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Upcoming Work Study Programs

Work Study - Streams of Energy with Jim Gallas
October 26 - November 23, 2014

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others. In a spirit of compassion, laughter, and expanding awareness, students will be nurtured and nourished by the group interaction and by a deeper connection to Self.

CE credit for bodyworkers.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

Legacy Program - Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Life with Jean Morrison
October 26 - November 23, 2014

This month we’ll rigorously integrate the internationally recognized process called Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which is also known as Compassionate Communication. With certified NVC trainer, Jean Morrison, you are offered the opportunity to strengthen your ability to:

  • Honor your authentic self
  • Live from a consciousness of compassion, for yourself and with others
  • Make peace with conflict, which affects emotional health and well-being
  • Replace habits of mind and language that create distress and walls of separation with new habits that create connection, understanding, and healing
  • Liberate your thinking and reactions in order to transform the gifts of anger, hurt, and guilt into energy and expressions that serve life
  • Clarify and express your emotions and needs, distinct from blame
  • Make empowering requests distinct from demands and expectations
  • Apply NVC principles and skills to your goals and aspirations

The sessions include a balance of playful exploration, thoughtful inquiry, powerful exercises for skill-development, and sharing of best practices with participants’ real situations.  Each participant will receive a 30-page binder and booklet.  Journal pages are included in the binder with simple tracking of key events of the day and short processes to connect with the content of the course. For more information about Jean and NVC, please visit www.groktheworld.com.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

Work Study - Gestalt Awareness Practice with Dorothy Charles
November 23 - December 21, 2014

Each of us is born with an inherent drive for aliveness and self-expression and belonging. As we grow up, our sense of self and our ability to be spontaneous may become blocked. Knowing who we are, and what we feel and want, can be difficult when we have lived with the absence of adequate attunement and responsiveness to our emotions. This lack can result in self-judgment and the belief that our emotions are the problem, instead of signals that can point the way toward a better understanding of ourselves and our environment.

The focus of a month with Dorothy Charles and Relational Gestalt Process will be creating a group experience that will provide a context in which feelings can be held and integrated. Individual work with the leader, communication skills, and group process will be used to develop awareness and self- responsibility to create relationships with self and others that are supportive and enlivening. Meditation and expressive arts will also be part of the curriculum.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

Legacy Program - Systems for Living: Understanding and Designing for a Sustainable Life with Michael Ableman
November 23 - December 21, 2014

Words like sustainability, permaculture, and ecological design are now part of the public lexicon, but what do they really mean? We turn on the tap and water comes out, the switch and there is light, go to the store and the shelves are full of food. Rarely are we afforded an in-depth look at how these basic life functions actually work, and how to participate in these essential aspects of our lives in a more conscious way.

Physically isolated from other communities, semi-independent of public sewers, water systems, commercial food production, and energy sources, Esalen provides a unique opportunity to understand how the places where we live physically function. This program offers a microcosmic look at what works and what doesn’t, and how to improve our own “life support” systems back home.

Guided by farmer and author Michael Ableman, guest presenters, and by those who manage the basic systems that keep Esalen functioning, we will explore the inner workings and philosophy of the farm, garden, and kitchen; Esalen’s water sources, sewage systems, and energy supply; the structures where people live, stay, meet, and work; and how these systems are integrated or not. We will hear from those who work with these systems about challenges, strengths and weaknesses of existing infrastructure, planned improvements, and hopes for the future.  

Participants will have the opportunity to develop ideas and designs for the systems we are studying at Esalen, and then learn how to apply those concepts to their own homes and communities. This month-long exercise will provide the inspiration and information that is applicable to any situation, whether a single-family home, a neighborhood, or an entire community. This month is especially useful for people who seek to create a more sustainable world — in their everyday lives and beyond.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

Work Study - Deep Bodywork® with Rob Wilks and Paul Wehrman
December 21, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow. As these areas soften and “re-organize,” their chronic tension patterns release, revitalizing living tissues with blood, lymph, and chi (life) energy. Because living systems like the human body require a constant flow of chi energy to self-organize and heal, blockages to that flow within our tissues can create longer-term health problems like joint and soft tissue pain, movement restriction, and circulatory problems.

