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

May 02 - 04 Begins in 1 week
with Stanley Tatkin with Tracey Tatkin

“There is perhaps nothing more difficult than another person,” says Stan Tatkin, clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy®. “People are complex to be sure, and they never come with manuals that automate the process of getting along with them. And even if we did have general manuals, we aren't robots. 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.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 04 - 09 Begins in 1 week
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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Loving Ourselves, Loving Others

May 09 - 11 Begins in 2 weeks
with James Baraz & Jane Baraz

When we develop a basic kindness towards ourselves, we not only learn to accept the difficult parts, but in the process embrace our humanity and see more clearly the beauty that's inside of us. We become less preoccupied with being “good enough,” and as we do that, we allow our goodness and true nature to shine through. As we learn to access our own beautiful qualities, we can also more easily recognize them in others. This becomes a gift to every encounter, a healing energy that awakens the goodness in life around us.

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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential

May 09 - 11 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Work Study - Embodied Relationship

May 11 - Jun 08 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Mastering the Delicious Dance of Love

May 11 - 16 Begins in 2 weeks
with Sonika Tinker & Christian Pedersen

“In today's world of massive electronic distractions and busy life schedules, couples drift apart at alarming rates,” writes Sonika Tinker. “Men report feeling like they can't win no matter what they do while women feel frustrated and alone in relationships devoid of connection. Do you want to experience a fresh approach that supports and encourages your best self in relationship? Do you want to see your partner with love-struck eyes again?  Do you want to keep love and passion from dying in the first place? If so, this workshop is for you. And guess what?

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

May 11 - 16 Begins in 2 weeks
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 11 - 16 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

May 11 - Jun 08 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Creating Consciousness in Psychotherapy with Art, Beauty, Truth and Yoga

May 16 - 18 Begins in 3 weeks
with Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

Most people are surprised to learn how art, beauty, and truth can turn on gene expression and brain growth during creative experiences. It is profound to realize that our highest and most inspired states of consciousness can facilitate optimal gene expression and brain plasticity while stress and trauma can distort and suppress it. Mind-gene communication engages the transformational alchemy of mind, body, and spirit, which generates health and wellbeing as well as personal illness and the clash of cultures.

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 16 - 18 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Transforming the Judgmental Mind

May 18 - 23 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 23 - 25 Begins in 4 weeks
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 23 - 25 Begins in 4 weeks
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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Family Mindfulness Retreat

May 23 - 25 Begins in 4 weeks
with Ivy Mayer Lavie & Shai Lavie

Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural surroundings of Esalen. This family retreat offers time to unplug from the busyness of life and find meaningful reconnection within and without. We will have time together as a group, and time when adults and children meet separately. Adult meditations will support quieting the mind, opening the heart, and being present to the beauty and challenge of life.

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

May 25 - 30 Begins in 1 month
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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LifeForce Yoga® to Manage Your Mood

May 30 - Jun 01 Begins in 1 month
with Amy Weintraub

LifeForce Yoga interweaves the power of an ancient discipline with current scientific findings to help you release what’s no longer serving you — without a story attached! In this inspiring workshop, you will learn about and practice breathing exercises, easy postures, guided meditations, and other experiential yogic tools for managing your mood.
We’ll practice:
• Pranayama and kriya breathing practices that regulate the emotions
• Meditations that lift the mood
• Affirmation (sankalpa)
• LifeForce Yoga Bhavana (imagery)

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Loving Yourself

May 30 - Jun 01 Begins in 1 month
with Daphne Rose Kingma

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve to be loved.
-Buddha
Although it has been said that we should love others as ourselves, out of all the forms of love, loving ourselves is often the most difficult. We don’t know how to do it. Sometimes we’re not even sure that we should love ourselves, and if there’s a way to learn how to do it, we’re often not sure just what that might be.

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

Jun 01 - 06 Begins in 1 month
with Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

How can love and intimacy flourish more fully in our lives and relationships? 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, as well as our family members, can find strength, dignity, love, and a sense of belonging. Love and appreciation are the guiding principles used for finding good resolutions. Profound healing of heart, body, and soul often results.

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Secrets to Lasting Intimacy: Tantra for Couples

Jun 08 - 13 Begins in 1 month
with Elsbeth Meuth & Freddy Zental Weaver

Do you want to feel more passionate, deeply intimate, and fulfilled in life, love, and intimacy? In this workshop, open to couples of any sexual orientation, you will be shown how to expand joy, pleasure, and creativity in your life and your relationship. In a safe, respectful, and joyous environment, you will be introduced to foundational and advanced principles and practices of the “yoga of love,” as developed by the TantraNova approach.

