Romantic intelligence — the ability to engage in a loving, long-term romantic relationship — involves learning to express affection, tenderness, kindness, and sexual love, as well as identifying a safe and loving person with whom to connect. It also entails uncovering and transforming withdrawal, anger, and criticism, childhood defenses which seem to keep us safe but do not.
This workshop draws from attachment theory, mindfulness, somatic awareness, family systems, and relational Gestalt. In a supportive, safe environment, we will utilize experiential exercises and small group work, journaling, expressive arts, and movement to help you:
· Understand where you are on the attachment spectrum
· Develop somatic awareness of fear, ambivalence, and avoidance
· Relax deeply into your core self as you develop love, kindness, and acceptance for yourself and others
· Identify and defuse your inner critic
· Recognize body language that sends non-verbal, stay-away messages
· Practice compassionate assertiveness to speak your truth, and listening skills so you may hear others
· Develop courage and resilience to reach past doubt and anxiety to risk connecting with others, and self soothing skills to manage disappointment
· Expand your inner and outer resources to create an emotionally abundant everyday life
· Prepare a post-Esalen plan to continue the important recovery work you have begun
This workshop is for single adults only and is not suitable for couples. Please bring a journal and the willingness to be surprised and challenged.