential, that they transform our consciousness, fundamentally shifting our worldview, our motives and priorities, and how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. Where we have been limited, we expand. We become more open, balanced, and aligned with our true values. Compassion for self and others arises more naturally.

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Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

Feb 06 - 08 Begins in 1 month
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics are among the most interesting and poorly understood of all the psychoactive substances. They produce a variety of complex effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses. Because of these complex effects, psychedelics are powerful probes of the connection between brain physiology and consciousness, one of the most deeply mysterious questions in contemporary science.

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Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Feb 06 - 08 Begins in 1 month
with Gina Ogden

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual issues, yet most health professionals lack adequate training to help clients. This workshop brings emotional and spiritual consciousness to the practice of sex therapy. It offers an innovative model for exploring a wide range of situations and dynamics, and provides opportunities for case consultation about desire, pleasure, dysfunction, and more. Its structure encourages personal awareness along with clinical questions and networking opportunities.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 08 - 13 Begins in 1 month
with Bessel van der Kolk & Dana Moore with Special Guest Licia Sky

Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. This course explores how trauma affects people’s rhythms within themselves and with their surroundings. Because of altered biological systems, traumatized people continue to be trapped by their history and react to current experience in a myriad of ways as a replay of the past.

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Women's Sexual Stories: Healing the Wounds, Celebrating the Joy

Feb 08 - 13 Begins in 1 month
with Gina Ogden

The route to sexual pleasure and intimacy is like the route to any other of life’s mysteries. It means exploring new emotional landscapes. It means opening your wild, precious, vulnerable self to nature, divine presence, and the profound wisdom of your body. It means daring to know what you want.

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Love, Sex and Intimacy

Feb 13 - 15 Begins in 1 month
with Charlie Bloom & Linda Bloom

For individuals and couples, intimacy is to the soul as food is to the body. When the longing for intimacy is satisfied, we experience wholeness and sufficiency, and we can be at one with ourselves and the world. In conjunction with a sexual connection, intimacy can be exhilarating, inspiring, even transcendent. The shadow side of connection is fear of intimacy, which is actually the fear of loss, rejection, shame, and humiliation. These fears are common, even universal, yet their presence need not prevent us from experiencing the joys of intimate contact.

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Finding True Love

Feb 13 - 15 Begins in 1 month
with Daphne Rose Kingma

"Love is the experience of emotional and spiritual awakening to the bliss that is the true condition of the soul," says Daphne Rose Kingma. "Love is an essential human quest and intimate romantic partnership is love's most luminous expression." Join this best-selling author and expert on matters of the heart for an immersion into the spiritual and emotional preparations necessary to attract love into your life. Focusing on the four keys to true love—Faith, Intention, Trust, and Surrender—Daphne guides you on a step-by-step journey to self-knowledge that can liberate your heart.

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Exploring the Gift of Healing through Hypnosis

Feb 15 - 20 Begins in 1 month
with Roxanna Erickson-Klein & Mary Ellen Bluntzer

Enrich your healing abilities by exploring the interface of science and hypnosis. This in-depth approach joins the conscious and unconscious minds to engage the body's natural inclination toward health. This training is designed to help participants utilize personal unconscious resources. Methodology is based on the hypnotic techniques of Milton Erickson.

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Cultivate Romantic Intelligence: Moving From Fear to Love

Feb 15 - 20 Begins in 1 month
with Frances Verrinder & Michael Griffith

Developing romantic intelligence — the ability to engage in a loving, long-term romantic relationship — involves learning to express affection, tenderness, kindness, and sexual love, as well as identifying who is a safe, loving person to connect with. It also entails uncovering and transforming our childhood defenses — fear, withdrawal, anger, and criticism — which kept us safe as children but no longer work in adulthood.