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How to Be an Adult in Love

Jun 13 - 15 Begins in 1 month
with David Richo

We were made to love and be loved. Loving ourselves and others is in our genetic code. It’s nothing other than the purpose of our lives — but knowing that doesn’t make it easy to do. We find it a challenge to love ourselves. We might have a hard time letting love in from others: recognizing it, accepting it. We’re often afraid of getting hurt. There are tools for learning how to love in evolved, adult ways, and during this workshop we explore ways to love ourselves without guilt and with generosity. We learn how to love others with awareness of our boundaries.

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Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Jun 13 - 15 Begins in 1 month
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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Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

Jun 20 - 22 Begins in 1 month
with Jim Tamm

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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More Than a Communication Workshop

Jun 22 - 27 Begins in 1 month
with Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been described as a personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values, a guide for interpersonal communication, an effective process for conflict resolution, a powerful tool for social change, and a language of compassion for any life situation. Deepak Chopra has called this process “the missing link.” 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:

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The Yoga of Wonder and Delight

Jun 22 - 27 Begins in 1 month
with Lorin Roche & Camille Maurine

Come discover the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a fresh translation of an ancient yoga text. In this tradition, meditation is innate, natural, and playful. The Sutras sing of passionate serenity, and being at home in your body with all your senses awake to the vibrancy of life. The Radiance Sutras describe 112 ways to touch the sacred in the midst of everyday life, such as gazing at nature, cherishing breath, listening to music, bathing in silence, dancing, chanting, savoring tastes with intense awareness, and loving and praying continuously.

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 27 - 29 Begins in 2 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 bestselling 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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The Art and Science of Mindfulness

Jun 27 - 29 Begins in 2 months
with Shauna Shapiro

Based on Dr. Shapiro’s book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness, the workshop offers meditative practices for all those interested in awakening their minds and opening their hearts. Drawing on Buddhist practices of mindfulness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. We will immerse ourselves in the practice of being fully present, re-training our minds and hearts toward pathways of greater joy, ease, and health.

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It's Time to Choose the Resilient Life

Jun 27 - 29 Begins in 2 months
with Mary Goldenson

Being fully present through mindful awareness is a crucial factor in giving us resilience to face challenges that arise in our daily lives. –Daniel Siegel
Resilience is a dynamic positive behavioral adaptation process, which individuals can utilize when encountering significant adversity or trauma. It is the capacity to cope with stress and catastrophe.

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Love in Film: Relationships for Life

Jul 04 - 11 Begins in 2 months
with Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

Where there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi
The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get, but what you give.
–Eleanor Roosevelt

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Fine-tuning Your Instrument: The Buddha, The Brain and Bach

Jul 06 - 11 Begins in 2 months
with Sylvia Boorstein, Clifford Saron & Barbara Bogatin

Join us for an uplifting exploration of the benefits of practice, from three distinct yet intertwined perspectives. Mornings will begin with mindfulness and loving kindness meditation led by meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and author Sylvia Boorstein. She will facilitate sitting and walking meditations, and help participants refine the practice and integrate insights. UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron will lead participants through a voyage of scientific discovery, imparting an experiential sense of brain function.

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Zest, Vitality and Humor in Film

Jul 11 - 18 Begins in 2 months
with Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.—Bertrand Russell
A sense of humor is the only divine quality of the human being.—Arthur Schopenhauer
As perhaps the chief form of contemporary mythology, film can infuse us with zest while we contemplate unique approaches to life. The anticipation, energy, enthusiasm, and excitement we feel as we watch films move us to think in new ways. We are in the flow of life that Joseph Campbell recommends: “Participate in the play, in the play of life… the Great Delight.” 

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

Jul 11 - 18 Begins in 2 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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Realization Process: Awakening to and Embodying Spiritual Essence

Jul 11 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Roma Hammel

Spiritual traditions point to the essence of our being as infinite, radiant, empty awareness. This dimension, the core of our own nature, is deeper than the physical, conceptual, and energetic levels of our being. Realization Process practices offer a gentle, precise approach to opening bodies, minds, and hearts to this essence — the transparent, luminous space of nondual consciousness — which is the basis of our oneness with all other life. Meditations, exercises, and movements help us practice the following:
· Awaken our whole being
· Feel grounded, vibrant, and present

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Unbridled Balance for Your Life

Jul 11 - 13 Begins in 2 months
with Angela Sherman & Carol Studer

What can we learn about ourselves in the presence of horses? This experiential, hands-on workshop is aimed at helping you focus on balancing your life, becoming grounded, and revisiting what matters most to you. Join us to see what you can learn about yourself through interactions with our equine staff of two to three ponies. All activities are un-mounted (no riding), and no previous horse experience is necessary. Since horses are flight animals, they have a keen awareness of their surroundings and are masters at living in the moment.

