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Workshops with CE Credits for Nurses

Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Apr 28 - May 03, 2019 Begins in 1 week
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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A Weekend of Advanced Esalen Massage®

May 03 - 05, 2019 Begins in 2 weeks
with Jessica Fagan & Char Pias

This weekend provides practitioners with the opportunity to up-level their current massage practice. Experienced Esalen Massage and Bodywork practitioners will offer unique explorations in the practices of gentle extensions and dynamic mobilization, along with soft and deep tissue release work. Range of motion and passive release techniques will also be brought onto the table, creating an atmosphere of innovation and exploration.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

May 05 - 10, 2019 Begins in 2 weeks
with Melinda Naye

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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EMDR Basic Training: Part 3 – Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course

May 12 - 17, 2019 Begins in 3 weeks
with Laurel Parnell

Refresh your technique and review EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) protocols and procedures, consult on your difficult cases, watch demonstrations, and practice EMDR in small, supervised groups. Instruction will focus on using EMDR with complex cases, resource development and installation, target development, and interweaves.
This EMDR course is for participants who have completed either part 2 training or an equivalent EMDRIA-approved course.

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Introduction to Esalen Massage®: The Art of Healing Touch

May 17 - 19, 2019 Begins in 4 weeks
with Paméla Espinoza & 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 weekend, 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 muscle groups of the body.

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Body Structure from a Gestalt Perspective: Training for Gestalt and Somatic Practitioners

May 26 - 31, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Michael Clemmens & Renee Jennings

Patterns of our physical embodiment are revealed and expressed in our thinking, feeling, and lived histories. They are shaped through our interactions with the world, the places and spaces we inhabit, developmental contexts, and relational others. As body or character structure, these patterns become relatively fixed modes of being through which we both express and limit our evolving self and narrative. From a Gestalt perspective, these structures are creative adjustments that can be attended to and explored in the novelty of the present moment.

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Esalen Massage® Intensive

May 26 - 31, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Deborah Anne Medow & Rob Wilks

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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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Opening the Chest, Freeing the Breath and Healing the Neck

Jun 02 - 07, 2019 Begins in 1 month
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. As we open the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, “stuck” energy in the form of shortened, hardened tissue is mobilized, making this energy available to support us in the process of healing.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Jun 02 - 07, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Steve Hickman & Michelle Becker

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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The Dynamic Spine: Yoga for the Prevention and Relief of Low Back and Pelvic Dysfunction

Jun 07 - 09, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Harvey Deutch

We live in a culture that extols constant productivity. From sunrise to sunset, we move at a breakneck pace in order to meet the day's demands. Is it any wonder that we have distanced ourselves from the body's signals of discomfort? Such signals may be a particular chronic ache or perhaps a more abstract sensation of overall stiffness. This path leads to decreased energy and an inability to embrace each day with optimal vitality.

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

Jun 09 - 14, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with John Gissell

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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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 14 - 16, 2019 Begins in 1 month
with Sam Jinich & Michelle Gannon

The Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is based on practices drawn from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), attachment theory, and Sue Johnson’s best-selling book, Hold Me Tight. The work will be designed around seven conversations that have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy. Couples will learn how to understand and improve their relationships via presentations, private exercises, conversations with relationship partners, and by watching video demonstrations.

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How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

Jun 21 - 23, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns? Are you in the midst of riding massive waves of change, and need a few surfing lessons? This workshop is for people who are in the process of change, or who work as change agents with individuals, groups, or the collective. Through dialogue, experiential practice, and creative process, the group will learn about the emerging science of transformation and explore indigenous, religious, spiritual, and secular models of transformation.

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Esalen Massage® and Energy Work

Jun 30 - Jul 05, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Brita Ostrom & Dean Marson

Each of us walks around in our own energetic halo. Our energetic fields incline toward and veer away from each other, as we get closer. When two people touch, an energetic exchange begins to build. This energetic field is the heart and soul of Esalen Massage. Dean and Brita have taught the basics of massage around the world; this class promises a new dimension, with a heightened focus on energy and the nervous system. Learn how to quietly tune inward, activate your hands, palpate and recognize energetic fields, and to work with energy lines as well as the chakra system.

