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The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Feb 19 - 21, 2016 Begins in 1 week
with Stephen Sideroff

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

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

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Susan Aposhyan

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

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Mindfulness through Qigong: Meditative Movement and Sound

Mar 27 - Apr 01, 2016 Begins in 1 month
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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Being Present in the Body: Using Mindfulness to Work with Trauma

Apr 01 - 03, 2016 Begins in 1 month
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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Present–Open–Awake: Soul Motion™ and Embodied Inquiry

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 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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Embodied Intimacy: A Neurobiological-Gestalt Training in Relational Sex Therapy

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Stella Resnick

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

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Emotional Mindfulness, Connection and Healing for Gay Men

Apr 15 - 17, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Ron Frederick & Timothy Beyer

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

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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

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

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

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

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

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Matt Englar-Carlson & Mark Stevens

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

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Lee Lesser

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

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Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

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

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Jean Kristeller & Andrea Lieberstein

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

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Stewart Cubley

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

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The Path of Forgiveness: Returning to Love

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Eileen Barker & Michael Gelbart

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

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Jerome Front

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

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Overcoming the Fear of Love: Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Lisa Firestone & Joyce Catlett

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

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

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Laurel Parnell

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

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

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Mark Abramson

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

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Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Eleanor Criswell Hanna

Hanna Somatics is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna that enables us to move toward greater mind-body integration, ease of movement, and freedom. This workshop introduces the somatic self, somatic theory, and exercises for assessing and somatically transforming ourselves.

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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self 

May 27 - 29, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Ronald Alexander

Studies in the fields of health psychology, neuroscience, and learned optimism confirm that people can learn to change their thinking and behavior in ways that enhance happiness and resiliency. For 2,500 years, the wisdom teachings of the East have utilized what their texts refer to as “skillful methods” for the study and transformation of the mind/body. These meditation and visualization practices help cultivate self-regulation through awareness, concentration, mindfulness, and other attention skills. This leads to clarity of mind, spaciousness of self, and greater compassion.

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Couples' Communication Retreat

May 27 - 29, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Warren Farrell

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

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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Jun 10 - 12, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Shauna Shapiro

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

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Waking Up, Together: An Excursion into Embodied Inquiry

Jun 24 - 26, 2016 Begins in 4 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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The Magical Family

Jul 01 - 03, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Ivy Mayer Lavie

The gorgeous Esalen gardens are home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Get ready for a unique experience for you and your child, including mindfulness practices through connection to nature and expressive, musical, and sensory awareness games. We will spend time together as a group with music, mindfulness, and welcoming play, and time in breakout groups where the parents and children have their own experiences. For the child, we pay special attention to what is emergent and noble, and seek to celebrate the burgeoning soulfulness of the child.

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Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Jul 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Brad Lewis & Vignesh Swaminathan

Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual, and expressive contexts. This workshop goes the other direction: it integrates secular mindfulness practices with the wisdom of World philosophies and with the creative arts. The workshop is for those new to mindfulness, those with an established practice, and for psychotherapists interested in integrating mindfulness into their clinical work. It is co-taught by a psychiatrist and cultural scholar from New York University, and an experienced meditation teacher.

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Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 5 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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Tuning Your Instrument: The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Sylvia Boorstein, Clifford Saron & Barbara Bogatin

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

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EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 5 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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Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese and Western Films

Jul 17 - 24, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ― Dalai Lama XIV
Film-viewing seminars led by Francis and Brother David have been an annual tradition at Esalen since 1990. This offering aims for a mindfulness experience of cinema: The group will view feature films in which inspiring characters embody positive psychological qualities (compassion, courage, forgiveness, gratefulness, wisdom, serenity). The intention is to renew these qualities in the lives of seminar participants.

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Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 5 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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R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Therapeutic?

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Fritjof Capra, Steve Sorkin & Michael Guy Thompson

Scottish-born psychiatrist R.D. Laing is best known for his impassioned plea in the 1960s and 1970s for more humane treatment for those who felt society was destroying them. Laing dedicated his life to reforming conventional psychiatric practices, embodied in his treatment center at Kingsley Hall, where people suffering psychotic episodes could live without conventional “treatment.” Esalen’s relationship with Laing is historic; in 1968, Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy convened a summer-long symposium to explore sanity and madness.

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

Aug 19 - 26, 2016 Begins in 6 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 for mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:
• Protocols and procedures for using EMDR with a wide range of diagnostic categories

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy

Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Kristin Neff & Lee Holden

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 traditions with modern neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. Participants will be taught simple yet potent meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation, compassion practices, mindful yoga, and experiential exercises.

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Couples' Communication Retreat 

Sep 09 - 11, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Warren Farrell

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

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Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Oct 23 - 28, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Cassandra Vieten

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

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 04 - 09, 2016 Begins in 9 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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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 Begins in 10 months
with Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 23 - 30, 2016 Begins in 10 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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