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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Back, Hips and Shoulders

Jul 01 - 06, 2018 Begins in 1 week
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious, “stuck” areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy in turn becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 2

Jul 15 - 20, 2018 Begins in 3 weeks
with Maggie Gill

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a healing process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative emotional experiences. Joint research efforts by Dr. John Upledger and biophysicist Dr. Zvi Karni led to the discovery that the body often retains (rather than dissipates) physical forces resulting from accident, injury, or emotional trauma, and then isolates the dysfunctional area, creating an “energy cyst.” Although a reasonably healthy body can work and adapt to energy cysts, extra energy is required to perform normal bodily functions.

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R.D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Love?

Jul 22 - 27, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Fritjof Capra, Heather LaFace & Michael Guy Thompson

R.D. Laing devoted his career to exploring the nature of intimacy in both its emancipatory and demonic editions. In this year’s workshop, we will focus on one of Laing’s favorite themes: the nature of love. We will explore the various kinds of love including erotic, spiritual, and sacrificial, and the variety of contexts in which we encounter it. We will ask, how does love manifest in the therapy relationship? Does love heal or drive us mad? In what measure does a broken heart result in neurotic or extreme states? What is the relation between love and happiness?

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Jul 27 - 29, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Judith Orloff

There is a powerful connection between your emotions, intuition, and empathy. The magic comes when you learn how to tap into each of them to fully access your sensitivities without going on overload or becoming drained. Join Judith Orloff to awaken your intuition and empathy to enhance your health, work, relationships, resilience as a parent, and emotional and physical well-being.

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Healing the Pelvic Floor: Reclaiming your Power, Sexuality and Pleasure Potential

Jul 29 - Aug 05, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

As women we have a unique power of creativity in our reproductive systems. That power is used not only to create new life, but also to bring personal projects into being. However, that energy can be blocked by physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma to the pelvic floor and the female organs.

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Compassion and Awe

Aug 05 - 10, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Shauna Shapiro, Daniel Siegel, Dacher Keltner, Mollie McNeil & Amishi Jha

This workshop brings together a team of internationally recognized scientists, meditation teachers, and clinicians to deepen our understanding of how to live a meaningful, healthy, and joyful life. Weaving together ancient wisdom traditions with modern neuroscience, we’ll explore the transformative effects of meditative practices. We will explore simple yet potent meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation, compassion practices, mindful movement, and experiential exercises.

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

Aug 10 - 12, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Russell Delman & Linda 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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Loving Awareness Retreat

Aug 12 - 17, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Jack Kornfield, Daniel Siegel, Shauna Shapiro, Trudy Goodman & Teja Bell

Embark on a one-of-a-kind journey into the contemplative, scientific, and healing dimensions of mindfulness with a team of meditation luminaries. Joining renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield are his close friends and colleagues Drs. Dan Siegel, Trudy Goodman, Shauna Shapiro, and Teja Bell. Dr. Kornfield is a trained clinical psychologist as well as leader in bringing mindfulness to the West. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry and founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

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EMDR Basic Training: Parts 1 & 2 – Transforming Trauma with EMDR

Aug 17 - 24, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Laurel Parnell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Shedding new light on trauma survival —including sexual and physical abuse, accident and surgical trauma, and grief — EMDR is opening doors of the heart to genuine spiritual transformation. This course is for mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment. Through lecture, hands-on practice, and demonstrations, participants will be shown:
• Protocols and procedures for using EMDR with a wide range of diagnostic categories

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Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

Aug 17 - 19, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Jessica Fagan & Silvia Guersenzvaig

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice. The workshop leaders are experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners who create a unique atmosphere of innovation and exploration in the practices of gentle stretching and deeper bodywork.
Come prepared to practice and learn new methods of massage while enjoying Esalen's natural beauty and healing waters.

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Healthy Empathy: How to Give Without Giving It All Away

Aug 17 - 19, 2018 Begins in 1 month
with Karla McLaren & Tino Plank

Multiple studies confirm that health and healing professionals who demonstrate empathy provide better care and achieve greater patient/client satisfaction. However, empathic burnout and compassion fatigue are a constant presence in the working lives of health professionals and anyone who provides caregiving. In addition to the many other challenges, they must make sure that their empathy is intentional, self-enriching, sustainable, and most of all, healthy.

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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience 

Aug 19 - 24, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Russ Hudson

A growing number of people are aware of the Enneagram as an accurate and profound map of personality. The nine Enneagram types are based on the three primary centers of intelligence: thinking, emotion, and instinct. However, in almost all human beings, distortions or blockages in these centers have led to a loss of connection with our essential nature and to the arising of ego structures to compensate for this loss. Thus, while our Enneagram type usually obscures our true nature with a characteristic web of defenses, it can also serve as an opening to the deeper reality of spirit.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Aug 26 - 31, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Fritz Smith & Todd Williams

Zero Balancing (ZB) is a non-diagnostic 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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 26 - 31, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Susan Steiner

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor, or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity, and central nervous system disorders.

