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to move your career forward. Participants in this class will receive an individualized leadership profile by completing an online assessment in advance of the clinic. Based on these profiles, we will review the traits and tendencies that best support effective leadership and strengthen those skills. The same reasons that keep us from learning how to ride a bike just by reading about it also apply to leadership.

This will be an experiential and highly interac- tive class. We will create a learning community and a supportive environment in which to look at ourselves clearly and compassionately and try new ways of exercising leadership in relation to self, others, and our work.

Recommended reading: Rabin, Becoming a Great Leader.

($35 fee for leadership profile paid directly to the leader) CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Gustavo Rabin is a psychologist and an organiza- tional consultant based in Silicon Valley, Calif. He specializes in improving leadership skills of individu- als and the effectiveness of teams and organizations. Gustavo is also a cofounder of Skyline Group.

Experiencing Esalen Experiencing Esalen Staff

We must answer anew the old questions. “What are the limits of human ability, the boundaries of the human experience? What does it mean to be a human being?” — From the 1965 Esalen Catalog

Experiencing Esalen is a workshop that intro- duces participants to some of the transforma- tional practices of Esalen. Designed for first- time participants or those renewing their acquaintance with Esalen, the emphasis is on finding those approaches to personal growth that work most effectively for each participant. Sessions may include: meditation, sensory awareness, Gestalt Practice, group process, art, movement, and massage. There will also be time to explore the magnificence of the Big Sur coast.

Week of August 5–10

The Radically Alive Leader: A Core Energetics / Radical Aliveness Workshop

Ann Bradney

People in leadership positions who strive to be inspiring, influential, and highly effective must

be exquisitely present, fully alive, and unafraid to know anything about themselves. When you can engage the powerful feelings of others with- out the need to control or tame them, that’s radi- cal aliveness. When you can learn to hold a space where conflict and challenge are welcome because they serve as doorways to fresh insights, that’s also radical aliveness.

This workshop is designed for established or emerging leaders—therapists, businesspeople, community leaders, health care workers, minis- ters, educators, social activists, and other profes- sionals who want to learn the principles and apply the techniques of Core Energetics and Ann’s Radical Aliveness approach to bring more charge and creativity to their work.

Participants will work with blocks to leadership, facing conflict head-on, and opening to the unpre- dictable energy of life. Everyone will be encour- aged to lead, take risks, be emotionally honest, shed personal agendas, and help build a dynamic group process where every member is an essential part of the whole. The aim is to become leaders who serve the greater purpose of life.

This group process may be like group work you’ve done before, demanding courage, com- mitted engagement with others, and a strong desire to discover and develop your leadership potential within an accelerated, intense time frame and setting.

Please note: An interview is required for admis- sion. Please e-mail

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. Leader bio on page 29.

The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing

Catherine Ann Jones

We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.

—Catherine Ann Jones, New York Times

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with the experiential discovery of the intangible dimensions of writing, because craft alone is not enough. This unique workshop is for writers of all levels and all narrative forms including plays, screenplays, short stories, novels, and memoirs.

In this workshop, you can learn: • The seven steps to story structure

• How to create memorable characters and dialogue

• How to balance craft with intuitive skills • How to access and free your potential story

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning writer whose films and TV shows have enjoyed widespread success. She has served on the writ- ing faculties of several universities, lectures internationally, and published a book on narra- tive writing and professional memoir, The Way of Story (Michael Wiese Productions, 2007).

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Recommended reading: Jones, The Way of Story (The Craft & Soul of Writing).

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning author, playwright, and screenwriter whose films include Unlikely Angel, The Christmas Wife, and the series Touched By An Angel. She was a Fulbright Scholar to India and winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award.

Heart of the Sky, Heart of the Earth: 2012 Maya Wisdom and Yoga Retreat

Saul David Raye & Miguel Angel Vergara

Join us for a powerful and inspiring week of sacred wisdom teachings, ceremony, yoga, medi- tation, and chanting as you discover the com- mon understandings and shared practices of the Mayan Cosmo vision and yoga.

The ancient Mayans were great visionaries who developed an advanced culture with systems of mathematics, architecture, science, and art. They were excellent astronomers fascinated by time and space. According to the Maya, much of what has been written through “his-story” is a misrepre- sentation of their culture, including what is being taught about 2012. The Maya are very clear: 2012 is not the end of the world. It is the end of a cycle of imbalance, greed, and darkness. It is not an exact date per se, but a period of transition, a shift in consciousness; and we are in that time now.

The roots of yoga lie in a tantric and shamanic past of connection to the cycles, rhythms, and forces of the universe and how people can con- nect with those energies. Tantra is the mother of yoga. It is the harmonizing of the masculine and feminine, an exploration of our essence that weaves together all parts of ourselves into a state of oneness.

Please join Mayan shaman and wisdom keeper Don Miguel Angel Vergara and acclaimed yoga teacher Saul David Raye to dive deeply into these two ancient paths.

The morning sessions will include yoga, medita- tion, and chanting with Saul and the afternoon


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