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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

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

Aug 21 - 28, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Laurel Parnell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Shedding new light on trauma survival—including sexual and physical abuse, accident and surgical trauma, and grief—EMDR is opening doors of the heart to genuine spiritual transformation.
This course is limited to mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment, and mental-health interns who are currently being supervised by an EMDR-trained supervisor. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:

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

Aug 21 - 23, 2015 Begins in 2 weeks
with Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Enjoy an intensive and powerful experience of self-hypnosis that you can take home! Your unconscious is a reservoir of potential, and hypnosis is an expedient way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research confirms that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automatically and can be engaged and used to help you accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and unconsciously in hypnosis, you can enhance your life unconsciously and bypass conscious limitations to resolve problems.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 23 - 28, 2015 Begins in 2 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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Walking on Clouds: Integral Way Tai Chi® Advanced Workshop

Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2015 Begins in 3 weeks
with Kenn Chase & Victoria Chase

Tai chi is the ancient art of moving meditation. Based on the integrated principles of yin and yang, tai chi is practiced in a slow, sequential manner and develops the healing aspects of chi energy, slows the central nervous system, and improves focus. Developed by Kenn Chase, Integral Way Tai Chi incorporates the fundamental principles of traditional Yang Style tai chi, and enhances the learning process with Feldenkrais™ – Awareness through Movement™, chi gong, and meditation.

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Your Heart's Blueprint: Passionate Purpose and Peaceful Presence

Sep 04 - 06, 2015 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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Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better. Mental activity changes neural structure in a process called neuroplasticity, which gives you a great opportunity to redirect the brain, and thus your whole being. During this workshop, you will explore “self-directed neuroplasticity” for steadying the mind (a key to both worldly success and spiritual practice), cooling the fires of stress reactivity, and weaving positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and self.

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The Gokhale Method™ for a Pain-Free Life

Sep 13 - 18, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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 month
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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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Medical Qigong for Stress Mastery, Healing and Vitality

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Roger Jahnke

Medical Qigong has powerful roots in ancient healing traditions and also in modern science. The Healer Within™ Practices, developed from a Chinese Medical Qigong known as Bu Zheng Qigong or Vitality Enhancement Method, help your body utilize its own extraordinary medicine through these four essential practices:
• Body practices - posture and movement
• Breathing practice
• Self-applied massage
• Mind focus practice - mindfulness meditation

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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 1 month
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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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Sep 18 - 20, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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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Love Yourself—For Everyone Else's Sake

Sep 25 - 27, 2015 Begins in 1 month
with Mark Abramson

This workshop directly challenges the confusion surrounding the issue of self-love. Self-love is the most altruistic of all practices. When you are free to be kind and loving to yourself, the world and all the people in your life are touched. This workshop is an experience of two trainings taught at Stanford University Medical Center. As director of Stanford's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, Dr. Mark Abramson has modeled his work after Jon Kabat-Zinn’s program (featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series Healing and the Mind).

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015 Begins in 1 month
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 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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Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Oct 25 - 30, 2015 Begins in 2 months
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 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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The Beliefs Our Bodies Carry: Somatic Sensing and Cognitive Repatterning

Nov 15 - 20, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

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

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

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 3 months
with Michael Cornwall & David Lukoff

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

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

Nov 20 - 22, 2015 Begins in 3 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 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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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Nov 22 - 27, 2015 Begins in 3 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 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.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Mark Abramson

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

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

Dec 04 - 06, 2015 Begins in 4 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 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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EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 4 months
with Dawson Church

More than 10 million people today use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) for both mental and emotional health. Thousands of case reports and dozens of clinical trials show that EFT is extremely effective at reducing stress. This is because it combines acupressure, affirmations, and cognitive exposure therapy in an elegant, yet simple self-help formula. Unhealed traumatic events from your past can compromise your health. Once emotional distress is removed with EFT, the body quickly rebalances itself.

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Deep Bodywork and Healing Trauma: Working with Difficult Cases

Dec 06 - 11, 2015 Begins in 4 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 4 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 4 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart, and spirit through the powerful movement, sound, and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to take a vacation for yourself, journey inward with deep nourishment, and recharge with renewed energy, clarity, and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment, and lasting joy.

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Work Study - Integral Way Tai Chi®

Jan 17 - Feb 14, 2016 Begins in 5 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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