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prior yoga experience is needed. Please bring a yoga mat.


Recommended reading: Whitwell, Yoga of Heart and The Promise; Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga.


Leader bio on page 26.


Intermediate Level Chinese Pulse Diagnosis and Integrating Western and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine


Brian Weissbuch & Brian LaForgia


This intermediate level class is open to all acupuncturists, naturopaths, and health care pro- fessionals who have attended the Introductory Pulse course taught by Brian LaForgia or any of the certified Shen/Hammer pulse teachers. We will first review pulse positions, qualities, and the Three Depths. Without a precise understanding of the location of the positions and depths, it is impossible to make accurate readings of the qual- ities, and then make an accurate diagnosis. The leaders will then record the pulse qualities of patient models, followed by the students attempt- ing to feel the same qualities as are recorded. We will then review the pulse picture and qualities of the patient models and work up diagnoses. The focus is on learning and developing the process of preparing a diagnostic presentation.


Treatment with herbal medicine is dependent upon accurate and thorough pulse diagnosis. We will briefly discuss Dr. Shen’s herb formulas in the context of pulse presentation and corre- sponding treatment protocols. We will continue to build upon and explore the Traditional Chinese Medicine energetics and indications of Western herbs; incompatibilities and contra- indications of herbs with pharmaceuticals; food and supplements; herb combinations; posology (dosage and administration); phytopharmacolo- gy; pharmacognosy; toxicology; and dysjunct cosmopolitan Asian and American species with similar properties and uses. For this seminar, we will focus on slide presentations with an emphasis on case histories and formulation.


Recommended Reading: Hammer, Chinese Pulse Diagnosis: A Contemporary Approach.


CE credit available for acupuncturists; see workshop leaders. CE credit for nurses; see page 113.


Brian Kie Weissbuch, LAc, is an herbalist and acupuncturist in private practice in Northern California since 1991. Cofounder of KW Botanicals, Inc. in San Anselmo, Calif., he has 41 years of experi- ence as a botanist and western herbalist.


Brian LaForgia, LAc, has been practicing Chinese Medicine since 1979. In 1992, he met Leon Hammer


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and studied Dr. John Shen’s pulse system intensively with him. Since 1995 Brian has been teaching Pulse Diagnosis internationally.


High Summer in the Full Moon Garden: Growing Food and Ourselves on the Esalen Land


Shirley Ward, Amigo Bob Cantisano & Wendy Johnson


From the beginning, the fertility of the garden depends on the fertility of the gardener’s imagination. —Wendy Johnson


Follow your heart’s desire to be connected to the land that sustains you and feel the simple pleasure of growing, harvesting, and sharing food with community. There is a need to work together and create new economic models to make self-reliance a viable option for everyone.


This immersion in the life of the bountiful four- acre Esalen farm and garden will focus on the fundamental practices and principles of local, organic agriculture. Our teaching sessions will include hands-on work experience in harvest- ing, cultivation, seed starting, transplanting, compost-making, fertility, seed saving, and plant propagation — as well as a full review of current ecological practices to help enhance and main- tain the health and vitality of any farm or gar- den. Our time together will include ceremony and daily practices that connect us to the land on the rugged Big Sur coast, as well as ample time for rest and relaxation in the restorative beauty of the Esalen environment. Aspiring and


seasoned growers are encouraged to attend this dynamic workshop. No prior experience is nec- essary.


Join Shirley Ward, manager of the Esalen farm and garden, Wendy Johnson, Buddhist medita- tion teacher, organic gardening mentor, and a founder of Green Gulch Zen Center’s farm and garden, and Amigo Bob Cantisano, one of the most widely experienced and influential advi- sors in California organic agriculture.


Recommended reading: Johnson, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.


Shirley Ward’s loving expertise has blessed the Esalen Farm and Garden for the last six years: as groundskeeper, farm manager, and consultant. Prior to Esalen, she created magnificent, sustainable, organ- ic landscapes for a large East Coast clientele.


Wendy Johnson is a Buddhist meditation teacher and organic gardening mentor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is one of the founders of the organic Farm and Garden program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.


Relational Gestalt Process: The Transformative Power of Emotion


Dorothy Charles


In order to become whole, we must engage in the ongoing process of discovering our own per- sonal truth. This truth may challenge us, may even be painful, before it gives us new freedom and expands our horizons. When we choose to


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