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Traditional Thai Massage, Meditative Mindfulness and Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung

Aug 17 - 22 Begins in 2 weeks
with Richard Gold

Whether you are an experienced body worker, a complete novice, or somewhere in between, this workshop offers a joyful and profound immersion experience of traditional Thai massage. Thai Massage’s historical roots are embedded in the meditative Buddhist monastic tradition of Thailand, originally practiced primarily by monks.

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5Rhythms®: A Graceful Journey

Aug 17 - 22 Begins in 2 weeks
with Lucia Horan

Energy moves in waves. Waves move in rhythms. Rhythms move in patterns. Patterns move in cycles. A human being is just that. Nothing more. Nothing less. A Dance. – Gabrielle Roth
“Do you know where you land in the sacred map of beginning, middle, and end?” Lucia Horan asks. “Do you want to be fluid and graceful in the face of change? The 5Rhythms movement practice invites us to become agile creatures of the present moment.

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The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Aug 22 - 24 Begins in 3 weeks
with Russell Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi
All methods devoted to human potential emphasize the importance of awakening to the present moment. All that we long for—love, joy, peace, harmony, truth—require the fundamental capacity for presence.
This seminar uses ancient and modern methods for directly and simply uncovering this natural capacity. Put simply, we need the capacity to: 1. Sit quietly with our own thoughts. 2. Mindfully welcome our feelings/emotions. 3. Find comfort in our own bodies.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 24 - 29 Begins in 3 weeks
with Fritz Smith

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a nondiagnostic system of healing which clarifies and coordinates energy fields in the body, balances body energy with body structure, and focuses on bone energy and the skeletal system. Science has shown that energy and matter are fundamentally coupled; psychology has shown that the mind and body are interconnected. ZB embodies both perspectives. It is based on the experience that balancing the body’s energy with its structure has a direct positive effect on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

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Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Aug 31 - Sep 05 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton, and muscles. These concepts serve to awaken sensory awareness, fine-tune physical skills, and deepen personal connection with self and others, all of which are skills that enhance the ability to give good bodywork sessions.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage

Sep 05 - 07 Begins in 1 month
with Daniela Urbassek & Rob Wilks

During this workshop, Esalen® Massage and Bodywork practitioners Daniela Urbassek and Rob Wilks will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle stretching combined with deeper bodywork.
Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage, while also enjoying the natural beauty of Esalen. Previous massage training is required. This workshop is also useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.
CE credit for nurses;
CE credit for bodyworkers;

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Beyond the Long Stroke: The Integration of Deep Bodywork and Esalen® Massage

Sep 07 - 12 Begins in 1 month
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

“In our previous classes, we’ve focused on teaching the practice of Deep Bodywork for specific segments of the body,” write the leaders. “In this seminar, we will focus on giving a full body massage, and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole. We will show you how to apply deep work on both sides of the body while maintaining the flowing, integrative quality which is the signature of Esalen Massage.

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Esalen® Massage - The Basics

Sep 19 - 21 Begins in 1 month
with Brita Ostrom & Laurie Lioness Parizek

During an Esalen Massage, we experience a remarkable web of interdependence: a listening touch, a deepening breath, our nervous system soothed in connection with another. When we receive a massage we remember an easier time and "come home."

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Upledger Institute’s Unwinding Meridians: Applying Acupuncture Principles to CST

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 1 month
with Ken Koles

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to utilize the points and pathways of acupuncture along with the energy, intention, and wisdom of your own hands to enhance the effectiveness of CranioSacral Therapy. From the rich knowledge of Oriental medicine, you can draw connections between the craniosacral system and organs, emotions, sounds, colors, tastes, and much more. This dynamic workshop also offers options in verbal dialoguing to enhance energy flow.
Before participating in this course, students must complete Upledger's CranioSacral 1 and 2, either at Esalen or elsewhere.

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Taoist Chi Kung: Enhancing Health "The Shen"

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 1 month
with Juanita Lew

Soft and gentle as a leaf unfolding, and healing you in its wake; this is the essence of Taoist Chi Kung. This retreat is based on the teaching of Taoist Master Share K. Lew, a monastery-trained Taoist priest. Juanita Lew will introduce you to traditional Taoist concepts of health, longevity, and harmony with nature. The core of the workshop will be instruction in the Shen, a set of twelve chi kung exercises (six standing, six sitting) whose primary purpose is self-healing.

