has been a student and teacher at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen cofounder Richard Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, and leads workshops in Asia, Europe, and the US.
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.
Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions. In order to become whole, we must discover how our experience is organized in limiting, unconscious patterns and through that process, learn how to organize our experience in new ways.
In order to become whole, we must engage in the ongoing process of discovering our own personal truth. This truth may challenge us, may even be painful, before it gives us new freedom and expands our horizons. When we choose to remain content with intellectual wisdom only, we limit ourselves and limit our relationships. When we integrate the full breadth of our emotional wisdom, we open the path toward becoming whole.