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Medical Qigong - Qi Empowerment: Cultivate Supreme Well-Being of Body-Mind-Spirit

Feb 20 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Roger Jahnke

“You will be amazed when you understand the definition of ‘medical’ in relation to qigong mind-body practice,” Roger Jahnke writes. “What limits you or restrains your potential? Pain, inflammation, sleeplessness, low energy, untapped creativity, absence of inner peace, stress, anxiety or depression, or dangerous habits that you don’t even want? Over 50% of us are suffering from or are at risk for chronic diseases that are completely preventable. 100% of us are suffering from stress — stress that can be mastered.

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The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Feb 20 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Stephen Sideroff

Our stress and its symptoms are maintained unconsciously as a distraction from emotional issues and harmful thinking. By addressing these issues, the body can let go, thereby improving physical health and enhancing performance and the ability feel joy.

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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Retreat

Feb 20 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, addresses the mindless eating so prevalent in our culture — the type of eating that can lead to weight gain, obesity, disordered eating patterns, and stress-related eating.

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Enlivening Meditation Practice

Feb 22 - 27 Begins in 2 months
with Bill Morgan & Susan Morgan

Why do we struggle to meditate regularly? Why does it feel like another “should”? Why is it that we can experience a sense of wonder immediately when we look at a sunset, but feel only restlessness and a sense of failure when we close our eyes to meditate? Why is it so often a dry and cognitive exercise in futility?

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Hanna Somatics: Freeing Your Body and the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

Feb 22 - 27 Begins in 2 months
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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Create Personal Divinatory Cards with SoulCollage®

Feb 22 - 27 Begins in 2 months
with Seena Frost & Mariabruna Sirabella

Are you ready for a full immersion in creativity? Access your imagination and intuition to create unique collages, and begin your own deck of imaginal cards: it is simple and satisfying. Browse through piles of images and instinctually find those that represent the many guides, allies, and challengers active in your soul. Then use these images to collage cards that depict your personality parts, archetypal guides, energetic companion animals, and even the sentient beings that have loved, taught, and challenged you.

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Putting the Science of Happiness into Practice

Feb 27 - Mar 01 Begins in 2 months
with Emiliana Simon-Thomas & Dacher Keltner

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get it. It may be difficult, even disheartening, to dig in. But what can science teach us about the nature of happiness? Led by experts from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), this workshop will explore the roots of personal happiness and offer concrete, science-based approaches to boosting happiness in yourself and others.

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Dream Descent: Journey to the Soul and the Promise of Archetypal Dreamwork 

Mar 01 - 06 Begins in 2 months
with Christa Lancaster & Marc Bregman

Every night, dreams come to help us know love in a very real way — in our bodies, hearts, and lives. With great compassion, exquisite tenderness, and crystal clarity, they reveal the particular ways we are stuck in recurring patterns of relationship, and they offer the key to unlock those patterns so we can experience both inner and outer love.
In the tradition of group process and gestalt work pioneered at Esalen by Fritz Perls and others, Archetypal Dreamwork reveals the obstacles and openings to living in the fullness of our souls.

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Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 01 - 06 Begins in 2 months
with Susan Aposhyan

Being a human is a complex task. In order to make the most of our lives and cultivate a peaceful and sustainable human culture, most of us need to practice being present and feeling our bodies. This workshop uses embodiment practices, embodied meditation practice, embodied speech, embodied listening, and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. Susan Aposhyan developed these practices in the context of Body-Mind psychotherapy.

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Not For the Feint of Heart: Be Bold in Your Personal Growth

Mar 01 - 06 Begins in 2 months
with Mariah Fenton Gladis

If you’re “feint of heart,” you avoid confronting the emotional injuries or habits that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest. You feint this way and that, preserving the status quo instead of moving past obstacles. This workshop is not for the feint of heart—nor the faint of heart. It’s for people who have a passionate commitment to creating healthy relationships within healthy lives.

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Full- Spectrum Gestalt Sex Therapy: A Comprehensive Training in Relationship and Sexual Enhancement

Mar 01 - 06 Begins in 2 months
with Stella Resnick

As therapists, our effectiveness depends on our own continuing aliveness and growth, particularly in interpersonal relationships. This seminar, for psychotherapists, sex therapists, and other health professionals, integrates cutting-edge research in attachment, neuroscience, and sexology with Gestalt somatic-experiential methodology and breath work, to enhance the capacity for emotional and sexual intimacy in our own lives.

