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Conversations on the Edge: Crazy or Wise? A Contradiction to Modern Views on the Mental Health Crisis in America Weekend of July 19-21, 2019

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If you are looking for another way to grow, in a unique format different from the traditional workshop, please join us for an Esalen original series: Conversations on the Edge. In each of these curated weekend events, we bring together leading experts and visiting teachers to explore a pressing issue of our time in a vibrant, interactive forum of lecture, lightning talks, group discussion and idea sharing.

In Crazy or Wise? A Contradiction to Modern Views on the Mental Health Crisis in America, we will explore what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. Visiting teachers include Phil Borges, director and executive producer of the CRAZYWISE documentary and storyteller of indigenous cultures. Also joining is Gogo Ekhaya, a certified peer recovery specialist in the mental health field, initiated healer in the South African Sangoma tradition and featured in CRAZYWISE.

This weekend is comprised of several short but impactful lecturettes that end in Q&A and conversation among the audience as well as an evening screening of CRAZYWISE. Scheduled program times will be significantly less than traditional workshops to allow for participation in movement and meditation classes, healing arts and hot springs, and time to enjoy the natural beauty of Esalen. Presenters are subject to change.


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