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• Make empowering requests distinct from demands and expectations

• Apply NVC principles and skills to your goals and aspirations

The sessions include a balance of playful explo- ration, thoughtful inquiry, powerful exercises for skill development, and sharing of best prac- tices with participants’ real situations. Guest pre- senters will augment our NVC practice with their expertise in the Enneagram, Mindful Meditation, art, and movement.

Please note: Participants in this program are sign- ing up for five weeks at Esalen. For four weeks, you will be in a group with Jean Morrison. For the fifth week you will be participating in Esalen’s staff week. During this week, Esalen is closed to the public. There will be staff-only fun, work, and learning during this time.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. See leader bio on page 100.

Legacy Program: Presence and Touch that Heals

Touch is a powerful tool for healing. Touch com- bined with a presence that truly meets the per- son you are touching is a gift beyond compare. To develop this skill set involves several key elements. Join Suzanne Scurlock-Durana and Carlos Durana for this interactive and experien- tial legacy month that will explore each of these elements as well as offer the opportunity for in- depth personal growth and healing through multiple hands-on bodywork sessions.

Participants will work with the Full Body Presence book and audio download to cultivate their capac- ity to be present in a powerful, yet ethical and lov- ing way. Also, participants will be shown the foun- dation level of touch used in all CranioSacral ther- apy, which unlocks the door to the body’s deepest wisdom. They will be shown how to follow ener- gy flow through the body and release restrictions using the meridian system, returning the system to balance and better health.

This program will be coupled with the visiting teacher program, which will offer an opportuni- ty to be mentored by advanced CranioSacral therapists and to receive multiple hands-on advanced healing work in evening sessions. Please bring a journal for reflection time and notes, as well as a binder for handouts.

Required reading and listening: Scurlock- Durana and Upledger, Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom, book and audio download or CD.

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

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana bio on page 19. 108

Carlos Durana, PhD, MAc, is a licensed acupunc- turist and clinical psychologist; he is also a body work- er and writer/researcher with many years of experi- ence in Chinese herbology, medical qigong, life and wellness coaching, meditation, stress management, exercise, and nutrition.

December 23–January 20

Healing with Humor: Spinal Awareness Patrick Douce will lead an in-depth experience of Spinal Awareness, a program of health and healing (with humor). Spinal Awareness is a way of learning that improves body awareness, flexibility, posture, and most chronic and acute conditions of the body. Taught with movement, touch, and group interaction, it is based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Taoist-Chinese- Indonesian martial art, and the Esalen experi- ence.

Spinal Awareness emphasizes learning how to move in ways that stimulate your awareness and support the health of your own body. Lessons inspired by Indonesian Silat will also be used to stimulate the energy body, effecting internal health and increasing energy. Students will par- ticipate in floor exercises that organize and inte- grate the spinal column, and standing lessons that improve better balance and fluidity.

The course will include safe and noninvasive hands-on lessons to greatly speed improve- ments. Fun partner lessons will be intermixed to help bring about not only freedom in the body but a return to the childlike energy essential to us all.

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

See leader bio on page 44.

Legacy Program: Yoga as a Practice of Devotion and Surrender

The fruition of yoga is the state of connection with the deepest source of our consciousness, often described as a sacred and blissful union between the student and the Divine. In shorter yoga classes we are often preoccupied with the physical aspects of our practice as we try to achieve various physical yoga postures (asanas). For many students yoga can be reduced to a stretching and strengthening exercise. We may miss or forget that the true aim is to more fully experience and express our intrinsic goodness and beauty, our divine inner light.

In this course, Carl Swanson and Nora Matten will guide students through an exploration of yogic practices as a way to open the heart, mind,

and body in a spirit of bhakti, or devotion. Participants will learn how to bring awareness to the felt sense of each posture and move ener- gy and consciousness through the body, rather than just assume yogic shapes. In addition to asana, we will practice pranayama (breathing techniques) and kirtan (devotional chanting). As we surrender ourselves into these practices, we further open our hearts to realizing our con- nection with the divine, and we can carry that awareness with us out of the yoga room into a richer more fulfilling experience of life. All levels of practice and experience are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat.

CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.

Carl Swanson a devoted student and practitioner of yoga for the last decade, has been teaching yoga at Esalen since 2004. His teaching is influenced by Anusara and Vinyasa Flow styles of hatha yoga, his love of kirtan, and his experience as an Esalen Massage practitioner and instructor.

Nora Matten bio on page 80.

Work Study Programs January–June 2013

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January 20-February 17

Spiritual Massage: Lightbody Infusion with Maria Lucia Bittencourt Sauer

February 17-March 17

Wordsmithing: Opening the Creative Channel with Johnsmith

March 17-April 14

Relational Gestalt Process with Dorothy Charles

April 14-May 12 T’ai Chi with Kenn Chase

May 12-June 9

Sharing Your Life Story with Ann Randolph June 9-July 7

Embodied Relationship with Michael Clemmens

Additional programs are always being added. Please visit for the latest opportunities.

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