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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

Breema: Building a Foundation for Self-Transformation

Aug 01 - 03 Begins in 1 week
with Jon Schreiber

Many people are interested in self-improvement, but some of us wish for a more essential self-transformation. Self-transformation means moving from the dimensions of past and future to the present, and from the present to the moment to the unity of all that exists. Breema offers a practical method of raising our level of consciousness by unifying body, mind, and feelings. When we are united in ourselves, we have the possibility to connect with others and with all life.


The Upledger Institute's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 03 - 08 Begins in 1 week
with Stan Gerome

The Advanced CranioSacral course is especially designed to provide an in-depth experience for the serious CranioSacral Therapy practitioner.
Course highlights include opportunities to:
• Participate in multiple hands-on sessions
• Benefit from one-on-one instructor-to-participant skill evaluation
• Refine technique applications and further develop palpatory capabilities
• Participate in an in-depth mind/body integration study using the craniosacral system as the core vehicle


Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Aug 17 - 22 Begins in 3 weeks
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.


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

Aug 22 - 24 Begins in 4 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 bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems.


Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 24 - 29 Begins in 1 month
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.


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

Aug 29 - Sep 05 Begins in 1 month
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:


Your Heart’s Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Aug 29 - 31 Begins in 1 month
with Sheva Carr

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.


Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Aug 31 - Sep 05 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton, and muscles. These concepts serve to awaken sensory awareness, fine-tune physical skills, and deepen personal connection with self and others, all of which are skills that enhance the ability to give good bodywork sessions.


Advanced Esalen® Massage

Sep 05 - 07 Begins in 1 month
with Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

During this workshop, Esalen® Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle stretching combined with deeper bodywork.
Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage, while also enjoying the natural beauty of Esalen. 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.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for bodyworkers;


The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Sep 07 - 12 Begins in 1 month
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.


Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork and Esalen® Massage

Sep 07 - 12 Begins in 1 month
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders. “In this seminar, we will focus on giving a full body massage, and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole. We will show you how to apply deep work on both sides of the body while maintaining the flowing, integrative quality which is the signature of Esalen Massage.


Qigong for Emotional Transformation

Sep 14 - 19 Begins in 1 month
with Mingtong Gu

“Open your heart, ignite the flame in your being and awaken the natural flow of life energy in your heart,” writes Mingtong Gu. “When your heart opens, the world around you changes.”
This workshop is a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. As a highlight, Mingtong offers the teaching and practice of sound healing — a powerful ancient system to transform negative emotions to productive and intelligent force, especially at this time of personal and social challenges.


Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Sep 19 - 21 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."


Constellations for Family and Personal Issues: Liberating Your Potential

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 1 month
with Judith Hemming

Constellations are a simple yet profound method to shed light on any areas of unhappiness and distress in our lives. These areas often occur as a result of unresolved and sometimes hidden relational issues. The source of the difficulty may lie beyond our awareness, often in the human systems to which we belong, such as a current relationship, family of origin, friendships, community groups, or our professional life. When we witness and honor these dynamics, we are able to free ourselves from suffering and energy-sapping entanglements.


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

Sep 21 - 26 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.


Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Mind-Body Energetics Foundations

Sep 26 - 28 Begins in 2 months
with Roger Jahnke

During this workshop, you can learn how to share Mind-Body Energetics in your community as a Healer Within™ Practice Leader. Mind-body and energy medicine methods including yoga, tai chi, qigong, and somatics are growing rapidly in popularity, and not just in yoga centers and spas. Hospitals, schools, social service agencies, corporations, the military, prisons, and faith-based ministries are all implementing the most accessible of Mind-Body Energetics.


Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification: A Revolution in Mind-Body Energetics

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 2 months
with Roger Jahnke

Why do tai chi practitioners experience longevity, inner peace, and inner power? With Tai Chi Easy, developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, it’s easy to discover why. Now you can become certified as a Practice Leader in this revolutionary mind-body energetics practice that combines “The Four Baskets of Practice”: gentle movement, breath practice, self-massage, and meditation.


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

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 2 months
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.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 2 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.


Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy 

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 2 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.


Brain and Mind: A Deep Knowing

Oct 03 - 05 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?


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

Oct 12 - 17 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.


