Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Jul 19 - 24, 2020

Explore the world of spontaneous creation, an unpredictable territory beyond the expected where no rules apply. In a respectful and nurturing studio environment, you will receive individual attention and gentle guidance to help you open to inspiration, creativity, growth and change. Using the powerful tool of “process arts,” you will 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. This workshop 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.

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

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

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

CE credit for nurses; see leader.

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The Radically Alive Leader: A Radical Aliveness Workshop

Jul 12 - 17, 2020

This workshop is designed for established or emerging leaders — therapists, businesspeople, community leaders, health care workers, ministers, educators, social activists and other professionals who want to learn the principles and apply the techniques of the Radical Aliveness approach to bring more charge and creativity to their work. The five Radical Aliveness principles are:
  • Cultivating a non-shaming heart
  • Knowing we don’t know
  • Honoring multiple perspectives
  • Saying yes to everything
  • Being willing to be changed by your encounters
Explore how to work with blocks to leadership, face conflict head-on and be open to the unpredictable energy of life. Everyone will be encouraged to lead, take risks, be emotionally honest, shed personal agendas and help build a dynamic group process where every member is an essential part of the whole. The aim is to become leaders who serve the greater purpose of life. This workshop process will be unlike any workshop work you’ve done before. It demands courage, committed engagement with others and a strong desire to discover and develop your leadership potential within an accelerated, intense time frame and setting. Acceptance to this program is contingent upon a pre-screening interview.

Please email christina@radicalaliveness.org to schedule.

CE credit for Nursing.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training

Dec 6 - 11, 2020

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.

Fortunately, self-compassion is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone. During this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage compassion fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Teach simple self-compassion practices to others

This workshop is an intensive training program rather than a retreat. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey — an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness — supported by the beautiful Esalen campus. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher.

Recommended reading: Neff, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself; Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Neff and Germer, The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook.

Additional tuition $525 per person, added to the workshop cost.

CE credit for nurses; see faculty.

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

CE credit for psychologists; see faculty.

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Igniting the Power of Your Empathy and Intuition

Aug 7 - 9, 2020

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 becoming  drained or overwhelmed. Join Judith Orloff to awaken your intuition and empathy to enhance your work, relationships, resilience as a parent, as well as your emotional and physical well-being.

This workshop offers practical skills to help everyone, including health and healing practitioners, increase their empathy and intuition to improve the quality of their lives and their work with patients and clients in clinical practice.

Learn how to:

  • Access intuition and empathy and recognize blocks
  • Tell the difference between empathy and being an empath
  • Use strategies to prevent sensory overload which can lead to addictions, overeating and anxiety
  • Avoid emotional hangovers and compassion fatigue
  • Stop absorbing people’s stress
  • Combat narcissists and other energy vampires
  • Express your empathic needs in relationships
  • Heal with intuition and empathy
  • Use self-care techniques from Thriving as an Empath
  • Read body language

Note: This is a large workshop.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

($50 additional tuition has been added to the workshop cost)

Recommended materials: Orloff, The Empath’s Empowerment Journal (available in the Conley Bookstore).

Recommended reading, Orloff, The Empath’s Survival Guide, Thriving as an Empath and Emotional Freedom.

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

Aug 28 - Sep 4, 2020

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. This workshop for women uses guided imagery, movement and hands-on exercises (while clothed) to heal the pelvic floor, including the vagina and uterus, places that often hold our deepest wounds: sexual abuse, rape, abortions, surgeries, childbirth tearing and scars, low self-esteem and negative images about our femininity. Because self-knowledge is important, scientific and anatomic information will be presented, as well as ongoing self-care using pelvic floor yoga and abdominal massage.

This workshop offers a rare opportunity for deep healing. During these seven days you can experience new possibilities for renewed feminine energy, greater health and a deeper sense of pleasure in being a woman. We will spend time exploring nature and how our connection to the earth can deepen our connection to ourselves. Our experience will culminate with an evening of nurturing at the Esalen natural hot spring baths. This workshop is valuable for anyone who wants to learn alternative approaches to women’s health.

