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Upcoming Work Study Programs

Work Study - Deep Bodywork® with Rob Wilks and Paul Wehrman
September 25 - October 23, 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 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 massage;


 

Legacy Group - Motion Theater with Nina Wise
September 25 - October 23, 2016

It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be: people dedicated to a sane and just world made up of individuals who celebrate their common humanity and this planet of indescribable beauty through singing, dancing, playing, and caring for all sentient beings.

This improvisation workshop in Motion Theater allows the creativity that resides within us to have a voice. “Everyone has a story to tell,” says Nina Wise. “And stories reside as much in the body as in the mind. So we begin with movement—slow stretches to open the body. We open the voice with playful classical- and jazz-based exercises. We meditate to calm the heart, dance to free the spirit, find a way to effortlessly compose with language. This journey leads to giving voice and physicality to the private characters and inner realities that live in the subconscious mind and the cells of our bodies.”

The sessions will include meditation, gentle and vigorous movement, exploring the range of vocal expression, writing exercises, as well as solo, duet, and ensemble improv games.

This workshop is like dreaming on your feet. Expect to surprise yourself and to become more playful and at ease before an audience. You might even find that the sense of wellbeing achieved during the workshop not only expands your creative abilities, but also enhances your experience of daily life. And while it is not therapy, the work can be surprisingly, delightfully, holistically healing.”


 

Work Study - Streams of Energy with Jim Gallas
October 23 - November 20, 2016

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;

(A $10 materials fee will be added to the cost of the program.)


 

Legacy Group - Embodied Relational Gestalt with Michael Clemmens
October 23 - November 20, 2016

“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 - The Art of Skillful Living: Leadership, Love and Freedom with Coby Kozlowski
November 20 - December 18, 2016

We are all called to leadership as agents of inspiration, purpose, and change. Leadership is about being of service to the world, and every moment is an opportunity for leadership. Leadership also is an inward journey to the depths of what it means to be human. Leadership is about being fully expressed, about being called to your greatness, and about having the courage to act in ways that are in alignment with your highest and awakened self.

The world is shifting; this rapid change is an invitation to participate in the evolution of consciousness. In this program led by Coby Kozlowski, students will have the opportunity to deepen the meaning of leadership by investigating belief systems, understanding the nature of consciousness, diving into emotion regulation, discovering the key to collaboration, and facilitating change using the lens of contemplative wisdom, yoga philosophy, expressive arts, and group discussion. Through this interactive, lecture-based, and highly experiential program, students can begin to embody the integral leadership model, discover the leader within, and connect with and act on a personal calling. By liberating the heart/mind and stepping fully into authenticity, you can inspire others to do the same and become agents of change. This is the new way of leadership.


 

Legacy Group - Mindful Communication with Jean Morrison
November 20 - December 18, 2016

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; CE credit for nurses.


 

Work Study - The Heart of Buddhism with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro
December 18, 2016 - January 15, 2017

The Buddha offered a timeless teaching on how to live a life that is sourced from kindness, compassion, and appreciation. These teachings and practices are as applicable today as they were two thousand years ago. We all have the ability to access the innate wisdom and compassion of the heart—all we have do is turn inward through meditation and eventually we will uncover an endless source of happiness.

During this course, Noah Levine will be joined by Spirit Rock Community Dharma teacher Vinny Ferraro for a program that combines the regular and Legacy work study groups for a unique synergy. Legacy work scholars will have the opportunity to join the regular work study group for some portions of the course, and vice versa. Together, Levine and Ferraro will guide you into your heart’s depths through a series of guided meditations, small group explorations, lectures, and dialogue. The month will be based upon the Buddha’s teachings of the Divine Abodes of heart—kindness, compassion, appreciation, and equanimity, as well as an in-depth process of forgiveness.

All levels of experience are welcome, but be warned you will be asked to open your heart and stand undefended in the presence of your own truth.


