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Week of July 22–27

Writing and Knowing Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar

What another would have done as well, do not do it. What another would have said as well or written as well, do not say or write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself.

— André Gide

There is a world inside each of us that we know better than anything else, and a world outside of us that calls for our attention. Our subject mat- ter is always right with us. The trick is to find out what we know, challenge what we know, own what we know, and then give it away in language.

The leaders write: “We will write poems, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We’ll also read model poems by contem- porary poets and discuss aspects of the craft. But mainly this will be a writing retreat—time to explore and create in a supportive community. Though we’ll focus on poetry, prose writers who want to enrich their language will find it a fer- tile environment.”

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy… that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist… It is not your business to determine how good it is… It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

— Martha Graham

Recommended reading: Bass, The Human Line; Laux, The Book of Men; Millar, Fortune.

Ellen Bass has supported and inspired writers for 40 years. Her many books include Mules of Love,The Human Line (poetry), and The Courage to Heal, which has sold over a million copies. She teaches at Pacific University.

Dorianne Laux is the author of four collections of poetry, Awake, What We Carry (a finalist for the 1994 National Book Critics Award), Smoke, and Facts About the Moon. She has received a Pushcart Prize for poetry, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Joseph Millar’s first collection of poems, Overtime, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His work has won fellowships from the NEA, received a 2008 Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in many journals. Millar teaches at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA program.


Awakening the Heart Joe Cavanaugh

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

—Albert Schweitzer

We are born with an abundance of creative ener- gy, vitality, and aliveness. Yet, simply by living in an imperfect world, we have all experienced some degree of wounding of the heart, causing us to retract our love to protect ourselves against further hurt. We then develop strategies to sur- vive in a world of uncertainty and change. These defense strategies, once essential for our survival, now simply perpetuate our own suffering while further alienating us from who we really are. Through personal and interpersonal processes, including Gestalt, psychodrama, meditation, and other self-awareness tools, this workshop is designed to assist participants in identifying and working through their own self-imposed limita- tions and thus reclaim the true identity of their authentic selves. This requires the courage to awaken the heart from its slumber (from Latin, courage cormeans heart!) and embrace life to its fullest, including the full range of our human emotions. This, once again, opens us up to the wellspring of joy and gratefulness (great-fullness) that comes naturally from just being fully alive!

Prerequisite: Be willing to attend all sessions and abstain from alcohol and non-prescription drugs for the duration of the workshop.

Recommended reading: Cavanaugh, Who Am I, Really? How Our Wounds Can Lead to Healing.

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

Joseph Cavanaugh is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra foothills and a psycholo- gy instructor at a local community college. He has facilitated personal-growth workshops throughout California for the past 30 years.

Meditative Hypnosis—Trusting Your Unconscious: Ericksonian Hypnosis Seminars

Annellen Simpkins & C. Alexander Simpkins

We have all had the joy of accomplishing some- thing almost effortlessly and automatically. These intuitive moments may seem unusual, and yet a large part of the brain is devoted to unconscious processing. In fact, your uncon- scious is a reservoir of potential. Recent neuro- science research shows that the brain has many intelligent, unconscious pathways. You can

engage and use these unconscious pathways to help accomplish goals that might be elusive to your deliberate efforts. Meditative hypnosis pro- vides ways to access that potential.

This workshop will give an intensive and pow- erful experience of meditative hypnosis to acti- vate unconscious processing automatically and naturally. You will familiarize yourself with your own positive unconscious through exercises that develop an intuitive felt-sense. You will learn to use different forms of direct and indi- rect suggestion, experience the ideomotor mind- body link, and learn focusing, open-monitoring, and self-transcending meditation methods that tap into unconscious processing. You will expe- rience ways to bypass conscious limits and over- come barriers as you learn how to work with your unconscious to overcome difficulties and discover wellbeing. Therapists will also gain techniques for attuning to their own uncon- scious and utilizing clients’ unconscious resources to facilitate lasting change. This workshop will inform, uplift, and transform.

Recommended reading: Simpkins and Simpkins, Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, Meditation and Yoga in Psychotherapy: Techniques for Clinical Practice, and Meditation for Therapists and Their Clients.

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

Leader bios on page 23. Current Trends in Esalen®

and Bodywork Peggy Horan & Vicki Topp

This workshop is an invitation to explore and experience the current trends in Esalen Massage and Bodywork. During the week, attention will be focused on various ways to:

• Sensitively and comfortably work at deep levels

• Utilize both active and passive movement to enhance effectiveness

• Develop a deeper understanding of the terms listening, balance, and integration

The workshop leaders will offer various ways of working that can easily be incorporated into existing personal styles. Unusual, interesting, and fresh aspects of Esalen Massage will also be introduced, expanding technique repertoire and inspiring creativity and innovation. Sessions will include plenty of personal atten- tion and assistance to support the process of learning. Come prepared to touch and be


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