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

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Medical Qigong for Stress Mastery, Healing and Vitality

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Roger Jahnke

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

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Finding True Love

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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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The Joy of an Open Heart: Love, Awareness and Intimacy

Sep 20 - 25, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Couples' Communication Retreat

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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ArtLife

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Living In Gratitude

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness

Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Risa Kaparo

Is it possible that even a slight shift in awareness can bring about such profound change that we no longer live in the same body or the same reality?
You are warmly invited to rediscover the sacred, spacious intelligence of your bodymind — the source of transformative healing and the deep ecology of embodied mindfulness. We will explore and then go beyond object-bound, self-identification to allow for a rich, inside-out emergence of what wants to be lived as ourselves, all-at-once, here-now.
Participants will be shown how ato: 

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Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Health Destiny

Nov 13 - 15, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Eva Selhub

You are not your diagnosis, your DNA, or your parents. New science is showing us that it is possible to change the mind and heal the body in order to become the resilient beings we are meant to be. Eva Selhub provides a practical framework to rid the body of the ravaging effects of these stressors, overcome hurtful past life events, and shape an empowered personal future. She addresses how to change the body’s physiology quickly and lastingly through the deliberate evocation of biochemical reactions that counteract the unhealthy effects of fear and stress.

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The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Nov 15 - 20, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Re-Visioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Improv: Expand Yourself With Laughter

Nov 29 - Dec 04, 2015 Begins in 2 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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The Pleasure Principle Today: Intimacy, Privacy and Secrets

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Terry Hunt

The Internet, along with social networks, texting and “reality” shows, have profoundly changed relationships, for better and worse. This workshop is designed to integrate well-known principles that enhance personal growth and intimacy into this new landscape. Compulsive habits, including addictions and virtual identities and relationships, have become a way of coping in our increasingly complex, information-overloaded lives.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply. In a respectful and nurturing studio environment, you’ll receive individual attention and gentle guidance to help you open to inspiration, creativity, growth, and change. Using the powerful tool of “process arts,” you’ll be supportively invited to:
• Discover a creative voice that’s entirely your own
• Trust your intuitive perception, not the mind’s critical chatter
• Follow your energy rather than what looks good or makes sense

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EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Dawson Church

More than 10 million people today use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for both mental and emotional health. Thousands of case reports and dozens of clinical trials show that EFT is extremely effective at reducing stress. This is because it combines acupressure, affirmations, and cognitive exposure therapy in an elegant, yet simple self-help formula. Unhealed traumatic events from your past can compromise your health. Once emotional distress is removed with EFT, the body quickly rebalances itself.

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Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 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, 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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Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Jan 10 - 15, 2016 Begins in 4 months
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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The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life 

Jan 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 4 months
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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Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns. Yet too many health professionals lack specific training to help their clients overcome feelings of sexual inadequacy and move beyond blocks to desire and pleasure. This course looks beyond physical performance goals to explore underlying emotional and spiritual dynamics of sexual experience. Our interactive model incorporates ritual, movement, concrete structure, and the importance of boundaries.

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Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics are among the most powerful, 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. As such, psychedelics probe the connection between brain physiology and consciousness, perhaps the most deeply mysterious arena in contemporary science. In their plant and fungal forms, psychedelics have been used by humans for millennia for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

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The Moving Imagination: Soul Motion™ and Alchemical Art

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Zuza Engler & Felicia Matto-Shepard

Alchemy is a mystical process of experimentation in which something not yet fully known or understood can be explored in a creative engagement with imagination. In this workshop, we employ the attitude of the alchemist through the mediums of art and movement. Participants bring a personal question, dilemma, dream, or desire, thus co-creating a field of transformative inquiry. Guided through a variety of procedures, we work with mixed media, including paint, texture, and ordinary and evocative images from junk mail and magazines, to utilize in our inner and outer unfolding.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. This is expressed in heartbreak, and the state of being out of sync with oneself and one’s surroundings.

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Evolution of Gestalt Series No. 6: Healing and Empowerment: Gestalt Approaches in a Field of Trauma

Feb 14 - 19, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Lena Axelsson, Michael Clemmens, Mark Fairfield, Renee Jennings, Mary Ann Kraus & Leanne O'Shea

As counselors, therapists, consultants, organizers, and activists, we confront traumatic events and their consequences, both past and present. As practitioners and organizers, we do our best to support healing and restore empowerment, using the tools and narratives of our various methods and disciplines, working at particular “levels of system” (individual, family, community, organizational, societal/political).

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The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Feb 19 - 21, 2016 Begins in 5 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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Heart of Awareness: Joining Embodiment and Meditation, Discovering Healing and Compassion

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 6 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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Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mar 27 - Apr 01, 2016 Begins in 6 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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Embodied Intimacy: A Neurobiological-Gestalt Training in Relational Sex Therapy

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Present–Open–Awake: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Apr 15 - 17, 2016 Begins in 7 months
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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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

Apr 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training: A Professional Course

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), developed by Jean Kristeller, is an intervention program that addresses mindless eating, stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and obesity through the application of mindfulness meditation. This workshop for health care professionals provides intensive training in applying MB-EAT in a range of clinical settings.

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Men as Sexual Beings: Pleasure, Shame, Pride and Intimacy

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

For many men, sexual energy occupies a tremendous amount space in our way of knowing ourselves and relating to others. Though sex is around all of us, often so little time is spent talking about and better understanding our sexual desires, worries, and experiences. This workshop offers men an opportunity to create a safe and trusting environment in which to share the personal stories that have shaped who we are as sexual beings and what we want for our future.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us.

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Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Retreat

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply. In a respectful and nurturing studio environment, you’ll receive individual attention and gentle guidance to help you open to inspiration, creativity, growth, and change. Using the powerful tool of “process arts,” you’ll be supportively invited to:
• Discover a creative voice that’s entirely your own
• Trust your intuitive perception, not the mind’s critical chatter
• Follow your energy rather than what looks good or makes sense

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The Path of Forgiveness: Returning to Love

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Eileen Barker & Michael Gelbart

Forgiveness is essential for anyone seeking psychological freedom, emotional transformation, more fulfilling intimacy, and spiritual growth. Forgiveness is a field of consciousness that can be accessed via specific stages, exercises, and practices that help us break down and clear limiting stories, beliefs, and barriers, as well as shame and blame tendencies that are often instilled generationally. Ultimately, the path of forgiveness is a journey back to our authentic self, to the embodiment of more love.

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Overcoming the Fear of Love: Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

What prevents most people from being able to sustain romantic, meaningful relationships that satisfy their needs and desires? What determines whether partners will end up experiencing fulfillment in their relationship or suffering pain and distress? This workshop helps answer these questions by providing participants with a theoretical model integrating psychodynamic, existential, and family systems frameworks in a manner that can increase our understanding of and ability to develop and maintain intimacy in relationships.

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

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Mindfulness and Heartfulness: The Healing and Transformation of Mind and Body

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 27 - 29, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Ronald Alexander

Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, and learned optimism confirm that 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 27 - 29, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and their love fades. Raising children and money magnify the problems even as they become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage. The biggest culprit? Defensiveness. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used.

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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Jun 10 - 12, 2016 Begins in 9 months
with Shauna Shapiro

Come learn how to rest in the heart of joy, ease and loving presence. Drawing on practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we will explore the transformational power of meditation. We will discover how the weaving together of lovingkindness and mindfulness supports us in healing and living a joyful, vital and compassionate life.

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Waking Up, Together: An Excursion into Embodied Inquiry

Jun 24 - 26, 2016 Begins in 9 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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