Workshops with CE Credit for MFT/LSCW

Heart of Awareness: An Embodied Spirituality Retreat

Mar 15 - 20, 2020

This retreat is a time to go into ourselves and come together with others, heal what is ailing us, release what we are done with, and open more deeply and fully to ourselves. We will use embodiment movement practices, embodied meditation, embodied speech, embodied listening and embodied relationship as the means to achieve personal and cultural peace and creativity. We'll take time for dyadic inquiry, group emotional support, sharing and discussion. The fundamental question of this retreat has to do with the role of the human physical heart in this process, and exploring the reasons that the heart rests quietly at the center of all spiritual and healing work. How can we bring more awareness to this process? What is the relationship between our brains and our hearts? And what if spiritual work, healing and creativity all stem from the same basic energy?

Bringing body and mind together empowers us personally, facilitates healing and enhances our ability to support humanity and the earth. All are welcome. This course is especially helpful to those in the health and healing professions to work with their own burnout and find simple strategies in working with clients and patients.

Recommended reading: Aposhyan, Body-Mind Psychotherapy and Natural Intelligence.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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The Art of Leadership: Communication, Creativity and Vision

Oct 18 - 20, 2019

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. –Albert Einstein

This workshop is for individuals interested in exploring an intensive experiential process to become more effective as mindful leaders both in personal and professional life settings. Designed for entrepreneurs, executives, managers, medical and mental health professionals, and others committed to improving their communication and leadership skills, it is especially intended for those open to doing deep personal work to transform the self as well as their organizations. The major areas of focus will be leading from the inside out, resolving conflict, developing trust with those who feel threatened, learning the distinctions in speaking and listening, healing blocks in creativity and building support for transforming vision into reality.

The workshop includes sharing feedback on leadership and communication styles, mini lectures on leadership and the mindful brain power points, Gestalt open-seat work, improving coaching skills, developing the unconscious to creatively solve problems, mindfulness meditation practice and role-playing exercises for real-life work situations. As John Quincy Adams said: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

Required reading: Alexander, Wise Mind Open Mind; Heider, The Tao of Leadership; Maxwell, Developing the Leader within You; Dickmann, Mindful Leadership: A Brain-based Framework.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Bouncing Back: The Neuroscience of Resilience and Well-Being

Nov 8 - 10, 2019

Welcome to an experiential weekend of strengthening your inner resources and the natural resilience that supports your well-being and flourishing.

You’ll be taught more than a dozen tools and techniques drawn from the intersection of brain science, relational psychology and mindfulness practices. These can help you reduce the impact of stress and trauma; deepen your self-compassion and self-awareness; and broaden perspectives, possibilities and sense of purpose. The practical experiential exercises, guided meditations and visualizations; inquiry in dyads and small groups; and stimulating dialogue and discussion in large groups, will help you harness your own self-directed neuroplasticity to rewire your brain for maximum resilience and well-being. You can learn new and creative ways to navigate the twists and turns of life with more calm, courage and flexibility.

Recommended reading: Graham, Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster and Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Nov 10 - 15, 2019

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. He will share findings from “The Shamatha Project,” which investigates the effects of meditation on attention, emotion and human flourishing. San Francisco Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin will play musical interludes and give behind-the-scenes narratives illustrating how musicians turn their daily instrument practice into contemplative practice. She will provide a rare glimpse from within the discipline of maintaining a high level of craft, performing music by Bach and exploring the composer’s creative process to better understand the depths of human expression in his music. Days will consist of meditation, didactic presentations, informal talks and extensive discussion interwoven with guided listening and exulting in the joy of music.

This workshop, well suited to practicing clinicians, is open to all. No previous experience in meditation, music or brain research necessary! For a glimpse into music and meditation, watch this three-minute video by Barbara Bogatin: http://www.sfsymphony.org/barbarabogatin.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/buddha-brain-bach-0818.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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

Nov 10 - 15, 2019

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! and extraordinary moments and awe can stimulate change; investigate the transformative potential of pain, struggle, hitting bottom and post-traumatic growth; delve into stories, symbols and metaphors of transformation; and map your own lifelong journey of change. The group will also examine how people can get stuck or lost, and how to shake free from periods of inertia or patterns that prevent them from moving forward.