Note: This workshop is for women only. Please contact office@HealingFromTheCore.com with any questions. Learn more about this course and Suzanne Scurlock’s work at www.healingfromthecore.com

Required reading and listening: Scurlock-Durana, Reclaiming Your Body and Full Body Presence (books). Please listen to the audio portion (available from www.healingfromthecore.com).

Recommended reading: Ogden, The Return of Desire and The Heart and Soul of Sex; Berman and Berman, For Women Only; Williamson, A Woman’s Worth; Northrup, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; Wolf, Vagina: A New Biography.

CE credits for Massage Therapists.

CE credits for Nurses.

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Empowering Creativity Through Movement and Metaphor

Aug 16 - 21, 2020

Throughout time, movement, dance and the expressive arts have provided individuals and communities with a means of soulful expression, healing and connection with spirit. This workshop will generate opportunities for you to find such meaning connected with the real issues in your life. The Life/Art Process® developed by Anna Halprin and her daughter Daria Halprin bridges body awareness, art expression and psychological processes.

The Halprins' approach to Integrative Movement will take you on a unique journey into the sensing, feeling and imagining body. Each day will include somatic awareness practices, individual and group movement/dance, drawing, poetic narrative, improvisation, witnessing and life/art reflections. We will explore deeply and play wildly. Live music with guest artists Jahan Khalighi and Miles Lassi will support the daily work and will be featured in an evening dance jam.

Daria worked with many of the teachers who influenced the early years at Esalen, and her work has been part of the groundbreaking human potential, postmodern dance and healing arts movements. This workshop is designed for everyone, with no previous experience in dance or art needed.

Recommended reading: Halprin, The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy.

CE credits for massage; see leader.

CE credits for nurses; see leader.

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Deep Bodywork®, Esalen Massage®, and Subtle Energy: Understanding and Directing Subtle Energy in the Body

Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2020

Massage and bodywork practitioners are likely familiar with subtle phenomena which arise during an effective session: clients enter deep states of relaxation where processes of release occur, often referred to as “processes of unwinding.” These phenomena can be physical, energetic and emotional in nature, and usually indicate the emergence of self-organizing, self-healing processes inherent in any living being. Learning to recognize and support these subtle phenomena is key to the mastery of any touch-based healing art.

In this workshop, we will focus upon learning to feel the subtle processes of unwinding and self-organization catalyzed by Esalen Massage® and Deep Bodywork®. We will free soft tissue barriers in the back, shoulders and hips using Deep Bodywork, and use the signature long stroke of Esalen Massage to help our clients relax and integrate. We will then learn to sense three phenomenon on the subtle level, helping our clients unwind often unconsciously-held material, which is difficult to experience without the guiding touch of the educated bodyworker. They are:

  • Transient Motion: Micro-movements which can be fast or slow, rhythmic or random in nature. These micro-movements often indicate the body’s attempt to resolve barriers which have a traumatic origin.
  • Cranio-Sacral Rhythm: The movement of cerebro-spinal fluid through the cranio-sacral system.
  • Therapeutic Pulsation: Movements of energy through the fluid systems of the body in a rhythmic, pulsing manner, which indicate the body’s attempt to self- organize and heal.

We will learn to assess the quality of these subtle processes to help our clients unwind deeply held barriers to their physical, emotional and energetic well-being.

This is an advanced level bodywork seminar where practitioners from different disciplines can develop subtle sensing capacities.

Recommended reading: Juhan, Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodyworkers

(A $30 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for massage CE credit for nurses

CE credit for acupuncturists (Course Category 1), PENDING.

Esalen is approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of California Acupuncture Board (provider number 946). If you change or cancel your workshop reservation more than 14 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of 15%, and any remaining amount paid will be refunded to you. If you change or cancel your reservation more than seven but less than 14 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit 30% of the cost of your reservation. Changes or cancellations made less than seven days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the reservation. You may contact us at 888-837-2536.