 

Work Study - Opening the Creative Channel with Johnsmith
January 15 - February 12, 2017

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 Group - How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation with Cassandra Vieten
January 15 - February 12, 2017

How do people, both individuals and groups, make foundational shifts in their worldviews that give rise to radically new ways of being in the world? This Legacy group led by Cassandra Vieten will examine what science, religious and spiritual traditions, and modern transformative practice movements have to say about how people change. The group also will examine how we can get stuck or lost, and how to shake free from periods of inertia or patterns that prevent our growth.

Activities and topics for participants include:

  • Learning about the emerging science of transformation
  • Exploring indigenous, religious, spiritual, and secular models of transformation
  • Examining the role of peak experiences, Aha! moments, extraordinary moments, and awe in transformation
  • Investigating the transformative potential of pain, struggle, hitting bottom, and post-traumatic growth
  • Engaging in experiential practices designed for transformation
  • Delving into stories, symbols, and metaphors of transformation
  • Mapping your own lifelong transformative journey

Participants also will work toward applying what they've learned as they move forward after the Legacy month. A limited amount of one-on-one coaching will be offered for those who are working toward a career in consciousness transformation.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs.


 

Work Study - Beyond the “Revolving Door”: Gestalt Relational Constellations with Gordon Wheeler and Nancy Lunney-Wheeler
February 12 - March 12, 2017

“In certain parts of our lives, we move forward with strength and relative ease, adding new learning and new capacity to familiar areas of comfort and confidence,” the leaders write. “And then we have other areas where we may navigate with greater difficulty and challenge – or sometimes not at all. Strong areas and flat sides alike may be in public or private areas, in work life or in relationships, in goals accomplished or hopes and dreams deferred – or even longings just avoided altogether, to avoid disappointment.

“Our difficult areas of living may be particular relationships or types of relationship, specific skills or whole types of learning and growth, in making commitments or just daring to move at all toward our dearest dreams. Why? Why do our patterns of living have this tendency to get stuck, and what can we do about it?

“Gestalt Relational Constellations (GRC) offers a new methodology for taking a fresh look at our strengths as well as our challenges, and a whole new approach to doing something about it. Using the whole group in service to each person and their particular issues in turn, we find answers to old riddles in our own psyches and lives – and support for new moves and new strength in some long-stuck areas of living. Often participants report that they learn as much from others’ issues as from exploring their own. Join us for a month of intimacy, adventure, and deep learning, through laughter and tears, new connections, and new possibilities in living.”

GRC grows out of the pioneering work of Bert Hellinger and his followers, with the addition of a deep Gestalt commitment to embodied experience and support. GRC may be used to explore underlying dynamics of any issue — family of origin, current family system, interpersonal or work issues, or even such “internal systems” as important decisions or crossroads in our lives.

Recommended reading: Hausner, Even if it Costs Me My Life.


 

Legacy Group - Inspired by Nature: Creative Expression in Esalen’s Big Sur Landscape with Christina Dauenhauer
February 12 - March 12, 2017

“On Esalen’s property we have the opportunity to experience Big Sur’s dynamic wilderness, from the redwood forest to the rocky coastline,” writes Christina Dauenhauer. “During this program, we’ll come into contact with our own, individual inspiration through basic awareness practice, creating art out in the environment, and hiking. Slowing to the rhythms of nature, we will engage our creativity, while connecting with ourselves.

“We will use traditional and non-traditional media to explore nature and our place within it. You are encouraged to bring materials you are interested in using; Nature and Christina also will supply basic tools to create. The focus of our creative explorations and experimentation will be about the journey and play, not the result. You will delve into and have the opportunity to expand your creative capacity and discover new insights about yourself.”

All levels of artistic ability are welcome. Be prepared for the physical challenges of Big Sur, as well as sitting in stillness and creating in a natural environment. You will need to sign a waiver to explore wilderness areas. Please bring good walking shoes, a notebook/sketch book, and a small bag/backpack to carry supplies and water.

