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

Aug 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 1 week
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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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 1 week
with Stan Gerome

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.

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R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Therapeutic?

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 1 week
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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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Aug 14 - 19, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Russ Hudson

A growing number of people are aware of the Enneagram as an accurate and profound map of personality. The nine Enneagram types are based on the three primary centers of intelligence: thinking, emotion, and instinct. However, in almost all human beings, distortions or blockages in these centers have led to a loss of connection with our essential nature and to the arising of ego structures to compensate for this loss. Thus, while our Enneagram type usually obscures our true nature with a characteristic web of defenses, it can also serve as an opening to the deeper reality of spirit.

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

Aug 19 - 26, 2016 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 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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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 21 - 26, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Fritz Smith

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a nondiagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skeletal system. Science has shown that energy and matter are fundamentally coupled; psychology has shown that the mind and body are interconnected. ZB embodies both perspectives. It is based on the experience that balancing the body’s energy with its structure has a direct positive effect on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy

Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2016 Begins in 1 month
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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Your Heart's Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Sep 02 - 04, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Sheva Carr & Robert Browning

Just as an acorn contains all the information to become an oak tree, you were born with a user’s manual for your life — including purpose, well-being, and peace of mind — right inside your own heart. How can we access and decode that user’s manual? This workshop introduces the tools and practices developed over twenty-five years of peer-reviewed research at the Institute of HeartMath. The HeartMath process shows us that the concept “follow your heart” is not just a poetic metaphor, but can be methodically manifested by anyone.

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Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

Sep 04 - 09, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Ken Koles

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy. From the rich knowledge of Oriental medicine, you can draw connections between the craniosacral system and organs, emotions, sounds, colors, tastes, and much more. This dynamic workshop also offers options in verbal dialoguing to enhance energy flow.
Before participating in this course, students must complete Upledger's CranioSacral 1 and 2, either at Esalen or elsewhere.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 18 - 23, 2016 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. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Sep 23 - 25, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

This workshop is packed with useful skills for rejuvenating your mind, body, and soul, including practical tools to energize your daily life, skills for meeting life’s challenges with new resources that grow stronger over time, practices to help you tune into your body’s wisdom in the face of stress, and steps for re-charging your system to calm physical tension and quiet your mind.

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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Training: Medical Qigong Certification

Sep 23 - 25, 2016 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

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Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Sep 25 - 30, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Roger Jahnke

Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit. Developed by master teacher Roger Jahnke, Tai Chi Easy enhances energy (qi) to strengthen and cleanse the body and mind. According to Chinese Medicine and philosophy, qi is the vital essence that creates health, well-being, and harmony.
During this workshop, you will be taught tai chi principles including breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Sep 25 - 30, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Karen Axelrod

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to SomatoEmotional Release will also be presented.
The prerequisite for this course is Upledger Institute's CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Sep 30 - Oct 02, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, a sense of connection with another. When we receive a massage we remember an easier time and "come home."

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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Oct 02 - 07, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Carl Swanson & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection, and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscles groups of the body.

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 09 - 14, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will be introduced to the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Healing the Back, Hips and Shoulders

Oct 23 - 28, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy in turn becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Oct 28 - 30, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.
“It is critically important," says Fritz, "to periodically meet with like-minded people and to openly, freely, and safely discuss problems, insights, and successes of your work—in this case, the leading-edge therapy of balancing energy and structure.”

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and techniques. Emphasis is on the kidneys, greater momentum, peritoneum, spleen, and pancreas. See Visceral Manipulation 1, offered October 9-14, for more information.

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Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Nov 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Peggy Horan & Vicki Topp

No one is ever competent enough, nor is any technique effective enough. It is only the continuing growth of the practitioner that can guarantee competence and effectiveness.
-Thomas Hanna

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Nov 13 - 18, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.

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Legacy Group - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life

Nov 20 - Dec 18, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Jean Morrison

This month we’ll rigorously integrate the internationally recognized process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is also known as Compassionate Communication. With certified NVC trainer, Jean Morrison, you are offered the opportunity to strengthen your ability to:
· Honor your authentic self
· Live from a consciousness of compassion, for yourself and with others
· Make peace with conflict, which affects emotional health and well-being

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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Nov 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Dec 02 - 04, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 04 - 09, 2016 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

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Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movements: Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity

Dec 04 - 11, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Harriet Goslins, Laura Kunysz & Melissa Krikorian

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns. Feeling powerless, we attempt to survive and to win love by figuring out “the rules.” The resulting strategies may protect us as children but, deeply ingrained in our muscular postures and movements, they limit our choices as adults. These engrams remain outside of awareness, causing discomfort and dysfunction.

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Dec 09 - 11, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Harvey Deutch

Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our posture and energy have started to slump and drag. We assume positions and engage in tasks that our bodies are not meant to do nor were ever taught how to perform correctly. Without mindfulness and grace in our movement and without awareness of our energy systems, our bodies begin to break down faster and earlier than expected. Is your body heading down this path? Has your once pristine temple turned into a fixer-upper? Good news! You can change this course and re-fortify your foundation starting now.

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Deep Bodywork®, Esalen® Massage and Subtle Energy

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Subtle phenomena can frequently arise during an effective massage or bodywork session. When clients enter deep states of relaxation, different kinds of releases occur that support innate processes of tissue repair and organismic healing. Often, the practitioner can feel pulsing and other kinds of subtle motion. Changes in the quality of these movements can indicate important shifts in the state of well-being of the client.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 Begins in 4 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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Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Dec 16 - 18, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Jean Morrison

Do the words you express often create walls when you are hoping for connection or understanding? Are you OK in relationships yet desire something deeper with more meaning and heart?

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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 18 - 23, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Ellen Watson

Give thanks by celebrating the holiday season and enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. This seasonal workshop offers the talents of two experienced teachers and five days of touch. This week of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage. The essence of the Esalen style of bodywork is the awareness and presence with which one approaches massage.

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

Aug 18 - 25, 2017 Begins in 1 year
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

“As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems,” 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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