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Rising Strong™ Workshop

Sep 11 - 13, 2020

Rising Strong™ Workshop is based on the latest groundbreaking research of best-selling author Brené Brown and led by San Francisco therapists and certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong facilitators Michelle Gannon, PhD, and Beth Jaeger-Skigen, LCSW. This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in personal growth 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 exploration, experiential exercise, videos, guided journal writing, creativity through arts and crafts, music, movement, stories and play.

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

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

CE credit for MFT/LCSW/LPCC/LEP, see leader.

CE credit for Nurses, see leader.

CE credit for Psychologists, see leader.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Cultivating Psychological Wellness

Oct 11 - 16, 2020

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). ACT balances mindfulness and acceptance processes with commitment and behavior change in the service of living a more vital life.

Through lectures, live and video demonstrations, and practical experiential exercises, you will learn new ways to help your clients grow and live meaningfully without first having to defeat or eliminate sources of emotional and psychological pain. This work can be challenging for both therapists and clients because it calls on each to stand in difficult places and open up to that difficulty, both personally and professionally. You are encouraged to engage the material at a personal level, as it applies to your own life and also in the context of your mental health work. Mental health professionals, including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, are invited to attend. Familiarity with ACT is not required.

Recommended reading: Forsyth and Eifert, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition; Harris, ACT Made Simple, Second Edition.

(A $75 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

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

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Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns

Jul 5 - 10, 2020

Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dysfunction. During this workshop, 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.

Whether you’re experiencing a recent breakup, a lingering wound from the past or struggling to overcome self-defeating patterns, these tools will propel your growth, help restore your sense of self and increase your capacity for love. This workshop also offers experiential training for health and healing professionals.

Recommended reading: Anderson, Taming Your Outer Child, Journey from Abandonment to Healing and Black Swan: 12 Lessons of Abandonment Recovery, The Abandonment Recovery Workbook.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for Nurses.

For continuing education syllabus, see www.esalen.org/abandonment-to-healing.

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Upledger Institute International's SomatoEmotional Release 1

Jul 12 - 17, 2020

During this course, you will learn about the physiological mechanism of disease and will participate in hands-on training to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process. By the end of the workshop, you should be able to dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences from the body and mind of your patients/clients. In order to observe closure for sessions you are involved in, please make sure the instructor is aware of any pregnancies in the group.

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2); and reviewing, assimilating and applying what was presented in CS2.

Please download and complete the preparation checklist here: https://iahedisk.synology.me:7456/sharing/Qitr5OFM9, and bring it with you. Your SER1 teacher will ask for it on the first morning of class.Note: Initial registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. IAHE is a coalition of curriculum developers united to advance innovative therapies through high-quality continuing education programs. To begin the registration process, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE, will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.

Recommended reading: Upledger, SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond; Fisher, Ury, Getting to Yes.

24 Continuing Education credits

CE Credit for Nurses; see leader.

CE Credit for Acupuncturists; see leader.

CE Credit for Massage; see leader.

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R. D. Laing in the Twenty-First Century: What is Spiritual?

Jul 19 - 24, 2020

One of the most seminal aspects to R.D. Laing’s approach to the human condition was his relationship with spirituality. Born into a Scottish Protestant family, Laing was a voracious explorer of all the world religions, especially mystical Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, culminating in a journey to India where he studied with mystics and gurus.

This workshop will explore:

  • What does it mean to be spiritual?
  • What role does spirituality play in and outside organized religions?
  • What is the relation between spirituality and morality?
  • Happiness?
  • Therapy?
  • How does one become a more spiritual person?

Designed for those seeking answers to the human condition, this workshop is a continuation of previous Esalen workshops that focused on Laing’s take on the nature of sanity and madness, the therapeutic relationship, altered states, love and authenticity. It is best suited for those who are familiar with Laing’s work and who wish to explore it further. Our three workshop leaders will be inviting program participants, many of whom worked intimately with Laing, to assess the question of spirituality at the most fundamental level. Your time will be comprised of theoretical conversations, panel discussions and experiential exercises to demonstrate practical aspects of Laing’s legacy.