($45 materials fee paid at the time of registration)


 

Work Study - Relational Gestalt Practice with Dorothy Charles
March 12 - April 9, 2017

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.


 

Legacy Group - Deep Bodywork® with Rob Wilks
March 12 - April 9, 2017

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.


 

Work Study - Write Your Life for the Page and the Stage with Ann Randolph
April 9 - May 7, 2017

As we write, we are both describing and deciding the direction that our life is taking.
–Julia Cameron

This is an invitation for you to discover your own unique and powerful story and the profound transformation that occurs when speaking it out loud. During this program led by Ann Randolph, you’ll be taught how to trust your creative impulses, thus embracing all of who you are. By becoming the author of your own life and learning how to tell your own story, you can not only begin to craft your experience into a compelling narrative, but you will also unleash a sense of purpose in your own life you never thought possible. Through writing exercises, group discussion, and improvisation we will support one another in creating and speaking our stories. Topics include:

  • Writing to simulate memory
  • Crafting story structure
  • Creating spontaneously
  • Writing on our feet
  • Overcoming performance anxiety
  • Releasing yourself from the inner critic
  • Transforming ideas/stories into performance

This is a workshop for those interested in personal essay, memoir, or solo performance, and for anyone seeking to bring more meaning to their life through writing. All levels welcome.


 

Legacy Group - Transforming Your Identity, Discovering Your Authentic Self with Tanya McGinnity
April 9 - May 7, 2017

Our emotions can be hugely important in determining the quality of our lives. They occur in every relationship we care about – in the workplace, friendships, with family members, and in our intimate relationships. Emotions can, and often do, arise very quickly. Our conscious self usually does not participate in or even witness what, exactly, triggers an emotion at any particular moment. That speed can save our lives in an emergency, but it can also ruin our lives when we react rather than respond.

 

Using an Emotional Intelligence framework, Tanya McGinnity will lead participants on a journey to witness their current capabilities and be encouraged to reach their highest potential. By establishing trust we create an energetic container in which participants will feel safe to dive deep into their souls through guided imagery and self-reflective questioning. By reflecting on negative patterns they will be able to determine the false identities that have been informing their negative self-talk. This transformative course is dedicated to a deep exploration of vision, identity, values, and emotions in order to live intentionally and with purpose, connected with a radiant life force.


 

Work Study - Embodied Relational Gestalt with Michael Clemmens
May 7 - June 4, 2017

“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 Group - Coming Alive through Conscious Dance, Meditation, and Yoga Philosophy with Jovinna Chan
May 7 - June 4, 2017

Are you ready to tap into your potential for deeper love, awareness, aliveness, and creativity? Then pause from your routine, and take on the role of a devoted apprentice to the mastering the mystery and science of being YOU.

During this Legacy immersion, experience the inner power that results from aligning every part of yourself with spirit. Through the practices of yoga, mindfulness, and conscious dance, unleash and nurture your own fulfillment and well-being. Be prepared to discover that your presence can move mountains and overcome separation in the world! Jovinna Chan invites you to drop into a field of deep communion that also includes resting, resetting, and awakening. In this program you can expect to:

  • Cultivate awareness, presence, and stillness
  • Release fear, inhibition, and judgment
  • Acquire transformational skills based on the yogic study of the koshas (multi-dimensional layers of being)
  • Master conscious communication skills, especially the art of listening
  • Design and implement a lifestyle rooted in yoga practices (postures, breath, and meditation) and conscious dance
  • Tune into and act on your life purpose

This program invites you to experience the core connection of body, heart, mind, and spirit. Create a practice that you can draw on for the rest of your life. You can make a difference in your own world. And that difference can change the world around you.

Please bring a yoga mat, and a journal for reflection and notes.