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Couples’ Massage Retreat

Sep 21 - 26 Begins in 1 month
with Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

Deepen the relationship and commitment you have with your lover by learning or rediscovering the magic of Esalen® Massage. This week is designed for couples to explore the gift of touch on the secluded Big Sur coast. You will share the opportunity to embark on a journey, learning to give each other a healing, revitalizing, and nurturing massage with great awareness and sensitivity. This gift you give and receive has the capacity to expand your ability to love and feel deeply, giving greater depth to who you are, both as individuals and a couple.

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IAHE - Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Sep 26 - 28 Begins in 1 month
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend workshop. Gain practical tools and skills that will enable you to meet life's challenges with new resources that don't fade but grow stronger with practice.
Discover how to tune into your body's wisdom and acquire skills to stay energized in the face of life stressors and draining situations. Learn exact tools for re-charging your system to calm physical tension and quiet your mind. Leave the weekend more embodied, with clarity about how your own full body presence can support you in your world.

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Healer Within™ Practice Leader Certification: Mind-Body Energetics Foundations

Sep 26 - 28 Begins in 1 month
with Roger Jahnke

During this workshop, you can learn how to share Mind-Body Energetics in your community as a Healer Within™ Practice Leader. Mind-body and energy medicine methods including yoga, tai chi, qigong, and somatics are growing rapidly in popularity, and not just in yoga centers and spas. Hospitals, schools, social service agencies, corporations, the military, prisons, and faith-based ministries are all implementing the most accessible of Mind-Body Energetics.

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Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification: A Revolution in Mind-Body Energetics

Sep 28 - Oct 03 Begins in 1 month
with Roger Jahnke

Why do tai chi practitioners experience longevity, inner peace, and inner power? With Tai Chi Easy, developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke, it’s easy to discover why. Now you can become certified as a Practice Leader in this revolutionary mind-body energetics practice that combines “The Four Baskets of Practice”: gentle movement, breath practice, self-massage, and meditation.

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Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy 

Oct 03 - 05 Begins in 2 months
with Harvey Deutch

Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our posture and energy have started to slump and drag. We assume positions and engage in tasks that our bodies are not meant to do nor were ever taught how to perform correctly. Without mindfulness and grace in our movement and without awareness of our energy systems, our bodies begin to break down faster and earlier than expected. Is your body heading down this path? Has your once pristine temple turned into a fixer-upper? Good news! You can change this course and re-fortify your foundation starting now.

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Esalen® Massage Workshop for Couples

Oct 10 - 12 Begins in 2 months
with Nora Matten & Oliver Bailey

Discover the art of touching with presence, sensitivity, and listening hands. Experience the pleasure of cultivating a practice of loving, non-sexual touch in your relationship. A present, attuned, and tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension, and supporting connection and intimacy.

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IAHE: Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy 1

Oct 12 - 17 Begins in 2 months
with Paula Gurak

Proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body's ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues, filter out foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system. If lymph circulation stagnates, toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is compromised, opening the way to physical ailments and hastening the aging process. Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is highly valuable when such dysfunctions occur.

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Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais® and Energy Work

Oct 12 - 17 Begins in 2 months
with Patrick Douce

Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury.
The use of joy and humor will be the undertone of this time together. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.

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Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movement: Intro. to Cortical Field Reeducation®

Oct 17 - 19 Begins in 2 months
with Ellen Kindl & Melody Fairchild

How we sit, stand, move, or respond to contact with others reflects patterns wired into our nervous systems in infancy. By early childhood, conflicting intentions distort these patterns. Feeling powerless, we attempt to survive and to win love by figuring out "big people's rules." The resulting strategies may protect us as children, but, deeply ingrained in our muscular postures and movements, they imprison us as adults and limit our choices. They remain outside of awareness, causing discomfort and limitation.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2 

Oct 19 - 24 Begins in 2 months
with Eric Moya

CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to SomatoEmotional Release will also be presented.
The prerequisite for this course is Upledger’s Institute CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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Zero Balancing: Open Forum

Oct 24 - 26 Begins in 2 months
with Fritz Smith

This weekend is an opportunity for people practicing Zero Balancing to reconnect with Fritz Smith, with Zero Balancing, and with each other.
“It is critically important," says Fritz, "to periodically meet with like-minded people and to openly, freely, and safely discuss problems, insights, and successes of your work—in this case, the leading-edge therapy of balancing energy and structure.”

