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Zest, Vitality and Humor in Film

Zest, Vitality and Humor in Film

Week of July 11-18, 2014

$900.00 – $4,975.00 (based on accommodation type)

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What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.—Bertrand Russell
A sense of humor is the only divine quality of the human being.—Arthur Schopenhauer
As perhaps the chief form of contemporary mythology, film can infuse us with zest while we contemplate unique approaches to life. The anticipation, energy, enthusiasm, and excitement we feel as we watch films move us to think in new ways. We are in the flow of life that Joseph Campbell recommends: “Participate in the play, in the play of life… the Great Delight.” 
The twelve to fifteen feature films shown during this seminar offer unique, zestful, and humorous performances that train our eyes, minds, and hearts to see, understand, and feel the longings of our psyches, and how they may be achieved.
Film-viewing seminars led by Francis and Brother David have been an Esalen tradition since 1990 and include films carefully chosen and sequenced, handout materials, state-of-the-art home theatre equipment, and processing of the films through reflection and group interaction. For more information, contact Francis Lu:, and visit (search for “films”).
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;
CE credit for psychologists;


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