 

Work Study - Relational Leadership: Building a Radically Engaged Culture with Mark Fairfield
June 4 - July 2, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

The Relational Center, in Los Angeles, Calif., has pioneered an innovative leadership training that inspires people around the globe to be more empathically engaged, to join and support social movements, and to catalyze a culture of interdependency. The Relational Center’s founder and executive director, Mark Fairfield, will offer Esalen ILP work scholars this month-long workshop, inspired by the Culture of Radical Engagement training program (championed by former Esalen Legacy program collaborators Lucien Demaris and Cedar Landsman), a learning intensive in culture-building for activists, organizers, and movement leaders.

Relational leadership is a link between human potential and the possibilities for change in the social and natural environments. This workshop integrates grassroots community organizing, somatic engagement, and distributed leadership. It incorporates a strategic storytelling tradition designed to build trust, identify overlapping values, and elicit collective empathy. It also takes us beyond the service provision context, equipping participants in peer support and replication strategies. The program targets engaged leaders who stand for personal transformation as much as social, economic, and environmental justice.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Legacy Group - Truly Human Leadership: Leading From the Heart of Self with Nina Merrens
June 4 - July 2, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who we are. - Joseph Campbell

In order to lead ourselves and others with a sense of meaning and purpose, we first need to become closely acquainted with the calling of our authentic selves, to learn to accept and appreciate who we are, and to trust in the vision of what our individual contribution can be in the world. This requires cultural self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and a deep understanding and acceptance of where we and others come from.

This leadership program, led by Nina Merrens, combines the principles of Intercultural Competency, Personal Leadership, and Appreciative Inquiry, and provides concrete support to students who wish to lead in an increasingly complex world and build a solid bridge of resources beyond Esalen into the future. The approach is based on proven experiential methods including simulations, emotional intelligence tools, mindfulness practices, vision work, intercultural frameworks, ancestor rituals, and deep dialogue.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Work Study -  High Performance Leadership: How to Unleash Your Full Potential with George Kohlrieser
July 2 - July 30, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

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.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Legacy Group -  Path of the Liberated Leader: Realizing Authentic Vision and Living Purpose with Vanessa Stone
July 2 - July 30, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

During this course, we will discover what is at the heart of each of our unique paths of leadership. Steeped in self-inquiry and the contemplative study of nature, we will share a month of mindful living and meaningful connection while using the power of awareness to illuminate the way we walk through our lives. We will cultivate the art of trusting our unique nature, trusting what we are made of, and trusting the power of Life. All of our exploration will serve as the catalyst for how we meet, work, and integrate into our world, communities, and everyday life. The path of a true leader begins with an honest assessment of where we are diminishing, avoiding, or hiding from our greatest expression and potential. This course will provide a healing space to take a raw, honest look at the blocks, fears, beliefs, and insecurities that keep us from fully engaging with the infinite field of possibility that is our life. We will focus on the importance of doing the work of discovering who we truly are, so we can step into liberated leadership.

In this course, we will explore:

  • Trusting the Self and honoring our true nature
  • Liberated leadership sourced in Self discovery
  • The power of authenticity and self inquiry
  • The places in ourselves in need of healing, awareness, and evolution
  • The inner work needed to clear the path for our freedom
  • Service as a path of personal evolution
  • The art of inspired facilitation
  • Embodied leadership, engaged spirituality, sustainable service

This course offers an experiential immersion in transformational leadership and visionary service. This is an invitation to live in authenticity and return to an aligned, inspired, and nourished way of life with self, others, and world.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Work Study - Embodied Leadership in a Disembodied World with Don Johnson
July 30 - August 27, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

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.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Legacy Group -  Speak to Inspire with Peter Meyers
July 30 - August 27, 2017

This program is part of our Integral Leadership Summer Series.

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 focuses 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.

Esalen's Integral Leadership Program (ILP) targets college-aged and recent graduates. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.esalen.org/integralleadership.


