Where there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi
The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get, but what you give.
Since the beginning of film, the many varieties and facets of love have enthralled audiences and evoked deep longings, pleasures, and fears. This seminar explores love in film along two dimensions. First, we explore the different kinds of love relationships: parental, friendship-based, romantic, and spousal. Second, we discover the polarities inherent within love: passionate/compassionate, obsessive/detached, fulfilled/unrequited, and comic/tragic. By viewing twelve to fifteen feature films from the silent era to the present, we deepen our capacity to appreciate the meaning and value of relationships as described by Thomas Merton: "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.gratefulness.org (search for “films”).
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;
CE credit for psychologists;