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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Mar 06 - 08 Begins in 2 months
with Rick Brown

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles, and how to safely begin to work through those stuck places toward a safer and more satisfying relationship. Couples share only with their partner and are able to maintain privacy. Couples are shown:
• New communication skills to break destructive cycles of relating
• How to channel the energy from arguments to create passion and stability

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Arrive Already Loved: Creating Sacred Attachment with Yourself in the Here and Now

Mar 06 - 08 Begins in 2 months
with Mariah Fenton Gladis

"The essential foundation of being loved is to first love yourself," Mariah Fenton Gladis writes. "That doesn’t mean a narcissistic pride, preoccupation with self, or conceit. It does mean that the inner life taking place in your body is a comfortable, loving, compassionate, and enjoyable place to be. It is a home to which you can always turn to receive your own solace, support, and unconditional acceptance. This prepares your internal environment to accept love from the outside, and prepares you to arrive anywhere already loved.

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The Healing Breath: Qigong for Springtime Renewal

Mar 08 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Kenneth Cohen

Do you ever wonder why, in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, more than 2.5 million Americans practice ancient healing exercises from China? Qigong is one of the world’s most popular and best-researched methods to improve health and vitality. Regular practice makes the mind tranquil, reduces stress, and deepens your connection with nature. In this program, you will be taught one of the classic methods of qigong, the Taoist Healing Sounds.

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Visionseeker: Shamanic Cosmology

Mar 08 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Hank Wesselman

Over the past 35,000 years, indigenous shamans developed a methodology to expand awareness and explore the many dimensions of reality, generating a rich body of knowledge about the nature and function of the sacred realms. Unfortunately, ever-multiplying overlays of spiritual scripture and esoteric literature have obscured our understanding of these hidden worlds. Today, this confusion is being reversed as the methods of the shaman are being reconsidered by non-tribal Westerners seeking direct experience of the transpersonal realms once again.

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Radical Aliveness: A Core Energetics Workshop

Mar 08 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Ann Bradney

Ann Bradney writes, "There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself. I call this radical aliveness. In this state you embrace your creativity and see life in all its possibilities.
"Standing in the way of radical aliveness are chronic patterns formed in your past to survive. These live as frozen feelings and history in your body and no longer serve you.

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Painting From The Source

Mar 08 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Aviva Gold

“If you've considered painting but never thought you could, or if you're trained in the arts and would like to explore your source of creativity, this retreat is for you,” writes Aviva Gold. “As children, we naturally paint in a powerful, intuitive way, purely for the joy of expression. This freedom can be regained.

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What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Mar 13 - 15 Begins in 2 months
with Sam Keen

Periodically, we need to review and revision our lives. Every decade of the life-cycle brings new challenges, goals, pleasures, and horizons. Every crisis—divorce, illness, tragedy, success, failure, retirement—requires us to make a new beginning, take stock of our past, and look for a new vision to guide us toward a more hopeful future. In this workshop, join Sam Keen to explore:
• Where are you in your life-cycle? What have you accomplished?
• What hasn't happened yet? What haven't you done, been, or experienced?
• What have you given? Whom have you loved?

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Work Study - Wisdom Healing Qigong: Wholeness is the Nature of the Self

Mar 15 - Apr 12 Begins in 2 months
with Mingtong Gu

“Your true nature is wholeness at one with the universe and all life,” writes Master Mingtong Gu. Through Wisdom Healing Qigong, Mingtong Gu will guide you to deepen your experience as a human energy field of consciousness connected to the energetic universe. “By awakening the true essence of the Self in your cellular, ancient memory, the pathways to the essential nature will open. You can bridge all dimensions of the self: the relative and absolute, the inner and outer, and the formed and formless.