Note: Participants must first contact Michael Thompson at michaelguythompson@mac.com for pre-screening.

Recommended Reading: Capra, The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism; Gage and Wolf, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness; Thompson, The Death of Desire.

See continuing education syllabus here.

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

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Leading at the Edge: How to Reach Extraordinary Performance

Jul 19 - 24, 2020

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.

People are facing intense pressure like never before. There are so many complex changes and challenges creating the necessity for high levels of engagement to reach high performance. This workshop will draw on the High-Performance Leadership Program (HPL), a flagship program at IMD Business School in Switzerland. It includes theory, experiential learning, and opportunities to do personal work on obstacles to high-performance leadership of self and others.

Recommended reading: Kohlrieser, Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others and Raise Performance; Kohlrieser, Goldsworthy and Coombe, Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential through Secure Base Leadership.

CE credit for LEPs, LCSWs, LPCCs and MFTs.

CE credit for nurses.

Recommended reading: Kohlrieser, Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others and Raise Performance; Kohlrieser, Goldsworthy and Coombe, Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential through Secure Base Leadership.

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Weekend of Advanced Esalen® Massage

Jul 24 - 26, 2020

This workshop provides practitioners with the opportunity to inspire their current massage practice with teachers who are experienced Esalen® Massage practitioners. In this unique atmosphere of innovation and exploration, we will explore gentle movements, stretches and deeper focused bodywork. Come prepared to learn and apply new methods of massage while enjoying Esalen’s natural beauty and healing waters.

Previous massage training and a good sense of humor are encouraged. The workshop is also useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

CE credit for nurses. CE credit for bodyworkers.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Aug 2 - 7, 2020

Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1 is a small-group (10 or 12 colleagues) experience that combines the benefits of an intensive therapy program with a workshop. 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. You will 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. Learn to work intimately, synergistically and cooperatively with fellow therapists and explore your unique abilities and resolve personal issues on your way to becoming an advanced CST practitioner.

The acceptance of this invitation carries with it the responsibility of daily presence in both group discussions and hands-on practice sessions. During the week, the hours spent doing "multiple therapist" work as therapeutic/facilitative participant on the table as the recipient of the work, and as a contributor to the group discussions serve to create a cohesiveness and bonding of the group which is not easily duplicated under any other circumstances.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Multiple-therapist sessions
  • One-on-one faculty-to-participant skill evaluation
  • Refinement of technique applications and further development of palpatory capabilities
  • In-depth mind/body integration study using the craniosacral system as the core vehicle

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. To register, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to register at Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, see www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

Pre-requiste: SomatoEmotional Release 2 (SER2); as well as being ready to do deep introspective work, and be comfortable giving and receiving SomatoEmotional Release. While each person's experience is unique, typically a span of practice of at least several months after attending SER2 will enhance your ADV experience. We also encourage you to attend additional workshops such as SomatoEmotional Release Technique: Mastering the Inner Physician (SERTIP), Clinical Application Programs (CASR), The Brain Speaks (TBS) or other courses in the CranioSacral Therapy curriculum to help you gain even more experience to bring into the ADV program.

30 CEUs.

CE Credit for Nurses, see leader. CE Credit for Massage, see leader. CE Credit for Acupuncture, see leader.

