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remain content with intellectual wisdom only, we limit ourselves and limit our relationships. When we integrate the full breadth of our emo- tional wisdom, we open the path toward becom- ing whole.


Experiencing and expressing emotions are inte- gral to being alive. Learning to fully experience feelings and express them in healthy ways enables us to have more pleasurable and fulfill- ing relationships. We cannot change the past. We can change what we have come to believe about our capacity for love and belonging.


Relational Gestalt process is a holistic, process- oriented, dialogical, phenomenological, existen- tial, and field theoretical approach to human change with the centrality of contact, awareness, and personal responsiveness and responsibility. Primacy is given to the uniqueness of the indi- vidual. In this way of working, people are viewed as an integrated whole with the innate potential of growth and mature self-expression.


This experiential and didactic workshop will blend individual and group Relational Gestalt work with the intention of finding individual truths through our felt and expressed emotions, and exploring how these truths will help strengthen our relationships to self and others. We will experiment with tracking emotions as sensations and learn to recognize them as sig- nals calling for awareness and attention, rather than problems to be avoided.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Dorothy Charles has been a student and teacher at Esalen since 1982. A student of Esalen cofounder Dick Price, she combines Esalen body-centered Gestalt with relational Gestalt theory, and leads workshops in Asia, Europe, and the US.


Weekend of August 3–5


The Ecstasy of Sound: A Music and Healing Workshop Jennifer Berezan


At the core of all that exists in the universe is vibration. Many cultures have long believed that the world itself was created through sound. Some peoples believe that illness is a musical problem, a result of a lack of harmony in the sys- tem. This workshop will explore music as a spir- itual practice and a path to opening one’s heart and uncovering one’s true nature.


Participants will engage in a wide range of musi- cal experiences, from traditional and contempo- rary traditions, designed to open the heart and


create equanimity, joy, ecstasy, and healing. The workshop will include sessions of toning, chanting, harmony and rhythm, improvisational sounding, meditation, and silence, in a safe, humorous, and sacred environment. No musical experience is necessary. To learn more, visit www.edgeofwonder.com.


Jennifer Berezan is a singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Her groundbreaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music, ritual, and healing. She has released 8 albums and produces large-scale multi- cultural, ecstatic ritual events.


Introduction to Radical Aliveness Ann Bradney


Ann Bradney writes, “There is a state in which you are fully alive, authentic, and spontaneous. You are open to all of your feelings, connected to your strength and your truth. You are not afraid to know anything about yourself. I call this rad- ical aliveness. In this state you embrace your creativity and see life in all its possibilities.


“Standing in the way of radical aliveness are chronic patterns formed in your past to survive. These live as frozen feelings and history in your body and no longer serve you.


“Core Energetics is a powerful body-based system. It frees the frozen feelings and history in your body by working with the blocked and held energy. It helps you reconnect with deep parts of the self that you disconnected from as a child. It uncovers the power and goodness at the source of your most destructive patterns. It leads


you to connection with your deepest essence.


“In this workshop, you will work individually and in groups to understand, transform, and release the past as you deeply explore, experi- ence, and express your blocked and held energy. You will work on your relationship to yourself and explore relating to others in radically alive ways. You will find what stands in the way of your full potential for life.”


Please note: An interview is required for admis- sion. Please e-mail ann@annbradney.com.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Ann Bradney is director of the Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics Institute of Southern California. She studied under Core Energetics founder John Pierrakos and teaches internationally. Ann’s Radical Aliveness model expands Core beyond the individual, to address community healing and world issues.


Recapturing Your Posture: Release Biomechanical Stress and Maximize Your Energy


Harvey Deutch


Sometimes it is sudden, but more often it is a slow realization that our postures and energy have started to slump and drag. We assume posi- tions and engage in tasks that our bodies are not meant to do nor were ever taught how to per- form correctly. Without mindfulness and grace in our movement and without awareness of our energy systems, our bodies begin to break down faster and earlier than expected. Is your body heading down this path? Has your once pristine


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