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Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mar 20 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Mingtong Gu

This healing workshop is designed to activate your essential capacity to live with a clear mind and open heart. Qigong movements are both a moving meditation and a mindfulness practice that accelerates and deepens all other forms of meditation, and provides the skillful means to enter into a mindful state with energetic aliveness and healing benefit. Qigong sounds enable you to balance the emotional energy of your body to embody more joy and well-being.
Master Mingtong Gu will teach workshop participants how to:

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Mar 22 - 27 Begins in 3 months
with Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions. In order to become whole, we must discover how our experience is organized in limiting, unconscious patterns and through that process, learn how to organize our experience in new ways.

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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Mar 22 - 27 Begins in 3 months
with Shauna Shapiro

Learn how to rest in the heart of joy, ease, and loving presence. Drawing on practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness, as well as recent neuroscience research, we’ll explore the transformational power of meditation. Discover the ways that lovingkindness and mindfulness support us in healing and living a joyful, vital, and compassionate life.

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Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Mar 27 - 29 Begins in 3 months
with Pawan Bareja

Our desire to be happy is our most basic urge, but physical or emotional trauma can get in the way. Traumatic responses, especially from old painful unresolved experiences, are embedded in our body and in our behavior, and have the ability to blindside us and sabotage our happiness. These responses often produce stress that no longer serves us in our present day-to-day life. Is it possible to recognize the traumatic responses in your body? How can you recognize the non-verbal traumatic responses in your reptilian brain?

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Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

Mar 29 - Apr 03 Begins in 3 months
with Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation. Based on the integration of the principles of yin and yang, tai chi is practiced in a slow, sequential manner which develops the healing aspects of chi energy, slows the central nervous system, and improves focus.

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Open Floor Encounter

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 3 months
with Andrea Juhan

Open Floor Encounter is an exhilarating group process that contains elements of Gestalt Awareness Practice (GAP), psychodrama, movement, and somatic psychotherapy. The essential practice is to make what we feel and think inside physically visible. Our actions impact others, and the actions of others affect us. We come to understand the interdependence of being human: there is no such thing as a person having an individual experience.

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Mindfulness and Heartfulness: The Healing and Transformation of Mind and Body

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 3 months
with Mark Abramson

This program is designed to integrate the practice of mindful awareness with directed heartfulness to facilitate growth, healing, and change. It is based on Mark Abramson's work as the director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program which he founded 20 years ago. The workshop introduces the practical application of techniques of mindfulness and heartfulness to transform emotional states and unleash the great potential for deep healing of the body.

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The Magical Family 

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 3 months
with Ivy Mayer Lavie

The Esalen Art Barn is home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Families will have the opportunity to explore, make art, and celebrate a renewed connection with each other. There will be space to connect as a family unit, and connect with the larger community. Special discussion for parents and those in the health professions will offer a chance to learn about self-regulation through somatically oriented mindfulness practices.

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Shadow, Skill and Breakthrough: Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Psychology Training

Apr 05 - 10 Begins in 3 months
with Sianna Sherman, Ronald Alexander, Ashley Turner & Theodore Kyriakos

Join us for a dynamic integration of mindfulness, yoga, and Western psychology. This training is designed for yoga instructors, psychotherapists, health care professionals, and personal, professional, or organizational coaches who are ready for a profound change in their teaching, coaching, and clinical practice.

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Wired for Love: An Insider's Guide to Your Relationship

Apr 10 - 12 Begins in 3 months
with Stanley Tatkin with Tracey Tatkin

“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than relating to another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy®. We are complex people, to be sure, and we don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along with us. Even if we did have a manual, what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. But neither does it work to fly blind, as many couples do, and expect relationships to simply fall into place. Hence, the need for an insider’s guide to your partner and relationship.

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A Future Unexpected: Women Redefining an Unimagined Life

Apr 10 - 12 Begins in 3 months
with Daphne Rose Kingma

Women growing into their forties — or fifties, sixties, or seventies — are more than ever finding themselves on a path they’d never expected, either because of choices or out-of-the-blue life changes.

