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ing risk-taking skills that minimize wasted time and unnecessary suffering. It will be an opportunity for examining and creating your own unique risk taking style.

David Schiffman has taught at Esalen for 40 years. His work combines creative elements ranging from sweet mischief to intelligent risk taking and includ- ing ceremony, music, movement, and inner work. He has been a consultant to California Institute for Integrative Studies and Saybrook Institute, in San Francisco.

July 13–20

Guiding Lights in Film: Inspirations to Live By

Francis Lu & Brother David Steindl-Rast

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. —Nelson Mandela

Memorable film characters, luminous actors/actresses, and even some unforgettable great films themselves have inspired audiences since the beginning of movies. This week-long seminar focuses on sixteen feature films from the US, Japan, France, and Germany dating from the 1930s to the present that have depicted teachers, mentors, and spiritual visionaries— both secular and religious—who were able to bring forth inspiration akin to its original mean- ing: “A divine influence or action upon the lives of certain persons that is believed to qualify them to receive and communicate sacred revela- tion interpreted within Christianity as the direct action of the Holy Spirit” (Webster’s 3rd International Dictionary, 2002). The films cho- sen evoke—through their characters, scenarios, bold cinematography, and music—those quali- ties of inspiration and spiritual leadership that have served to guide oneself and others to embrace the courage, passion, and imagination needed to take up a new way of living.

Film-viewing seminars led by Francis and Brother David have become a tradition at Esalen since 1990; this will be their 21st one together. These sessions interweave fine films carefully chosen and sequenced, extensive hand-out materials, state-of-the-art home theatre equip- ment, and processing of the film-viewing experi- ence through group interaction and personal silent reflection.

For further information, contact Francis Lu at For a description of their 2002-2011 seminars, see

18 Weekend of July 13–15

Getting the Love You Want: A Workshop for Couples Rick Brown

This workshop is designed to help couples understand at a deeper level why they were attracted to each other, why they get stuck in endless power struggles, and how to safely begin to work through those stuck places toward a safer and more satisfying relationship. Couples share only with their partner and are able to maintain privacy. Couples are shown:

• New communication skills to break destructive cycles of relating

• How to channel the energy from arguments to create passion and stability

• How the unconscious forces that attract partners to each other are also the source of conflict

• New tools for re-romanticizing their relationship to reestablish the passion of their early time together

• How to use their relationship for emotional healing and spiritual evolution

Activities include lectures, written exercises, guided imagery, and live demonstrations of communication skills and processes. Rick Brown has been offering this workshop for more than twenty years, and has appeared on Oprah. The methodology is based on Harville Hendrix’s best-selling Getting the Love You Want. For more information, visit

Please note: This workshop is for couples only. ($20 materials fee for manuals paid directly to the leader) CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

This seminar may be of interest to other health and mental health professionals.

CE credit available for psychologists (pending); see page 113. CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. CE credit for nurses; see page 113.

Francis G. Lu is the Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry at UC Davis. Since 1987 he has coled 24 seminars at Esalen exploring film and the transpersonal.

Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, psychologist, and author, has lectured on five conti- nents. He was Spiritual Teacher in Residence at Esalen, and is concerned with the unique challenges and opportunities of our time.

Rick Brown is executive director for the Institute for Relationship Therapy in Winter Park, Fla. Rick was executive director for Harville Hendrix’s Institute, and he lectures and gives workshops across the country. He has been married for 33 years.

Full Body Presence: Skills to Energize Your Life

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

Energize your daily life in this weekend work- shop. Gain practical tools and skills that will enable you to meet life’s challenges with new resources that don’t fade but grow stronger with practice.

Discover how to tune into your body’s wisdom and acquire skills to stay energized in the face of life stressors and draining situations. Learn exact tools for re-charging your system to calm physical tension and quiet your mind. Leave the weekend more embodied, with clarity about how your own full body presence can support you in your world.

In today’s world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources in order to survive and thrive with the daily demands being pre- sented to us. This course teaches the process of allowing the deep wisdom of the body to inform and help us navigate in our living, working, healing, and relating in the world. Learning to respect and listen to this body wisdom as the ground of our knowing helps us rediscover our innate spirituality and to develop our emotional intelligence. Attend this workshop and acquire effective skills to:

• Learn about healthy boundaries and how to hold them

• Understand the dynamics of your own energy habit patterns

• Nourish and rejuvenate in healthy, life-giving ways

• Remain grounded, steady, and present, even under stress

This course is valuable to individuals from all walks of life, including healthcare professionals and caregivers, life coaches and counselors, par- ents, and teachers.

Prerequisite: Read and listen to the audio CD in Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through IAHE only. To register, please call 1-800-311- 9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. Please see accommo-

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