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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

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

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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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The Gokhale Method™ for a Pain-Free Life

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 week
with Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain? Why are we damaged from our normal activities (bending and lifting), exhausted from our most basic positions (sitting and standing), and uncomfortable even in our stillness (sleeping)? And why do some populations in the world enjoy pain-free, relaxed, and potent lives into old age? How can we improve our situation?

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Embodied Anatomy and Movement in Esalen® Massage

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 week
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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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Nora Matten & Rob Wilks

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Nora and Rob will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions combined with deeper bodywork. Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage while enjoying the natural beauty and healing waters of the Esalen Institute.
Previous massage training is required.
This workshop is also useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

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

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
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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Healing with Cortical Field Reeducation®, Feldenkrais® and Brain Plasticity: Cutting-Edge Professional and Personal Tools for Health Practitioners

Sep 18 - 25, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Harriet Goslins, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

The most effective tool in healing injury is engaging the patient’s, client’s, or student’s own nervous system, using your touch to get the attention of the brain, tissues, and immune system. Speaking its kinesthetic/neural language, you bring awareness to what was habitually out of awareness. You create input, the system responds with a shift that you sense. Then you send new input based on that shift. Together, you create lasting change.
Using CFR floor and table work, you will learn to expand your own perceptual net, deepening the clarity and impact of your touch.

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Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity and non-reactivity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
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’s Institute CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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Brain, Mind and Consciousness: A Deep Knowing

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe, and the study of its structure and function is one of the most rapidly developing fields in contemporary science. Yet many great mysteries remain, including understanding the brain processes involved in memory, perception, mental illness, and arguably the greatest unanswered question in all of science: How are consciousness and mind related to the physical processes within the brain?

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Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy

Oct 02 - 04, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 25 - 30, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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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Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Oct 25 - 30, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Richard Gold

Whether you are an experienced body worker, a complete novice, or somewhere in between, this workshop offers a joyful and profound immersion experience of traditional Thai massage. Thai massage’s historical roots are embedded in the meditative Buddhist monastic tradition of Thailand, originally practiced primarily by monks.

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Zero Balancing Open Forum

Oct 30 - Nov 01, 2015 Begins in 2 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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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®; Deep Tissue Skills for Massage Practitioners Advanced Hip-work, Feet and Lower Legs

Nov 01 - 06, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Mastering the art of moving deeply into the body’s soft tissue layers adds a powerful dimension to the massage practitioner’s skill set. Bodyworkers who have learned to work slowly and with great sensitivity on these deeper layers are sought after both in private practice and in spas. Perry and Johanna Holloman have created a series of classes for massage professionals that are designed to teach deep tissue skills, which are readily integrated into participants’ current massage practice.

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Nov 08 - 13, 2015 Begins in 2 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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The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Nov 15 - 20, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

This transformative workshop is a deep dive into the terrain of our so-called “negative” beliefs and fears (also known as introjects), and the embodied process of repatterning, or shifting, the body's energy around these beliefs and fears. This process enables our innate health and wholeness to emerge. Through the co-creation of a powerful group field, you will be working with your own introjects and their physical, emotional, and cognitive patterns — particularly how and where they resonate in your body.

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

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Michael Cornwall & David Lukoff

Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years. 

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Where the Healing Waters Meet: Esalen® Massage, Water and Temperature

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Barbara Braunstein & Brita Ostrom

Ancient baths were considered spiritual, hygienic, therapeutic, and social. The role that bathing plays within a culture reveals the culture's attitude toward human relaxation. It is a measure of how far individual well-being is regarded as an indispensible part of community life. - Patrick Barron

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

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 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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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

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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Mindful Communication:Truth Without Blame

Nov 27 - 29, 2015 Begins in 2 months
with Jean Morrison

All too often, the words we express create walls when we were hoping for connection or understanding. This workshop provides practices to integrate the principles and processes of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an internationally recognized process for resolving conflict and clarifying and living one’s values. NVC also is a powerful tool for social change, and a language of compassion for any life situation.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Mark Abramson

The impact of stress on health is well recognized. Now the efficacy of stress reduction as an adjunct to medical treatment is being recognized in more and more health care settings. In 1996 Dr. Mark Abramson founded a program at Stanford University Medical Center using the 2,500-year-old technique of Mindfulness Meditation to train patients as an adjunct treatment for many different medical conditions.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage Intensive: Gentle Creative Stretches within the Flowing Touch of Massage

