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Experiencing the Esalen Farm and Garden

Farm and Garden Staff

For more than forty years, the Esalen Farm and Garden has provided a holistic model of food security and sustainability—producing food that sustains, heals, and educates the community. Growing one’s own food is a powerful form of activism and a deep source of spiritual experi- ence. The Esalen Farm and Garden staff strives to cultivate soil, plants, and people while honor- ing the spirit of the land and its ancestors.

This dynamic workshop experience provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Farm and Garden alongside our talented and experienced staff. This week will introduce you to the practical and experiential knowledge needed to start or refine your own garden, as well as a chance to revel in the beauty and power of the Esalen land. You will gain hands-on expe- rience with topics including seed starting, har- vesting, cultivation, transplanting, composting, seed saving, flowers, and herbs.

We invite you to explore working on the land as a physical, emotional, and spiritual experience. As an Esalen work tradition, Gestalt awareness practice is integrated into our time together, to support our growth processes and group rela- tionships. Each morning after harvest, we gath- er in a sharing circle to connect with ourselves and each other before the day of learning and working. We ground and connect with the land through mindful and playful activities and ritu- als. The week culminates with a farm-to-table dinner that we prepare and share in gratitude together on the beautiful farm.

Spinal Awareness (with Humor): The Essence of Feldenkrais®

Energy Work Patrick Douce

The movements of Spinal Awareness are quite different from normal exercises. They empha- size learning how to move in ways that stimu- late your awareness of your body. They involve learning to use the floor to organize and inte- grate your own spinal column. Standing lessons lead to a new awareness of ways to move with better balance and fluidity. Special emphasis will be placed on any difficulties participants may have, such as lower back pain, hip trouble, tension in the neck and shoulders, and knee injuries.

This work will focus on how we can re-learn how to overcome our limitations in movement

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and functioning. Special emphasis will be placed on Skeletal Awareness. Students will be given a new understanding of how tension and injury are often involved with the disorganiza- tion in the skeletal-muscular parts of our bodies.

Lessons inspired by Indonesian Silat will be used to stimulate the energy body, effecting internal health and increasing energy. These movements, originating from the monasteries of China and Tibet, further increase healing possibilities. Safe and noninvasive hands-on lessons will be presented that can greatly speed up improvements.

This workshop will evolve with humor and playfulness. Fun partner lessons will help bring about not only freedom in the body but the return to the childlike energy essential to us all.

This is a program designed for both the begin- ner and the professional.

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

Patrick Douce, one of Moshe Feldenkrais’s first American students, has been associated with Esalen since 1972. Since 1986 he lives half of each year in Bali, developing programs with Indonesian Silat martial-arts-for-health schools.

Week of August 26–31

Yantra Yoga: Perfect Rhythm of Life Fabio Andrico

Yantra Yoga is one of the oldest recorded sys- tems of yoga in the world. It originated in Tibet, a land that holds a vast, rich Buddhist knowl- edge and heritage. Yantra Yoga’s unique series of positions and movements, combined with con- scious breathing, can help coordinate and har- monize one’s personal energy so that the mind can relax and find its authentic balance. This is a superb method to attain optimal health, relax- ation, and harmony through the coordination of breath and movement.

In this workshop, senior Yantra Yoga instructor Fabio Andrico will help participants discover the real essence of Yantra Yoga by clarifying its rich theory and practice. Andrico will begin by demonstrating techniques that will help partici- pants discover the experience of naturally relaxed, complete breathing. Using this funda- mental experience as a base, he will then intro- duce the most essential Yantra Yoga exercises, which can reshape, transform, and deepen the effect of the practice by coordinating and

enhancing the quality of each participant’s more subtle and powerful energies. The following series of movements will be taught during this workshop: The Vairocana Position, The Nine Purification Breathings, Lungsang (Purifying the Prana), Tsadul (Controlling the Energy Channels), and the Pranayama of Rhythmic Breathing. Please bring yoga clothing and a yoga mat.

Recommended reading: Norbu, Yantra Yoga: The Tibetan Yoga of Movement.

Recommended viewing: Andrico and Diaz, Tibetan Yoga of Movement: Perfect Rhythm of Life and Breathe: Perfect Harmony of Breathing.

Fabio Andrico is an internationally recognized expert on the unique tradition of Tibetan yoga known as Yantra Yoga, from the lineage of Dzogchen Masters Vairocana and Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Andrico has been studying, practicing, and teaching Yantra Yoga since 1978.

The Upledger Institute’s Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1

Stan Gerome

The Advanced CranioSacral course is especially designed to provide an in-depth experience for the serious CranioSacral Therapy practitioner. Class is limited to ten participants.

Course highlights include opportunities to: • Participate in multiple hands-on sessions

• Benefit from one-on-one instructor-to- participant skill evaluation

• Refine technique applications and further develop palpatory capabilities

• Participate in an in-depth mind/body integration study using the craniosacral system as the core vehicle

The prerequisite for this course is Upledger’s SomatoEmotional Release 2 (SER2).

Note: Registration for this workshop is through IAHE only. To register, please call 1-800-311- 9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. For accommoda- tions pricing chart, see shops/reservations.html.

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

Stan Gerome is an instructor and visiting therapist with the Upledger Institute. He’s had a private prac- tice in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. since 1986. He has been a CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release practi- tioner since 1986.

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