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The Way of Mindful Education

Jul 13 - 18 Begins in 2 months
with Daniel Rechtschaffen

Research shows that mindfulness practices decrease stress, anxiety, and depression in children, while improving emotional regulation, ability to focus, and social relations — all proven contributors to academic achievement. With mindfulness, social and emotional literacy, empathy training, and other awareness-based practices, educators around the world are helping youth to cultivate insight, compassion, and attention. When learned at a young age, these skills have the capacity to transform lives, families, and societies.

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

Jul 13 - 18 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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Forgive for Love

Jul 13 - 18 Begins in 2 months
with Fred Luskin & Carley Hauck

This workshop is designed for any couple with an unresolved issue or struggle. A couple is any two people who have a history together (parent-child, siblings, married or divorced parents, romantic partners) who want a future with improved communication and connection. This workshop is interactive and experiential. You will spend time together as a couple, alone, and in small groups. You will be taught the skill of mindfulness applied to communication, feelings, and resolution.

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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Jul 18 - 20 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

Jul 18 - 20 Begins in 2 months
with Mariah Fenton Gladis

"Many people ask me how to have a fair shot at developing a healthy relationship with another human being," writes Mariah Fenton Gladis. "I advise them to arrive already loved. What does that mean? It means the essential foundation of being loved is to first love yourself. 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.

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

Jul 18 - 20 Begins in 2 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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Life at the Edge of Possibility for Transforming Heart, Mind, and Soul: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Jul 20 - 25 Begins in 2 months
with Carol Kershaw & Bill Wade

By the time we are adults, we live by a set of habitual behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and emotional reactions. These may have evolved from trauma, fearful experiences, or normal everyday worries. Without inner exploration, these unconscious programs turn on brain circuits and cause us to believe our reality is true. The result is that we hardwire the brain to reflect the problems, personal conditions, and circumstances in our lives.

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The Body Dances

Jul 20 - 25 Begins in 2 months
with Anna Halprin & Dohee Lee

Throughout time, movement, dance, and the expressive arts have been transformative for individuals and communities as ways to find meaning, artistic expression, healing, and connection to spirit. Invoking the wisdom of the body and the power of the imagination, Anna Halprin and Dohee Lee will join forces for this five-day experience. Anna will present Integrative Dance, her unique approach to body and movement that connects the science, philosophy, and art of dance. Dohee will explore the connection of the voice to movement. Musician Billy Cauley will accompany on the drums.

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

Jul 20 - 25 Begins in 2 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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Your Inner Voice: Awakening the Power of Intuition

Jul 25 - 27 Begins in 3 months
with Judith Orloff

Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes in awakening it and trusting its guidance in our lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. What stops us from listening? How can we listen more?

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Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Jul 27 - Aug 01 Begins in 3 months
with Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, especially articulating feelings and mending bridges. This is valuable work, yet nonverbal communications are often ignored. The truth is that being in touch with one’s bodily feelings and attuned to the other’s feelings involve a unique set of skills that can bring a couple to new heights of love and connection.

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Man Alive: Recapturing Our Passion and Energy

Jul 27 - Aug 01 Begins in 3 months
with Mark Stevens & Fredric Rabinowitz

Throughout their lives, men are encouraged to play by the “rules of masculinity.” These rules about what is acceptable for men often involve inhibiting the spontaneous, creative, vulnerable, authentic, and care-free aspects of the self. This five-day experience is intended to help men re-discover the pure joy of feeling alive. As a group, we will explore what it means to be a fully present and authentic man. By sharing our stories of challenges, relationships, hardships, dreams, and desires, we will build a community of trust, permission, and healing.

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Strengthening the Heart with Compassion

Aug 01 - 03 Begins in 3 months
with Leah Weiss

Experience a weekend immersion in compassion cultivation, based on the Stanford Compassion Training program developed by psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Explore strategies for strengthening self-compassion, connecting with others, finding peace in difficult circumstances, and overcoming compassion fatigue. This session will include lecture, meditation, self-reflection, experiential exercises, and discussion.