Recommended reading: Schlitz, Vieten and Amorok, Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.

For additional continuing education information, see https://www.esalen.org/how-we-change-1119.

CE credit for psychologists; see leader.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see leader.

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

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Embodied Relational Gestalt

Nov 24 - Dec 22, 2019

This monthlong program is focused on Gestalt as a group process. Gestalt offers the opportunity to experience and explore our own process in relation to others and the context of the present moment. We will create a group that can contain the varieties of each person’s unique way of being and allow us to experience the power of the greater whole, the group. Because of the importance of creating an ongoing collective, it is crucial that all students attend each session. No prior experience with Gestalt or group process is necessary. The structure of the program will be experiential exercises, practice sessions and group discussion to develop our awareness of self and the group. We will begin with our earliest movements (prior to birth) and then explore how we co-create our bodily membership in the more complex gestalts of family, groups and cultures. Our goals will be to experience how we create relationships through embodiment, and to develop skills in attending to ourselves and others.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/embodied-relational-gestalt-residential-study.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 1 - 6, 2019

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
  • Overcome blocks by embracing their hidden message
  • Experience your imagination as intelligent — a doorway to deeper knowing
  • Explore process painting as a genuine path to spiritual awakening

In The Painting Experience, everyone is a beginner; people from all levels of experience are welcome, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush. The Painting Experience is about your creative process, not technique or training. There will be no judgment of your work or comparison with others. Instead, you are given the opportunity to embrace your own creative voice and confidently follow it. All materials are supplied — all you have to bring is you!

Recommended reading: Cassou and Cubley, Life, Paint & Passion.

($50 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost)

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see leader.

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

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Becoming Radically Alive

Jan 5 - 10, 2020

There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, and connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself or about others. You seek out and value the diverse perspectives we all bring, and you actualize your creativity and meet life in all its possibilities. In this state you are a force of nature, a presence that helps life’s greatest potential to emerge. This is Radical Aliveness.

This workshop creates a container where the frozen feelings that keep us from living fully can come into the light and be transformed. The work unfolds through powerful group and individual process. You will work on your relationship to yourself and explore relating to others in radically alive ways. You will have the opportunity to find what stands in the way of your full potential for life. And the best part is, you can experience the goodness and essence that lives beyond your most destructive patterns, and expand your ability to meet the complex and multifaceted world in ways that benefit all. Return to your life refreshed, wildly expanded and fully expressive of all your gifts!

Note: Due to the nature of this workshop, an interview is required prior to registration. Please email christina@radicalaliveness.org to schedule a 15-minute call and receive the password to complete your registration.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples

Mar 20 - 22, 2020

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles and how to safely begin to work through those stuck places toward a safer and more satisfying relationship. Couples share only with their partner and are able to maintain privacy.

Couples are shown:

  • New communication skills to break destructive cycles of relating
  • How to channel the energy from arguments to create passion and stability
  • How the unconscious forces that attract partners to each other are also the source of conflict
  • New tools for re-romanticizing their relationship
  • How to use their relationship for emotional healing and spiritual evolution

Activities include lectures, written exercises, guided imagery and live demonstrations of communication skills and processes. Rick Brown has been offering this workshop for more than 25 years, and has appeared on Oprah. The methodology is based on Harville Hendrix's best-selling Getting the Love You Want. For more information, visit www.rickbrown.org.

This workshop welcomes couples of all gender and sexual orientations.

Recommended reading: Brown, Imago Relationship Therapy; Hendrix, Getting the Love You Want.

($25 materials fee for manuals will be added to the workshop cost)

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Mindful Communication: Truth Without Blame

Jan 5 - 10, 2020

Let the New Year begin with getting to the heart of what matters most to you! Bring your thoughts, speech and listening into alignment with how you truly want to show up in your relationships, work and community. We’ll dive into the practices and applications of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the internationally recognized process for resolving conflict and clarifying and living one’s values. Also known as “a language of life,” it’s a powerful tool for effecting change and bringing compassionate connection and action to life situations. In our engaging and supportive group environment, we’ll integrate practices to examine the way you think, communicate and relate to yourself and others.

