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Couples’ Communication Retreat Warren Farrell

Our inability to handle personal criticism from loved ones is a common Achilles’ heel. The more deeply we are in love, the harder it is to handle. Soon, couples feel they are walking on eggshells, unable to express themselves honestly, and the love fades. Raising children and dealing with money during an economic recession magnifies the problems even as those problems become the reason couples stay together. The result? Couples often remain legally married but psy- chologically divorced—in a minimum-security- prison marriage.

The biggest culprit in this dynamic is defensive- ness. Active listening, a good solution, is rarely used. Warren Farrell developed Cinematic Immersion, a method that enables couples to actively listen to their partner without feeling defensive. Once defensiveness is replaced by feeling loved, work on the discipline of mutual appreciation can begin. Through this process, passion is reignited without sacrificing stability.

As couples master Cinematic Immersion and the discipline of love, they will be shown how to apply what they’ve learned to other family mem- bers and to work colleagues.

This workshop is for couples. A couple is any two people who have a history together (such as parent-child, siblings, married or divorced parents) and who want a future with improved communication.

Required reading: Farrell, Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say, pages 1-87.

Recommended reading: Farrell, Father and Child Reunion and Why Men Earn More - What Women Can Do About It.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. CE credit for nurses; see page 113.

Warren Farrell is author of the best-sellers Why Men Are The Way They Are and The Myth of Male Power. HisWomen Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. He has appeared on more than 1,000 TV shows worldwide.

The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

Russell Delman

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you— don’t go back to sleep.


All methods devoted to human potential emphasize the importance of awakening to the present moment. All that we long for—love, joy, peace, harmony, truth—require the fundamental capacity for presence.

This seminar uses ancient and modern methods for directly and simply uncovering this natural capacity. Put simply, we need the capacity to: 1. Sit quietly with our own thoughts. 2. Mindfully welcome our feelings/emotions. 3. Find comfort in our own bodies.

The meditation we will practice is a bare-bones approach to experiencing the present moment “As It Is.” This is the basis for being at home in ourselves. Chairs are available and help is given to those who find sitting challenging. Guided Inquiry includes a variety of awareness experi- ments based in the Focusing method of Eugene Gendlin. Learning to bring a warm, caring, curi- ous presence to our feelings/emotions/“nega- tive” thoughts is truly transformative. The move- ment lessons of Moshe Feldenkrais are perhaps the most neurologically sophisticated and effec- tive ways of transforming our motor patterns and self-image; these lessons are also interesting and fun. Through meditations, awareness practices, movement lessons, and conversation, we anticipate a meaningful and joyful time of learning together.

This retreat is open to all people who are inter- ested in living an awakening life.

Participants are welcome to register for this weekend seminar only or combine it with the five-day workshop, August 19-24.

CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.

Russell Delman studied with Moshe Feldenkrais for many years. One of the first Feldenkrais trainers, he has been teaching the method since 1975. He has also maintained a Zen meditation practice for more than 35 years, and conducts workshops and training pro- grams internationally.

The Passion of Painting Erin Gafill with Tom Birmingham

When we are struck by the awesome, the beauti- ful, or the extraordinary, we are compelled to express our feelings through making a mark, even something as random as a stroke of red crayon on white paper. Yet often in the act of making this mark, we are besieged by self-doubt, restraint, the voice of our inner critic, and the bold and honest response is lost.

Painting with passion commits the artist to exploring not only color, texture, composition, and line, but love, death, the meaning of life, and risk. Creating an environment that nurtures a sense of safety and non-judgment, Big Sur artist Erin Gafill leads participants through visual explorations using expressive painting, torn- paper collage, and mixed-media image making. By eliminating all but the nonessential forms, participants must examine what matters and what doesn’t, what to leave in and what to leave out, in telling their visual story. Each participant will create a series of pieces in various media, exploring the passion of painting while learning new techniques for seeing, thinking, drawing, and self-examination.

Recommended reading: Gafill, Drinking From a Cold Spring: A Little Book of Hope.

($50 materials fee paid directly to the leader)

Erin Gafill is a painter who teaches internationally and cofounded the Big Sur Arts Initiative. She was artist-in-residence at the Children’s International Art Museum in Hamada, Japan. In 2009, she was named Champion of the Arts by the Arts Council for Monterey.

The Transition Catalyst Intensive Charles Eisenstein

What would life look like if money were aligned with the more beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible? Today, for most people, it is not— whether on a personal level or the level of politi- cal change, social renewal, or ecological wellbe- ing. Crises in the economy, the ecosystem, health, education, water, energy, and more por- tend the end of the world as we know it. These crises are propelling our civilization toward a radically different way of living on earth.



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