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Breema: Building a Foundation for Self-Transformation

Aug 01 - 03 Begins in 3 months
with Jon Schreiber

Many people are interested in self-improvement, but some of us wish for a more essential self-transformation. Self-transformation means moving from the dimensions of past and future to the present, and from the present to the moment to the unity of all that exists. Breema offers a practical method of raising our level of consciousness by unifying body, mind, and feelings. When we are united in ourselves, we have the possibility to connect with others and with all life.

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Legacy Group - Gestalt Training

Aug 03 - 31 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Clemmens

Gestalt is a practice of attending to our experience and style of being in the world in any given moment, in any relational and social context we may encounter. As practiced by Michael Clemmens, Gestalt focuses on our physical awareness, our process of interacting with others, and developing skills to utilize so that we may experience authentic contact.

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Present–Open–Awake: Soul Motion™ and Gestalt Practice

Aug 03 - 08 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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Relationships: The Courage to Begin

Aug 03 - 08 Begins in 3 months
with Mary Goldenson

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate test and proof, the work for which all the other work is but preparation.
-Rilke
Life is a precious gift. We have all experienced moments of feeling totally alive, especially within our relationships. When beliefs, defenses, fears, and emotions from the past enter into our present-day relationships, we lose our ability to feel love, trust, and joy.

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Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Aug 08 - 10 Begins in 3 months
with Hank Wesselman

Many of the indigenous peoples perceive that our world is made up of two halves — a world of things seen and a world of things hidden — and they draw no distinction between them. They understand that the two halves present themselves together, mixed into one commonality. They also know that the hidden world is inhabited by a variety of transpersonal forces they call the spirits, and by entering into relationship with them, life can become an extraordinarily enriched adventure.

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Yoga, Meditation and Music for Eternal Bliss

Aug 10 - 15 Begins in 3 months
with Steve Ross & Ira Israel

Come celebrate life through yoga, meditation, and music with Steve Ross and Ira Israel. The week will be filled with invigorating flow yoga classes, delicious yin yoga classes, expansive guided meditations, heart-warming metta meditations, joyous kirtans, and profound discussions of yoga philosophy and Buddhist psychology.

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Visionseeker: Shamanic Cosmology

Aug 10 - 15 Begins in 3 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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Self-Hypnosis for Natural Mind-Brain Transformation: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Aug 22 - 24 Begins in 3 months
with Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Enjoy an intensive and powerful experience of self-hypnosis that you can take home. Your unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is an expedient way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research confirms that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help you accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and unconsciously in hypnosis, you can bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems.

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Care to Dare: How to Unleash Astonishing Potential in Yourself and Others

Aug 22 - 24 Begins in 3 months
with George Kohlrieser

Each one of us is a product of how we think and interact. When we have a secure base in our lives — someone who provides a sense of safety and trust — we can push the edge, take risks, and ultimately unleash our full potential. Only when we know that someone cares and stands behind us can the defenses of our brain shut down and allow us to really “Play to Win” – to truly dare ourselves to do the impossible.

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Essentials of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Therapy: Journey to the Depths of the Psyche

Aug 24 - 29 Begins in 4 months
with Robert Fisher

This workshop, designed for therapists and other healing professionals, provides an overview of the Hakomi Method. It is designed to provide advanced skills of assessment and intervention that use present-moment experience in elegant and gentle ways to approach and transform core material. Hakomi mindfulness-based experiential psychotherapy offers mindful, experiential, somatic ways of illuminating how we organize and embody core beliefs at the most fundamental levels of our experience.

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Leading the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

Aug 24 - 29 Begins in 4 months
with George Kohlrieser

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve outcomes seemingly beyond reach when 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. Leading at the edge enables people to "play to win" rather than simply "playing not to lose."

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Your Heart’s Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Aug 29 - 31 Begins in 4 months
with Sheva Carr

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life — including purpose, well-being and peace of mind — right inside your own heart. How can we access and decode that user’s manual? This workshop introduces the tools and practices developed over twenty-five years of peer-reviewed research at the Institute of HeartMath. The HeartMath process shows us that the concept “follow your heart” is not just a poetic metaphor, but can be methodically manifested by anyone.

