Workshops with CE Credit for Nurses

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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100-Hour Esalen Massage® Certification Program

Nov 1 - 17, 2019

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. Learn communication skills for interacting with clients in a clear, compassionate manner. This certificate in Esalen Massage is open only to massage practitioners with 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 course 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. Bunk bed and other scholarship are awarded based on financial need and social impact. To be considered, please complete the scholarship section at the end of the program application.

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.

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

CE credit for massage

CE credit for nurses

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The Upledger Institute's Visceral Manipulation 1

Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2019

Learn the models and concepts of functional biomechanics as viewed from Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation approach. This method of evaluation and treatment is based on the concept that each of our internal organs rotates on a physiological axis. Focus is on the abdominal cavity and includes the organs, their membranes, ligaments, innervation, and their spatial functional interrelationships. You will be taught basic manipulations for correcting abnormal motions and stress patterns within this cavity. The manual techniques are not advised for pregnant participants.

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 1-800-311-9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE will you be able to register with Esalen. For Esalen pricing chart, seehttp://www.esalen.org/page/workshop-pricing-partner-programs.

CE credit for physical therapists in CA (24 CEUs); see leader.

CE credit for acupuncturists (24 CEUs); see leader.

CE credit for massage.

CE credit for nurses.

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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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An Introduction to Esalen Massage®

Nov 10 - 15, 2019

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the beauty of Big Sur and the healing waters of the Esalen hot springs, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be taught massage methods that address the whole body: Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support feelings of wholeness, connection and integration; passive joint movement; and a variety of techniques to work with the major muscle groups of the body. Each day will include a brief massage demonstration and instruction in various self-care methods, with plenty of time to practice giving and receiving a massage.

Char and Robin will work at the tables with each participant to accommodate the group’s different skill levels. Beginners will be taught the basic tools and techniques that will allow them to more skillfully massage their partners, friends and family. More experienced practitioners will be taught techniques that can easily be integrated into their massage sessions, inspiring and infusing their work with a deep sense of presence and flow. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients. Join us for a week of learning, healing, nurturing and play!

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for bodyworkers.

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Relational Gestalt Practice: The Transformative Power of Emotion

Nov 10 - 15, 2019

Each of us finds our true selves through our emotions. In order to become whole, we must discover how our experience is organized in limiting, unconscious patterns and through that process, learn how to organize our experience in new ways.

When we begin to expand and integrate a broader range of emotions, we move toward wholeness because the ability to experience and to express emotions is integral to the experience of aliveness. Learning to fully experience feelings and to be able to articulate them in healthy, meaningful ways enables us to have more pleasurable and fulfilling relationships.

This experiential and didactic workshop will blend individual and group Relational Gestalt work. The intention of Relational Gestalt Process is to expand emotional range by feeling, expressing, and building emotional tolerance in order to strengthen our relationships. We will experiment with tracking our emotions, learning to recognize them as signals that call for awareness and attention, rather than as something to be avoided.

Recommended reading: Yontef, Awareness Process and Dialogue; Korb, et al., Gestalt Therapy: Practice and Theory; Gestalt Legacy Project, Manual of Gestalt Practice in the Tradition of Dick Price.

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

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

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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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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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Current Trends in Esalen® Massage and Bodywork

Mar 13 - 15, 2020

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience current trends in Esalen Massage and bodywork. During the weekend, attention will be focused on various ways to:

  • Sensitively and comfortably work at deep levels
  • Utilize both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the terms listening, balance and integration

Veteran group leaders Daniela and Jessica will offer participants unusual, interesting and fresh aspects of Esalen Massage to expand technique repertoire and inspire creativity and innovation.
 Sessions will include plenty of personal attention and assistance to support the process of learning. Come prepared to touch and be touched by the beauty, power and spirit of Esalen and the Big Sur coast. All levels of experience are welcome.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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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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Esalen® Massage: Accessing Back Body from the Front

Jan 5 - 10, 2020

This workshop is ideal for practitioners who would like to apply the principles of Esalen Massage while keeping the client in the supine position throughout the session. Occasionally a client is unable to lie in a prone position (on the stomach), due to personal preference or illness, yet still wants touch and work involving the whole body.

