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and small-group interactions from a blend of emotional, spiritual, and practical perspectives, each person leaves with a blueprint for imple- menting and sustaining lasting change.

MJ Ryan is the author of This Year I Will…and AdaptAbility: How to Survive Change You Didn’t Ask For, among others. A member of Professional Thinking Partners, she currently serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs, senior-level executives, and leadership teams, and leads workshops around the world.

Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation

Cassandra Vieten & Daniel Ellenberg

We are each always changing, always growing. But sometimes we encounter moments or periods of life that are so potent, and so full of potential, that they transform our conscious- ness, fundamentally shifting our worldview, our motives and priorities, and how we relate to our- selves, others, and the world. Where we have been limited, we expand. We become more open, balanced, and aligned with our true val- ues. Compassion for self and others arises more naturally.

For more than a decade, research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences has examined how these transformations happen and how they can lead to greater meaning, joy, and purpose. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your current transformative path is— whether you seek to transform your life com- pletely or simply make adjustments to add richness and depth—learning more about the terrain of consciousness transformation can not only give you a map, but also can help you become the cartographer of your own journey. Using lecture, video, discussion, creative process, and deeply embodied experiential play, we will weave scientific findings together with wisdom from the world’s spiritual traditions and your own authoritative wisdom to explore deep shifts in consciousness, and how they can be integrated into everyday life. Join us, as 2012 turns to 2013, to reorient, remember, and renew your commitment toward living more deeply every day.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Cassandra Vieten, PhD, is director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a licensed clinical psy- chologist in San Francisco, and vice-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. She co-wrote Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transfor- mation in Everyday Life.


Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, group facilitator, organizational trainer, and licensed thera- pist. He is a principle in both Relationships That Work and Authentic Leadership Institute. He leads men’s growth groups and co-authored Lovers for Life.

Meditation, Yoga and the New Paradigm in Consciousness

Charu Rachlis

Our world is in great flux. Changes come every day. Our old beliefs may not fit any longer. There is a great call to all of us from Mother Earth and the cosmos to open up and receive a new alignment in consciousness. Many of us find it difficult to respond to this call, but also there is a sense of relief and excitement.

In this workshop we will practice meditation, which supports us to stay centered and open to receive these new energies in a more balanced way. In our time together we will also practice a gentle yoga—moving into our bodies with ease and using our breath to feel each pose.

Asana (yoga postures) are an ancient medicine to release the body from mental, emotional, and physical stress. It is a preventive medicine!

We will take time in restoratives postures to renew and rejuvenate ourselves. Our early mornings will be dedicated to pranayama (breath awareness), which also helps us to center and relax.

The workshop is designed to support each participant in going deeper into their heart, to reflect, rejuvenate, and deeply relax, and to create the opportunity to open up to this infi- nite possibility that exists in each moment. Please bring a yoga mat.

Charu Rachlis, born and raised in Brazil, has been teaching yoga in San Francisco since 1997. She teach- es in a Bhakti lineage. She has a 20-year history of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and is strongly influ- enced by Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga.

Week of December 30–January 4

Re-Wilding the Future: Soul, Imagination, and a New Planetary Era Bill Plotkin & Geneen Marie Haugen

In the liminal time when one year morphs into another, we often anticipate change; the final days of 2012 are especially saturated with both uncertainty and possibility. Whether or not we believe the astrological implications or mythic prophecies about 2012, most of us experience this time as unpredictable and susceptible to radical change. Much is in flux: economy, gov- ernment, climate, consciousness—the stories we live by. For some, this may feel more destabiliz- ing than welcome; for others, the unknown future buzzes with possibility. How might we participate with the archetypal potentials—evo- lutionary and revolutionary—of one era’s end and another’s beginning?

Reclaiming our own wilder psyches, which overflow with endless creativity, ecological genius, and emergent possibility, is a necessary prelude to re-wilding the future. To this end, we’ll evoke non-ordinary consciousness in mul- tiple ways: conversations with nature; approach- ing the world as if everything is animate and intelligent; attending our deepest allurements; and listening for the voices of future ones who, even now, call for our forward-seeing imagina- tion and activism. Our practices will draw from


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