This month with Rob Wilks and Paul Wehrman will focus on exploring the modality of deep bodywork as a healing art, and is designed for massage and bodywork practitioners seeking to incorporate effective deep tissue techniques into their work. We will explore the common areas (back, neck, shoulders, hips, etc.) where these chronic tension patterns tend to stagnate. Students will be taught how to effectively address these areas using gravitational energy, proper use of body mechanics, the importance of working slowly, and self-care practices.

Professional massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced-level class.
Please visit www.deepbodywork.com for more information.

Recommended viewing: Deep Bodywork I: Healing the Back, Shoulders and Hips (DVD), available at www.deepbodywork.com.

CE credit for bodyworkers.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

 

Legacy Program - The Buddhist Path of Awakening with Noah Levine
December 21, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Using a hybrid of mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, Noah will offer an experience of the teachings and practices of Buddhism. We will learn how to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary spiritual practices of the Buddha. Led by Noah Levine, the workshop explores the way that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the norms of our confused society and is therefore an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it. Instructions in meditation and guidance in the Buddhist path to liberation will be offered.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

 

Work Study - Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion with Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer
January 18 - February 15, 2015

Spiritual Massage is a hands-on healing practice that works directly on the energy body, balancing the chakras, cleansing old thought forms, and gently facilitating release of emotional, physical, and spiritual blockages. Born into a family of healers with a generations-old tradition, Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer studied and continues to study with healers in her native Brazil, where Spiritism—receiving healing knowledge from the spirit world—is very familiar. In 1979, she came to Esalen (where she spent seven years living on property) and was sponsored by Esalen cofounder Dick Price to learn Spiritual Massage from Brazilian healer Luiz Gasparetto.

Maria Lucia emphasizes intentionality as the fundamental tool of any healing art designed to move energy.

Come and practice this wonderful healing technique and also practice Shamanic Ways to help each other find parts of our souls lost in early traumas or other past events. Participants must attend all sessions.

CE credit for bodyworkers.

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

 

Legacy Program - Seeing Eye to I: Learning the Art of Wellness with Sam Berne
January 18 - February 15, 2015

The eyes reveal many mind-body patterns related to health. For example, neuroscience shows that the eye pathway connects directly and influences brain function, the endocrine system and the nervous system. Hanna Somatics presents that prenatal infant movements affect adult postural, visual, and cognitive patterns. Traditional Chinese Medicine conveys that many of the energy meridians connect to the eyes, especially the liver (the major detoxification organ of the body).

This month-long program uses The Berne Method®, an individualized approach that begins by guiding each student to self-discover the visual patterns and imprints he or she may be using as an adaptive response to stress, trauma, and cultural conditioning. Sam will then offer a developmental process of eye-brain mindful awareness activities, Continuum movement, medicinal essential oils, and other subtle energy therapies to help students increase creativity and vitality. Sam believes the group dynamic or unified field amplifies healing. His gentle and humorous approach creates a safe, trusting environment for students to increase their wellness potential by learning deeper self-responsibility, self-regulation, and sustaining health practices.

Behind The Berne Method® are a diverse variety of disciplines, including vision therapy, biofield analysis, quantum physics, somatic movement, craniosacral therapy, dolphin-assisted therapy, and photo (light) therapy with respect to expanding human potential.

Required reading: Berne, I Sense: At Play in the Field of Healing (book or audio download), Creating Your Personal Vision: A Mind-Body Guide for Better Eyesight (book).

($30 materials fee paid directly to the leader)

Note: This program is full with a wait list- you can apply and be on the wait list and we do not process your deposit unless you get a spot and say yes.

