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this new beginning, in which love and wisdom will shine again.


“The Mayan prophecy of 2012 is about a time of hope, humili- ty, forgiveness, and love. It is a time to go to the very depths of our being and a time to share who we are for the bene- fit of humankind. The prophe- cy will exist only in the reflec- tion of our state of conscious- ness and our belonging to the Heart of the Earth and the Heart of the Sky. The Mayan elders are very clear that 2012


is not an exact date, and it is not the end of the world. It is the time of a great shift in our consciousness.”


Don Miguel and yoga teacher Saul David Raye bring together the sacred traditions of Mayan wisdom and Tantra yoga and integrate these teachings with their students’ contemporary lives. There are ancient connections between the Maya and the yogis of India. The roots of yoga lie in a tantric and shamanic past, connected to the cycles, rhythms, and forces of the uni- verse. During their Esalen workshop, the leaders will explore the profound ways to connect directly with those energies.


See Heart of the Sky, Heart of the Earth: 2012 Maya Wisdom and Yoga Retreat, August 5–10.


Rick Hanson


Rick Hanson is a neuropsycholo- gist who writes and teaches about the inner skills of psychological healing, personal growth, spiritual practice, and healthy relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Rick has taught at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and in meditation centers internationally.


After growing up in the suburbs of LA, he dove into the human potential movement of the early 1970s. He went to graduate school in developmental psychology and then got a Master’s and a PhD in clinical psychology. His work developed into an exploration of the intersection of three circles: brain science, psychology, and contemplative practice, and in 2009, he wrote Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom(now in 20 languages). “With the power of modern


neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better,” says Hanson. “This presents truly amazing opportunities for personal wellbeing, fulfilling relationships, and a more peaceful world.” His most recent book, Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, is about the power of practice: doing those little things in your mind that add up over time to big results.


Rick says he loves Esalen: “I’d of course heard about it forever, and when I finally came here it was even more wonderful than I’d imagined. It’s a great place for feeling nurtured, going deep, having fun, feeding your soul, and lifting your heart.”


See Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom, September 23–28.


Tom Myers


“My journey into the body started at Esalen way back in 1974,” Tom Myers writes. “This journey began as a youthful lark, but deepened rapidly into a career. Through Michael Murphy’s book, The Future of the Body: Explorations into the Further Evolution of Human Nature, and my studies with Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais, I burrowed into the literal stuff of our corporeal selves: the nerves, fluid exchange, the fascia. I devel-


oped a focus in my work and ended up writing some books myself. Anatomy Trains and Fascial Release are all about how to see the patterns between body and spirit and how to connect parts into wholes. How can such base matter manifest such alchemical gifts of spirit?


“Now we stand on a threshold: the industrial age is over and the electronic age is washing over us like a tsunami. Our images of heart as pump, lung as bellows, liver as factory, or muscles as levers are all a century out of date. We are entering a world of fluid information, of multiple but tenuous connecting bonds, a world where many of our kids are thoroughly divorced from ‘nature’ as we oldsters knew it — a nature that anyway is rapidly changing.


“How do we reduce the stress of constant adaptation for those


of us who grew up in a steadier-state world? How do we edu- cate the Neolithic bodies of our youngsters to live successfully in this electronic world? I am pleased to come back to Esalen to present an experiential exploration of both ancient and modern solutions to these questions. And I’m glad to say these solutions are a lot of fun.”


See The Spirited Body, October 28–November 2 and Anatomy Trains and Fascial Fitness, November 2–4.


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