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Work Study Programs July–December 2012


July 8–August 5 A Half Century of Human Potential


Have you ever wondered how so many people, perhaps you, became “spiritual but not reli- gious?” Have you ever felt alone, or disconnect- ed, in your own story and wondered whether it fit into a larger cultural narrative or super-story? It does. 2012 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first official seminars on “the human poten- tiality” at the Big Sur Hot Springs, which would soon become the Esalen Institute. Jeffrey Kripal will guide a group of work scholars through this American story through his own history of the institute, as well as through novels, film, audio media, photographs, and a variety of guest speakers from the Esalen community. A wilder- ness retreat in the mountains and coasts sur- rounding the institute with Esalen teacher Steven Harper will introduce the work scholars to the natural world of Big Sur that lies at the heart and soul of Esalen’s unique story, and work scholars will compose and process their own personal narratives as a means of locating and grounding them in this half century of human potential.


Jeffrey Kripal is chairman of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. He has written four books focusing on the comparative erotics and ethics of mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religious traditions, and the his- tory of Western esotericism.


Legacy Program: Eco-conscious Transformational Leadership for Our Local and Global Future


Sustainability and environmental leadership is vital for our long-term survival on this planet. As citizens and business/organization leaders we need to intimately understand stakeholder engagement, reputation, ethics, and market via- bility and see them all as equally important to balance when making the case for sustainability in our lives and organizations.


During this experiential, cross-cultural leader- ship work study program, Kat Steele will help you develop a heightened sense of place and self-awareness, while deepening your practice of leadership to enable you to take new skills into your personal life and projects.


With an emphasis on honoring your inherent wisdom and uncovering and awakening your natural leadership strengths, we will explore moving from transactional to eco-conscious


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transformational leadership. Elements of the program include but are not limited to


• Personal growth and sustainability practices for a balanced life


• Effective communication and interpersonal skills for strong relationships


• Empowerment with the confidence to live and function in a more just, sacred, and sustainable future.


• Group dynamics and facilitation skills


• Time to connect with the sacred land and waters of Esalen


This program will include a certificate of com- pletion for a Transition training through www.transitionus.org.


See leader bio on page 89.


August 5–September 2 The Ensemble Process


In the centuries-old tradition of ensemble theatre, individual charisma and creativity are vitally bound up with the greater energy of the group. Modern modes of expression and under- standing from jazz to systems theory have affirmed the power of symbiosis. There is now a greater understanding of a model of leadership fueled not by the decisions of a single personali- ty but by the pulse and wisdom of the ensemble.


During this program, Peter James Meyers, vet- eran stage director and leadership consultant, will help cultivate communication skills, self- assurance, and physical presence through a process of group discovery and performance.


Along the way, the group will practice move- ment, voice, and improvisation techniques that will allow each participant to amplify personal presence, enhance spontaneity, and heighten clarity of thought. In short, learn how to capti- vate a room and shape an audience’s experience.


This is an ideal opportunity for anyone interest- ed in blending performing arts with the art of leadership—expanding expressive skills while cultivating the ability to command and inspire. Participants will create an original theater piece to be offered to the Esalen community at the end of the month. Open to participants of all backgrounds and interests.


Recommended reading: Meyers, As We Speak: How to Make Your Point and Have it Stick.


See leader bio on page 35. Legacy Program: Streams of Energy


Jim Gallas leads this program of Eastern body work and movement which includes a full body


table Shiatsu massage sequence, an introduction to meridian theory, and an easy to learn, power- ful chi kung form. The group will explore both Yang (deep and penetrating) and Yin (light and energetic) styles of touch as well as various meditations, self massage, and improv games to encourage awareness and expression. The pro- gram is designed to open students to their own innate healing potentials, to the power of safe, therapeutic touch, and to being more fully pre- sent in their ongoing unfolding. Participants will also receive valuable tools to facilitate the healing of others. In a spirit of compassion, laughter, and expanding awareness, students will be nurtured and nourished by the group interaction and by a deeper connection to Self.


CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.


Jim Gallas, a Shiatsu teacher for more than 15 years, has led workshops in California and internationally. Creator of the DVD Zen Thai Table Shiatsu: Deep and Effective Body Work with Ease, Jim also teaches Reiki, anatomy, yoga, and chi kung.


September 2–30 5Rhythms®


Waves/Heartbeat: A Moving Meditation Practice


“In the art of the 5Rhythms® practice, movement is our medicine,” writes Lucia Horan. “There are no rules. We are only invited to keep moving as we navigate the experience of life. Movement is our key to enter the gateway of the body. Here we unearth what has been buried below the sur- face. We invite each of the rhythms to be our guide as we navigate the territory of body, mind, and soul. In the process, we learn to awaken our authentic power, creative wellspring, and inner source of loving.


“During this work study month, we will investi- gate the map of the rhythms, becoming mindful as we track our past, present, and future, and informed by all that is held in the bones and cells of this body. In the first part of the month, we will work with fundamentals of the 5Rhythms® Waves practice. This will ground us and prepare us for the next part of our journey. In the second part of the month, we will dive into the realm of 5Rhythms® Heartbeat. In Heartbeat we explore the emotional component of our human existence, in relationship to the rhythms. We will dance, create art, poetry, ritual theater, and use conscious touch to integrate what comes up in the process. No experience is required for this class.”


CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113. See leader bio on page 48.


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