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

Jul 07 - 12, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

This workshop for advanced-level healing arts practitioners focuses on giving a full-body massage and integrating Deep Bodywork into the session as a whole. Learn 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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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Jul 12 - 14, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

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

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Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice

Jul 14 - 19, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Brad Lewis & Stephen Mosblech

Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual and expressive contexts. This workshop goes the other direction: it integrates secular mindfulness practices with the wisdom of world philosophies and with the creative arts. The workshop is for those new to mindfulness, those with an established practice and for psychotherapists interested in integrating mindfulness into their clinical work. It is co-taught by a psychiatrist and cultural scholar from New York University, and an experienced meditation teacher.

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R.D. Laing in the 21st Century: What is Authenticity?

Jul 14 - 19, 2019 Begins in 2 months
with Michael Guy Thompson, Fritjof Capra & Nita Gage

One of R. D. Laing’s most seminal influences was the existential philosophical tradition, especially Sartre, Heidegger and Nietzsche. The core principle that binds these disparate thinkers together is the concept of authenticity. There is no better term to characterize Dr. Laing’s ethical approach to clinical intervention. We will devote our five days together to exploring what it means to be authentic. What is the relationship between authenticity and ethics? The self? Happiness? Can the search for authenticity drive us mad, or make us sane?

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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience

Jul 21 - 26, 2019 Begins in 3 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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Positive Neuroplasticity: How to Grow Resilient Self-Worth and Happiness

Jul 21 - 26, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Rick Hanson & Laurel Hanson

In these volatile times, it’s more important than ever to build an unshakable internal core of resilient, confident well-being. By growing the good inside and coming home to our true nature, we can find lasting happiness, self-worth and inner peace. In this experiential workshop, you’ll use recent neuroscience findings to tap into and grow inner strengths like grit, gratitude, self-respect and compassion. Each day in the morning, you’ll learn effective ways to release anxiety, hurt and anger; to heal from past painful experiences; and to rest in an open-hearted happiness.

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Jul 26 - 28, 2019 Begins in 3 months
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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Leading at the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

Aug 04 - 09, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with George Kohlrieser

Why do some leaders overcome impossible barriers, go beyond unbearable pressure and frustration and persevere in order to achieve outcomes seemingly beyond reach when others would give up? Through their desire for relentless improvement, leaders at the edge can unlock the highest levels of performance in themselves and others, making work a more exciting place to be. Leading at the edge enables people to "play to win" rather than simply "playing not to lose," a mindset that focuses on survival.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 04 - 09, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Susan Steiner

Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1 is a small-group (10 or 12 colleagues) experiences that combines the benefits of an intensive therapy program with an educational course. Participants have called the experience pivotal in terms of the way they work and live. The paradigm for learning is the experiential applications and exploration of CST, SER and Upledger teachings. Participants explore the principles and practice of Upledger CST which provide a foundation for facilitating healing and the possibilities of evolving this work in your own life - and Beyond.

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Advanced Esalen Massage® with Special Focus on the Shoulder Girdle

Aug 09 - 11, 2019 Begins in 3 months
with Jessica Fagan & Paméla Espinoza

This advanced massage workshop focuses on the shoulder girdle and the neck. 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, supporting habits of fear and anxiety.

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

Aug 23 - 30, 2019 Begins in 4 months
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 workshop is for mental-health professionals who are licensed to provide treatment. Through lecture, hands-on practice and demonstrations, you will be shown:

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Couples' Communication Retreat

Aug 23 - 25, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we love, the more fragile we feel. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and their love fades. Raising children and money magnify the problems even as they become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psychologically divorced — in a minimum-security-prison marriage.