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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Apr 12 - May 10 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

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Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Apr 12 - 17 Begins in 3 months
with Joe Cavanaugh

The heart has reasons which reason knows nothing of.
-Blaise Pascal
We commonly hear the axiom, Love is letting go of fear. There is, however, another possibility: Love means loving ourselves even when we are afraid. This applies to all so-called negative emotions: fear, anger, doubt, jealousy, and so on. We simply cannot be who we are not. Accepting who we are allows healing to begin. Judging ourselves, we lose sight of the deeper message our feelings bring to us, reinforcing the very negativity we are attempting to dissolve.

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Getting Unblocked

Apr 17 - 19 Begins in 3 months
with Ann Weiser Cornell

Do you sabotage yourself? Is there something you really need to get done but you just don’t do it? Are there parts of your life that stay stuck no matter how hard you try? Do you have to force yourself to do what you need to do — and even that doesn’t work?
Inspired by what she learned while releasing her own writer’s block, Ann Weiser Cornell created a step-by-step program to help you get unblocked and find your forward-flowing action. It's based on Inner Relationship Focusing, a body-based method for listening deeply to yourself.

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Present–Open–Awake: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Apr 19 - 24 Begins in 3 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

With our body we are in the presence of a force that is filled with wisdom, loving, flawlessly reliable, and, strange to say, worthy of our deepest devotion. —Reginald Ray
Are you, like many of us, living suspended between the yearning for self-expression and the fear of being too much –– or not enough? Do you know both your tendency to hide and your deep desire to offer something of value to the world? Are you confused by the apparent conflict between the truth of spiritual unity and the complexity of human interactions?

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Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research and Practice

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Alejandro Chaoul & Lorenzo Cohen

Does meditation have power to heal the body? In their research together at The Integrative Medicine Program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Lorenzo Cohen and Alejandro Chaoul examine the biobehavioral effects of mind-body interventions such as meditation, yoga, and t'ai chi. They are interested in quality of life as well as the clinical outcomes of those undergoing cancer treatments, and they work to get the population as a whole engaged in mind-body practices to improve health and well-being.

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Tasting Life: Men and Living in the Now

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

Men’s lives are often driven by a desire and expectation to climb the ladder of success. This type of training encourages men to look through a future-oriented lens, and subsequently create an inner sense of rushing through life and missing opportunities for experiencing the present moment more fully. The process and skills of slowing down and tasting life more fully are often desires that many men crave, yet are uncertain how to attain. This workshop explores what it means to be a fully present with ourselves and with others.

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Close Yet Free: The Path to Making a Good Relationship Even Better

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Gerald Smith

How can you be open and vulnerable to love your partner, and, at the same time, free to continue to grow as an individual? This balance of merging and still maintaining your own center is never completely worked out, because each partner is continually changing. However, this dilemma of competing needs can be dealt with in ways that will add even more aliveness to what you already have together. In fact, a relationship that offers closeness, and at the same time freedom, can be a superb opportunity for your own deepest growth.

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Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

What changes do you envision for yourself? Discover what wants to happen next on your journey of transformation through visioning exercises, meditative movement, powerful affirmations, and the encouragement of a warm-hearted community. In this experiential workshop, you can discover your infinite capacity for personal evolution and take home a daily practice for ongoing integration of body, mind, heart, and soul.

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Apr 26 - May 01 Begins in 4 months
with Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction. Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and author of Taming Your Outer Child and Journey from Abandonment to Healing, will share powerful tools of emotional and spiritual healing to help you reverse abandonment’s universal wound. You will be taught exercises for each of the five stages of abandonment: shattering, withdrawal, internalizing, rage, and lifting; how to conquer “abandoholism” and other outer child behaviors; how to make new connections; and steps for healing abandonment.