 

Work Study -  The Art and Science of Living Well, Together with Linda Nicholls
August 27 - September 24, 2017

We are all interwoven within a dynamic, complex web of interdependent relationships. Whether we notice it or not, we are not separate from our engagement with others. Ironically, despite our multiple intelligences, tech smarts, mindfulness development, and brilliant systems, getting along with one another in everyday life remains one of the most challenging endeavors humans undertake. Linda Nicholls is a senior faculty of The Haven, an international personal and professional development center in Canada. The Haven specializes in methods to integrate multiple east/west disciplines, including wisdom from science, psychotherapy, existential thought, and eastern philosophy, and this program draws from that rich well to guide participants in cultivating their relational skills. Our goals for this program are to:

  • Experience the juiciness of living life more fully
  • Deepen self-knowledge and move beyond self-imposed limits
  • Open to and express deeper dimensions of feeling in ways that enhance your life and relationships
  • Gain valuable insights to strengthen health and well-being
  • Learn and practice a transformative paradigm for communicating
  • Rediscover joy and meaning in life
  • Expand your capacity for harmonious, loving and fulfilling relationships

Through experiential exercises, body practices, and verbal and nonverbal conversations, each participant will travel their unique relationship landscape. Domains of relational territory visited by the group will include boundary definition, shadow and projection, engaging in conflict, deepening intimacy, sexuality conversations, and inward relating such as inner critic self-talk. The goal of this month-long study is to learn to recognize our individual impact and responsibility for the success and health of our relationships, which can enrich and strengthen our ability to live in harmonious interdependence.


 

Legacy Group -  Leadershp and Presence with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
August 27 - September 24, 2017

The more present we are in ourselves, the more present we can be with someone else.

Presence is the hidden key to successful leadership. This seemingly elusive skill is learnable, and this Legacy program led by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana contains the steps, through experiential work that is designed to help you pay attention to the subtle cues you receive from your body and the surrounding environment all the time. This will then give you access to your own, highly valuable inner landscape – the wisdom of your body-mind-spirit, which significantly enhances your ability to be more fully present as a leader. In this month we will share how to:

  • Assess your energy reservoir and refill when you are depleted
  • Be more able to BE present vs. DOING all the time
  • Be aware of, but not absorb, the emotions of others
  • Make healthy connections (empathy vs. sympathy)
  • Stay open hearted and clear headed
  • Have more powerful leadership conversations

The deeper layer of this program will help you more fully utilize the navigational system of your body, including wisdom of the heart, gut, bones, feet, and legs. If you feel overwhelmed at times by your feelings or those around you, this course will help you develop your body and energy field into a container that can hold and modulate the whole range of human emotions. Learning to build this capacity within your navigational field enables you to have feelings and learn from them. Please bring a journal for reflection time and notes, as well as a binder for handouts.

This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

Required reading and listening: Scurlock-Durana, Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom, book and audio download or CD.

CE credit for massage.


 

Work Study - Deep Bodywork® with Rob Wilks
September 24 - October 22, 2017

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.


 

Legacy Group -  with Siegmar Gerken
September 24 - October 22, 2017

Whether you choose to be single or in a relationship, you need strong skills for relating and communicating with others. Along the way in your personal development, you formed inner working models that influence your emotions, body reactions, thinking, behavior, and beliefs. We call them Personality Reactions Patterns™. They fulfilled an important need in your early development, but often are not adequate any more for who you are today. You may, however, find yourself still perpetuating some of these protective attitudes and attachment issues in your present adult life and relationships, which may prevent you from creating and leading a life you envision and desire.

By experiencing and observing body reactions, understanding your underlying needs, and learning how to address and nourish them, you can successfully change these patterns. That is the goal for this month-long course. To this end, the group will explore the following questions:

  • How do you approach or avoid open communication and intimacy?
  • How can the energy of anger or resentment become a resource for transformation?
  • How can you nourish love and commitment, and at the same time also nourish your personal freedom?

We will also look at attachment styles and how they influence the way you relate, live, and love. These explorations and insights can lead to more clarity and integration, including ways to stay present and mindful in difficult moments; how to observe the body, listen to the unconscious, and learn interventions to support positive change; how to connect and love the wholeness of your Being.