 

Work Study - Opening the Creative Channel with Johnsmith
February 15 - March 15, 2015

If you told the story of your heart, what story would you tell? If your life was a song, what would that song be? Have you thought, “I can't sing- I don't play an instrument, and I'm scared of that.” This program, led by Johnsmith, is for those who don't think they can sing, who are afraid, who were told they can't carry a tune, and who don't play an instrument. This is an invitation to go to your edge and discover the beauty of expressing your story and spirit through creativity and song.

The focus of this program is to open the creative heart through prose, singing, songwriting, storytelling, and poetry. With a mindful and playful attitude, along with the magic and natural beauty of Esalen, we’ll court the Muse and immerse ourselves in creative flow.

The program utilizes the following activities and exercises:

  • Journaling, writing exercises, song assignments, and co-writing
  • Songwriting tools including verse and chorus writing, rhyming, and metaphor
  • Solo and group singing, performance, and impromptu jams

Playing a musical instrument is not necessary, but you are welcome to bring one if you play. Johnsmith’s workshops help students cultivate a fun, dynamic, and safe place to experience our creative selves. John will also be inviting guest artists and staff to assist during the month.

 

Legacy Program - The User's Guide to the Human Body with Tom Myers
February 15 - March 15, 2015

Your body is the closest friend you’ll ever have. The core goal of this program is to be a better friend: to inhabit your body in movement and stillness, and to find coherence with your inner senses in these hyper-electronic times.  Along the way, we'll check in with ancient practices of voice, meditation, and movement practices. This month is open to healers of all kinds, but is designed primarily for manual and movement therapists to understand what's under your hands, identify tissue conditions, and open fascial planes (via the Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians).  Help yourself and others occupy your “sensor-motor amnesia” places. By learning how to see deeply into patterns, you can make your therapeutic intervention — no matter what modality you practice — more focused, efficient, and long-lasting. You will be taught a core skill: to “bodyread” in the tradition of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Fritz Perls himself, in order to see into the patterns and to see where people are locked. Come and “unwrap your presence.” Be prepared to move, to see and be seen, and to be shown safe and effective manual therapy skills.

 

Work Study - Wisdom Healing Qigong: Wholeness is the Nature of the Self with Mingtong Gu
March 15 - April 12, 2015

“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. Out of this realization, your joy, creativity, and love can naturally flow with deeper knowing and your well-being will resonate with effortless energy.”

Master Gu, who received training from several Grandmasters in China, shares his joyous teachings and skills of translating the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for contemporary times. This month-long program will be a combination of energetic movement, sound, visualization and meditation, emphasizing healing as a self-discovery, self-empowering, and self-realization for daily practice and life. “Together, may we move through an embodied process from releasing stress to opening the heart and awakening the mind.”

CE credit for nurses.
CE credit for acupuncturists; see leader.
CE credit for MFT/LCSW; see leader.

Legacy Program - Mind/Body Resilience--Thriving in Your Life with Eric Moya
March 15 - April 12, 2015

Whether we like it or not, the world is increasing in complexity faster than we can evolve. The resulting tension placed on our mind/body/spirit takes its toll over time and tends to deplete us.

Most modern approaches to this problem find solutions through meditation, psychology, and lifestyle changes. Although these solutions are an important part of the picture, the very body tissues we inhabit are generally not addressed. Yet, our body tissues often contribute to, or maintain, troublesome patterns of pain, dysfunction, feelings, trauma, even thoughts. The purpose of this course is to empower you to thrive in your life — mind, body, and spirit.

Taught by a leader in the field of manual therapy who has a background in mental health counseling, this course is designed to empower participants to thrive in their lives through a combination of bodywork, group process, mindfulness skills, and lifestyle factors based on understanding all the factors in our lives which contribute to our resilience/depletion. Participants will receive advanced manual therapy work from experienced practitioners as part of the course as well as be taught basic touch skills so that they may help friends and family. Ideal participants are comfortable giving and receiving clothed therapeutic touch, have a curiosity about their own experiences and the experiences of others, and willing to engage in group process in a non-judgmental manner.

