For more than twenty years, THE MAX has held an honored status among the Esalen staff and is considered by many to be an essential rite of passage for community members. The purpose of THE MAX is to discover yourself beyond who you know yourself to be. It is a voyage through your own humanity—a journey to discover the extent of your self-expressive power. Employing a variety of acting, communication, and observation techniques, it’s designed to expand your limits “to the max” and move you into a new arena of personal creativity and self-expression.
In THE MAX, participants undertake a challenging exploration of the sources of their emotional limitations. Working individually, “on stage,” each person is encouraged and supported to go at their own pace, playing to and with other group members. With strong guidance, people move through lifelong fears of being “on the spot,” emerging into greater authenticity and enhanced “presence.”
There are exercises that use raw emotion, role-playing, and dress-up assignments. This is an opportunity to experience yourself in ways you may have dreamed about but never thought possible. The course is for those committed and courageous in their process. And it has been constructed with the understanding that this kind of risk requires a very safe workspace. If your heart beats faster when you think of taking THE MAX, it may be just “the thing to do.” For details visit www.themaxwithpaulashaw.com. Highly recommended: Please consider taking Paula Shaw's Improv inspiration weekend workshop that immediately follows THE MAX. It is a delicious dessert to top off an extraordinary entrée, and is a very satisfying way to end this transformational journey.
Please note: Due to the intense and sequential nature of this workshop, attendance at all sessions is necessary.
Requirement: Bring a one- to three-minute memorized piece—monologue, poem, song, etc.