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how we perceive and relate are simultaneously physical and psycho-emotional. They offer perceptual practices to open ways that we pay attention, listen, and speak about our experience.

Lama Drimed and Susan share an innovative teaching style, and are open and attentive to each participant’s process of discovery, and to the group process.

Many of our explorations will take place outside in nature where we explore the elemental affini- ty between our bodies and the living lineage of our breathing planetary body.

Susan Harper brings her thirty-six years of experience teaching Continuum Movement internationally to all the work she develops. She teaches a Continuum Depths retreat twice yearly with Emilie Conrad, and is developing Portals of Perception with Hubert Godard.

Lama Drimed offers awareness teachings from Great Perfection/Dzogchen and Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. His Tibetan teacher, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, recognized Lama Drimed as his lineage holder in 1995. His vision is to open dialogues that include current discoveries and the ancient tantric arts.

Weekend of July 20–22

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps Kevin Griffin

The Buddha said craving is the cause of suffer- ing. Twelve Step programs work with the deep- est forms of craving. How can these two tradi- tions come together to deepen our recovery and our spiritual life?

Through a combination of traditional and con- temporary Buddhist meditation practices, inter- active exercises, lecture, and discussion, this workshop will explore the ways that Buddhism and the Steps complement each other on a path of recovery. We will be delving deeply into the practice of Buddhist insight meditation with plenty of time for question and answer periods. We will also do mindful walking, speaking/lis- tening, and eating exercises as well as group sharing. The goal is to bring a mindful approach to all activities. This quality then informs our recovery and our spiritual growth. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful natural setting, as well as the Esalen hot springs.

This workshop is open to all those interested. You need not be in a Twelve Step program, nor

have a background in Buddhist meditation. The workshop will include introductory meditation instructions. Beginners are welcome.

Recommended reading: Griffin, One Breath at a Time and A Burning Desire.

Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery. A cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network, he is a leader in the mindful recovery move- ment.

Foster Natural Mind-Brain Change Effortlessly: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

Milton Erickson (1901–1980) was one of the foremost twentieth-century practitioners of hypnotherapy. He created an original and high- ly effective hypnotic method to foster the nat- ural mechanisms of mind and brain that we all possess. Erickson’s hypnosis was based in a firm belief that the unconscious is a reservoir of potential and that hypnosis is the way to access that potential. Recent neuroscience research corroborates this belief in finding that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. These pathways function automati- cally and can be engaged and used to help accomplish goals that might be difficult to do deliberately. By working indirectly and uncon- sciously, people can bypass conscious limita- tions to resolve problems and live a happy, fulfilling life.

This workshop will teach Erickson’s powerful and individualized self-hypnosis approach. All participants will be shown how to experience trance in themselves, use direct and indirect suggestion, experience the ideomotor mind- body link, work with the utilization method, and experiment with varied trance phenomena. Therapists will gain hypnotic techniques to use with clients, and everyone can enjoy deep relax- ation, fostering creativity, and the experience of natural, effortless change. With stories from case examples, guided trance experiences, hand- outs, and a clear understanding of the effects in the brain, this workshop will inform, inspire, and uplift.

Recommended reading: Simpkins and Simpkins, Neuro-Hypnosis and The Dao of Neuroscience.

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

Annellen M. Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice who, with her husband C. Alexander Simpkins, specializes in study and research of mind and brain. Together they teach widely on meditation and hypnosis, have written twenty-four books, and live in San Diego.

C. Alexander Simpkins, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice, and, with Annellen M. Simpkins, is the author of twenty-four books. Together they study and research mind and brain, teach meditation and hypnosis in seminars and workshops, and live in San Diego.

Public Speaking:

Powerfully Presenting Yourself Mary Goldenson & Robert Corff

Why are some people so inspiring and impactive when they speak? What inhibits us from delivering our message? This workshop will explore the inhibitions to self-expression and communication, and help participants move beyond them with more freedom in both per- sonal and professional life. It is designed for those who want to develop a more powerful per- sonal and public presentation, and better profes- sional and business communication skills.

The leaders combine their expertise in the fields of psychology and the performing arts to guide you through this pulse-raising adventure. The focus will be on self-exploration through indi- vidual and group work. Participants will use voice and body to express themselves with more power and passion.

Courage, passion, and clarity need not be restricted to rare moments in life. Learn to express yourself more fully and experience the satisfaction of being more authentic and self- assured. This process can help awaken your dreams and invigorate your life.

Recommended listening and reading: Corff, Bob Corff ’s Speakers Voice Method; B. & C. Corff, Achieving the Standard American Accent (CD and workbook), available at

Mary Goldenson is a clinical psychologist, chiro- practor, and certified Radix teacher in Los Angeles. She has a private practice specializing in relationship therapy and transitions, and leads mediation train- ings and workshops around the country.

Robert Corff is one of Los Angeles’ most prominent performance teachers. His clients include such award- winning celebrities as Sally Field, Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Hank Azaria. In addition, he has had leading roles on Broadway, television, and in motion pictures.


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