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Painting From The Source

Mar 08 - 13 Begins this weekend
with Aviva Gold

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

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Visionseeker: Shamanic Cosmology

Mar 08 - 13 Begins this weekend
with Hank Wesselman

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

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The Healing Breath: Qigong for Springtime Renewal

Mar 08 - 13 Begins this weekend
with Kenneth Cohen

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

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Radical Aliveness: A Core Energetics Workshop

Mar 08 - 13 Begins this weekend
with Ann Bradney

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

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What's Next? Reviewing and Revisioning Our Lives

Mar 13 - 15 Begins in 1 week
with Sam Keen

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

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

Mar 15 - Apr 12 Begins in 1 week
with Mingtong Gu

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

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Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mar 20 - 22 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Mar 22 - 27 Begins in 2 weeks
with Shauna Shapiro

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

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Mar 22 - 27 Begins in 2 weeks
with Dorothy Charles

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

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

Mar 27 - 29 Begins in 3 weeks
with Pawan Bareja

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

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Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

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

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

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The Magical Family 

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 1 month
with Ivy Mayer Lavie

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

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

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 1 month
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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Open Floor Encounter

Apr 03 - 05 Begins in 1 month
with Andrea Juhan

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

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

Apr 05 - 10 Begins in 1 month
with Sianna Sherman, Ronald Alexander, Ashley Turner & Theodore Kyriakos

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

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A Future Unexpected: Women Redefining an Unimagined Life

Apr 10 - 12 Begins in 1 month
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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Wired for Love: An Insider's Guide to Your Relationship

Apr 10 - 12 Begins in 1 month
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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Self-Acceptance: The Heart of Healing

Apr 12 - 17 Begins in 1 month
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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Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Apr 12 - May 10 Begins in 1 month
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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Getting Unblocked

Apr 17 - 19 Begins in 1 month
with Ann Weiser Cornell

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

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

Apr 19 - 24 Begins in 1 month
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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Integral Transformative Practice®: The Essential Esalen Experience

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 1 month
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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Close Yet Free: The Path to Making a Good Relationship Even Better

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 1 month
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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Tasting Life: Men and Living in the Now

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 1 month
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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Meditation as the Medicine of the Mind: Research and Practice

Apr 24 - 26 Begins in 1 month
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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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Apr 26 - May 01 Begins in 1 month
with Susan Anderson

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

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

May 01 - 03 Begins in 2 months
with Peter Bregman

How would it feel to focus on the right things, use the best of who you are, and avoid the distractions that subvert your efforts? Award-winning author, speaker, and leadership coach Peter Bregman can help you discover your sweet spot and follow through on your most important priorities. In this engaging weekend, you will be shown how to:
· 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 Begins in 2 months
with Jerome Front

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

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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

May 01 - 03 Begins in 2 months
with Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

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

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

May 01 - 03 Begins in 2 months
with Rik Isensee & James Guay

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

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ArtLife

May 03 - 08 Begins in 2 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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Building Collaborative Relationships through Five Essential Skills

May 08 - 10 Begins in 2 months
with Jim Tamm with Mayte Barba

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

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Brain Care: The Neuroscience of Self-Care

May 08 - 10 Begins in 2 months
with Linda Graham

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

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Liberating Your Essential Self: The Alchemy of Love and Aliveness

May 10 - 15 Begins in 2 months
with Karishma Darby

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

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

May 10 - 15 Begins in 2 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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Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

May 15 - 17 Begins in 2 months
with Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

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

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The Quantum Dynamics of Consciousness and Healing Dreams

May 15 - 17 Begins in 2 months
with Ernest Rossi & Kathryn Rossi

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

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

May 17 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Dyrian Benz-Chartrand & JoAnne Chartrand-Benz

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

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Transforming the Judgmental Mind

May 17 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Donald Rothberg

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

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

May 17 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

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

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 17 - 22 Begins in 2 months
with Stewart Cubley

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

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

May 22 - 24 Begins in 2 months
with Yang Yang & Robert Sheeler

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

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Couples' Communication Retreat

May 22 - 24 Begins in 2 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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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 22 - 24 Begins in 2 months
with Ronald Alexander

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

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

May 24 - 29 Begins in 2 months
with Dorothy Charles & Patrice Hamilton

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

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Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

May 29 - 31 Begins in 2 months
with James Baraz

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

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A New Beginning: Courage and Heart

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 3 months
with Mary Goldenson

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

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More Than a Communication Workshop

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 3 months
with Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

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

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Improv: Expand Yourself with Laughter

May 31 - Jun 05 Begins in 3 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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Visionseeker: The Shaman's Path into Illumination

Jun 07 - 12 Begins in 3 months
with Hank Wesselman

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

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 12 - 14 Begins in 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, and conversations with relationship partners, and by watching video demonstrations.

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Awake in the Wild - Meditation in Nature

Jun 12 - 14 Begins in 3 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 12 - 14 Begins in 3 months
with David Richo

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

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Waking Up, Together : Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 3 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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

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Radiance Sutras Playground and Jam Session

Jun 19 - 21 Begins in 3 months
with Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine & Dave Stringer

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

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

Jun 21 - 26 Begins in 3 months
with Roger Jahnke

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

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Love, Sexuality, Relationship and the Will of Your Heart 

Jun 26 - 28 Begins in 3 months
with Siegmar Gerken & Cornelia Gerken

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

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Love Yourself - For Everyone Else's Sake

Jun 26 - 28 Begins in 3 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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The Magical Family

Jul 03 - 05 Begins in 4 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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Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Jul 05 - 10 Begins in 4 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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Not For the Feint of Heart: Be Bold in Your Personal Growth

Jul 05 - 10 Begins in 4 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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The Way of Mindful Education

Jul 05 - 10 Begins in 4 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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Work Study - High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash your Full Potential

Jul 05 - Aug 02 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 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 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 4 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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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential 

Jul 24 - 31 Begins in 4 months
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

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

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Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 24 - 26 Begins in 4 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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Essentials of Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Therapy: Journey to the Depths of the Psyche

Jul 24 - 26 Begins in 4 months
with Robert Fisher

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

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

Jul 26 - 31 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 4 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 Begins in 5 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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Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

Sep 13 - 18 Begins in 6 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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