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The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach

Aug 30 - Sep 4, 2020

Join us for an exploration of practice from three intertwined perspectives. Dharma teacher and scientist, Nikki Mirghafori, will lead guided meditations, interactive inquiry and provide teachings on samatha (concentration), vipassana (insight) and metta (loving kindness) practices. Nikki will guide you in developing embodied awareness, highlighting the importance of kindness towards self and others, supporting insights into the mysterious nature of our lived experience. Neuroscientist Clifford Saron will speak to the inexhaustible mystery of brain function. He will share his critical sensibility regarding the portrayal of neuroscience and the effects of mindfulness in the popular press, emphasizing the importance of context for understanding prevailing scientific narratives. He’ll share his findings from The Shamatha Project, which investigates the effects of meditation retreat experience on attention, emotion and physiology. San Francisco Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin will play musical interludes, illustrating how musicians turn their instrument practice into contemplative practice. Barbara 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.

Our days will consist of meditation, didactic presentations, discussion and group sharing, interwoven with guided listening and exulting in the joy of music. This workshop, well suited to practicing clinicians and is open to all. No previous experience in meditation, music or brain research necessary. For a glimpse into music and meditation, watch a three-minute video by Barbara Bogatin at www.sfsymphony.org/barbarabogatin.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

CE credit for nurses.

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Positive Neuroplasticity: How to Grow Resilient Self-Worth and Happiness

Sep 6 - 11, 2020

In volatile times, it’s vital to develop resilient well-being. With the science of positive neuroplasticity, we can turn passing experiences into lasting inner strengths such as grit, gratitude and self-worth.

In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn why mindfulness alone is not enough and what to do with a brain that’s like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones. We’ll explore effective ways to release anxiety, hurt and anger, heal from past painful experiences, and to rest in open-hearted happiness. You’ll learn how to influence the brain-change process from the inside out and develop a greater sense of calm, self-compassion, feeling loved and contentment, all of which are hardwired into your nervous system. We'll also explore building a sense of self-belonging with guest teacher Laurel Hanson, using tools from self-affirmation theory to identify and grow the good things already inside us.

Throughout the workshop we’ll apply these insights to important relationships. You’ll see how to be both appropriate and authentic, and both kind and assertive. As you deepen your sense of the good inside yourself, you can be more present for others – and grow the good together, in a wonderful upward spiral.

Recommended Reading: Hanson, Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.

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

CE credit for Nurses.

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Enhancing Your Skills in Esalen Massage® and Bodywork

Sep 13 - 18, 2020

Using principles of experiential anatomy, this workshop explores the balance between sensitive and structural touch, and the interplay of nervous system, skeleton and muscles. These concepts awaken sensory awareness, fine-tune physical skills and deepen personal connection with self and others.resulting in the ability to give enhanced bodywork sessions.

With this awareness, you will be instructed in sensitive, advanced methods for addressing specific segments of the body, adding depth or movement as needed, with plenty of at-the-table guidance and special questions during practice sessions. Mindful movement meditations and stillness practices will support you in learning and receiving an effective nurturing massage. This workshop includes a class that takes place in the healing water of mineral springs to evoke an experience of presence, joy and the flowing signature connection of Esalen Massage.

Come prepared to move and be moved in this journey of physical, emotional and spiritual embodiment. This workshop is ideal for individuals with some massage experience and is especially useful if you are in the helping and healing professions and you wish to freshen your vision and skills in working with clients and patients.

CE credit for Massage Therapists. CE credit for Nurses.
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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Sep 18 - 20, 2020

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.

This workshop offers foundational skills for the newcomer, a fresh approach for the experienced practitioner and especially is useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

Come prepared to enjoy the healing waters of the natural hot springs and the magical beauty of Esalen.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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The Transformational Enneagram: Mindfulness, Insight and Experience

Sep 27 - Oct 2, 2020

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.

This workshop will recognize the ways in which the nine Enneagram types play out in our own personalities. It will combine psychological insight into the inner workings of the Enneagram types with meditation practices and exercises designed for a more direct experience of the qualities of essence, such as presence, clarity, compassion and joy. Conversational instruction will be combined with group meditations, small-group work, physical movements and music so that you can fully integrate the richness of the Enneagram material into your daily work and relationships.

Recommended reading: Riso and Hudson, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, Personality Types (Revised Edition, 1996), and Understanding the Enneagram (Revised Edition, 2000).

