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Workshops with CE Credits for Psychology

Tuning Your Instrument: The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Sylvia Boorstein, Clifford Saron & Barbara Bogatin

Join us for an exploration of the benefits of practice from three distinct, intertwined perspectives. Mornings will begin with intensive mindfulness and loving kindness meditation led by senior meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and author Sylvia Boorstein. She will facilitate sitting and walking meditations and help participants refine and integrate their practice and insights. UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron will lead an extensive voyage of discovery, detailing scientific understandings of brain function.


EFT for Physical and Emotional Healing

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
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.


Through Compassion to Serenity in the Mindful Viewing of Japanese and Western Films

Jul 17 - 24, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ― Dalai Lama XIV
Film-viewing seminars led by Francis and Brother David have been an annual tradition at Esalen since 1990. This offering aims for a mindfulness experience of cinema: The group will view feature films in which inspiring characters embody positive psychological qualities (compassion, courage, forgiveness, gratefulness, wisdom, serenity). The intention is to renew these qualities in the lives of seminar participants.


Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

Jul 17 - 22, 2016 Begins in 2 weeks
with Stella Resnick & Alan Kishbaugh

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, especially articulating feelings and mending bridges. This is valuable work, yet nonverbal communications are often ignored. The truth is that being in touch with one’s bodily feelings and attuned to the other’s feelings involve a unique set of skills that can bring a couple to new heights of love and connection.


Surrender to the Power of Your Intuition

Jul 22 - 24, 2016 Begins in 3 weeks
with Judith Orloff

Intuition is an incredible source of wisdom that everyone can tap into. The magic comes when we awaken it and trust its guidance in our personal and professional lives. Yet too many of us walk around out of touch with our inner voice. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist, intuitive healer, and NY Times best-selling author, shows how to reclaim this intelligence. She passionately believes that the future of medicine lies in using intuition to access deeper insight, empathy, and greater wellness.


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

Aug 07 - 12, 2016 Begins in 1 month
with Fritjof Capra, Steve Sorkin & Michael Guy Thompson

Scottish-born psychiatrist R.D. Laing is best known for his impassioned plea in the 1960s and 1970s for more humane treatment for those who felt society was destroying them. Laing dedicated his life to reforming conventional psychiatric practices, embodied in his treatment center at Kingsley Hall, where people suffering psychotic episodes could live without conventional “treatment.” Esalen’s relationship with Laing is historic; in 1968, Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy convened a summer-long symposium to explore sanity and madness.


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

Aug 19 - 26, 2016 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 for mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:
• Protocols and procedures for using EMDR with a wide range of diagnostic categories


The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy

Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Rick Hanson, Kristin Neff & Lee Holden

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life. Weaving together ancient wisdom traditions with modern neuroscience, we explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. Participants will be taught simple yet potent meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation, compassion practices, mindful yoga, and experiential exercises.


Couples' Communication Retreat 

Sep 09 - 11, 2016 Begins in 2 months
with Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and their love fades. Raising children and money magnify the problems even as they become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced—in a minimum-security-prison marriage. The biggest culprit? Defensiveness. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used.


Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Oct 23 - 28, 2016 Begins in 3 months
with Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

We are each always changing, always growing. But sometimes we encounter moments or periods of life that are so potent, and so full of potential, that they transform our consciousness, fundamentally shifting our worldview, our motives and priorities, and how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world. Where we have been limited, we expand. We become more open, balanced, and aligned with our true values. Compassion for self and others arises more naturally.


Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 11 - 16, 2016 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.



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