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

Moving a client’s body on the massage table in a skillful, creative, and attuned way is one of the fine skills of an advanced bodyworker. Gentle stretches not only open the body’s tissues and joints, effectively increasing the client’s range of motion, but also support the soul’s capacity to let go and surrender into a natural state of fluidity, grace, and aliveness. By weaving flowing long strokes and creative stretches into your work, you can create a sense of dancing with the body, which adds freedom, fun, and freshness to your massage.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Stewart Cubley

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

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EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Deep Bodywork and Healing Trauma: Working with Difficult Cases

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep Bodywork is a unique modality for healing the effects of trauma within the human organism. Because trauma lives not just in the physical tissues, but in the mind through memory, in the emotional realm through feeling, and in the soul as impression, practitioners must learn to deal with it on multiple levels in order to help heal its often intractable symptoms.

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The Art of Essential Touch: Classical Esalen® Massage

Dec 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Carl Swanson & Ellen Watson

The healing art form of Esalen Massage has become a benchmark for contactful, caring, sensuous, and heartful touch. Created more than forty years ago at the Esalen baths, to the rhythms of the mighty Pacific Ocean, our practice remains timeless as it continues to evolve.

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 20 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 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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Advanced Bodywork: Touching the Core

Jan 03 - 10, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

In this massage-intensive workshop, we will focus on the abdominal and pelvic regions of the body, addressing both energetic and structural dynamics. Often the abdomen is treated superficially, when in fact it is our center, our core, and the place of digestion and assimilation of all life experiences. The pelvic region is the "cradle," or seat of power, the bridge between the upper body and the legs. The psoas muscles, considered the fight/flight muscles of the human species, span this bridge.

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Work Study - Integral Way Tai Chi®

Jan 17 - Feb 14, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Regular practice of tai chi ch’uan can have profound effects on our neuro-biology, and it produces many health benefits. Through the centuries, the Chinese have utilized tai chi ch’uan as a healing art. We now have current medical research to confirm the power of tai chi as an optimal preventive as well as restorative healing technique.

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The “Three R’s” for Hospice and Palliative Care Health Professionals: Respite, Reflect, Release

Jan 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 4 months
with Charlea Massion

We care deeply for others, but how about ourselves? Health professionals (nurses, physicians, chaplains, and social workers) who work in hospice and palliative care have the highest rates of burnout and compassion fatigue. Both in our training and our everyday work, we focus on patients, families, and their communities. Daily we encounter people who are in pain, often intensely suffering at the interface of life and death.

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Psychedelic Medicines and the Mind

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics are among the most powerful, interesting, and poorly understood of all the psychoactive substances. They produce a variety of complex effects on the brain and mind, including intensification of thoughts and feelings, alterations of sensory perception, and loosening of psychological defenses. As such, psychedelics probe the connection between brain physiology and consciousness, perhaps the most deeply mysterious arena in contemporary science. In their plant and fungal forms, psychedelics have been used by humans for millennia for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

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The Art of Esalen® Massage

Feb 05 - 07, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo

This weekend offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Bessel van der Kolk & Licia Sky

The function of our brains is to take care of us and to be in sync with the body’s systems. Trauma changes the way the brain processes information and the body engages with the world. Trauma makes people afraid to know what they know and feel what they feel. This is expressed in heartbreak, and the state of being out of sync with oneself and one’s surroundings.

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The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success

Feb 19 - 21, 2016 Begins in 5 months
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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Medical Qigong – Preventative Medicine and Self-Healing Through Mind-Body Practices

Feb 19 - 21, 2016 Begins in 5 months
with Roger Jahnke

Qigong is medical by its very nature. Qigong works by improving the practitioners’ immunity response, increasing self-healing and self-recovery capabilities and enhancing self-regeneration potential. Science has demonstrated that humans can prevent 70-80% of the diseases for which they get treated. Qigong practice serves both a preventive and curative function. It is considered to be effective in improving many chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, allergies, asthma, arthritis, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

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An Introduction to Rolf Structural Integration

Mar 06 - 11, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Edward Maupin

This workshop is an introduction to the principles of Rolf Structural Integration, especially designed for body-therapy and health professionals. Strongly influenced by his research in Zen Buddhism, Ed Maupin considers the Rolf Method a meditation on physical presence as well as a physical therapy. This approach, based on forty years of Rolfing practice, strongly emphasizes movement, balance in gravity, and receptive touch. The workshop will combine regular movement classes with hands-on instruction in the first three sessions of Ida Rolf's original ten-session series.

