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Workshops with CE Credits for MFCC

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

Apr 10 - 12, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Stanley Tatkin with Tracey Tatkin

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

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A Future Unexpected: Women Redefining an Unimagined Life

Apr 10 - 12, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Daphne Rose Kingma

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

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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Apr 12 - May 10, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Michael Clemmens

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

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Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Apr 12 - 17, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Joe Cavanaugh

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

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Getting Unblocked

Apr 17 - 19, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Ann Weiser Cornell

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

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

Apr 19 - 24, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

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Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research and Practice

Apr 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Alejandro Chaoul & Lorenzo Cohen

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

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Tasting Life: Men and Living in the Now

Apr 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

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

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

Apr 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Gerald Smith

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

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Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Apr 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Pam Kramer & Barry Robbins

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

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Apr 26 - May 01, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Gay Men Thriving in Mindfulness: Bring Greater Ease and Joy into Your Life

May 01 - 03, 2015 Begins in 4 weeks
with Rik Isensee & James Guay

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

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

May 01 - 03, 2015 Begins in 4 weeks
with Peter Bregman

How would it feel to focus on the right things, use the best of who you are, and avoid the distractions that subvert your efforts? Award-winning author, speaker, and leadership coach Peter Bregman can help you discover your sweet spot and follow through on your most important priorities. In this engaging weekend, you will be shown how to:
· Bring focus to your life
· Build a plan that draws on the best of you every day
· Master distraction and avoid the allure of unproductive busyness
· Get traction on the things you care about

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 01 - 03, 2015 Begins in 4 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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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

May 01 - 03, 2015 Begins in 4 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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ArtLife

May 03 - 08, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Nicholas Wilton

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

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Brain Care: The Neuroscience of Self-Care

May 08 - 10, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Linda Graham

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

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Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

May 08 - 10, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Jim Tamm with Mayte Barba

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

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

May 10 - 15, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Laurel Parnell

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

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Liberating Your Essential Self: The Alchemy of Love and Aliveness

May 10 - 15, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Karishma Darby

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

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The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams

May 15 - 17, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

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

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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

May 15 - 17, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

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

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 17 - 22, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Stewart Cubley

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

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

May 17 - 22, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

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

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Transforming the Judgmental Mind

May 17 - 22, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Donald Rothberg

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

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

May 17 - 22, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

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

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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 22 - 24, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Ronald Alexander

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

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Couples' Communication Retreat

May 22 - 24, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Warren Farrell

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

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

May 22 - 24, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

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

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

May 24 - 29, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Dorothy Charles & Patrice Hamilton

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

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Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

May 29 - 31, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with James Baraz

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

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Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

May 31 - Jun 05, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Dixie Cox & Clifford Henderson

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

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More Than a Communication Workshop

May 31 - Jun 05, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

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

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Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Jun 07 - 12, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Hank Wesselman

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

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 12 - 14, 2015 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 best-selling book, Hold Me Tight. The work will be designed around seven conversations that have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy.  Couples will learn how to understand and improve their relationships via presentations, private exercises, and conversations with relationship partners, and by watching video demonstrations.

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Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Jun 12 - 14, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Mark Coleman

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

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The Power of Grace: Recognizing Unexpected Gifts on the Path

Jun 19 - 21, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with David Richo

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

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Waking Up, Together : Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Jun 19 - 21, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

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Radiance Sutras Playground and Jam Session

Jun 19 - 21, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine & Dave Stringer

Come play in the luminous world of The Radiance Sutras, a sensuous, poetic version of a classic yoga text, the Vijñana Bhairava Tantra. The name means “The terror and joy of realizing oneness with the Soul,” and the text describes 112 meditations, each a doorway from our everyday life experience into contact with the sacred healing powers of our inner world.
The essence of these meditations is simple:
· Select some aspect of life that you love, and dive in 
· Allow your love to attract you inward toward inspiration
· You don’t have to change yourself 

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

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

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

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Love Yourself - For Everyone Else's Sake

Jun 26 - 28, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Love, Sexuality, Relationship and the Will of Your Heart 

Jun 26 - 28, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

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

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The Magical Family

Jul 03 - 05, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Ivy Mayer Lavie

Enjoy the magic of Esalen with your family! Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through visual, expressive, and sensory awareness games. Other activity choices include making projects in the art barn, playing at Gazebo Park School (for children up to six years old), lighthearted dharma games, hiking, and creating works of art in and from the garden. This program aims to support children in feeling truly at home within themselves, and also to have their unique gifts appreciated by the group.