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Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Comprehensive Training (Parts 1 and 2)

Aug 29 - Sep 05 Begins in 4 months
with Laurel Parnell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Shedding new light on trauma survival—including sexual and physical abuse, accident and surgical trauma, and grief—EMDR is opening doors of the heart to genuine spiritual transformation.
This course is limited to mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment, and mental-health interns who are currently being supervised by an EMDR-trained supervisor. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:

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Overcoming Addictive Thinking and Behavior: A Path to Inner Freedom

Aug 31 - Sep 05 Begins in 4 months
with Raoul Goldberg

Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns are the greatest obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation. They block our quest for self-determination, self-expression, and self-empowerment. They create set character positions, including “I am not good enough” and “I know best,” that all too often are the root causes for constrained living, unhealthy lifestyles, and ill health. Most chronic illnesses result from long-term habituation leading to unhealthy life patterns.

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Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Aug 31 - Sep 05 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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Overcoming Self-Restriction through Conscious and Empowered Self-Expression

Sep 05 - 07 Begins in 4 months
with Raoul Goldberg

Our reality and experience in life is determined by the character position in which we find ourselves. This position may be historically determined through social conditioning, or ingeniously through the character we create for ourselves for optimal security and comfort. It changes constantly through our interaction with the world and with ourselves. But are they the best positions for effective living? Or are they the root cause for unsustainable health? For example, isn’t the character position of “always wanting to please others” restrictive and limiting?

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The Dancing Buddha: Conscious Embodiment and the Awakened Heart

Sep 07 - 12 Begins in 4 months
with Heather Munro Pierce & Donald Rothberg

In this workshop, we will combine traditional Buddhist practice of the “Divine Abodes” (brahmavihara) of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, with movement meditation and ecstatic dance, to help us access and cultivate these wonderful and transformative qualities of the open heart. We will particularly focus on developing embodied expressions of these four abodes based on our understanding that embodied practices are the key to making the qualities real in our daily lives.

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The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Sep 07 - 12 Begins in 4 months
with Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

This transformative workshop is a deep dive into the terrain of our so-called “negative” beliefs and fears (also known as introjects), and the embodied process of repatterning, or shifting, the body's energy around these beliefs and fears. This process enables our innate health and wholeness to emerge. Through the co-creation of a powerful group field, you will be working with your own introjects and their physical, emotional, and cognitive patterns — particularly how and where they resonate in your body.

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Loving What Is

Sep 12 - 14 Begins in 4 months
with Byron Katie

Byron Katie has one job: to teach people how to end their own suffering. As she guides people through her simple yet powerful process of inquiry, called The Work, they find again and again that their stressful beliefs — about the world, other people, or themselves — can no longer run their lives. Join Katie in a workshop designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery. With her humor and lovingly incisive clarity, Katie will show you how to identify and question the stressful thoughts that cause all the suffering and violence in the world. Anyone with an open mind can do The Work.

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The Pleasure Principle Today: Staying Connected in an Ever More Virtual World

Sep 14 - 19 Begins in 4 months
with Terry Hunt

Over a century ago, Sigmund Freud postulated that the primary motivation of the individual was the pursuit of pleasure: sucking, reaching, gazing, and eventual curiosity about the world. Seeking pleasure can certainly enrich our lives, but also can lead to trouble. Compulsive habits, including addictions, become a way of coping in our increasingly complex, information overloaded lives.

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Integrating the Self through WEL (Whole Energy Lifestyle)

Sep 19 - 21 Begins in 4 months
with Dawson Church

How do all the transformational methods you've learned fit together? WEL is a method that integrates mindfulness, biofeedback, HeartMath, Gestalt, shamanic ritual, and EFT tapping. Separately, these approaches can be very effective for both physical and psychological healing. When put together in a unified framework, they can take you to a whole new level.

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Constellations for Family and Personal Issues: Liberating Your Potential

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Judith Hemming

Constellations are a simple yet profound method to shed light on any areas of unhappiness and distress in our lives. These areas often occur as a result of unresolved and sometimes hidden relational issues. The source of the difficulty may lie beyond our awareness, often in the human systems to which we belong, such as a current relationship, family of origin, friendships, community groups, or our professional life. When we witness and honor these dynamics, we are able to free ourselves from suffering and energy-sapping entanglements.

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SoulCollage® and the Archetypes: Meet the Ones that Guide You

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Seena Frost & Mariabruna Sirabella

Enter an artful, slow-paced, and soul-spacious time to free your imagination and construct collages that represent the main archetypes that guide and inspire your life (even though you may not know it yet!). These archetypes are hidden in your unconscious, but they are ready to manifest in your consciousness. Identify the faces of the Witch, the Warrior, The Creator, The Fool, and many more. Discover how they are uniquely yours. Let your intuition and your passion free their voices so that your Inner Council may share its gifts with you.

