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ness Practice has a strong relationship to some forms of meditation. This form is similar to some Reichian work as well, in that emotional and energetic release and rebalancing are allowed and encouraged.

The emphasis is intrapersonal rather than inter- personal. Participants are not patients but per- sons actively consenting to explore in awareness. The leader functions to reflect, clarify, and respect whatever emerges in this process. The aim is unfoldment, wholeness, and growth, rather than adjustment, cure, or accomplishment. The work- shop will utilize group exercises, meditations, and discussion. The format combines introducto- ry group work with the open seat form, in which each participant will have the opportunity to work with the leader in a group context.

Please note: Meeting times for this workshop are longer than the average Esalen workshop.

Please note: There will be a property-wide celebra- tion on July 4th.

Recommended reading: Perls, Gestalt Therapy Verbatim; Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. CE credit for nurses; see page 113.

Leader bio on page 11.

The Magic of Metal: Blacksmithing, Welding and Sculpting

TS O’Grady & Caleb Smith

There is a magic about metal that can mesmerize those who appreciate it and energize those who work with it. Experience blasting through steel plates with a cutting torch to create fantastic shapes, or heating, twisting, hammering, and shaping hard metal rods or bars as if they were clay. The results can be useful and infinitely beautiful. The workshop focuses on the basics of cutting, forging, and welding metal. Students will learn through hands-on instruction, design talks, and show and tell sessions. Each student will take home the sculptural or functional pieces they create during the week.

All levels are welcome; no experience is neces- sary. Returning participants can build their skill level and tackle more complex projects. Bring long-sleeved work clothes and leather boots that you feel comfortable getting dirty in.

Please note: There will be a property-wide celebra- tion on July 4th.

Recommended reading: Sims, Backyard Blacksmith.

($100 materials fee paid directly to the leaders)

TS O’Grady is a metal worker and builder who recently moved to New Orleans after a decade in Big Sur.

Caleb Smith is an artist/blacksmith who resides in Santa Fe, NM. He creates custom architectural ironwork, works as a glass artist and woodworker. He loves to bring all of these skills together to create artwork. He loves to spread the joys of metal work whenever possible.

Simply Wild: Experiencing Nature Steven Harper

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done. —Mary Oliver

The week is simple. We stroll through the wilds of Big Sur on hikes, soak in the natural mineral hot springs, eat good wholesome food, commune with ourselves, others, and nature. With the bare attention of awareness and wilderness as our teacher, we show up for our life as it unfolds moment to moment. We make inquiry into the process of getting out of our own way — doing less and being more. Cultivating silence, space, and simplicity we come into intimate contact with the raw beauty of this mysterious world.

The group ventures out each day on hikes 4-8 miles in length, exploring the unique natural diversity at the meeting of mountain and sea. From ocean beach to deep canyon to open ridge- line, Big Sur in summer offers an invitation to be fully alive. Simple practices that encourage awareness and contemplation (“how to be idle and blessed”) are shared with the group as well as the wonders of the rich natural history of Big Sur. As this workshop falls over the 4th of July holiday, we will include space to join in the Esalen community celebration on the 4th.

No previous experience in simplicity or nature is required. More information and a waiver will be sent upon registration. For an equipment list and frequently asked questions about Steven’s work- shops, visit

($20 park entrance fee paid directly to the leader)

Steven Harper is a wilderness guide, author, artist, and Big Sur resident. He has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions internationally for more than 35 years. He has an MA in psychology and his work focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for

Your Life Cannot Be Any Easier Than Your Movement: Introduction to Cortical Field Reeducation®

Sybil Krauter, Ellen Kindl & Melissa Krikorian

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Leading Your Life Laurie Gerber & James Phills

Leadership is the most celebrated aspiration in the worlds of business, politics, athletics, and religion. We want to be or to have great leaders because they inspire and guide us, and they drive their organizations to be exceptional. What if we took everything we know about what makes leadership effective in these realms and applied it on a personal level to the chal- lenge of building an exceptional life?

This retreat applies conventional managerial perspectives on the strategic leadership of orga- nizations to the design and management of your life. We’ll translate fundamental notions of pur- pose and vision to dreams and aspirations. Apply basic elements of strategy such as scope and competitive advantage to help evaluate basic choices about how you lead your life. These con- structs and more all have analogues in individ- ual life—as does the core objective of perfor- mance and success.

The retreat begins with a hard-nosed and broad- based self-assessment of the quality of your life along a variety of dimensions including relation- ships, career, money, spirituality, and health. Based on this assessment you will develop a strategy and a set of concrete goals for enhanc- ing the quality of your life in targeted domains. You will develop the skills and knowledge—but more importantly the insight and capacity—to be more strategic (in the best sense of the term) and effective in how you lead your personal and professional life.

Please note: There will be a property-wide celebra- tion on July 4th.

Laurie Gerber is president of Handel Group™ Life Coaching. Passionate about personal development, Laurie has dedicated the last 15 years to coaching hun- dreds of individuals and leading large groups. She blogs for The Daily Love, Huffington Post, Crazy Sexy Wellness, and more.

James Phills is professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has more than 25 years of experience as teacher, author, and consultant in the areas of individual and organi- zational learning, leadership, and strategic change.

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