During this week, we will offer the principles of Esalen Massage: the long flowing strokes, passive movement, and quality of touch and contact, while focusing on ways to access the back body with the client lying supine. We will explore how to use passive joint movement and the movement of limbs to access the back body. We will also learn how to work with our hands underneath the body, allowing us to use our client’s body weight and gravity to achieve the proper depth. Working with these tools will allow us to do a complete massage in the supine position, a beautiful addition to our massage repertoire and a wonderful gift for people who are unable to lie comfortably in a prone position. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

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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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Brilliant Body: Spinefulness Fundamentals to Conquer Injury and Pain

Feb 2 - 7, 2020

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time? In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and efficiency. Healing begins with an understanding of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain and/or injury.

This workshop will re-examine alignment patterns of everyday activities including sitting, standing, bending, sleeping and walking. With new patterns for these daily fundamentals, you can shed pain and tension and go home with a healthy regimen that easily integrates into everyday life. Simple yet profound changes will give you a new relationship with your body — one you used to have as a child. Each participant receives individualized understanding of his or her specific vulnerabilities in the back and joints through hands-on adjustments and photographic and video feedback. What you learn about your patterns in these fundamental activities can be applied to your physical activities of choice and make you a stronger, more efficient, longer-lasting human machine. Spinefulness directly helps nurses understand alignment mechanics of their bodies so they can prevent and recover more quickly from injury as well as become more efficient in the physical component in working for and with clients/patients.

Recommended reading: Iyengar, Sparks of Divinity; Sawyer, Put Your Back at Ease.

CE credit for massage.

CE credit for nurses.

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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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Esalen® Massage and Meditation

Mar 22 - 27, 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 deep 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 practice 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. 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 the Esalen grounds. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping and healing professions in working with their clients and patients.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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Deep Tissue Techniques for Massage Practitioners: Advanced Shoulder, Rotator Cuff and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mar 8 - 13, 2020

Deep bodywork, practiced with great sensitivity, is one of the most effective healing modalities available to the bodywork practitioner. Through slowly opening the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, we connect the mind to normally unconscious "stuck" areas of the physical body, which can release enormous amounts of previously held energy. This energy then becomes available to support the body’s innate capacity to self-organize and self-heal, enabling practitioners to support clients in overcoming previously stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions.

Focusing on deep bodywork as a healing art, this program is designed for massage and bodywork practitioners seeking to incorporate effective deep tissue techniques into their work. Whether in private practice or working in a spa, there is growing demand for practitioners who have mastered the art of moving deeply into the body with skill and sensitivity. Areas of focus include: relieving chronic and acute pain in the back, neck, around the major joints of the shoulder and hip, and in the forearm and wrist. We spend a good deal of time learning to recognize how to feel "soft tissue lesions" with our hands wherever we find them, and learn why, at physiological and energetic levels, competent deep bodywork needs to be done slowly for greatest effect. The teachers are available to answer questions of specific interest to students as they arise during our practice sessions, and we add new hip and shoulder material for students who have previously attended this seminar. For more information, visit www.deepbodywork.com.

($30 additional tuition and $7 materials fee for manuals will be added to the workshop cost)

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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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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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Total Body Balancing 1

Mar 15 - 20, 2020

Total Body Balancing (TBB) is a body evaluation and treatment approach based on classical osteopathic theory. TBB uses long levers to improve circulation and nerve and energy flow, thus normalizing sympathetic and parasympathetic neurological activity with a goal of creating a new homeodynamic state. You will be taught a six-phase treatment template that can be done in as little as 20 minutes to balance the client's body. TBB can be easily integrated with other therapeutic techniques such as craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage. TBB can help improve the client's biomechanical structure by focusing on reducing muscle tension and fascial tension, increasing joint mobility, and balancing lines of tension and postural alignment. TBB also can improve the client's physiological function, focusing on balancing organ mobility/motility, blood, lymph, body fluids, nerve and energy flow while reducing swelling and pain. TBB can be used in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, rib pain, upper and lower extremity orthopedic dysfunctions, swelling and postural deformities. Because of the gentleness and effectiveness of TBB, it is appropriate for numerous patient populations including pediatrics and geriatrics.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. To register, please call 1-800-311-9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. For accommodations pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

CE credit for massage.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for acupuncturists Course Category 1; see leader.