In this program, you can learn skills to support your capacity to love and to Live the Will of Your Heart with empathy, attunement, passion, and compassion. Our tools include empathic listening, heartfelt sharing, bodywork, sensory awareness, authentic movement, dance, dreamwork, individual and group processing, and practicing the principles of mindfulness.


 

Work Study -  Medicine in Motion: 5Rhythms Movement Meditation with Davida Taurek
October 22 - November 19, 2017

Put the psyche into motion and it will heal itself. – Gabrielle Roth

Movement is medicine for the soul. The 5Rhythms® include flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. These rhythms lay the foundation of a simple yet profound movement practice in which we become aware of the patterns, rhythms, and cycles of energy that live within and around us. The 5Rhythms is a powerful catalyst that dances us awake, while uncovering the wild, graceful, unique, tender, and exquisite beings we truly are. This mindfulness practice shines light into the shadows, unearths our stories, and unravels the bonds that keep us stuck in old patterns and predictable behaviors. It ignites our potential for living an authentic, spontaneous, and freer life.

During our time together we will begin with the Waves level teachings of the 5Rhythms. Building on that foundation, with gentle humor and a safe container, we will dive into our shadows and give expression to the dark sides of our lives. Our work together will culminate in a daylong Heartbeat level of this work where we explore and befriend the territory of our emotions. This will be an intimate journey into self, other, and the collective. We will dedicate time to reflect and integrate our experiences through counsel, ritual, and experiential exercises specifically orchestrated to cultivate genuine kindness, compassion, empathy, respect, and acceptance of self and others. No previous experience required.

All workshop hours contribute to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® teachers training prerequisites.

Recommended reading: Roth, Sweat Your Prayers.


 

Legacy Group -  Embodied Relational Gestalt with Michael Clemmens
October 22 - November 19, 2017

“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, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

For course information, see http://www.esalen.org/embodied-relational-gestalt.


 

Work Study -  The Enneagram: Nine Journeys of Awakening with Russ Hudson
November 19 - December 17, 2017

"This program is a wide-ranging conversation about how the Enneagram and related inner work can be of use in the possibilities and challenges emerging in our time," Russ Hudson says. "Specifically, we will explore new ways of relating to one another based in an ongoing and dynamic awareness of our groundedness in presence and creativity. The first part of the program invites the group to a deep experience and appreciation of the higher aspects of the Enneagram (Essential Qualities, Virtues, and Holy Ideas). We will look at how these aspects of consciousness impact our individual awareness, our relationships, and our sense of purpose in the world. We will also look at how the three Instincts (or subtypes) can be explored directly through body awareness as a way of opening new possibilities in our behaviors. We will see how these instincts are crucial for balance in our lived lives, and create some of the biggest opportunities that we have for integrated development, and for creating successful relationships. The final portion of the program will focus on how the Higher Aspects can manifest in our relationships.

"I want to invite a playful and collaborative exploration – a rich relational field – in which each of us can discover new potentials and possibilities in being present together. While many of us may have already had significant spiritual breakthroughs in our lives, it can be challenging to remain open to non-dual perspectives and emergent awareness when we are engaged in significant relationships – intimate or professional. Yet this is the frontier of consciousness: to learn to live together, to function, and to build and create together while remaining truly awake to our co-creating of emerging reality.

"We will combine experiential exercises, meditation, music, and periods of spontaneous inquiry to deepen our presence and to explore the interface between our ego consciousness and the realms of freedom and vastness that are our True Nature. There will be many opportunities for questions and shared exploration."

Please note: Knowledge of the Enneagram is helpful but not essential; however, participants must be willing and able to go deep into themselves and this profound material.

Recommended reading: (Please read this book prior to the program.) Riso and Hudson, The Wisdom of the Enneagram.