CE credit for Nurses.

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The Barral Institute’s Visceral Manipulation 1: Abdomen 1 (VM1)

Oct 4 - 9, 2020

In Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1), you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral's innovative approach.

Workshop highlights include:

  • Learning manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity
  • Exploring the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments
  • Examining the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Assessing the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern

Note: Initial registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. IAHE is a coalition of curriculum developers united to advance innovative therapies through high-quality continuing education programs. To begin the registration process, please call 1-800-233-5880. Only after you have registered with IAHE will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, see www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.

Required reading: Barral, Visceral Manipulation. In addition to reading the textbook, please familiarize yourself with the definitions and/or locations of the anatomical terms available at: www.barralinstitute.com/docs/prestudy-materials/VM1_Pre-Study_Material.doc

24 hours credit CE credit for physical therapists in CA; see leader. CE credit for acupuncturists; see leader. CE credit for massage; see leader CE credit for nurses; see leader

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Zero Balancing Part 1

Oct 11 - 16, 2020

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. Imbalances often lead to loss of vitality, chronic pain and decreased potential for vibrant health. The body’s structural/energetic interface is beneath conscious awareness. When imbalances occur at this level, the body tends to compensate around them rather than resolve them. Rooted in both Eastern healing and energy and Western medicine and science, ZB brings unique touch and relevant design to overcome imbalanced patterns.

This workshop, part one of a two-part Core Zero Balancing series, is the entry-level program. Didactic and experiential, it is open to all health care professionals. The workshop will teach newcomers how to perform a complete hands-on session, and for the experienced, it will deepen understanding and enhance skills. It also includes theory and practice of the ZB protocol, methods for evaluating and balancing the body’s structural/energetic interface and how to use energy as a tool. This workshop qualifies for credit toward Zero Balancing certification.

Recommended reading: Smith, Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure; Hamwee, Zero Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone; Quarry and Kink, eds., Experience the Power of Zero Balancing.

CE credit for massage; see faculty.

CE credit for nurses; see faculty.

CE credit for acupuncturists; see faculty.

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100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nov 6 - 22, 2020

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.

The workshop begins with training in centering, grounding, awakening the senses and developing the art of being present. The initial focus is on quality of touch, Esalen’s holistic approach to massage and the signature long strokes. By means of lectures, demonstrations and supervised practice, you’ll move into detail work and assisted movement, with attention to body mechanics and somatic considerations. Relevant anatomy and physiology concepts are also highlighted. You will learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner. The course does not include the core curriculum required for certification by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). This certificate in Esalen Massage is open only to massage practitioners with at least 150 hours of massage training at a state-approved school and some massage practice.

Upon satisfactory course completion, successful evaluation sessions and documentation of 15 additional massages at your home site, an Esalen Institute-recognized Certificate in Esalen Massage for 100 hours will be issued. The certification fee is $115. Esalen is an approved School by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (school code 2700571) and the California Massage Therapy Council (school code SCH0010). This program is especially useful for those in the healing professions in working with their patients and clients.

This is a professional training with limited admission. Tuition is $5,110 for standard shared accommodations and $3,690 for a limited number of bunk-bed accommodations.

Esalen offers numerous levels of basic massage certification. For an overview of these offerings, please visit www.esalen.org/page/esalen-massage-certification-programs-overview.

(A $20 materials fee will be added to the workshop cost.)

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Advanced Techniques for Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Nov 8 - 13, 2020

Competent, deep soft-tissue work is an invaluable tool in the skill set of today’s successful massage and bodywork practitioner. The most common complaint any bodyworker deals with over time is acute and chronic back pain.

In this workshop, we will continue to develop the practitioner’s knowledge of how to assess and relieve the different types of back problems that clients present. Until now, all of the work we have learned about the back has been done with clients lying face up or face down. In this class, we will address the back from the side-lying posture, exploring important dimensions of this work available to us from this invaluable perspective. We will also discuss the importance of the gluteus medius and piriformis in the genesis and intractable nature of chronic back pain, and how the lumbar spine and sacrum rely on the proper organization of these important structures for its own well-being.