CE credit for physical therapists in CA; see leader.

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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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Tickets to Paradise: A Yoga-Based Therapeutic Approach to Self-Care and Healing

May 8 - 10, 2020

An all-time favorite line from one of Harvey Deutch's patients, "I’m not doing your P.T. exercises!" motivated Harvey to ditch the term "exercises" and call them "Tickets to Paradise" instead. Since it is one’s own responsibility to be the primary guardian of health and well-being, why not turn the components into positive self-care?

A physical therapist and yogi since 1982, Harvey has led weekly therapeutic yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings and retreats since 2009. He blends art with science to construct and implement thoughtful, self-guided home/workplace drills and concepts to keep the mind and body sharp and in tune. He can concisely and sequentially give you the pearls of wisdom necessary to sustain your interest and follow up with your independent programs.

During this workshop, we will:

  • Explore your internal and external landscapes
  • Learn functional anatomy and bio-mechanics from within
  • Develop a foundational practice/mindset to improve overall posture awareness, strength and stability
  • Reduce common musculoskeletal dysfunction and discomforts

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage.

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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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IAHE: Upledger Institute International's Craniosacral Therapy 1

May 17 - 22, 2020

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique to help detect and correct imbalances in the craniosacral system that may cause sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction. It is used to treat a myriad of health problems, including headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ dysfunction, chronic fatigue, motor coordination difficulties, eye problems, endogenous depression, hyperactivity and central nervous system disorders.

In this workshop, you will be taught the detailed anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system, its functions in health and its relationship to the disease processes. Half of the class time will be hands-on, developing the sensitive palpatory skills needed to detect subtle stimuli in the human body. Class material will concentrate on palpation and its potential as an evaluative and therapeutic process; fascial and soft-tissue release methods; and the pressurestat model, which explains the mechanism of the craniosacral system. Learn a 10-step protocol for evaluation and treatment of the entire body, and identify and localize significant restrictions and imbalances in the craniosacral system.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) only. To register, call 1-800-311-9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. For accommodations pricing chart, see http://www.esalen.org/page/partner-program-pricing.

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

CE credit for massage.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for acupuncturists course category 1; see leader. CE credit for physical therapists in CA; see leader.
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Esalen® Massage and Energy Work

Feb 9 - 14, 2020

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while gaining a foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be offered massage methods addressing the whole body, including Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support a sense of wholeness, connection and integration. The experienced teachers will also share skills in attending to the major muscle groups of the body, with specific massage techniques, gentle stretching and explorations with range of motion and movement.  Each day includes massage demonstrations and instruction in various self-care methods, with supervised practice in giving and receiving a massage.

Silvia and Deborah will work with each participant, accommodating the group’s different levels of experience. Beginners will gain the basic tools and techniques to more skillfully massage their partners, friends and family.  Experienced practitioners will be offered techniques that can easily be integrated into their massage sessions, inspiring and infusing their work with a deep sense of presence and flow.  This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping/healing professions in working with their clients and patients. Join us for a week of learning, healing, nurturing and play!

CE credit for Nurses.

CE credit for Massage Therapists.

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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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Esalen Massage® for Couples, Partners & Friends

May 22 - 24, 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. Emphasis will be on listening with both your heart and hands, asking for what you need and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner. Sessions will include basic quieting and grounding exercises, movement, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance and plenty of time for practice.

This weekend of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the essential elements of Esalen Massage and share a lovely experience with your partner, friend or family member; no prior massage experience is necessary. 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 the Esalen grounds.

All levels of massage experience are welcome.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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The Healing Art of Deep Bodywork®: Healing Trauma

May 31 - Jun 5, 2020

Deep Bodywork is a unique modality for healing the effects of trauma within the human organism. Because trauma lives not just in the physical tissues, but in the mind through memory, in the emotional realm through feeling, and in the soul as impression, practitioners must learn to deal with it on multiple levels in order to help heal its often intractable symptoms.

This is a clinically oriented class designed for bodywork practitioners who already use Deep Bodywork or some form of connective tissue work in their private practices. Participants will be taught to combine Deep Bodywork with tools from Integrative Gestalt Process and other methods of self-exploration in order to address the challenges presented by those suffering from trauma.