 

Legacy Group -  I Am the Word: The Energetics of Consciousness with Paul Selig
November 19 - December 17, 2017

In his breakthrough works of channeled literature, I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, The Book of Knowing and Worth, The Book of Mastery and The Book of Truth, author and medium Paul Selig recorded a program for personal and planetary evolution as humankind awakens to its own divine nature. Through a series of lectures, attunements, and energy activations, you will be introduced to the frequency of the Word, which can be described as the energy of “God in action.”

During the month, you will be shown exercises for healing the self and others, along with practical techniques for developing and sustaining higher levels of consciousness. You will also receive individual instruction that will support you in moving through the physical and emotional blocks that may be keeping you from manifesting your own higher nature. You can discover how realizing your own true potential is inexorably linked to the well-being of others and our planet. Paul’s workshops can be deeply transformative. The energy he works with is palpable and loving, and those attending will be supported in moving to the next level of their own spiritual development.


 

Work Study -  Intimacy with the Subtle Body: Movement, Mind, and Breath with Peter Sterios
December 17, 2017 - January 14, 2018

“We all share a desire for joy, and seek experiences that produce freedom, gratitude, and light-heartedness,” says Paul Sterios. “When we manifest this in our lives, we see our world more clearly, feel our relationships more authentically, and learn more about ourselves through intimate connection to others and the natural world. Ultimately, our lives become an expression of deep gratitude, which supports subtle body healing within and around us.”

This course leads you through a simple program of mindful, breath-full movement and inner dialog that meets you wherever you are – physically or psychologically. Together, the group will share experiences through storytelling, group learning, yoga, and meditation to access a natural lightness in how you feel and think, which reminds us of the innocence our lives began with, and which reawakens wonder, inspiration, and delight for supporting us at any stage of life.

You can discover how to naturally release unwanted, often unconscious patterns of contraction in your body – physically, mentally, and emotionally, from ancient practices found in yoga which produce an incredible lightness of being. Once you feel this, you can incorporate a more intuitive approach for living in the most refreshing and enlightening ways.

Please bring a yoga mat, and a journal for reflection and notes.

CE credit for yoga teachers through Yoga Alliance; see leader.


 

Legacy Group - Ways of Council: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit with Adam Rumack
December 17, 2017 - January 14, 2018

In this program, we will explore the deep listening and mindfulness awareness practices of council, and learn through didactic skill building, body-based awareness practices, contact with our personal and collective stories, and engagement with the natural world. As a collective practice of deep listening and mindful awareness, council promotes radical compassion and an experience of interconnectedness that can break down barriers to connection, reconciliation, and peace.

For more than thirty years, the way of Council has been shared in Ojai, Calif., and at places in need of peacemaking, community-building, and reconciliation – from prisons in California and Rwanda to multi-billion-dollar tech companies and social justice non-profits. We will use the four themes of mind, body, soul, and spirit to come to a holistic experience and understanding of the council practice, and deepen relationship with ourselves, one another, and the more-than human world, and gain tools to facilitate the process with others. Together we will explore:

  • Core intentions and forms of council
  • Authentic communication and deep listening as practice
  • Underlying values and principles of cultivating collective wisdom and emergent group leadership
  • Group, dyadic (two person), and intrapersonal (one person) council techniques
  • Models of mindfulness and compassion training in relation to council
  • Relational embodiment techniques
  • Council with the natural world
  • The Wheel of Life (Medicine Wheel)
  • Interactive games to build connectivity, trust, and energy within the group
  • Storytelling around relevant prompts or questions
  • Developing prompts and “reading the field” for responsive group leadership
  • Bearing witness without judgment
  • Co-leadership/transparent Leadership
  • Self-inquiry and shadow
  • Group soul, common purpose, vision and conflict

Please note: For participants interested in seeking certification as a trainer or facilitator from the Center for Council, this program will fill all requirements of a Council 1 training with much of the requisite practice time to participate in Council 2.

A packing list with items specific to this program will be sent upon registration.

Recommended reading: Zimmerman and Coyle, The Way of Council.


 


 

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