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The Way of Mindful Education

Jul 05 - 10, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Daniel Rechtschaffen

Research shows that mindfulness practices can 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 05 - 10, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Jul 05 - 10, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

This workshop combines mindfulness practices from a variety of spiritual traditions with the wisdom of world philosophies, emergent neuroscience, and the creative arts of music, poetry, painting, and film. The result is a deep, yet straightforward and sustainable practice easily incorporated into daily life. The workshop is designed for those who are new to mindfulness as well as those who have already begun mindfulness practice.

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

Jul 05 - Aug 02, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with George Kohlrieser

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

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

Jul 10 - 12, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Jul 12 - 17, 2015 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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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Jul 17 - 19, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jul 19 - 24, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

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

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Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Judith Orloff

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 24 - 26, 2015 Begins in 3 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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The Radically Alive Leader: A Core Energetics / Radical Aliveness Workshop

Jul 26 - 31, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Life at the Edge of Possibility for Transforming Heart, Mind, and Soul: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Jul 26 - 31, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Man Alive: Recapturing Our Passion and Energy

Jul 26 - 31, 2015 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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Care to Dare: How to Unleash Astonishing Potential in Yourself and Others

Jul 31 - Aug 02, 2015 Begins in 4 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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Empowering Creativity through Movement/Dance and Life/Art Metaphors

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Anna Halprin & Daria Halprin

In honor of Anna’s 95th year, Anna and Daria Halprin will join forces for this five-day experience. Pioneers in their respective fields of dance and expressive arts-based psychology, they will interweave their work in an exploration of the wisdom of body and imagination.

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Leading the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

Aug 02 - 07, 2015 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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Choosing Happiness: Five Decisions That Can Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

Aug 07 - 09, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Marilyn Tam & Jan Ingram

You can choose to be happy! The people in the world’s developed nations have become increasingly unhappy*. The personal and professional costs of “success” are enormous. Whether you are an individual or an entire organization, when you come into clarity about your defined mission, things dramatically shift. Clarify your purpose and passionately harness your energies and resources to best fulfill your life’s vision to live happier, healthier, richer, and longer.

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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Aug 09 - 14, 2015 Begins in 4 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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Transforming Trauma with EMDR: Comprehensive Training (Parts 1 and 2)

Aug 21 - 28, 2015 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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Self-Hypnosis for Natural Mind-Brain Transformation: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Aug 21 - 23, 2015 Begins in 4 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 enhance your life unconsciously and bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems.

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Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi® Advanced Workshop

Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation. Based on the integrated principles of yin and yang, tai chi is practiced in a slow, sequential manner and develops the healing aspects of chi energy, slows the central nervous system, and improves focus. Developed by Kenn Chase, Integral Way Tai Chi incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional Yang Style tai chi, and enhances the learning process with Feldenkrais™ – Awareness through Movement™, chi gong, and meditation.

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The Art and Science of Compassion, Mindfulness, Gratitude and Forgiveness

Sep 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Byron Katie, Daniel Siegel, Kristin Neff, Dacher Keltner, Shauna Shapiro & Frederic Luskin

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life. Weaving together ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience, the group, facilitated by Shauna Shapiro, will explore the transformative effects of a diverse array of meditative and contemplative practices, including mindfulness meditation, compassion and forgiveness practices, mindful yoga, and experiential exercises.

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Loving What Is

Sep 11 - 13, 2015 Begins in 5 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 — radically shift. This shift allows the mind to return to its awakened, peaceful, creative nature. Join Katie in a workshop designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery.

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

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

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Roger Jahnke

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

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Finding True Love

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

Sep 20 - 25, 2015 Begins in 5 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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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 5 months
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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Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 5 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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Couples' Communication Retreat 

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

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 5 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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Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 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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ArtLife

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 5 months
with Nicholas Wilton

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

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Living In Gratitude

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 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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Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 6 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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Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness

Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2015 Begins in 7 months
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 to: 

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Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Health Destiny

Nov 13 - 15, 2015 Begins in 7 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 7 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 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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Improv: Expand Yourself With Laughter

Nov 29 - Dec 04, 2015 Begins in 8 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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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 8 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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The Pleasure Principle Today: Intimacy, Privacy and Secrets

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 8 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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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 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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EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 8 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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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 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, 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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