Gain skills to help liberate you from these habitual patterns:

  • Judging self and others
  • Inauthentically expressing your Yes or No
  • Taking things personally
  • Acting from fear, obligation and guilt
  • Suffering in anger and/or depression
  • Wanting to be right or in control

Communicating mindfully can support you to express authentically without blame, judgments or criticism; hear others' pain without trying to fix it or them; and become more effective in living your values and meeting your goals.

Recommended reading: Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication.

($20 materials fee for booklet and handouts will be added to the workshop cost)

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One's Self

Jan 12 - 17, 2020

At least one quarter of people in the U.S. have significant histories of trauma. Trauma is not just a story of what has happened in the past; instead, the trauma that was inflicted from the outside keeps being replayed inside the theater of the body.  The body keeps the score, and trauma continues to be lived out in heartbreak, gut-wrenching sensations and unexpected reactions. The bottom line is that survivors no longer feel safe inside their own skin. Recovery involves learning how to restore a sense of visceral safety and reclaiming a loving relationship with one’s self. This course will explore how the brain is shaped by experience and how our relationship to ourselves is the product of our synchronicity with those around us. We will explore a variety of effective ways to re-establish a sense of connection with oneself and those around us, through movement, theater, trauma processing and neurofeedback. This course is not a short-cut to personal healing, but provides a guide for therapists and “lay” people to effective interventions.

Recommended reading: van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score.

For continuing education syllabus, see http://www.esalen.org/Course_Information_Trauma_Memory_Restoration_Self.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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Effortless Mindfulness: How to Live an Awakened Life

Jan 26 - 31, 2020

What would the world be like if more of us discovered how to live an awakened life? Loch Kelly and Anna-Lisa Adelberg have integrated wisdom practices, neuroscience and psychological research to support awakening as the next natural stage of human development. This retreat is for those who have benefitted from mindfulness meditation, yoga, psychotherapy, service to others, or have had a non-dual, transcendent awakening but feel like they “get it and lose it” and are asking, "What’s next?"

Awakening begins with a shift out of our small, separate sense of self to discover an “awake” awareness that we sense has been there all along. That awake awareness is inseparable from unconditional love and the dynamic aliveness interconnected with everything. Learn easily accessible methods that weave together feminine and masculine approaches to awakening and combine an ancient wisdom map, contemporary psychological models of healing and unique energetic ways of connecting.

Come learn how to shift out of your chattering mind and into embodied, openhearted awareness in the midst of everyday life. Small glimpse practices, spontaneous chi gung, walks in nature, yoga, shadow healing, peer inquiry and small group support bring us into energetic connection and embodied joyful flow.

Required reading: Kelly,  The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide For Living An Awakened Life.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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Self-Compassion in Inner and Outer Relationships

Feb 2 - 7, 2020

This five-day retreat is open to anyone — currently in a relationship or not — who wants to explore the idea that it is possible and optimal to bring one's full heart to any important relationship. In a safe and supportive environment, this experience will offer ways to work with the parts of ourselves that stand in the way of giving and receiving love fully.

With the beauty of the Pacific coast to support and nurture your process, you will have the opportunity to explore many aspects of self-compassion in the following ways:

  • Learn about the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy and gain skills that make self-exploration engaging and deeply satisfying
  • Address the question, "Who am I in a relationship?"
  • Use tools to understand the nature of relational burdens and let go of old ways of relating
  • Engage in deep personal work that can lead to the development of new beliefs about yourself
  • Support and be supported by others on a similar journey
  • Increase courage to take new risks in connecting

Prepare to open yourself to the possibility of building truly connected relationships.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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The I in the Storm: Bringing Self Leadership to Everyday Life

Feb 9 - 14, 2020

This workshop introduces the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and teaches healing professionals and all who are interested how to apply it to their own countertransference. Richard Schwartz developed IFS as he learned to set aside his trained assumptions and truly listen to his clients. IFS is a highly effective way of guiding people to a state of inner clarity and compassion (called the Self) from which they know how to heal themselves. From the Self, one can calm and transform troubling inner voices, compulsive distractions, and feelings of vulnerability, inadequacy and overwhelm. These parts of the psyche are surprisingly responsive and resilient when addressed with respect and patience.

A therapist’s ability to remain steady, centered and openhearted in the face of clients’ extreme emotions or predicaments is central to his or her effectiveness. By utilizing IFS, therapists and laypeople can hold this Self state of loving kindness that allows others to heal themselves.