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Couples' Communication Retreat 

Sep 26 - 28 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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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Mind-Body Energetics Foundations

Sep 26 - 28 Begins in 5 months
with Roger Jahnke

During this workshop, you can learn how to share Mind-Body Energetics in your community as a Healer Within™ Practice Leader. Mind-body and energy medicine methods including yoga, tai chi, qigong, and somatics are growing rapidly in popularity, and not just in yoga centers and spas. Hospitals, schools, social service agencies, corporations, the military, prisons, and faith-based ministries are all implementing the most accessible of Mind-Body Energetics.

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Work Study - Motion Theater®: Dreaming on Your Feet

Sep 28 - Oct 26 Begins in 5 months
with Nina Wise

It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be: people dedicated to a sane and just world made up of individuals who celebrate their common humanity and this planet of indescribable beauty through singing, dancing, playing, and caring for all sentient beings.

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Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification: A Revolution in Mind-Body Energetics

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 5 months
with Roger Jahnke

Why do tai chi practitioners experience longevity, inner peace, and inner power? With Tai Chi Easy, developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, it’s easy to discover why. Now you can become certified as a Practice Leader in this revolutionary mind-body energetics practice that combines “The Four Baskets of Practice”: gentle movement, breath practice, self-massage, and meditation.

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Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 5 months
with Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better. Mental activity changes neural structure in a process called neuroplasticity, which gives you a great opportunity to redirect the brain, and thus your whole being. During this workshop, you will explore “self-directed neuroplasticity” for steadying the mind (a key to both worldly success and spiritual practice), cooling the fires of stress reactivity, and weaving positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and self.

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Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 5 months
with Hank Wesselman

Today, interest in complementary and alternative therapies is on the rise, and more people are rediscovering the healing modalities pioneered by indigenous peoples. Among them, the time-tested techniques of the traditional shamans are being reconsidered and reworked, providing nontribal Westerners with effective methods for healing and problem solving. 

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 5 months
with Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treatment for many different medical conditions.

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Brain and Mind: A Deep Knowing

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 5 months
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, and the study of its structure and function is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary science. Yet many great mysteries remain, including understanding the brain processes involved in memory, perception, mental illness, and arguably the greatest unanswered question in all of science: How are consciousness and mind related to the physical processes within the brain?

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Finding True Love

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 5 months
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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Yoga and Psyche: Psychological Integration through Yoga

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 5 months
with Mariana Caplan

Have you noticed that no matter how many times you chant a mantra or how often you return to the breath, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and other self-defeating behaviors persist? Learning to use your yoga practice to work with psychological issues and trauma stored in the body is a necessary skill to optimize your psychological and spiritual/yogic transformation. This workshop utilizes a combination of depth somatic psychology, trauma research, and neuroscience insights, light yoga asana, meditative techniques, and partner exercises to show participants:

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Yoga, Meditation and Addiction Recovery Retreat: A Celebration of Healing

Oct 12 - 17 Begins in 5 months
with Nikki Myers, Rolf Gates, Tommy Rosen, Ashley Turner & Heidi Sormaz

Join us for our 5th anniversary celebration! We will we bring together the ancient tools and practices of yoga and meditation as ways to deepen the exploration of recovery from addictions. Our world-class teaching staff represents a wide variety of backgrounds and modalities in this dynamic field. Addictive behaviors separate us from ourselves, each other, our environment, and the divine.

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Love and Belonging: Healing and Creativity through Relational Constellations

Oct 12 - 17 Begins in 5 months
with JoAnne Chartrand-Benz & Dyrian Benz-Chartrand

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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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Oct 17 - 19 Begins in 5 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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Living In Gratitude

Oct 19 - 24 Begins in 5 months
with Joe Cavanaugh

Gratefulness is the key to joy. Joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.
-Brother David Steindl-Rast
Many ancient wisdom traditions refer to the natural state of the human psyche as joy, peace, and love. The Greek word psyche means soul, and the essence of the soul is love. Yet, simply by living in a world of uncertainty, we all have experienced some wounding of the heart, which causes us to retract our love to protect against further hurt.

