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Legacy Program: Embodied Relationship

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.

“The structure of the program will be experien- tial exercises, practice sessions, and group discus- sion to develop our awareness of self and the group. We will begin with our earliest move- ments (prior to birth) and then explore how we co-create our bodily membership in the more complex gestalts of family, groups, and cultures. Our goals will be to experience how we create relationships through embodiment, and to devel- op skills in attending to ourselves and others.”

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. See leader bio on page 61.

September 30–October 28 Motion Theater®

: Dreaming on Your Feet

It is our nature to be free—and to express that freedom spontaneously and without hesitation through song and dance, poetry and play. Moreover, we each have the ability to wake up to who we already know ourselves to be: people dedicated to a sane and just world made up of individuals who celebrate their common humanity and this planet of indescribable beauty through singing, dancing, playing, and caring for all sentient beings.

This improvisation workshop in Motion Theater allows the creativity that resides within us to have a voice. “Everyone has a story to tell,” says Nina Wise. “And stories reside as much in the body as in the mind. So we begin with movement—slow stretches to open the body. We open the voice with playful classical- and jazz- based exercises. We meditate to calm the heart, dance to free the spirit, find a way to effortlessly compose with language. This journey leads to giving voice and physicality to the private char- acters and inner realities that live in the subcon- scious mind and the cells of our bodies.”

The sessions will include meditation, gentle and vigorous movement, exploring the range of vocal expression, writing exercises, as well as solo, duet, and ensemble improv games.

October 28–November 25

The Heart of Buddhism The Buddha offered a timeless teaching on how to live a life that is sourced from kindness, com- passion, and appreciation. These teachings and practices are as applicable today as they were two thousand years ago. We all have the ability to access the innate wisdom and compassion of the heart—all we have do is turn inward through meditation and eventually we will uncover an endless source of happiness.

This workshop is like dreaming on your feet. Expect to surprise yourself and to become more playful and at ease before an audience. You might even find that the sense of wellbeing achieved during the workshop not only expands your creative abilities, but also enhances your experience of daily life. And while it is not ther- apy, the work can be surprisingly, delightfully, holistically healing.”

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. See leader bio on page 11.

Legacy Program: Gestalt Awareness Practice

Each of us is born with an inherent drive for aliveness and self-expression and belonging. As we grow up, our sense of self and our ability to be spontaneous may become blocked. Knowing who we are, and what we feel and want, can be difficult when we have lived with the absence of adequate attunement and responsiveness to our emotions. This lack can result in self-judgment and the belief that our emotions are the prob- lem, instead of signals that can point the way toward a better understanding of ourselves and our environment.

The focus of a month with Dorothy Charles and Relational Gestalt Process will be creating a group experience that will provide a context in which feelings can be held and integrated. Individual work with the leader, communica- tion skills and group process, will be used to develop awareness and self- responsibility to cre- ate relationships with self and others that are supportive and enlivening. Meditation, and expressive arts will also be part of the curricu- lum.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. See leader bio on page 29.

During this course, Noah Levine will be joined by Spirit Rock Community Dharma teacher Vinny Ferraro for a program that combines the regular and Legacy work study groups for a unique synergy. Legacy work scholars will have the opportunity to join the regular work study group for some portions of the course, and vice versa. Together, Levine and Ferraro will guide you into your heart’s depths through a series of guided meditations, small group explorations, lectures, and dialogue. The month will be based upon the Buddha’s teachings of the Divine Abodes of heart—kindness, compassion, appreci- ation, and equanimity, as well as an in-depth process of forgiveness.

All levels of experience are welcome, but be warned you will be asked to open your heart and stand undefended in the presence of your own truth.

Noah Levine bio on page 79. Vinny Ferraro bio on page 84.

November 25–December 23

Nonviolent Communication Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is interna- tionally recognized, taught, and implemented as a tool for quality of life. During this month of intensive immersion in NVC principles and practices with Jean Morrison, participants are offered the opportunity to strengthen their ability to:

• Live from a consciousness of compassion, for yourself and with others

• Make peace with conflicts affecting emotional health and wellbeing

• Replace distressing habits of mind and language with new habits that create compassion, connection, understanding, and healing

• Liberate your thinking and reactions in order to transform anger, hurt, and guilt into energy and expressions that serve life

• Clarify and express emotions and needs, distinct from blame



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