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Register online at or by calling 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536).

Participants under 18 years old must be accom- panied by a parent or guardian.

Joanna Claassen is Esalen’s Gazebo School Park director, outdoor and early childhood educator, and community organizer. She leads parent education and seminars for educators. Joanna is inspired by work happening in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and the No Child Left Inside outdoor education movement.

The Banana Slug String Band is a group of lovable musicians and educators from the coastal redwoods of Northern California. Since 1987 the Slugs have dedicated themselves to making great music for kids that teaches science and a love of this green earth.

Speak to Inspire Peter Meyers with Stand & Deliver Staff

Social networks and the instantaneous exchange of information have made us more connected than ever. But in this new era of virtual commu- nity, more and more people are left feeling depleted and detached. In the face of this uniquely 21st-century challenge, how can lead- ers rise above the din of data to truly connect, engage, and inspire others through the power of the human voice?

This exclusive weekend summit will bring together leaders from around the world and across industries to examine the critical ques- tion of their power and responsibility to foster vital human connections in their organizations. Peter Meyers, author of As We Speak and founder and president of Stand & Deliver, a global com- munications consultancy, has worked for more than a decade helping leaders and their teams to enrich their presence and effectiveness through greater clarity, credibility, and connection.

This workshop challenges high-level leaders to tackle difficult questions about themselves and their organizations. Most importantly, partici- pants will learn—and practice—models and methods for expanding their leadership voice; provide insight in the face of confusion; create confidence in place of doubt; and ignite empow- ering beliefs that inspire others to action.

Activities include lecture, group discussions, self-awareness exercises, simulations, coaching, and personal feedback.

You will have an opportunity to examine your underlying assumptions and beliefs; overcome inner blocks; discuss and test new ideas with a group of accomplished peers; step away from the frenetic demands of your day-to-day routine and ask big questions in an awe-inspiring natur- al setting; and create a vision for yourself as a

leader and a strategy for your future growth.

Note: Registration for this workshop is through Stand & Deliver only. To register please call 415- 627-7477 or email Only after you have reserved your place through Stand & Deliver will you be able to reserve your accommodations by contacting Esalen (course fees and accommodations are separate). Please see accommodations costs under “Pricing for Partner Programs” at reservations.html.

Peter James Meyers is the founder and president of Stand & Deliver, a global communications consul- tancy that helps leaders and their teams to engage, inspire and achieve exceptional results through the vibrant power of human communication.

Esalen® Massage in Motion Brita Ostrom & Vicki Topp

We live our lives in motion. A muscle appears static on the anatomy chart, and the ribs nicely align, but in fact we are reaching, bending, and coordinating dozens of fine motor skills every second. A joyous mood opens the limbs wider; an anxious thought freezes our breath and con- tracts our core. In this course, we will be shown to use lifting, passive joint rotations, gentle movement, and stillness to make our bodywork more effective, fun for the receiver, and easier for the practitioner.

We will build a field of trust by offering gentle supportive lifts. We will practice passive stretches to release the shoulders; we will roll to access the low back; we will rock the leg and articulate the hip; we will gently mobilize the neck to free our minds. The diaphragm, key- stone of a relaxed state will release, and we will breathe more easily.

This workshop offers the practitioner a three- dimensional approach into the body-mind expe- rience. The basic lengthening strokes add anoth- er dimension to the massage, welcoming a sense of release and acceptance.

The schedule allows ample time for guided prac- tice sessions, feedback, and questions, including individual attention from Brita and Vicki. The course is suitable for those interested in learning basic massage skills or for advanced practition- ers who want to add a fresh dimension to their massage.

CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.

Brita Ostrom, a licensed MFT, has led massage and other workshops at Esalen for more than 20 years. She

is a founding member of the Esalen Massage School, trained in Gestalt awareness work, and participated in Esalen’s two-year somatics education project.

Vicki Topp bio on page 25. Week of August 12–17

Traditional Thai Massage: Sacred Bodywork Richard Gold

What in the West we call traditional Thai mas- sage is known in Thailand as Nuad Bo’Rarn. Nuad is a Thai word that translates as “to touch with the intention of imparting healing.” Bo’Rarn is derived from Sanskrit and translates as “something ancient and revered.” Historians date this traditional medical practice from approximately 500 BC. Thai massage fulfills the Buddhist principle of bringing spiritual philoso- phy into everyday life and work, allowing both practitioner and recipient an opportunity to experience the four divine states of mind: loving kindness, compassion, mental equanimity, and vicarious joy.

This workshop is an immersion into the prac- tice of Thai massage. An extensive curriculum in northern (Chiang Mai) style will be taught and practiced. The course will focus on the meditative aspects of this traditional healing art, with emphasis on proper body mechanics. Combining aspects of yoga, acupressure, and assisted stretching, Thai massage is a healing and deeply relaxing form of bodywork. Practitioners learn to work with their feet, knees, forearms, and elbows, as well as with their hands. Thai massage is practiced slowly, on a futon or mat placed on the floor, with the client dressed in loose-fitting clothing. No oils or lotions are used. Come and join this comprehensive immersion into an ancient healing art.

Required reading: Gold, Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique, 2nd edition.

CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113. CE credit for acupuncturists pending.

Richard Gold has been practicing and teaching Oriental healing arts since 1978. A graduate in Thai Massage from the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he is chairman of the board of the International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego, Calif.


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