 

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt with Michael Clemmens
April 12 - May 10, 2015

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

“The structure of the program will be experiential exercises, practice sessions, and group discussion to develop our awareness of self and the group. We will begin with our earliest movements (prior to birth) and then explore how we co-create our bodily membership in the more complex gestalts of family, groups, and cultures. Our goals will be to experience how we create relationships through embodiment, and to develop skills in attending to ourselves and others.”

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs.

 

Legacy Program - Sharing Your Life Story with Ann Randolph
April 12 - May 10, 2015

Everything in your life, from the mundane to the extraordinary, is a story waiting to be told. During this program you can discover your own unique and powerful story. Michel de Montaigne, the great personal essayist, said, “Every man has within himself the entire human condition.” The intention of this workshop is for you delve deep into your own personal narrative. Writing from your deepest source, you can gain insight and self-understanding that can bring peace and healing. We will then make our words leap from the page to the stage, sharing them orally to uncover the power of performance to transform your life and your listeners. This is a program for those seeking to explore personal essay, memoir, solo performance, or the sacred practice of journaling.

Through improvisation, writing exercises, and group discussion, you will find your authentic voice, along with a way to express it. Ann Randolph creates a supportive, fun, and dynamic space in which to create. Topics include:

  • Writing exercises to stimulate memory
  • Learning to structure the narrative in a compelling way
  • Transforming your ideas/stories into performance
  • Discovering ways to create spontaneously
  • Overcoming performance anxiety
  • Tools to release yourself from the inner critic
  • Playing with multiple characters and contradictions within ourselves

 

Work Study - The Human as Two: Channeling in History and Practice with Jeffrey Kripal
May 10 - June 7, 2015

Channeling is a modern expression of an ancient practice found all over the world and throughout human history in numerous forms, from ancient Greek prophecy to various forms of divine possession to the revelation of scripture. Those practices generally involve a deity, ancestor, spiritual intelligence, discarnate being, or other dimension of the self speaking through a human person to an individual or a community, usually for some set purpose, crisis, or direction. They are also deeply intertwined with the history and practice of inspired writing.

Jeff Kripal is a historian and professor of religions at Rice University who specializes in the study and comparison of such altered states of mind and energy.  He will guide the group through a broad historical understanding of these practices and provide a simple model through which we might understand them in our own modern terms (from the study of comparative mystical literature and modern neuroscience). Student-scholars will also be encouraged to consider practical applications of the channeling "Human as Two" in dream-journaling, in experiences of synchronicity, and in creative writing. We will also bring in a contemporary modern channeler Paul Selig and the literary critic and writer Victoria Nelson, who has worked with Paul to produce three modern works of channeled literature.

Recommended reading: Selig, I Am The Word; Kripal, Authors of the Impossible.

 

Legacy Program - I am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness with Paul Selig
May 10 - June 7, 2015

In his breakthrough trilogy of channeled literature, I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth, acclaimed author and medium Paul Selig recorded an extraordinary program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature.

In this channeled workshop, you will be introduced to and attuned to the frequency of the Word, which Paul’s guides describe as the energy of “God in Action.” You will be taught techniques for developing and sustaining higher levels of consciousness, and move through the emotional, mental, and spiritual blocks that may be keeping you from manifesting your own higher nature. Paul’s programs are deeply transformative; the energy he works with is extremely palpable and his guides are wise and joyous teachers. You will be supported in moving to the next level of spiritual evolution though a series of channeled lectures, exercises, and attunements designed to develop your own spiritual awareness and abilities.

Please note: Much of this workshop is channeled. The guides that Paul works with are gentle and kind and provide guidance in a non-traditional manner. Work Study faculty Jeff Kripal also will be at Esalen this month, and will contribute at times to this program.

