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Come explore Esalen's new 28-day residential study offerings. Our next cohort begins March 11.


THE MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression Week of March 25-30, 2018

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For more than twenty years, THE MAX has been considered by many at Esalen to be an essential rite of passage for community members. The purpose of THE MAX is to discover yourself beyond who you know yourself to be. It is a voyage through your own humanity and a journey to discover the extent of your self-expressive power. The experience can move you into a new arena of personal creativity and self-expression.
THE MAX employs a variety of acting, communication, and observation techniques to help participants explore the sources of their emotional limitations. Working individually, “on stage,” each person is encouraged and supported to move through lifelong fears of being “on the spot” — often playing to and with other group members — and to emerge into greater authenticity and enhanced “presence.”
There are exercises that use raw emotion, role-playing, and dress-up assignments. This is an opportunity to experience yourself in ways you may have dreamed about but never thought possible. The course is for those committed and courageous in their process. If your heart beats faster when you think of taking THE MAX, it may be just the thing to do.
Please consider taking Paula Shaw's Improv inspiration weekend workshop that immediately follows THE MAX. It is a delicious dessert to top off an extraordinary entrée, and is a very satisfying way to end this transformational journey.
Required: Bring a one- to three-minute memorized piece — monologue, poem, song, etc.
Note: Due to the intense and sequential nature of this workshop, attendance at all sessions is necessary.


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