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Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done

May 01 - 03 Begins in 4 months
with Peter Bregman

How would it feel to focus on the right things, use the best of who you are, and avoid the distractions that subvert your efforts? Award-winning author, speaker, and leadership coach Peter Bregman can help you discover your sweet spot and follow through on your most important priorities. In this engaging weekend, you will be shown how to:

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 01 - 03 Begins in 4 months
with Jerome Front

This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, food, and our senses. This awareness then widens to include the deep nourishment we receive from being in mindful relationship with each other. “Individually, we all know the hungers and longings that coexist at emotional, spiritual, bodily, and relational levels,” says Jerome Front. “Fortunately, these basic needs also form our common human ground.

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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

May 01 - 03 Begins in 4 months
with Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Neuroscience is the new frontier. As more is understood about how the mind is intimately involved with the brain, we now know that you can literally rewire your brain for the better by what you think, feel, and do. You resonate with others through your mirror neurons, and can enhance your relationships by activating these special areas of the brain. Balancing your nervous system lowers stress and allows you to handle your emotions better.

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Gay Men Thriving in Mindfulness: Bring Greater Ease and Joy into Your Life

May 01 - 03 Begins in 4 months
with Rik Isensee & James Guay

What does mindfulness practice have to offer gay men? Many of us have made great strides overcoming homophobia and shame. We are truly creative survivors of adversity! Yet even for men who have successfully negotiated these challenges, it’s easy to get caught up in emotional reactions to the common stressors of daily life. Emotions provide a rich texture for our lives: inspired by love, moved by anger, and touched by grief. We often respond to oppression and losses in our lives based on these feelings.

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ArtLife

May 03 - 08 Begins in 4 months
with Nicholas Wilton

This workshop is a playful exploration of the creative image-making process. Utilizing imagery inspired from our own personal stories and life experience, we will engage in a hands-on journey through fundamental painting principles, and learn how to sustain our own creative momentum. Throughout the week, we will work on a series of small paintings on wood panels, often working on several pieces simultaneously, which leaves little time to worry about success or failure.

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Brain Care: The Neuroscience of Self-Care

May 08 - 10 Begins in 4 months
with Linda Graham

When we nourish and replenish our brains, we are nourishing and replenishing ourselves. When we tap into the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain our equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout and recover rejuvenating creativity and flow in our lives.
In this experiential workshop, you will be taught dozens of techniques to calm the nervous system, come to clarity and discernment in decision making, heal toxic shame, retire the inner critic, and revive a sense of competency and connections with others.

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Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

May 08 - 10 Begins in 4 months
with Jim Tamm with Mayte Barba

This is a how-to course for people who want to be more effective at creating climates of trust, building relationships, and dealing with conflict — at work, at home, or within oneself. Many personal and business relationships become adversarial simply through a lack of relationship-building skills. This workshop provides practical experience with five skills that are essential for building successful collaborative relationships.

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Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3) 

May 10 - 15 Begins in 4 months
with Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, supervised groups. Instruction will focus on using EMDR with complex cases, resource development and installation, target development, and interweaves.
This EMDR course is for participants who have completed either part 2 training or an equivalent EMDRIA-approved course.
Required Reading: Parnell, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR.

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Liberating Your Essential Self: The Alchemy of Love and Aliveness

May 10 - 15 Begins in 4 months
with Karishma Darby

There is a deep desire in all of us to know ourselves, to live and love from our most essential nature. For most of us, painful and frightening experiences have caused us to withdraw from living fully. We can feel undernourished, disconnected from our lives and from those closest to us. We want to experience our full aliveness, but we have become too anxious, depressed, or numb. This yearning to love, to experience more freedom and joy, is an invitation to slow down and discover your true self, your essential nature.

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The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams

May 15 - 17 Begins in 4 months
with Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams
Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi
Why do we sleep and dream? Why have most cultures evolved meditation, spiritual, and holistic healing practices to facilitate health and well-being? Recent research has uncovered a profound and surprising yet sensible answer to these eternal questions. Sleep and dreaming actually clears our mind by permitting 60% more cerebral spinal fluid to wash through our brain!