IAHE: Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy 1

Oct 12 - 17 Begins in 2 months
with Paula Gurak

Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is compromised, opening the way to physical ailments and hastening the aging process. Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is highly valuable when such dysfunctions occur.


Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movement: Intro. to Cortical Field Reeducation®

Oct 17 - 19 Begins in 2 months
with Ellen Kindl & Melody Fairchild

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 "big people's rules." The resulting strategies may protect us as children, but, deeply ingrained in our muscular postures and movements, they imprison us as adults and limit our choices. They remain outside of awareness, causing discomfort and limitation.


IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Oct 19 - 24 Begins in 2 months
with Eric Moya

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.


Zero Balancing: Open Forum

Oct 24 - 26 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.”


Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Oct 26 - 31 Begins in 3 months
with Aminah Raheem

Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself? From your body’s internal promptings, your heart’s intelligence, your mind’s clearest insight, and even your own soul’s wisdom? Would you like to get all of yourself together in an integrated way? Process Acupressure teaches you how to gain a holistic perspective on your life directions and general health. And it teaches the skills of how to uncover the wise guidance that lies at your own unique center.


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

Oct 26 - 31 Begins in 3 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

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.


Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 3 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.


Current Trends in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 3 months
with Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork. During the weekend, attention will be focused on various ways to accomplish the following:
· Sensitively and comfortably work at deep levels
· Utilize both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness
· Develop a deeper understanding of the terms listening, balance, and integration


The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Nov 02 - 07 Begins in 3 months
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.


The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Nov 02 - 07 Begins in 3 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.


Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi™

Nov 09 - 14 Begins in 3 months
with Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Regular practice of tai chi has profound effects on our neuro-biology. Through the centuries the Chinese have utilized tai chi as a healing art. We now have current medical research to confirm the power of tai chi as an optimal preventive and restorative healing technique.


Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Nov 09 - 14 Begins in 3 months
with Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the interplay of muscular balance between the neck, thoracic cavity, spine, and arms. Imbalances and chronic tension around the scapulae, neck, and shoulder are frequently caused by misaligned habitual movement patterns. These holding patterns result in kyphosis, elevated/retracted shoulders, or a depressed chest, all of which affect one’s ability to breathe fully and can support habits of fear and anxiety.


The Gokhale Method® for a Pain-Free Life

Nov 16 - 21 Begins in 3 months
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?


The Art of Esalen® Massage

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 4 months
with Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Giving a massage is a sure-fire way to “come home” to a refreshed and relaxed sense of self. For the giver, it can heighten intuitive, non-verbal communication and build a sense of connection with all living beings. Brita and Silvia will guide participants via touch, muscles, and movement, to savor the elemental skills of Esalen Massage.


Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Nov 30 - Dec 05 Begins in 4 months
with Robin Fann-Costanzo & Silvia Guersenzvaig

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.


Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 07 - 12 Begins in 4 months
with Stewart Cubley

The power inherent in painting is that it can awaken a wild vein of passion that will not go back to sleep. Using only the simple tools of brush, paper, and paint, Awakening the Creative invites you on a highly personal journey of daring and discovery, made possible through a safe environment and the support of Stewart Cubley and his experienced staff. The potential is to tap into an extraordinary resource: the vibrant, driving force of your own creative spirit.


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

Dec 12 - 14 Begins in 4 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. 


The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 19 - 21 Begins in 4 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Jessica Fagan

Celebrate the holiday season by 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 a weekend of touch. This is a weekend of mutual giving and receiving 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.


Qigong for Health and Happiness

Dec 21 - 28 Begins in 5 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 and 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.


Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

Jan 11 - 16 Begins in 5 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.


Work Study - Wisdom Healing Qigong: Wholeness is the Nature of the Self

Mar 15 - Apr 12 Begins in 7 months
with Mingtong Gu

“Your true nature is wholeness at one with the universe and all life,” writes Master Mingtong Gu. Through Wisdom Healing Qigong, Mingtong Gu will guide you to deepen your experience as a human energy field of consciousness connected to the energetic universe. “By awakening the true essence of the Self in your cellular, ancient memory, the pathways to the essential nature will open. You can bridge all dimensions of the self: the relative and absolute, the inner and outer, and the formed and formless.



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