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Workshops with CE Credits for MFCC

Choosing Happiness: Five Decisions That Can Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be

Aug 07 - 09, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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.


The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Aug 09 - 14, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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.


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

Aug 21 - 28, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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:


Self-Hypnosis for Natural Mind-Brain Transformation: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Aug 21 - 23, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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.


Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi® Advanced Workshop

Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


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

Sep 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Loving What Is

Sep 11 - 13, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


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

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Medical Qigong for Stress Mastery, Healing and Vitality

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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


Finding True Love

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


The Joy of an Open Heart: Love, Awareness and Intimacy

Sep 20 - 25, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Spiritwalker: Shamanic Journeywork and Empowerment

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Couples' Communication Retreat

Sep 25 - 27, 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.


Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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).


Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Visionseeker: Spirit Medicine

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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. 



Sep 27 - Oct 02, 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.


Living In Gratitude

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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.


Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 2 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?


Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness

Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2015 Begins in 3 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 ato: 


Open Your Heart and Reclaim Your Health Destiny

Nov 13 - 15, 2015 Begins in 3 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.


The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Nov 15 - 20, 2015 Begins in 3 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.


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

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 3 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. 


Improv: Expand Yourself With Laughter

Nov 29 - Dec 04, 2015 Begins in 4 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.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 4 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.


The Pleasure Principle Today: Intimacy, Privacy and Secrets

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 4 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.


Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 4 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


EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 4 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.


Soul Motion™: Tenderness at the Heart of the Dance

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Zuza Engler & Scott Engler

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


Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 Begins in 4 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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