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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

May 15 - 17 Begins in 4 months
with Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

Are you living the life you were destined to live or are you living someone else’s life? Are your actions based on what you really feel and believe or on negative programming from your past? Learning to deal effectively with the critical inner voice is central to all areas of life: personal development, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and career success. Participants will be shown ways to identify destructive thoughts or voices that cause debilitating feelings of guilt and shame and interfere with all areas of life.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 17 - 22 Begins in 4 months
with Stewart Cubley

The power inherent in painting is that it can awaken a wild vein of passion that will not go back to sleep. Using only the simple tools of brush, paper, and paint, Awakening the Creative invites you on a highly personal journey of daring and discovery, made possible through a safe environment and the support of Stewart Cubley and his experienced staff. The potential is to tap into an extraordinary resource: the vibrant, driving force of your own creative spirit.

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Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit

May 17 - 22 Begins in 4 months
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. His Evidence-Based Taiji and Qigong (EBT and EBQ) programs were originally designed for research interventions to yield maximum benefit in the shortest amount of time.

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Transforming the Judgmental Mind

May 17 - 22 Begins in 4 months
with Donald Rothberg

Judgments of a reactive and often automatic nature are very strong in most of our lives, and also in the dominant culture. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work in the world. In this workshop, we will explore the nature of such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, gratitude, joy, and compassion.

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Love and Belonging: Harvesting the Power of Attachment, Intimacy and Autonomy

May 17 - 22 Begins in 4 months
with Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

Love and a sense of belonging are the cornerstones to fulfilling relationships throughout life. When the flow of love and acceptance is interrupted in life, the soul suffers. With Relational Constellations, we uncover the disruptions and entanglements so that we can find strength, dignity, love, creativity, and a sense of belonging. Love and appreciation are the guiding principles used for finding good resolutions. Profound healing of heart, body, and soul are often the result.

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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 22 - 24 Begins in 5 months
with Ronald Alexander

People can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and well-being. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as "skillful methods" for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.

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Couples' Communication Retreat

May 22 - 24 Begins in 5 months
with Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money during an economic recession magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage.

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Evidence-Based Traditional Taiji (T'ai Chi) and Qigong: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit

May 22 - 24 Begins in 5 months
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

Master Yang is a traditionally trained, internationally recognized taiji and qigong grandmaster who has distilled essential aspects of these arts into an easy-to-learn program suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities. His Evidence-Based Taiji and Qigong (EBT and EBQ) programs were originally designed for research interventions to yield maximum benefit in the shortest amount of time.

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Gestalt Practice and Cortical Field Re-Education: Developing Emotional and Somatic Resources

May 24 - 29 Begins in 5 months
with Dorothy Charles & Patrice Hamilton

Increasing awareness of our somatic sense of self provides new options for developing more effective psychological and physical patterns. This experiential workshop blends the slow, developmental movement of Cortical Field Reeducation with individual and group Gestalt work to address how habitual, unconscious beliefs and behaviors formed early in life lead to habitual ways of responding that limit life experience.

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Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

May 29 - 31 Begins in 5 months
with James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life? Most of us spend more time in our own inner world—worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy—than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. The present moment is where we can most directly be intimate with our life—touched by beauty and intimacy, while learning through the difficult lessons how to open our hearts.

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Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 5 months
with Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

Activate your imagination, creativity, and spontaneity. Just as muscles can tighten with stress and age, so can notions about ourselves. One antidote to this natural process is improvisational workouts. Children stretch their sense of self through the powerful medium of play. Adults often don’t, finding it too scary or foolish. This unwillingness prevents them from experiencing this potent learning tool, which includes the permission to try new ways of being without the serious consequences of real life.

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More Than a Communication Workshop

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 5 months
with Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a a powerful tool for social change and leadership development, a personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values, a guide for interpersonal communication, an effective process for conflict resolution, and a language of compassion for any life situation. In a fun, lively, collaborative, and supportive environment, we integrate practices that support individuals to change the way they communicate and relate to themselves and each other. Learning NVC helps liberate us from:
· Judging self and others

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A New Beginning: Courage and Heart

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 5 months
with Mary Goldenson

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began . . .
— Mary Oliver
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
— Mark Twain
"In this workshop," Mary Goldenson writes, "we will courageously peer into the depths of our hearts and minds to ask:
• Does my life reflect my heart's desires?
• If fear did not stop me, what might I be doing differently?
• What truths do I need to tell to live?
• To whom or what have I given power over my life? What must I do to reclaim it?

