This retreat invites participants to open to their most elemental relationship, that which exists between the body, mind, and the natural world as it manifests through eating, breathing, and our senses. This is not a workshop about nutrition or eating, but begins with how formal mindful sensory meditations and awareness of body sensations, including eating awareness, develops mindfulness/ mindful awareness. This is how the mindfulness is learned. This awareness then widens to include the deep nourishment we receive from being in mindful relationship with each other. “Individually, we all know the hungers and longings that coexist at emotional, spiritual, bodily, and relational levels,” says Jerome Front. “Fortunately, these basic needs also form our common human ground. Opening to these primal shared areas with a loving awareness can create profoundly satisfying aspects of deep relationship. These nourishing and transformative relational experiences include understanding and being understood, a sense of increased personal presence, and the soothing and integrating experience of being known in another’s accepting, warm presence.”
Participants will experience sensory work, silent meals, music, ritual, and instruction on mindfulness meditation. Teachings and activities will alternate with periods of intentional silence. Open to everyone, this retreat is an especially rich resource for helping professionals, teachers, and nurses.
For continuing education syllabus, see http://www.esalen.org/Course_Info_Mindfulness_Deep_Relationship.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit for psychologists;