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sessions will be lecture, meditation, and ceremo- ny with Miguel. They will also co-teach during certain sessions. Please bring a yoga mat.

See Seminar Spotlight, page 9.

Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer, and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga. He holds certifications in yoga, bodywork, and energy healing, and is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants.

Miguel Angel Vergara is a Maya priest and master teacher who lives and works in Yucatán, Mexico. He was a director at Chichen Itza for four years and has written books and given lectures and conferences on the Maya sacred knowledge internationally.

Framing Nature: Photography as Meditation and Mirror

Andy Abrahams Wilson

In every step of the process, photography is a balancing of relationships (light, time, space, etc.), the merging of which creates a still moment–a meditation. Both an inward and outward journey, this workshop invites you to go deeply with the camera–into the world of nature and your own nature. Photography becomes a bridge, a metaphor for living, and a means to experience flow. Through field trips, photo assignments, and group critique, we explore ideas of seeing and being, and discover how our photographs tell us as much about ourselves as what we photograph.

An adventure into the sights and secrets of Esalen and Big Sur, the workshop allows us to see the world anew: to alter perspective, shift focus, find detail, notice contrast, and receive the light and shadow around us. It is a way to encourage intimacy and engagement with our environment and our selves–sparking connec- tions and insights, and creating an art that informs our life. Taught by Emmy-nominated cinematographer and photographer Andy Abrahams Wilson, the workshop covers basics of photography and camera, but is geared toward those with some familiarity. Please bring your own digital SLR camera, laptop, and photo editing software, if possible. Enrollment is limit- ed for an optimal and intimate group experi- ence. Early registration is encouraged.

Andy Abrahams Wilson is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. Recent projects include the Academy Award semifinalist Under Our Skin


Big Sur Wilderness Experience Steven Harper & Michael Newman

Esalen is the trailhead to one of the most spec- tacular mountainous coastlines in the world. With the Big Sur wilderness as the primary teacher, participants will explore the beauty of this alive and wild coast, from ancient redwood- forested canyons to dramatic coastal beaches, from rugged rocky mountains to the soft grassy slopes of the Big Sur hills. Drawing from nature and various experiential awareness practices, individuals will be encouraged to open both to the natural world and to the landscapes of their inner world. It is said that Big Sur is not just a place but a state of mind. This wilderness experi- ence seeks to merge mind and place, then to embody what is learned.

Participants in this weeklong workshop will venture out into the richness of the summer season of Big Sur on five day-hikes, four to ten miles in length. The leaders will draw from a wide range of contemporary and age-old wis- dom traditions, borrowing from psychology, meditation, aikido, and the natural sciences to weave together a holistic experience of self and the natural world. Each hike begins after break- fast and concludes in time to enjoy the hot springs and dinner at Esalen. Evening sessions include informal sharing, basic awareness prac- tices, and useful outdoor skills, with attention given to incorporating what is learned during the week into our daily lives. All levels of experi- ence are welcome. Be prepared for the invigorat- ing challenge of physical activity and the oppor- tunity to simply sit still in quiet reflection. More information and a waiver will be sent upon reg- istration. For an equipment list and frequently asked questions about Steven’s workshops, visit

($20 park-entrance fees paid directly to the leaders) Steven Harper bio on page 13.

Michael Newman is an attorney-mediator, surfer, and lifelong resident of the Big Sur coast. He has an MA in psychology and promotes the integration of wilderness into contemporary life.

Be Present Family Camp Lillie Allen, Eugene Allen & Noa Mohlabane

Be Present Family Camp brings together diverse families to learn and practice the Be Present

and the PBS broadcast The Grove. His focus is using the camera to create a bridge between ourselves and our environment.

Empowerment Model® (BPEM®), a holistic lead- ership development model for individual and collective effectiveness. BPEM replaces silence with information, assumptions with a diversity of insights, and powerlessness with a sense of personal responsibility. Through engaged creativity, imaginative play, and community celebration, Be Present, Inc. supports people to create wellbeing within themselves and in their families, organizations, and communities. Family Camp empowers children and adults with skills to build trust and connection, improve communication, and help family members transform challenging moments into learning opportunities.

Our goal is for campers to:

• Experience sharing their voices in a nurturing environment where their feelings and experiences are validated and supported

• Increase knowledge of self and awareness of others through learning how to listen in a clear and conscious state

• Practice ways of supporting one another within the family system and among peers to increase feelings of connection and community

• Engage in the conversations that nurture and sustain authentic relationships across the interconnected issues of race, gender, class, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity

Family Camp integrates BPEM into child- and adult-friendly activities with emphasis on the process of the children. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Lillie Allen is founder and executive director of Be Present, Inc. and developed the Be Present Empowerment Model™. Lillie has more than 30 years of experience in public health education, human development, interpersonal relations, group dynamics, and the interconnections and conflicts between work, home, and personal goals.

Eugene Allen is a national Be Present, Inc. trainer and member of the Regional Community Organizing Core Group in Atlanta, Ga. Eugene’s areas of focus are developing the leadership of young men and boys, and building sustainable partnerships with social justice organizations.

Noa Mohlabane is a community activist who has worked with families and teachers for more than 40 years in the nonprofit world in organizational devel- opment and program directing. She is a Be Present Inc. regional core organizing group member, trainer, and former board member.

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