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Please note: There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen Lodge.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. Zuza Engler bio on page 12.


Scott Engler, a longtime student of presence and healing, is a practitioner of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Lomi Somatic Education. He holds a second degree black belt in Aikido and lives in Petaluma, Calif., with his wife Zuza.


Week of December 23–28


Devotion: Crafting Your Journey Inward through Memoir Dani Shapiro


How do we begin to know our own stories, and to tell them in a way that feels universal? How can we structure our inward journeys so that they resonate with others? In this interactive workshop, we will explore multiple aspects of writing a memoir.


There is a profound difference between “jour- naling” and writing memoir. In journaling, we are interested in writing only for ourselves. In memoir, we are also conscious of our readers. As we craft a memoir, we want to make art out of our lives, turning confession and even confu- sion into clear-sighted, purposeful prose.


In many traditions, the year’s end is a time of contemplation and meaningful reflection on one’s own life. This workshop—accessible to writers of absolutely all levels from the pub- lished to the beginner—encourages an inventory of the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we are compelled to share with others.


There will be plenty of time for meditation, per- sonal writing, guided exercises, and coming together as a group in a supportive and nurtur- ing atmosphere.


Dani Shapiro, bestselling novelist and mem- oirist, will guide the group through exercises designed to open the channels to memory and emotion. In an intimate and supportive envi- ronment, she will provide useful, hands-on tools for beginning to shape our journeys into com- pelling narratives.


Please note:There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen Lodge.


Dani Shapiro is the author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and two novels. Her next book, Still Writing: The Pleasures and Perils of a Creative Life, will be out in 2013. Her work has been


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published widely and she has taught at Columbia, NYU, and elsewhere. www.danishapiro.com.


Entering the Heart of Love Mark Coleman


This time of year, during the winter solstice, is a poignant time to retreat, slow down, and reflect on letting go of the old and inviting what you want to bring in for the coming season. For many traditions, this season is also a time of love and light, and so what better time to cultivate the heart through meditation practices that open you to deeper experience of love, compas- sion, and joy?


During this retreat, with the help of ancient Buddhist meditation practices of metta (love), karuna (compassion), and mudita (joy), we will learn how to meet ourselves, one other, and the world with a kind, wise, and joyful heart. We will also explore the simple but profound prac- tice of mindfulness. Cultivating mindfulness meditation forms the foundation for self aware- ness, empathy, self-compassion, and releasing the boundaries between self and other.


Mark will lead the group in a variety of rich meditations, which will include taking in the beauty and love of nature at Esalen, and how that equally opens and enriches the heart. We will also engage in experiential exercises and playful practices that explore bringing the open heart into the world around us.


This course can be taken on its own or together with The Power of Mindfulness, December 21- 23, for a seven-day immersion experience.


Please note: There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen lodge.


Leader bio on page 72. Esalen®


Massage and the Art of


Continuous Presence Oliver Bailey & Silvia Guersenzvaig


Oliver Bailey and Silvia Guersenzvaig invite you to participate in a five-day journey to replenish your spirit with touch by learning how to give an Esalen Massage.


Esalen Massage is best described as the interface and integration of form, energy, structure, and soul. With its nurturing contact, long integrat- ing strokes, and detailed attention to the whole body, an Esalen Massage provides a state of deep relaxation and healing.


The intention of this week is to offer tools and techniques that allow you to give a whole body


massage from your core, from a place of ease within yourself, and in the flow of a loving presence.


With brief lecture and hands-on supervised practice, we will focus on common areas of tension while addressing posture, breath, and intention. To assist in connecting you with your inner resources, visualization and meditation will also be included. Come and enjoy the beau- tiful Big Sur coast, while learning how to effort- lessly give an Esalen Massage. This workshop is open to beginners and those who wish to inspire their current massage practice.


CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.


Oliver Bailey bio on page 54.


Silvia Guersenzvaig is a certified Esalen® Massage teacher. Astrologer and educator since 1977, she coun- sels internationally and is a bilingual practitioner and teacher of Transformational Kinesiology from Polaris International College, Denmark. She created Openstars, Somatic Astrology at Esalen in 2000.


Weekend of December 28–30


This Year I Will...How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Bring a Dream into Being


MJ Ryan


Every year end, we get inspired (again!) to lose weight, get organized, start saving, find a better job, or stop worrying. But by the time the rosy blush of good intentions wears off, we’re back to our old ways, frustrated and fed up with our- selves. It doesn’t have to be this way. This work- shop offers you an opportunity to receive the breakthrough wisdom and support you need to make this time the time that change becomes permanent.


Change is hard. It’s not that we’re weak or lazy, it’s just that bringing new behavior into being takes energy, determination, self-awareness, and practice. The tendency to keep doing what we’ve already done is so strong because the neurons in our brains that fire together wire together—they tend to run the same sequence time after time, whether we want them to or not.


If you have ever broken a resolution, fallen off a diet, or given up on fulfilling a dream, this experiential workshop is intended to use the discoveries of brain science to help you make a promise to yourself that you can keep. Through discussion, lecture, journaling, and one-on-one


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