This is an advanced course of study that offers 32 continuing education credits for massage. Previous bodywork experience required.

Recommended reading: Juhan, Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodyworkers

(A $30 additional tuition will be added to the workshop cost.)

 (Workshop previously titled: Healing Art of Deep Bodywork: Advanced Back Work: Healing Acute and Chronic Back Pain.)

CE credit for Massage Therapists. CE credit for Nurses.

CE credit for acupuncturists (Course Category 1), PENDING.

Esalen is approved as a provider of continuing education by the State of California Acupuncture Board (provider number 946). If you change or cancel your workshop reservation more than 14 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of 15%, and any remaining amount paid will be refunded to you. If you change or cancel your reservation more than seven but less than 14 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit 30% of the cost of your reservation. Changes or cancellations made less than seven days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire cost of the reservation. You may contact us at 888-837-2536.

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Nov 15 - 20, 2020

Our sense of self develops in connection with others and our experience in early relationships shape our beliefs — about ourselves, other people and what is possible for us in our lives. While we cannot change the past, we can change the parts of our lives that we find difficult or unfulfilling by having new experiences of contact. When our need for understanding and emotional attunement is met, our limiting beliefs can change.

In this workshop, we will:

  • Learn skills that will increase our presence and awareness
  • Explore how to establish healthy boundaries
  • Develop and track awareness of our physical sensations and emotions
  • Communicate our needs and wants effectively.
  • Discover habitual relational patterns that prevent us from cultivating the type of connection we long for

The workshop includes 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 www.esalen.org/relational-gestalt-practice.

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

CE credit for Nurses.

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Esalen Massage® for Couples, Partners & Friends

Nov 27 - 29, 2020

Enjoy the serene beauty of Big Sur as you and your partner learn 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. stening with both your heart and hands, asking for what you need and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner will be emphasized. Sessions include basic quieting and grounding exercises, movement, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance and ample practice time.

This workshop of mutual giving and receiving is ideal if you wish to learn the essential elements of Esalen Massage and share a lovely experience with your partner, friend or family member. Come for a pleasurable time of relaxation, renewal, inspiration and reconnection with yourself and your partner. Soak in the healing waters of the natural hot springs, and enjoy the magical beauty of Esalen.

No prior massage experience is necessary. All levels of massage experience are welcome.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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The Art of Mindful Communication: Living Your Values

Dec 4 - 6, 2020

Mindfulness practice provides a powerful support for clear, kind and effective conversations. Join author and meditation teacher Oren Jay Sofer for this exploration of how our spiritual practice can provide a foundation for bringing more compassion, clarity and connection into our speech and relationships. Oren will be offering teachings from his book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

During this workshop, we will explore the foundations of an integrated approach to skillful communication. Drawing on Buddhist concepts of Right Speech, mindfulness practice and the modern discipline of Nonviolent Communication, we will learn practical tips to bring more clarity and care to our relationships, and to create the conditions for meaningful collaboration. The workshop will include a combination of guided meditations, discussion and interactive practices, including:

  • Deepening relationships
  • Reducing stress and interpersonal conflict
  • Strengthening resilience and empathy
  • Learning practical tools for effective dialogue

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.

Recommended reading: Sofer, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.

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

CE credit for Nurses.

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Thriving in Uncertainty: A Workshop in Sensory Awareness

Dec 13 - 18, 2020

Life is uncertain. As much as we try to create stability and predictability, each moment brings its own surprise and its own unique offering. The more we can show up for each moment of our life just as it is, the more we can thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Our sensations are wonderful allies in this process. As we pay attention to our sensory experience, the more connected we become to what is actually happening. Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the U.S., used to say, “Every moment is a moment. Every moment makes a certain request of us. The question is how we answer it.”