Participants will gain the tools to understand the role of the Self, discuss the role of mindfulness in self-awareness and recognize the essential features of the IFS model. This workshop is for everyone.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Feb 16 - 21, 2020

Our sense of who we are develops in connection with others and although we cannot change the past, we can change what we came to believe about our capacity for love and belonging. Such beliefs can shift in a group that meets our needs for attunement and understanding, supports us in identifying and expressing our emotions, and which is committed to practicing kindness, acceptance and honesty. In this environment, we can learn to fully experience and express feelings in healthy ways, which is integral to being alive.

Over the course of this workshop, we'll seek to learn skills to improve our ability to make contact, develop and track awareness of our emotions and sensations, learn to express and practice communicating needs and wants effectively, and discover habitual relational patterns that prevent us from cultivating the type of contact we want. We'll take time for basic gestalt awareness practices, a mixture of didactic and experiential exercises, as well as individual "open seat" sessions with Dorothy and with the support of the group.

Recommended reading: Korb, et al Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory; Mann, Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/relational-gestalt-practice.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Secrets of Great Relationships: For Individuals and Couples

Mar 8 - 13, 2020

For one human being to love another, that is the most difficult of all of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, for which all other work is but preparation. — Rainer Maria Rilke

A great relationship means more than just staying together. Unless we enjoy trust, intimacy, caring and love with our partner, we are sharing an arrangement, not a true partnership. Yet for a disturbing number of couples, the dreams of infatuation dissolve into a cold and joyless relationship or end in divorce. The biggest mistake that many people make is not in expecting too much from their relationships, but in desiring too little. A true partnership can be a means through which our deepest longings are awakened and ultimately realized.

In this experiential workshop, we will work in dyads, small groups and the group as a whole. The lecture component will be interactive, with plenty of time for Q&A from the group. We'll also practice mindfulness meditation. Together we will examine the unique qualities that exceptional relationships embody and identify the various means through which it is possible to develop and integrate those qualities, and to manage the inevitable differences that arise. We will identify and engage in practices that can transform the quality of connection in ways that promote co-creativity, unconditional acceptance and spiritual awakening. This workshop provides tools that can promote enduring love and deep intimacy.

Recommended reading: Bloom and Bloom, Happily Ever After and 39 Other Myths About Love, Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love, 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last and That Which Doesn’t Kill Us : How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Couples' Communication Retreat

Apr 3 - 5, 2020

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.

Defensiveness is the biggest culprit. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used. When Warren Farrell discovered that active listeners often responded the right way, but did not feel safe on the inside, he developed a method of transforming the internal defensiveness into feeling loved. This workshop is for couples — two people with a history who desire a future (e.g., parents, married or divorced; newlyweds; parent-child; siblings). It is especially useful for health professionals in their work with clients and patients. Couples of all genders and sexual orientations welcome.

Recommended reading: Farrell, Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say and The Boy Crisis.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/couples-communication-retreat.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Apr 3 - 5, 2020

Our sense of who we are develops in connection with others, and although we cannot change the past, we can change what we came to believe about our capacity for love and belonging. Such beliefs can shift in a group that meets our needs for attunement and understanding; supports us in identifying and expressing our emotions; and commits to practicing kindness, acceptance and honesty. In this environment, we can learn to fully experience and express feelings in healthy ways, which is integral to being alive.

In this workshop, we'll seek to:

  • Improve our ability to make contact
  • Develop and track awareness of our emotions and sensations
  • Learn to express and practice communicating needs and wants effectively
  • Discover habitual relational patterns that prevent us from cultivating the type of contact we want.

The workshop will include time for basic gestalt awareness practices, a mixture of didactic and experiential exercises, as well as individual "open seat" sessions with Dorothy and with the support of the group.

Recommended reading: Korb, et al, Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory; Mann, Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/relational-gestalt-practice.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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5Rhythms®: Grief, Loss and the Body in Motion

Apr 17 - 19, 2020

Have you experienced loss and the natural emotions of sadness, anger, fear and love? How do you process your losses and move through your life? Unfortunately, many of us have not found safe and effective ways of expressing these emotions, and we can feel stuck, both emotionally and at times physically, with the cumulative burden of our unfinished business. Using the tools of the 5Rhythms® movement practice combined with a process of grief-work that is grounded in emotional presence, non-judgment and supportive witnessing, together we will join in a safe space to help heal mind, body and spirit.