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The Yi Quan Qigong Intensive: Develop Health, Balance and Inner Strength

Mar 13 - 18, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Kenneth Cohen

Do you ever wonder why, despite 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.

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

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

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

Mar 20 - 25, 2016 Begins in 6 months
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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The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Mar 25 - 27, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Sam Berne

Today, the fear of losing our eyesight is escalating because of an increase in many deteriorating visual conditions. Current allopathic medical approaches offer little hope. In this workshop, you will be taught The Berne Method®, an evidenced-based system designed to reconnect us to the most important sense organ we have: our eyes.
Sam Berne has spent more than twenty-five years developing his method, which teaches that neuroplasticity exists within us. Topics include:
· Primordial movements that relax the reptilian response that is so ingrained in how we use our eyes

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Esalen® Massage: Accessing the Back Body from the Front

Mar 27 - Apr 01, 2016 Begins in 6 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

This workshop is ideal for practitioners who would like to learn how to apply the principles of Esalen Massage while keeping the client in the supine position throughout the session. At times, we encounter clients who are unable to lie in a prone position (on the stomach), due to personal preference or illness, yet we still want to be able to touch and work with the whole body.

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Esalen® Massage and the Art of Continuous Presence

Apr 03 - 08, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Oliver Bailey & Peggy Horan

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of meditation can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

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Esalen® Massage: The Basics

Apr 08 - 10, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

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

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

Apr 10 - 15, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Transformation through Neuroscience: Enhance Your Brain to Reach Your Potential 

Apr 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 7 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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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss, and the Body in Motion

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 7 months
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? We all experience loss, but we don’t always know how to grieve. How do you grieve, process your losses, and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways of expressing these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business.

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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training: A Professional Course

Apr 24 - 29, 2016 Begins in 7 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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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 29 - May 01, 2016 Begins in 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months
with Stewart Cubley

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

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

May 08 - 13, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Causative Nutrition: How to Maximize Your Health With Food

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Julienna Hever

“In a society with an unquenchable thirst for the ideal diet, a feverish search ensues,” Julieanna Hever writes. “Amidst the fog of confusion, empty promises, and emotional roller coaster rides, there is a solution backed with decades of solid science, sustainability, and simplicity. This solution is a whole food, plant-based diet. Plant-based eaters have lower body-mass indexes and less body fat, lower overall mortality, and decreased risks for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and several types of cancers.

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Overcoming the Fear of Love: Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships

May 13 - 15, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Beginning Integral Way Tai Chi™: Walking on Clouds

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 8 months
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, reduces stress, and improves focus.

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

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 8 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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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

May 15 - 20, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Carl Swanson & Nora Matten

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen massage. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.

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

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 8 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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Garden Herbalism

May 20 - 22, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Darren Huckle

The plant world holds many tools for supporting peace, resiliency, and vitality for those of us who live intense or busy lives. This interactive and sensory-oriented workshop will explore amazing herbal allies that powerfully promote the health of our body, mind, and energy. Our special focus will be on herbs that moderate stress response, vitalize energy, promote healthy sleep, and support an overall sense of flow and well-being.

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More Than a Communication Workshop

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 8 months
with Jean Morrison & Martine Amita Algier

Whether you are looking for change in your close relationships, your work environment, or your wider world, the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) offer a lifetime of support for living your highest values, and navigating your daily experiences.
NVC has been described in the following ways:
• A powerful tool for leadership development and conflict resolution
• A personal practice for clarifying and living one’s values
• A guide for interpersonal communication
• A language of compassion towards self and others

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Hanna Somatics: Freeing the Wisdom of Your Somatic Self

May 22 - 27, 2016 Begins in 8 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 9 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 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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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 29 - Jun 03, 2016 Begins in 9 months
with Melinda Naye

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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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

Jun 10 - 12, 2016 Begins in 9 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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Inner Power Qigong: The 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation and Mastery

Jun 12 - 17, 2016 Begins in 9 months
with Roger Jahnke

Health, well-being, and longevity can be achieved through cultivating and mastering qi. Every style of qigong – including tai chi and yoga – shares a basis in essential principles. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to awaken and refine natural healing and intuitive abilities associated with the most mysterious and neglected aspect of being: the eternal nature, or universal self.

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