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Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure

Oct 26 - 31 Begins in 2 months
with Aminah Raheem

Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself? From your body’s internal promptings, your heart’s intelligence, your mind’s clearest insight, and even your own soul’s wisdom? Would you like to get all of yourself together in an integrated way? Process Acupressure teaches you how to gain a holistic perspective on your life directions and general health. And it teaches the skills of how to uncover the wise guidance that lies at your own unique center.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage Intensive: Gentle Creative Stretches within the Flowing Touch of Massage

Oct 26 - 31 Begins in 2 months
with Daniela Urbassek & Nora Matten

Moving a client’s body on the massage table in a skillful, creative, and attuned way is one of the fine skills of an advanced bodyworker. Gentle stretches not only open the body’s tissues and joints, effectively increasing the client’s range of motion, but also support the soul’s capacity to let go and surrender into a natural state of fluidity, grace, and aliveness. By weaving flowing long strokes and creative stretches into your work, you can create a sense of dancing with the body, which adds freedom, fun, and freshness to your massage.

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Work Study - Streams of Energy

Oct 26 - Nov 23 Begins in 2 months
with Jim Gallas

Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern bodywork and movement, including Reiki 1 Certification, a thorough overview of Shiatsu Massage, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy-to-learn, powerful Chi Kung form. Various meditations, self-massage, and improv games will be used to encourage awareness and expression. The program is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully present in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others.

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Healthy Backs and Necks: From Pain to Fitness

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 3 months
with Anat Baniel

We all want to be strong, flexible, and full of energy and vitality. Yet, so many of us experience pain and limitation and are less fit than we would like to be. In our efforts to be fit, what often is overlooked is our brain.
The brain organizes all action: movement, thinking, feeling, and emotion. The good news is that the brain can easily change for the better — at any age — when given the right conditions and information, thus dramatically reducing pain and increasing strength, flexibility, and well-being.

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Current Trends in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Oct 31 - Nov 02 Begins in 3 months
with Carl Swanson & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork. During the weekend, attention will be focused on various ways to accomplish the following:
· Sensitively and comfortably work at deep levels
· Utilize both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness
· Develop a deeper understanding of the terms listening, balance, and integration

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Disorders of the Temporo-Mandibular Joint

Nov 02 - 07 Begins in 3 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

There is growing demand for massage practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. The capacity of Deep Bodywork to alleviate acute and chronic pain has made it an indispensable tool in treating difficult conditions such as thoracic-outlet syndrome and disorders of the temporo-mandibular joint.

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Advanced Esalen® Massage with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Nov 09 - 14 Begins in 3 months
with Char Pias & Jessica Fagan

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the interplay of muscular balance between the neck, thoracic cavity, spine, and arms. Imbalances and chronic tension around the scapulae, neck, and shoulder are frequently caused by misaligned habitual movement patterns. These holding patterns result in kyphosis, elevated/retracted shoulders, or a depressed chest, all of which affect one’s ability to breathe fully and can support habits of fear and anxiety.

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Being Present for Your Life: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Nov 14 - 16 Begins in 3 months
with James Baraz

How much are you present for your own life? Most of us spend more time in our own inner world—worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy—than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. The present moment is where we can most directly be intimate with our life—touched by beauty and intimacy, while learning through the difficult lessons how to open our hearts.

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The Gokhale Method® for a Pain-Free Life

Nov 16 - 21 Begins in 3 months
with Esther Gokhale

Why are so many of us in pain? Why are we damaged from our normal activities (bending and lifting), exhausted from our most basic positions (sitting and standing), and uncomfortable even in our stillness (sleeping)? And why do some populations in the world enjoy pain-free, relaxed, and potent lives into old age? How can we improve our situation?

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The Art of Esalen® Massage

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 3 months
with Brita Ostrom & Silvia Guersenzvaig

Giving a massage is a sure-fire way to “come home” to a refreshed and relaxed sense of self. For the giver, it can heighten intuitive, non-verbal communication and build a sense of connection with all living beings. Brita and Silvia will guide participants via touch, muscles, and movement, to savor the elemental skills of Esalen Massage.

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The Rhythms and Stories of Our Lives: 5Rhythms® and Motion Theater®

Nov 21 - 23 Begins in 3 months
with Lucia Horan & Davida Taurek

Movement is medicine. — Gabrielle Roth
Experience the freedom and transformative power of self-expression through the catalytic practices of the 5Rhythms and Motion Theater. Motion Theater, a form of improvised autobiographical storytelling grounded in a lively physicality, simultaneously functions as performance art, healing method, and spiritual practice. The 5Rhythms is a dynamic moving meditation practice that invites us to embody our psyche and awaken our soul.

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5Rhythms®: Connections

Nov 23 - 28 Begins in 3 months
with Lucia Horan

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. — Friedrich Nietzsche
What are the invisible threads that connect you in this life? How can we use the path of the 5Rhythms movement practice to help us explore the connections we desire? By fostering the intimate union of breath and movement, we follow a path that leads us out of isolation and into connection.