 

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World with Don Hanlon Johnson
June 7 - July 5, 2015

From its beginning, Esalen has been the model for a new kind of leadership that builds on the complex range of human potentials and recognizes that these potentials are not just the preserve of a special few, but of every person. Michael Murphy and Richard Price exemplified that new kind of leadership in their insistence that at Esalen, no one special teacher or teaching be allowed to “capture the flag”; that it be a place where many skilled people could share what they had to offer in a climate of peership and collaboration. Esalen became a home for various strategies to develop the many potentials required for a new kind of leader. These included effective communication, how to deal with conflict, quality of contact with others, and deep inner reflection. They also included the many kinds of embodiment practices—ancient and modern—which address not only personal transformation but also the capacity to further a deeper sense of our bodily interdependence with others in our sensing, breathing, moving, and speaking.

In this program, Don Hanlon Johnson, a longtime veteran of Esalen and founder of the first graduate studies program in Somatics, located at California Institute of Integral Studies, will work with participants with the various strategies for cultivating leadership that have characterized Esalen’s history. These will include group process, meditation, investigations of each participant’s unique gifts for change, body practices to improve sensitivity, grounding, courage, imagination, and reflection on the meanings of the skills in relation to the great challenges of our era.

Recommended reading: Harding, Is America Possible?; Johnson, Body, Spirit, and Democracy.

 

Legacy Program - Spoken Word: Your Voice, Your Body, Your Truth with Caroline Harvey
June 7 - July 5, 2015

Experience the liberating art of spoken word (sometimes called slam or performance poetry): where powerful personal healing meets excellent literary craft. Once considered an underground niche art form, spoken word can now be found in almost every major US city and beyond. The genre is passionate and confessional, drawing influences from beat poetry, traditional poetics, theater, hip hop, punk rock, and the cross-cultural traditions of oral storytelling. Work with Berklee College of Music Professor and award-winning poet Caroline Harvey to practice communicating with intention and fearlessness. Read and discuss poems, explore writing prompts, unlock your voice, and dive into gentle experiential practices to free your body and unlock your inner howl. Lessons are adapted from expressive arts, Gestalt psychology, yoga and meditation, and literary craft. We’ll unravel the myths around “writer’s block” and “stage fright,” practice editing strategies, and delve into the ceremony of performance. Write and speak freely about your desires, identity, politics, struggles, and joys. Share your truth with confidence and compassion no matter where you are!

 

Work Study - High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash your Full Potential with George Kohlrieser
July 5 - August 2, 2015

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration, and persevere in order to achieve extraordinary outcomes in situations where others would give up? The answer to that question has never been clearer. Through their desire for relentless improvement, leaders at the edge can unlock the highest levels of performance from themselves and others, making work a more exciting place to be for themselves and those around them. Leading at the edge enables people to "play to win" rather than simply "playing not to lose."  It is a profound process of leading oneself and others.

People are facing intense pressure like never before. There are so many complex changes and challenges today, which create the necessity for high levels of engagement to reach high performance. Drawing on research on high performance from the world of sports, business, medicine, music, theater, military, and hostage negotiation, George Kohlrieser will lead participants through mini theory presentations, action learning, group process, role playing, and action planning designed to foster cutting-edge leadership skills, including how to take appropriate risk, inspire trust, drive change, and create opportunities to foster success for themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;

 

Work Study - Speak to Inspire with Peter Meyers
August 2 - August 30, 2015

The opportunity to lead comes to us every day. Whether we're at the dining room table, in a conference room, or on a public platform, leadership in action is about bringing our best ideas into the world in ways that move others to action. 

Speak to Inspire is about creating a vision and dramatically increasing your ability to move hearts and minds through the power of the spoken word. It’s about the performative side of leadership. Peter Meyers will draw on his three decades of experience as a stage actor, director, and consultant to leaders in organizations across 29 countries. This is a dynamic, creative, and playful program that can help you recognize and release your hidden potential. You will be taught strategies for overcoming your fears (or limiting mindsets) and increasing your awareness of how to authentically influence the people around you.