This workshop focuses on tools that help us be present and are antidotes to the busyness in our heads. So much energy is dispersed and lost as we fight against what scares us or what is uncomfortable. By simplifying our activities, we can connect with our sensations. This experiencing reveals our habits and the possibility that can unfold when we get out of our own way and find freedom in the midst of any experience.

For more information about Sensory Awareness, visit www.returntooursenses.com.

Recommended reading: Littlewood and Roche, Waking Up: The Work of Charlotte Selver; Chodron, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change; Ostaseski, The Five Invitations.

CE credits for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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Esalen Massage®: The Art of Continuous Presence

Dec 13 - 18, 2020

Esalen Massage® is a moving meditation, a life practice in presence and mindfulness and an integral healing art. When practiced with focused attention, massage comes from a deep, quiet place that resides inside each of us. The practice of moving with presence can help access the parasympathetic nervous system, where healing originates. As we give a massage, this healing state of mind can permeate the field that practitioner and receiver create together.

In guided sessions, we will explore the practice of sitting meditation to prepare and quiet our minds, walking meditation to bring awareness to our movement and the fundamentals of Esalen Massage as a life practice in giving with our full, embodied presence. Detailed instruction will be offered in developing and differentiating these qualities of presence and touch. There will be time for supervised practice each day as students exchange massages, with the support of their experienced teachers.

Beginners as well as seasoned practitioners are welcome to explore Esalen Massage and moving meditation while enjoying the natural beauty of Esalen. This workshop is especially useful for anyone in the helping and healing professions working with clients and patients.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

CE credit for Nurses.

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The Resilience Mindset: Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster

Dec 18 - 20, 2020

Welcome to an experiential weekend of strengthening your inner resources and the natural resilience that supports your well-being and flourishing, a time where you will learn to cope with everyday mishaps and life's extraordinary challenges — from a wobble to a wallop.

You’ll be taught dozens of 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. You will learn to harness your own self-directed neuroplasticity to rewire your brain for maximum resilience and well-being through:

  • Practical experiential exercises, guided meditations and visualizations
  • Inquiry in dyads and small groups
  • Stimulating dialogue and discussion in large groups

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; Graham, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs.

CE credit for Nurses.

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Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience

Dec 20 - 27, 2020

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 faculty.

CE credit for nurses; see faculty.

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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

Oct 25 - 30, 2020

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch therapy that works with natural and unique rhythms in the body to pinpoint and address a variety of conditions. CST practitioners release restrictions to enhance interactions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body to assist the body’s natural healing processes and its ability to bolster resistance to disease, pain, and dysfunctions.

CS1 will introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the CranioSacral System through our practical, hands-on "learning by discovery" method. You will learn advanced palpatory skills, fascial and soft tissue release techniques, and a concise 10-step protocol for evaluation and treatment of the entire body via the CranioSacral System. To supplement class instruction you will receive a fully-illustrated, comprehensive study guide.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE). To register, call 1-800-233-5880. IAHE is a global coalition of accomplished, world-renowned healthcare practitioners dedicated to advance innovative therapies through high-quality education programs. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen by calling 831-667-3000. For accommodations pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

Pre-requisites: Professional healthcare practitioner, student in healthcare program or graduate awaiting licensure/accreditation with experience in sensitive, light-touch palpation.

For those who wish to take CS1, and live in a state or province that does not require a healthcare hands-on license to practice CST, the following minimum study is required:

  • 1. 80 hours of Anatomy and Physiology and 15 hours of Pathology. One way to satisfy this requirement is through the home study coursework, Upledger Health Science Essentials, available through the London (Ontario) College of Osteopathy.
  • 2. 4 hours of ethics from an organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association.

Required reading: Upledger and Vredevoogd, CranioSacral Therapy (chapters 1-6); Upledger, Your Inner Physician and You.

CE credit for Acupuncture, see faculty.

CE credit for Massage, see faculty.

CE credit for Nurses, see faculty.

CE credits: 24 contact hours.

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