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Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Life

Oct 24 - 26 Begins in 6 months
with Eva Selhub

Fear, anger, and anxiety that go on for too long can lead to a list of debilitating ailments that are so common we assume they are unavoidable: insomnia, heart disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and more. The key to reversing the negative impacts of stress and reclaiming our health is simple: love. Love sets off a series of physiological events in the body that help us adapt to life's challenges, stop and reverse disease, maintain health, and make it easier for our bodies to improve rather than deteriorate with age.

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Father and Sons: Creating a Fulfilling Conscious Relationship

Oct 24 - 26 Begins in 6 months
with James Baraz & Adam Baraz

The bond between a father and son is a precious relationship. When it is healthy, conscious, and has spiritual depth, it can be the most significant relationship in a young man’s life. In this workshop, we invite young men and their fathers to explore the optimal vision that they hold for the relationship between them. Through experiential exercises, meditation, council, and deep dialogue, each father and son will look at obstacles to deepening their connection as well as practices that will be supportive for deepening that bond.

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Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Oct 26 - Nov 23 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Morrison

This month we’ll rigorously integrate the internationally recognized process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is also known as Compassionate Communication. With certified NVC trainer, Jean Morrison, you are offered the opportunity to strengthen your ability to:
· Honor your authentic self
· Live from a consciousness of compassion, for yourself and with others
· Make peace with conflict, which affects emotional health and well-being

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Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Oct 26 - 31 Begins in 6 months
with Aminah Raheem

Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself? From your body’s internal promptings, your heart’s intelligence, your mind’s clearest insight, and even your own soul’s wisdom? Would you like to get all of yourself together in an integrated way? Process Acupressure teaches you how to gain a holistic perspective on your life directions and general health. And it teaches the skills of how to uncover the wise guidance that lies at your own unique center.

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Introduction to Radical Aliveness

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 6 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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Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Morrison

All too often, the words we express create walls when we were hoping for connection or understanding. This workshop provides practices to integrate the principles and processes of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an internationally recognized process for resolving conflict and clarifying and living one’s values. NVC also is a powerful tool for social change, and a language of compassion for any life situation.

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The Radically Alive Leader: A Core Energetics/Radical Aliveness Workshop

Nov 02 - 07 Begins in 6 months
with Ann Bradney

People in leadership positions who strive to be inspiring, influential, and highly effective must be exquisitely present, fully alive, and unafraid to know anything about themselves. When you can engage the powerful feelings of others without the need to control or tame them, that’s radical aliveness. When you can learn to hold a space where conflict and challenge are welcome because they serve as doorways to fresh insights, that’s also radical aliveness.

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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Nov 02 - 07 Begins in 6 months
with Russ Hudson

A growing number of people are aware of the Enneagram as an accurate and profound map of personality. The nine Enneagram types are based on the three primary centers of intelligence: thinking, emotion, and instinct. However, in almost all human beings, distortions or blockages in these centers have led to a loss of connection with our essential nature and to the arising of ego structures to compensate for this loss. Thus, while our Enneagram type usually obscures our true nature with a characteristic web of defenses, it can also serve as an opening to the deeper reality of spirit.

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What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Nov 07 - 09 Begins in 6 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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The Joy of an Open Heart: Love, Awareness and Intimacy with Others

Nov 09 - 14 Begins in 6 months
with Karishma Darby

There is a natural desire in all of us to fully be ourselves, to live and love from our deepest essential nature. We feel this desire most keenly in our longing for authentic human intimacy. Unfortunately, painful and frightening experiences often lead us to withdraw from the gift of our own luminous beauty. Instead of cultivating our capacity for intimacy, we hide from ourselves and others, too anxious, depressed, or numb to honor and embody our true radiance.

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Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Nov 14 - 16 Begins in 6 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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A Women’s Weekend with Atalanta

Nov 14 - 16 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Shinoda Bolen

In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s storytelling, myths come to life and archetypal themes resonate with our own lives. Such is the story of Atalanta: The Indomitable Spirit of Artemis. This is the title of Jean’s forthcoming book and the topic for this women-only weekend. Indomitable means untamed, unsubdued. It is the one-in-herself quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what. Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and moon. She is the archetype of the sister and feminist, the Girl Scout, and the child who turns to Mother Nature and animals for strength and solace.

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming your Self-Defeating Patterns

Nov 16 - 21 Begins in 6 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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Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman: Archetypes in Depth Psychology and Soul Work

Nov 16 - 21 Begins in 6 months
with Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen is a storyteller who brings mythic patterns to life in listeners and readers. Her book, Goddesses in Everywoman, has been published in more than thirty foreign translations. Gods in Everyman followed and completed the pantheon of Mt. Olympus — the gods and goddesses that are archetypes in all of us. These deities are expressed in relationships, family dynamics, and clinical symptoms.