Lucia will facilitate the 5Rhythms® as a method to experientially access a wide spectrum of feelings. Peter, a physician with more than 30 years of experience in HIV/AIDS and palliative care, will facilitate story-sharing as part of releasing and working through losses. Other elements of the workshop include both didactic and experiential content, focusing on natural and distorted emotional responses to grief, caregiving versus caretaking and other topics.

Please bring photos or other mementos of anyone whose memory you would like to bring into the workshop.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for massage.

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Rising Strong™ Workshop

Apr 24 - 26, 2020

Rising Strong™ Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Leaders Michelle Gannon, PhD, and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. The Rising Strong™ Workshop is ideal for anyone interested in personal growth and development and wholehearted living. When we take personal and professional risks in our lives, we will inevitably fall and experience disappointment, hurt, failures and heartbreaks. Rising Strong™ Workshop helps anyone dealing with a life transition, personal or professional setback, or disappointment get back up with more courage, creativity and connection. The experience is about learning positive practical tools and strategies to live a more  authentic, empowered, self-compassionate and brave life.

This is a safe, supportive, nurturing, positive, fun and empowering experience. It includes personal exploration, experiential exercises, videos, guided journal writing, small group discussions, music, stories and play. Everyone is welcome.

Recommended reading: Brown, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and Gifts of Imperfection.

($15 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost)

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Mindfulness in Deep Relationship: Cultivating Sources of Relational Nourishment

May 8 - 10, 2020

This retreat invites you to open to the nourishing interplay at all levels of human experience.  You will experience mindfulness as always embodied and inherently relational. Embodied practice will be cultivated using meditations involving the senses, breathing, eating and the body, creating an intimacy with your moment-to-moment inner and outer experience. This loving way of being in relationship to yourself will then widen to being in mindful relationship with one another.

“Individually, we all know our longings coexist at emotional, spiritual, bodily and interpersonal levels. Fortunately, these basic needs form our common human ground,” says Jerome Front. “Opening to these primal areas with mindful awareness can create profoundly nourishing and transformative relational experiences including: attunement, resonance, empathy, being understood, increased personal presence and the soothing and integrating experience of being known in another’s accepting, warm presence.”  Outside sensory work, silent meals, music, ritual and relational meditation instruction will provide active learning. Lessons will be drawn from current research. Mindful dialogue and inquiry will alternate with periods of intentional silence. Open to everyone, this retreat is an especially rich resource for helping professionals, teachers and nurses.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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

May 10 - 15, 2020

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 is the third, required part of the three-part EMDR Basic Training series. This course is for those who have completed a Parnell Institute Training Parts 1 and 2 and have completed 10 hours of consultation with a Parnell Institute consultant or have completed an equivalent EMDRIA-approved basic training. To enter the class, you must provide a copy of your certificate of completion letter and list the dates you attended training.

Note: To register you will need to submit your licensure documentation online to: http://drlaurelparnell.com/training/licensure-part-3/. Once you are approved, you will receive a password to register with Esalen.

Required reading: Parnell, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR.

Recommended reading: Parnell, Attachment-focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, Tapping In and EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/advanced-EMDR.

CE credit for psychologists; see leader.

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see leader.

($520 additional tuition and $25 materials fee have been added to the workshop cost. CEs are included in workshop cost.)

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Wired for Love Couples Workshop: Creating an Owner's Manual for a Secure-Functioning Relationship

May 15 - 17, 2020

People are complex. We don’t come with manuals that automate the process of getting along. Even if we did, we aren’t robots; what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Nor does it work to fly blind, as many couples do, and expect relationships to simply fall into place. This workshop for couples will demonstrate general principles to help you understand what makes a relationship successful, and how to work toward that with your partner. During this weekend of teaching, interacting and experimenting, Stan Tatkin and Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin will lead you and your partner through exercises designed to help you identify each other’s attachment styles, read body language and arousal states, and manage conflicts to build secure-functioning relationships. The tools you will be shown will be invaluable, and ready to use immediately in your relationship. This workshop welcomes couples of all genders and sexual orientations.

