Transformative Practice Meets the Scientific Method
January 28–30, 2022
January 28, 2022
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January 30, 2022
with Pam Kramer, Josh Brahinsky and Michael Lifshitz
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Want to witness science in action while engaging in mind-body practices for greater balance, vitality, and wellbeing?

Research on the effects of contemplative practices is rapidly transforming science and medicine. There is now growing consensus among scientists about the viability of healing through mind-body practices. However, researchers are only just beginning to examine how individual differences (such as personality differences) might influence who is likely to benefit most from various forms of transformative practice.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how Stanford University researchers approach the scientific method through an onsite pilot study, exploring the ways individual traits predict change through practice, in particular, Integral Transformative Practice (ITP). Created in 1992 by Esalen co-founder Michael Murphy and former Esalen President George Leonard, ITP is a research-based program for realizing human potential and awakening our extraordinary capacities through dedicated practice.

Using mind-body exercises drawn from ITP, you will:

  • Explore the transformation you are seeking in body, mind, heart, and soul and create your own personal affirmation for lasting change
  • Engage in the ITP Kata, a 40-minute daily practice that integrates gentle movement, visualization techniques, relaxation and meditation
  • Experience Leonard Energy Training exercises to increase awareness and flow

Along with an exploration of ITP, you will discover, through a shared scientific journey, how researchers are beginning to think about the relationship between individual traits and the effects of transformative practice. The weekend’s pilot project will assess the ways preexisting tendencies predict the rate and type of change experienced after a weekend ITP workshop. Change will be measured by stress-related biomarkers, cognitive tasks, and well-tested psychological scales.

Pam Kramer

Pam Kramer

Pamela Kramer is President of ITP International, a non-profit organization that stewards Integral Transformative Practice and the work of its founders, George Leonard and Michael Murphy. She is an ITP Mastery teacher and presents workshops at venues in the US and abroad.

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Josh Brahinsky

Josh Brahinsky

Josh Brahinsky, PhD, is a researcher at UC Berkeley teaches at UC Santa Cruz. His work links anthropological and neuroscientific methods to explore the ways contemplation invites and shapes sensory capacity and experience. He studies a variety of contemplative practices, including varieties of prayer and meditation, focused especially on the worship practices of charismatic evangelicals.

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Michael Lifshitz

Michael Lifshitz

Michael Lifshitz, PhD, works at the intersection of contemplative practice, neuroscience, and anthropology. He studies practices that aim to transform subjective experience — from meditation and hypnosis to placebos, prayer, and psychedelics. His research explores how experience, neurobiology, and cultural context interact to shape the process and outcomes of spiritual practice.

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Workshop Schedule

Fri 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sat 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Sat 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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