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Forgiveness and Intimacy: A Time of Acceptance

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 7 months
with Mary Goldenson

All life is about relationships. Creating an alive and honest connection with an intimate partner requires us to go deeply into our hearts and allow the courageous self to emerge. This journey to intimacy begins with the path of forgiveness. How does forgiveness lead to intimacy?
• It allows us to let go of anger, resentment, and grief
• It allows the agitated mind to move more deeply into the healing heart
• It resolves separation from ourselves and from others
• It allows us to complete unfinished business

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The Art of Joyful Living

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 7 months
with Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. -His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Work Study - Gestalt Awareness Practice

Nov 23 - Dec 21 Begins in 7 months
with Dorothy Charles

Each of us is born with an inherent drive for aliveness and self-expression and belonging. As we grow up, our sense of self and our ability to be spontaneous may become blocked. Knowing who we are, and what we feel and want, can be difficult when we have lived with the absence of adequate attunement and responsiveness to our emotions. This lack can result in self-judgment and the belief that our emotions are the problem, instead of signals that can point the way toward a better understanding of ourselves and our environment.

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Secrets to Lasting Intimacy: Tantra for Couples 

Nov 30 - Dec 05 Begins in 7 months
with Elsbeth Meuth & Freddy Zental Weaver

Do you want to feel more passionate, deeply intimate, and fulfilled in life, love, and intimacy? In this workshop, open to couples of any sexual orientation, you will be shown how to expand joy, pleasure, and creativity in your life and your relationship. In a safe, respectful, and joyous environment, you will be introduced to foundational and advanced principles and practices of the “yoga of love,” as developed by the TantraNova approach.

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The Power of Dialogue: Finding Solutions that Work for Everyone

Dec 05 - 07 Begins in 7 months
with Miki Kashtan

Dialogue is the alchemical power that transforms mere talking into relational magic. It is the essential ingredient necessary to build and sustain all relationships — casual, formal, intimate, or distant. Embracing dialogue is about transcending the legacy of separation, scarcity, and powerlessness so we can enter the rich and rewarding experience that Martin Buber describes as “a conversation with an unknown outcome.” Overcoming fear, we can authentically express what is of the essence for us. Stretching empathically toward connection, we open to what someone else is trying to say.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 07 - 12 Begins in 7 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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The Secret Path and Its Eight Laws: How Individuals Can Change History

Dec 07 - 12 Begins in 7 months
with Stephan Schwartz

The Secret Path is a participatory workshop grounded in the relationship between individual and social consciousness. It presents historically documented accounts of the way that individuals and small groups have actually changed history in socially positive ways, without the destructive fallout of social breakdown and violence. It teaches a pragmatic approach to individual and social transformation grounded in the peer-reviewed science of social outcome measures and individual neuroscience, without either religious or ideological bias.

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Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations 

Dec 12 - 14 Begins in 7 months
with Gordon Wheeler & Nancy Lunney-Wheeler

Do you ever feel like certain issues in your life come around again and again, across different situations and relationships? In Gestalt Relational Constellations (GRC) we take a fresh look at the hidden attachments and systemic dynamics that underlie all of our issues (“stuck” and fluid areas alike). Starting with the personal concerns of participants and using the experience of the whole group, we “drop below” the oft-told story, reaching the level of our fondest dreams and heart’s desires.

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Re-Visioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States

Dec 12 - 14 Begins in 7 months
with Michael Cornwall & David Lukoff

Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years. 

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A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Motion Improv Theater 

Dec 19 - 21 Begins in 7 months
with Nina Wise

It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be: people dedicated to a sane and just world made up of individuals who celebrate their common humanity and this planet of indescribable beauty through singing, dancing, playing, and caring for all sentient beings.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 21 - 28 Begins in 8 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to take a vacation for yourself and journey inward with deep nourishment and recharge with renewed energy, clarity, and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment, and lasting joy.

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Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Dec 21 - 28 Begins in 8 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

“Soul is flow, an ever-changing cloudscape of textures, hues, sensations, scents, and feelings,” writes Zuza. “Soul is how the deathless Presence meets and moves a finite human body. In this workshop, we will reclaim the body-in-motion as a doorway to the soul’s flow, to the life that is unfolding just under the surface of everyday forgetting.

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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Apr 12 - May 10 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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