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Esalen Massage® and Meditation

Sep 02 - 07, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Oliver Bailey & Nora Matten

Esalen Massage is a moving meditation, a practice in presence and mindfulness, and a loving healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of meditation can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

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IAHE: Barral Institute's Visceral Manipulation 2

Sep 09 - 14, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

In this course, you will begin with a review of functional anatomy, hand placements, and manipulations that were covered in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, followed by additional concepts and techniques. Emphasis is on the kidneys, greater momentum, peritoneum, spleen, and pancreas. This course offers 24 continuing education credits.

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Fundamentals of Esalen Massage®

Sep 16 - 21, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Paméla Espinoza & Brita Ostrom

This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen Massage. The principal elements of bodywork, including breath and sensory awareness practices, grounding, movement, and quality of contact will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage.

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Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain via Spinefulness

Sep 16 - 21, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Jean Couch & Jenn Sherer

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Spineful healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

Sep 16 - 21, 2018 Begins in 2 months
with Ira Israel

Many of us would benefit from learning how to dis-identify with the mental chatter in our heads and cultivate equanimity. These qualities help us make healthy, long-term decisions and engender loving, positive, secure, and supportive attachments to other people.

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Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Certification Training

Sep 23 - 28, 2018 Begins in 3 months
with Roger Jahnke

Tai Chi Easy is a practice that combines gentle exercises, breath practices, self-massage, and meditation to help you experience a refreshing, healing boost to body, mind, and spirit. Developed by master teacher Roger Jahnke, Tai Chi Easy enhances energy (qi) to strengthen and cleanse the body and mind. According to Chinese Medicine and philosophy, qi is the vital essence that creates health, well-being, and harmony.
During this workshop, you will learn how to teach tai chi principles including breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness in an easy format to share in your classes.

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Positive Neuroplasticity and Resilient Well-Being: Growing an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness

Sep 23 - 28, 2018 Begins in 3 months
with Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

The world is increasingly volatile and uncertain, so we need to develop psychological strengths such as grit, gratitude, and compassion. This unshakable core is the essence of resilience and the foundation of lasting well-being in a changing world. During this workshop, we’ll explore how to use modern neuroscience informed by ancient contemplative wisdom to turn everyday experiences into powerful inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system.

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Transforming Trauma into Healing Energy: An Integrative, Mystical Approach

Oct 07 - 12, 2018 Begins in 3 months
with Renee Jennings & Sarah Weiss

Deep within the heart lies the living energy of transformation. This energy radiates our true essence: a whole and multidimensional self. Individually and collectively, trauma and shame can veil us from becoming whole, and can have profound effects on the body and relationships. Therapy modalities derived from epigenetics, neurobiology, and attachment and field theory can offer relief; however, emancipating the soul from trauma's grasp also requires spiritual medicine.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's CranioSacral Therapy 2

Oct 21 - 26, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Lisa Desrochers

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 Institute's CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

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EFT Tapping Professional Skills Training

Oct 28 - Nov 02, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Dawson Church

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has helped transform the practices of thousands of professionals including life coaches, therapists, and health care workers. EFT uses elements of cognitive and exposure therapy combined with acupressure in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping can rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Clinical EFT is the evidence-based form of the method, with efficacy demonstrated in more than 100 studies.

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

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 4 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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Lymphatic Balancing for the Total Body

Nov 04 - 09, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Kerry D'Ambrogio

Lymphatic Balancing (LB) is a curriculum specifically designed to utilize the philosophy, approach, and specialized manual lymphatic drainage techniques, which were originally designed to treat lymphedema, and apply them to the orthopedic patient. LB is be used to treat excess fluid or swelling, fluid stagnation or lymphedema in the cranium, spine, rib cage, visceral system, and the upper (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand) and lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle, and foot).

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Nov 16 - 18, 2018 Begins in 4 months
with Lee Lesser

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Nov 25 - 30, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Stewart Cubley

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply. In a respectful and nurturing studio environment, you’ll receive individual attention and gentle guidance to help you open to inspiration, creativity, growth, and change. Using the powerful tool of “process arts,” you’ll be supportively invited to:
• Discover a creative voice that’s entirely your own
• Trust your intuitive perception, not the mind’s critical chatter
• Follow your energy rather than what looks good or makes sense

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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 09 - 14, 2018 Begins in 5 months
with Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is the heart of mindfulness. It is warmhearted, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience that allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, care for others, and be more fully ourselves. Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

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