In addition to seasoned bodywork practitioners, this course welcomes up to three people who would like to participate as models. A model in this context is someone who suffers from the effects of trauma and experiences symptoms affecting the quality of his or her life. Symptoms may involve chronic pain and/or a loss of sensation or function on the physical level; an inability to relax and/or sleep deeply; or a general sense that something isn’t “right” since the traumatic incident. Models must contact Perry directly with information about their chronic conditions and to inquire about space in the course: bodyofwiz@hotmail.com. We will work with models in front of the class and focus on the following issues typical of people suffering from trauma:

  • Creating trust and a field within which our clients feel safe
  • Holding space for difficult inner states which can arise like anxiety, fear, denial and emotional wounding
  • The nature of a therapeutic aggravation
  • Assessing our clients’ progress

This is our most advanced class, and we recommend students view all five Healing Art of Deep Bodywork DVDs if they have not attended Deep Bodywork I-V.

Recommended reading: Levine, In an Unspoken Voice.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage.

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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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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Yi Quan Qigong: Strong as the Mountain, Supple as Water

Jun 7 - 12, 2020

Ever wonder why, in spite of the miracles of modern medicine, more than three million Americans practice ancient healing exercises from China? Qigong is one of the world’s most popular and best-researched methods to improve health and vitality. Regular practice makes the mind tranquil, reduces stress and deepens your connection with nature.

Learn the secrets of one of the greatest qigong masters in Chinese history: Wang Xiangzhai, equally renowned as a healer, athlete and spiritual mentor. Wang’s Yi Quan style of qigong consists of healing exercises (quan) and meditations that open the mind (yi) to the energies of the universe. This comprehensive system teaches you, in exquisite detail, the principles upon which all qigong is based:

  • Standing and Walking Meditation to improve posture, balance, grace and vitality
  • Experimenting with energy to awaken the body’s energy channels
  • Resilient energy training to increase strength and prevent injuries
  • The Health Dance: your own, improvised qigong routine
  • Taoist Meditation and Wisdom, including inspiring stories of the old masters

Yi Quan is a highly enjoyable practice that, with patience and dedication, leads to a more fully alive body and mind. No previous experience is required. Beginners and all levels are welcome.

Recommended reading: Cohen, The Way of Qigong.

CE credit pending from CAB for acupuncturists (Course Category 2).

CE credit for massage.

CE credit for nurses.

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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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Esalen® Massage – The Basics

Jun 19 - 21, 2020

This weekend offers the opportunity to replenish spirit and reconnect to the healing power of nature, while learning how to give an effective and pleasurable Esalen Massage.

Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information that can easily be applied. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath awareness, grounding, movement and quality of touch will also be introduced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage. Participants will also have time to enjoy the healing waters of the natural hot springs and the magical beauty of the Esalen grounds.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage

Feb 23 - 28, 2020

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Esalen land, while gaining foundation in the art and practice of Esalen Massage. During the week, participants will be offered massage methods addressing the whole body, including Esalen’s signature long flowing strokes that support a sense of wholeness, connection and integration. Each day will include massage demonstrations and instruction in various self-care methods, with supervised practice in giving and receiving a massage.

Daniela and Brita will share their skills in addressing the major muscle groups, with specific techniques, gentle stretches and explorations with range of motion and movement. They will work with each participant, accommodating the group’s different levels of experience. Beginners will gain the basic tools and techniques to more skillfully massage their partners, friends and family. Experienced practitioners will be offered techniques that can easily be integrated into their massage sessions, inspiring and infusing their work with a deep sense of presence and flow. This workshop is especially useful for those in the helping/healing professions in working with their clients and patients. Join us for a week of learning, healing, nurturing and play!

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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Esalen Massage® for Couples, Partners & Friends

Jan 3 - 5, 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. Emphasis will be on listening with both your heart and hands, asking for what you need and taking the time to truly nurture yourself and your partner. Sessions will include basic quieting and grounding exercises, movement, brief demonstrations, hands-on guidance and plenty of time for practice.

This weekend of mutual giving and receiving is for those of you who wish to learn the essential elements of Esalen Massage and share a lovely experience with your partner, friend or family member; no prior massage experience is necessary. 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 the Esalen grounds.

All levels of massage experience are welcome.

CE credit for nurses.

CE credit for massage therapists.

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