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

Aug 25 - Sep 01, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Suzanne Scurlock

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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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

Sep 08 - 13, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with John Forsyth & Jamie Forsyth

Acceptance and mindfulness-based practices are rapidly making their way into mental health care, medicine and society — to alleviate human suffering and also to nurture psychological health and wellness. This body of work offers a fresh perspective on psychological suffering and powerful clinical strategies that support meaningful life changes. In this workshop for mental health professionals, you will learn about one particular approach and set of evidence-based practices called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

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Qigong for Health and Happiness

Sep 08 - 13, 2019 Begins in 4 months
with Mingtong Gu

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a week dedicated to healing and balancing body, mind, heart and spirit through the powerful movement, sound and visualization practices of qigong. This retreat is a great way to journey inward with deep nourishment and recharge with renewed energy, clarity and vitality. Qigong supports you in releasing limitations and expanding into new possibilities for balance, wellness, deep fulfillment and lasting joy.

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Zero Balancing - Part 1

Sep 22 - 27, 2019 Begins in 5 months
with Fritz Smith & Linda Wobeskya

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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Esalen Massage® for Couples

Oct 04 - 06, 2019 Begins in 5 months
with Deborah Anne Medow & Peggy Horan

Give your significant other or good friend a wonderful 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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The Upledger Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 27 - Nov 01, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Dee Dettmann Ahern

Learn the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity. The manual techniques are not advised for pregnant participants.

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100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nov 01 - 17, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Nora Matten & Silvia Guersenzvaig

The 100-Hour Professional Certificate in Esalen Massage program offers a comprehensive training for certified bodyworkers who wish to add the Esalen approach to their professional repertoire. Esalen Institute pioneered many approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit, and Esalen Massage builds on this rich history in the depth of its curriculum. It also offers an experience of the “bigger picture” of how to use simple human touch to support healing within the whole person.

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Dorothy Charles

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions. In order to become whole, we must discover how our experience is organized in limiting, unconscious patterns and through that process, learn how to organize our experience in new ways.

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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Char Pias & Robin Fann-Costanzo

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 muscle groups of the body.

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How We Change and Why We Don't: The Art and Science of Transformation

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Cassandra Vieten & Michael Sapiro

Have you ever worked hard to make a change, only to find yourself slipping back into old habits and patterns? Are you in the midst of riding massive waves of change and need a few surfing lessons? This workshop is for people who are in the process of change, or who work as change agents with individuals, groups or the collective. Through dialogue, experiential practice and creative process, the group will learn about the emerging science of transformation and explore indigenous, religious, spiritual and secular models of transformation. Examine how peak experiences, a-ha!

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The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Nov 10 - 15, 2019 Begins in 6 months
with Barbara Bogatin, Nikki Mirghafori & Clifford Saron

Join us for an exploration of the benefits of practice from three distinct, intertwined perspectives. Mornings will begin with intensive mindfulness and loving kindness meditation led by dharma teacher, lay contemplative and scientist Nikki Mirghafori. She will facilitate sitting and walking meditations and help participants refine and integrate their practice and insights. UC Davis neuroscientist Clifford Saron will lead a voyage of scientific discovery into brain function.

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Dec 15 - 20, 2019 Begins in 8 months
with Susan Anderson

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction. Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and author of Taming Your Outer Child and Journey from Abandonment to Healing, will share powerful tools of emotional and spiritual healing to help you reverse abandonment’s universal wound. You will be taught exercises for each of the five stages of abandonment: shattering, withdrawal, internalizing, rage and lifting; how to conquer “abandoholism” and other outer child behaviors; how to make new connections; and steps for healing abandonment.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: The Psoas, Deep Visceral Work and Healing Knees

Dec 15 - 20, 2019 Begins in 8 months
with Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman

Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art. Each seminar has a specific focus in terms of the physical structures touched and their related functions. An overall emphasis is placed on how to integrate this work into the format of a flowing massage.

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