Esalen co-founders Richard Price and Michael Murphy envisioned Dick Price's experiences of madness to be of great potential value in helping others, and as a way to expand the human potential movement. As a result, Esalen became a hub in the exploration of alternative models of madness and the development of new ways to help people in extreme states. Michael Cornwall and David Lukoff have been involved in continuing this exploration for more than thirty years.
Workshop attendees will learn about new, ground-breaking research and contributions by pioneers like Price, Bateson, Laing, Perry, Silverman, Perls, Grof, and others who attended historic gatherings on madness at Esalen.
During collegial conversations, personal sharing, and interactive exercises, we can expand on the paradigms by which madness may be expressed, understood, and responded to, by drawing on heart-centered ways of "being with" an individual in an extreme state.
The primary goal of this weekend together is to renew and inspire each of us to go back into our communities to bring compassion to those we serve.
Note: All potential participants must first contact one of the faculty prior to registration. Please call or e-mail Michael at 707-853-6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call David at 707-364-2702.
Recommended reading: Laing, The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise; Jung, The Red Book: A Reader's Edition; Perry, The Trials of the Visionary Mind; Grof, Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis.
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;
CE credit for nurses;