The program will focus on these goals:

  • Structuring clear, compelling narratives in any setting
  • Using professional performance techniques to deepen your leadership presence and amplify your message
  • Managing your emotional state and transforming your fear into passion
  • Elevating your confidence, poise, and power in high-stakes situations
  • Building greater trust and rapport in one-to-one conversations
  • Storytelling and the power of sensory language
  • Recognizing blocks to effective dialogue and building bridges to engage and influence a conversation
  • Engaging in tough conversations without sacrificing a relationship or personal bond

Recommended reading: Meyers, As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have it Stick.

 

Work Study - 5Rhythms® Dance and Conscious Movement Practice with Geordie Jahner
August 30 - September 27, 2015

The body is the vessel in which the transformation process takes place. - James Hillman.

5Rhythms is an internationally recognized conscious movement practice that explores dance and movement as a healing art, as an expressive art, as a form of meditation, and as medicine.

During this month-long immersion in conscious movement practice led by Geordie Jahner, participants are offered a beautiful opportunity to ignite their ability to:

  • Nourish and deepen their creative relationship with self
  • Cultivate mindfulness, presence and awareness in the body
  • Connect movement, feeling, imagination and spirit
  • Cultivate a physical language for their emotions
  • Cultivate and deepen emotional intelligence, fluidity, resilience, and authenticity
  • Apply conscious movement principles to their lives

The sessions (totaling 40 hours of training) include a balance of playful exploration, thoughtful inquiry, and powerful exercises for skill-development. Participants will embark on deep personal discovery using movement, drawing, writing, sharing, and witnessing, while learning about and exploring the essential qualities of each of the 5Rhythms: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. These Rhythms can bring our physical, emotional, and spiritual energies more fully into motion.

 

Work Study - Streams of Energy with Jim Gallas
September 27 - October 25, 2015

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others. In a spirit of compassion, laughter, and expanding awareness, students will be nurtured and nourished by the group interaction and by a deeper connection to Self.

CE credit for massage;

 

Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice with Dorothy Charles
October 25 - November 22, 2015

Living a full and connected life requires our capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience. Much of the alienation and separation that occurs in our relationships and family life is the result of the fear of feelings. We disconnect from our emotional life when we are afraid of being overwhelmed, humiliated, or perceived as weak or inadequate, only to pay the price later in isolation, anxiety, and depression.

Our relationships improve and deepen as a result of our ability to feel at ease with our own feelings and to be present with the feeling of others. In this workshop led by Dorothy Charles, we will create a safe and supportive environment in which our emotions can be met with curiosity, interest, and acceptance. The format will​ combine Gestalt Process, small group work, dyadic awareness exercises, discussion, and opportunities for individual work with the leader.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;

 

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt with Michael Clemmens
November 22 - December 20, 2015

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting."

“The structure of the program will be experiential exercises, practice sessions, and group discussion to develop our awareness of self and the group. We will begin with our earliest movements (prior to birth) and then explore how we co-create our bodily membership in the more complex gestalts of family, groups, and cultures. Our goals will be to experience how we create relationships through embodiment, and to develop skills in attending to ourselves and others.”

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;

 

Work Study - Deep Bodywork® with Rob Wilks
December 20, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow. As these areas soften and “re-organize,” their chronic tension patterns release, revitalizing living tissues with blood, lymph, and chi (life) energy. Because living systems like the human body require a constant flow of chi energy to self-organize and heal, blockages to that flow within our tissues can create longer-term health problems like joint and soft tissue pain, movement restriction, and circulatory problems.

This month with Rob Wilks will focus on exploring the modality of deep bodywork as a healing art, and is designed for massage and bodywork practitioners seeking to incorporate effective deep tissue techniques into their work. We will explore the common areas (back, neck, shoulders, hips, etc.) where these chronic tension patterns tend to stagnate. Students will be taught how to effectively address these areas using gravitational energy, proper use of body mechanics, the importance of working slowly, and self-care practices.

Professional massage experience is highly recommended for this advanced-level class. Please visit www.deepbodywork.com for more information.

Recommended viewing: Deep Bodywork I: Healing the Back, Shoulders and Hips (DVD), available at www.deepbodywork.com.

CE credit for massage

 

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