($110 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost)

Recommended reading: Tatkin, Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/wired-for-love-0518.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga

May 22 - 24, 2020

Long-term studies prove that our happiness correlates strongly with the quality of our intimate relationships. But in order to engender loving, supportive, positive, secure connections, we need to be able to drop our facades and show up authentically. Our authenticity inspires our partners, friends and family members to nourish and nurture us with the love, respect and appreciation that we crave and deserve.

In this workshop, Ira will teach the five tools from his best-selling book that result in authenticity: Attachment, Atonement, Attunement, Presence and Congruence. We will explore specific practices that will enhance all of our interactions with both other people and ourselves; we will outline our long-term goals and delineate how to realize them; and we will practice all-level Vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, as well as myriad mindfulness meditations to help us cultivate non-reactivity and peace of mind.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. CE credit for nurses.

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

May 31 - Jun 5, 2020

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, we will learn about the emerging science of transformation and explore indigenous, religious, spiritual and secular models of transformation. Examine how peak experiences, a-ha! and extraordinary moments and awe can stimulate change; investigate the transformative potential of pain, struggle, hitting bottom and post-traumatic growth; delve into stories, symbols and metaphors of transformation; and map your own lifelong journey of change. We will also examine how people can get stuck or lost, and how to shake free from periods of inertia or patterns that prevent us from moving forward.

Recommended reading: Schlitz, Vieten and Amorok, Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life.

For additional continuing education information, see https://www.esalen.org/how-we-change-1119.

CE credit for psychologists; see leader.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see leader.

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

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Women's Intimacy, Desire and Eroticism: The Triumvirate of Sexual Pleasure

Jun 5 - 7, 2020

Do you know the difference between intimacy, desire and eroticism? Do you feel confident that you know who you are sexually? Do you struggle to keep sexual desire alive? This in-depth workshop, open to women of all sexual orientations, will assist in revealing the answers to these questions, which reside in past sexual experiences and sexual fantasies. When we deconstruct family of origin and cultural messages about what “good girls” do and don’t do sexually, we can honestly admit our most ardent sexual desires to ourselves. Taking ownership of our adult sexuality frees us to make better relationship choices, communicate what we want and need to a lover, and be more capable of creating and keeping an exciting sexual relationship. We will examine your peak sexual escapades and sexual fantasies in order to pluck out your hedonic goals. Mindful body awareness, group interaction and juicy conversations will allow your unique erotic map to emerge, thus increasing your erotic intelligence. Alexandra Katehakis takes a psycho/spiritual/sexual approach to sexuality. Please bring a journal.

Recommended reading: Katehakis and Bliss, Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Meditations on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence.

CE credit for psychologists; see leader.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs and AASECT; see leader.

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When We're Triggered: How to Stop Reacting and Begin Healing

Jun 12 - 14, 2020

A trigger is any word, person, event or experience that touches off an immediate emotional reaction, especially sadness/depression, anger/aggression, fear/panic or humiliation/shame. We are all triggered at times by what people say or do, especially in relationships. Triggers have a history. Some are reminders of an irritation from the recent past. Some are examples of post-traumatic stress going all the way back to childhood wounds. We can learn about ourselves from our triggers — find out what we need to work on, what is still unresolved in us. Our goal is not to root out all our triggers, but to find a trailhead from them into the psychological and spiritual work that awaits us. This is how we turn our triggers into tools. For this we go to psychology with help from neuroscience. We can also turn to spiritual practices,  such as mindfulness and loving kindness. This workshop helps us identify triggers, their source and how to handle them so that reactions turn into healing responses. We combine talks and discussions.

Recommended reading: Richo, Triggers: How We Can Stop Reacting and Start Healing.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Jun 19 - 21, 2020

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. By utilizing exercises drawn from EFT and Attachment Theory, Sam and Michelle help couples learn how to deal with their feelings together, reach toward each other, be responsive in more loving and positive ways, and move from isolation and frustration to security, emotional safety and lasting relationship satisfaction. The Hold Me Tight® Workshop welcomes ALL Couples.

Recommended reading: Johnson, Hold Me Tight; Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

For continuing education syllabus, see https://www.esalen.org/hold-me-tight.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs; see leader.

CE credit for psychologists; see leader.

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

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