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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Dec 16 - 18, 2016 Begins in 1 week
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 1 week
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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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Jan 01 - 06, 2017 Begins in 3 weeks
with Rob Wilks & Vicki Topp

This week provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners Rob Wilks and Vicki Topp 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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Weekend Esalen® Massage Intensive

Jan 20 - 22, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Char Pias & 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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Re-Visioning Madness: Compassionately Responding to People in Extreme States

Jan 27 - 29, 2017 Begins in 1 month
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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Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Jan 29 - Feb 03, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Richard Schwartz

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who is interested in exploring the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.
With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture their process, participants have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion, in the following ways:

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The I in the Storm: Bringing Self-Leadership to Everyday Life 

Feb 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Richard Schwartz

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self

Feb 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 1 month
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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Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy: A Training for Health Professionals

Feb 10 - 12, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Gina Ogden with Kamara McAndrews

Health, well-being, and intimate relationships are profoundly affected by sexual concerns. Yet too many health professionals lack specific training to help their clients overcome feelings of sexual inadequacy and move beyond blocks to desire and pleasure. This course looks beyond physical performance goals to explore underlying emotional and spiritual dynamics of sexual experience. Our interactive model incorporates ritual, movement, concrete structure, and the importance of boundaries.

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Medical Qigong – Preventative Medicine and Self-Healing Through Mind-Body Practices

Feb 17 - 19, 2017 Begins in 2 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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Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Feb 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Carl Swanson & Jessica Fagan

This workshop introduces the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop presents essential tools and information, including the long, integrating strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen Massage. The principle elements of bodywork—including attention to 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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The Body Remembers: Healing Trauma and Returning to Ourselves with Esalen® Massage

Feb 26 - Mar 03, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

“Touch is a universal form of soothing, and it can awaken us to what is real in this moment,” the leaders write. “Familiar, nonsexual touch provokes the release of hormones and returns the body to the beneficial relaxation response. This workshop expands our understanding of healing touch. It offers tools to make touch safe and consensual, and allows for deeper release and present-moment centeredness within the context of a massage or bodywork session.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

Mar 05 - 10, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine, and society – both to alleviate human suffering and nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work offers a fresh perspective on psychological suffering, and powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop for mental health professionals, participants will learn about one particular approach and set of evidence-based practices called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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The Art of Seeing: Integrating Our Eyes, Brain and Body for Better Wellness

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 3 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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An Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & 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 muscle groups of the body.

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

Mar 19 - 24, 2017 Begins in 3 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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Esalen® Massage in the Side-Lying Position

Mar 31 - Apr 02, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

During this weekend workshop, we will explore the basic principles of Esalen Massage: quality of touch and presence, long, integrative and flowing strokes, and passive movement, with the client lying in the side position.

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

Apr 02 - 07, 2017 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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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Apr 07 - 09, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Lucia Horan & Peter Selwyn

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear, and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways to express 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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Deep Bodywork® and Cortical Field Reeducation®

Apr 07 - 14, 2017 Begins in 3 months
with Perry Holloman, Johanna Holloman, Melissa Krikorian & Laura Kunysz

Traditionally, deep tissue modalities have been practiced and taught with a singular focus on organizing the body’s connective tissues. Rarely are they taught with an emphasis on the relationship of the brain to the body’s structural components, supporting a deep exploration of body, mind, and soul. This workshop proposes to do just that, and to teach Deep Bodywork as a modality capable of re-organizing the mind’s relationship to the body’s structural elements.

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Primordial Qigong Intensive: Health, Longevity and Unity with the Tao

Apr 09 - 14, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Kenneth Cohen

This revered and comprehensive system of ancient Chinese health and longevity exercises cleanses the body of stagnation and recharges the body with fresh and clear energy (qi). As if you were tuning a piano, you will tune body, breath, and mind so that they are in harmony, not only with each other, but also with the life force of the universe.

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Psychedelic and Contemplative Approaches to the Mind

Apr 28 - 30, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with David Presti & Kristi Panik

Psychedelics produce a variety of interesting and powerful 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, among the most mysterious and exciting arenas in contemporary science. In their plant and fungal forms, psychedelics have been used for millennia for medicinal and spiritual purposes.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Apr 28 - 30, 2017 Begins in 4 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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Esalen® Massage and Komyo Reiki Kai (Reiki)

Apr 30 - May 05, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Char Pias & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Char Pias and Silvia Guersenzvaig invite you to participate in a five-day journey to renew your body, mind, and spirit. Silvia says, “The interface of Reiki and Esalen Massage is best described as the dance between form, energy, structure, and soul.” With its nurturing contact, long integrating strokes, and passive rotations, Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation. Through brief lectures and supervised hands-on practice, we will focus on common areas of tension, while addressing posture, breath, and intention, providing a continuous experience of presence and healing.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

May 07 - 12, 2017 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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1 

May 07 - 12, 2017 Begins in 4 months
with Stan Gerome

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process. By the end of the course, you should be able to dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the body and mind of your patients/clients. In order to observe closure for sessions you are involved in, please make sure the instructor is aware of any pregnancies in the group.

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Mindfulness and Lovingkindness Meditation

May 12 - 14, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Shauna Shapiro

Come join us as we cultivate greater wisdom, joy, health, and well-being. Drawing on practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness as well as revolutionary research in neuroscience, we will explore the transformational power of meditation. We can discover how the weaving together of lovingkindness and mindfulness supports us in healing and living a joyful and meaningful life. In this workshop, you will be taught simple yet potent meditation practices, including lovingkindness practices, mindfulness meditation, and mindful movement.

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EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

May 14 - 19, 2017 Begins in 5 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.

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Mind, Mood and Happiness: Transforming the Self

May 26 - 28, 2017 Begins in 5 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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IAHE: The Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 1

May 28 - Jun 02, 2017 Begins in 5 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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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Jun 04 - 09, 2017 Begins in 5 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint.

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Savoring the Sources of Nourishment

Jun 09 - 11, 2017 Begins in 6 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, breathing, and our senses. This is not a workshop about nutrition or eating, but begins with how formal mindful sensory meditations and awareness of body sensations, including eating awareness, develops mindfulness/ mindful awareness. This is how the mindfulness is learned. This awareness then widens to include the deep nourishment we receive from being in mindful relationship with each other.

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

Jun 11 - 16, 2017 Begins in 6 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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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Jun 23 - 25, 2017 Begins in 6 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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Strengthening the Heart through Compassion

Jun 23 - 25, 2017 Begins in 6 months
with Leah Weiss

Experience a weekend immersion in compassion cultivation, based on the Stanford Compassion Training program developed by psychologists, scientists, and contemplative scholars at Stanford University. Explore strategies for strengthening self-compassion, connecting with others, finding peace in difficult circumstances, and overcoming compassion fatigue. This session will include lecture, meditation, self-reflection, experiential exercises, and discussion.

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

Aug 18 - 25, 2017 Begins in 8 months
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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