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100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Nov 23 - Dec 12 Begins in 3 months
with Dean Marson & Peggy Horan

Esalen offers three levels of basic certification in Esalen massage: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-Hour Course provides a Certificate in Esalen® Massage. The 250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Course meets all core requirements of the CAMTC in California to become a Certified Massage Practitioner. Many of Esalen’s weekend and five-day workshops qualify for follow-up education credit, and can fulfill the requirements for the CAMTC 500-hour Certified Massage Therapist designation.

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New Self, New World: A Healing Embodiment of Consciousness

Nov 30 - Dec 05 Begins in 4 months
with Philip Shepherd

“Here’s a little-known fact: 8,000 years ago our ancestors experienced their thinking in the belly,” proposes Philip Shepherd. “They relied on that thinking because it allowed them to consciously ‘be,’ feeling the life of the world around them. As we became a culture of ‘doers’ who farmed, erected buildings, and rode horses, our center of thinking began to rise and change. When it migrated into the head, we turned away from the Mother of earthly abundance and gave our allegiance to male gods of the sky. Our evolving consciousness has arrived at the limit of that trajectory.

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Introduction to Esalen® Massage: The Art of Healing Touch

Nov 30 - Dec 05 Begins in 4 months
with Robin Fann-Costanzo & Silvia Guersenzvaig

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection, and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscles groups of the body.

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Massage for Couples

Dec 12 - 14 Begins in 4 months
with Robin Fann-Costanzo & Tom Case

This weekend is designed to help couples renew their relationship while exploring touch and learning massage. The workshop will present simple massage techniques, developed by Esalen® Massage practitioners, that are valuable to anyone who wants to help a partner, friend, or family member feel better. Massage methods that help relieve pain, increase vitality, or simply soothe the nerves will be briefly demonstrated and practiced, with plenty of hands-on instruction.

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The Gift of Touch: An Esalen® Massage Holiday Retreat

Dec 19 - 21 Begins in 4 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Jessica Fagan

Celebrate the holiday season by enjoying the natural beauty of the Esalen land while learning how to give an Esalen Massage. This seasonal workshop offers the talents of two experienced teachers and a weekend of touch. This is a weekend of mutual giving and receiving for those of you who wish to learn the fundamental elements of Esalen Massage. The essence of the Esalen style of bodywork is the awareness and presence with which one approaches massage.

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Work Study - Deep Bodywork®

Dec 21 - Jan 18 Begins in 4 months
with Rob Wilks & Paul Wehrman

Deep Bodywork, as created by Perry Holloman over the last twenty-five years at Esalen Institute, is a method that integrates the qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Using deep tissue methods, massage practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow.

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Massage for Couples

Dec 26 - 28 Begins in 4 months
with Char Pias & Oliver Bailey

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful holiday gift of touch. Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn how to give one another an effective Esalen® Massage. A tender touch can do wonders for any relationship by easing stress, releasing tension, and deepening nonverbal communication skills. The workshop focuses on how to pay attention with heart and hands, ask for what you need, and take the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner.

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250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Jan 11 - Feb 22 Begins in 5 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers three levels of basic massage certification: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-hour course provides a certificate in Esalen Massage. The 250-hour Esalen Massage Certification Course meets all core requirements of the CAMTC in California to become a Certified Massage Practitioner. Many of Esalen’s weekend and five-day workshops qualify for follow-up education credit, and can fulfill the requirements for the CAMTC 500-hour Certified Massage Therapist designation.

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250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program

Jan 11 - Feb 22 Begins in 5 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Perry Holloman

Esalen offers two levels of basic certification in massage: For those already certified in massage by a state-approved school, the 100-Hour Esalen® Massage Certification Program provides all instruction required to earn an Esalen Massage Certification. The following 250-hour Esalen® Massage Certification program meets all core requirements of the CAMTC in California. In both cases, many of Esalen’s weekend and five-day workshops qualify for follow-up continuing education credit.

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Work Study - Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion

Jan 18 - Feb 15 Begins in 5 months
with Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer

Spiritual Massage is a hands-on healing practice that works directly on the energy body, balancing the chakras, cleansing old thought forms, and gently facilitating release of emotional, physical, and spiritual blockages. Born into a family of healers with a generations-old tradition, Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer studied and continues to study with healers in her native Brazil, where Spiritism—receiving healing knowledge from the spirit world—is very familiar.

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