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Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Jun 07 - 12 Begins in 5 months
with Hank Wesselman

The rediscovery of shamanism has emerged as a major thrust in the spiritual reawakening of the Western world. The techniques of traditional shamans provide an extraordinary method for accessing hidden dimensions of reality and connecting with inner sources of power and wisdom.

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 12 - 14 Begins in 5 months
with Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight. The work will be designed around seven conversations that have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy.  Couples will learn how to understand and improve their relationships via presentations, private exercises, and conversations with relationship partners, and by watching video demonstrations.

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Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Jun 12 - 14 Begins in 5 months
with Mark Coleman

Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether it is during a sunset meditation, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or sitting graced in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature.

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The Power of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on the Path

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 6 months
with David Richo

If we think back over the relationships and milestones of our lives, we notice that often something wonderfully helpful or surprisingly beneficial happened without our choice, effort, plan, or expectation. We met just the right person or found the relationship that helped us grow in important ways at just the right time. That special assistance, unearned, unforeseen, unplanned, and often unnoticed, is a description of grace — the gift dimension of life.

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Waking Up, Together : Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 6 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

What if one day, you woke up smack in the midst of the human condition with absolutely no need to fix, deny, solve, or transcend anything?  What if you knew how to offer your friends, family, co-workers, children, clients, patients, or students (and yourself!) a spacious, centered presence that could meet every feeling, ache, joy…and impermanence itself?

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Radiance Sutras Playground and Jam Session

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 6 months
with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine & Dave Stringer

Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra. The name means “The terror and joy of realizing oneness with the Soul,” and the text describes 112 meditations, each a doorway from our everyday life experience into contact with the sacred healing powers of our inner world.

The essence of these meditations is simple:

· Select some aspect of life that you love, and dive in 

· Allow your love to attract you inward toward inspiration

· You don’t have to change yourself 

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

Jun 21 - 26 Begins in 6 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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Love, Sexuality, Relationship and the Will of Your Heart 

Jun 26 - 28 Begins in 6 months
with Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

Love is resonance with the flow of life. It connects us with all existence. We are able to direct this energy and make this love personal in the expression "I love you." When we commit to a relationship, we expand this love onto the personal and social level with the expression "I want to experience life with you." Why is it then so difficult to keep a relationship alive?

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Love Yourself - For Everyone Else's Sake

Jun 26 - 28 Begins in 6 months
with Mark Abramson

This workshop directly challenges the confusion surrounding the issue of self-love. Self-love is the most altruistic of all practices. When you are free to be kind and loving to yourself, the world and all the people in your life are touched. This workshop is an experience of two trainings taught at Stanford University Medical Center. As director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Dr. Mark Abramson has modeled his work after Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program (featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series Healing and the Mind).

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Work Study - High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash your Full Potential

Jul 05 - Aug 02 Begins in 6 months
with George Kohlrieser

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve extraordinary outcomes in situations where others would give up? The answer to that question has never been clearer. Through their desire for relentless improvement, leaders at the edge can unlock the highest levels of performance from themselves and others, making work a more exciting place to be for themselves and those around them.

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

Jul 24 - 31 Begins in 7 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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Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice

Oct 25 - Nov 22 Begins in 10 months
with Dorothy Charles

Living a full and connected life requires our capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience. Much of the alienation and separation that occurs in our relationships and family life is the result of the fear of feelings. We disconnect from our emotional life when we are afraid of being overwhelmed, humiliated, or perceived as weak or inadequate, only to pay the price later in isolation, anxiety, and depression.

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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Nov 22 - Dec 20 Begins in 11 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

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