Ivy Mayer Lavie, MFT,
is influenced by Somatic Experiencing, the Hakomi Method, and her teaching experience, including for The Marin School, The Moving Center School, Spirit Rock, and Yes!. She offers Coming of Age programs, psychotherapy, trauma and resiliency work, and movement workshops.
During the days before Halloween, we'll celebrate the spirit of this earthy season. The festivities will include a Saturday night bonfire (weather permitting) with face painting, fun stories, lively songs, and, of course, costumes. We'll also go on a short trick-or-treat adventure to receive some healthy treats. During the daytime, we'll be honored to visit our good friend, the Garden, where we will harvest from our own special patch planted for us by the garden crew, and create garden-to-table snacks to share.
The Esalen Art Barn is home base for this weekend of play, creativity, and celebration. Families will have the opportunity to explore, make art, and celebrate a renewed connection with each other. There will be space to connect as a family unit, and connect with the larger community. Special discussion for parents and those in the health professions will offer a chance to learn about self-regulation through somatically oriented mindfulness practices.
Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural surroundings of Esalen. This family retreat offers time to unplug from the busyness of life and find meaningful reconnection within and without. We will have time together as a group, and time when adults and children meet separately. Adult meditations will support quieting the mind, opening the heart, and being present to the beauty and challenge of life.