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• Reduce stress, return to their window of tolerance, and restore well-being after overwhelm

• Activate the release of oxytocin, the hormone of safety and trust, bonding and attachment, calmness and connection

• Cultivate pro-social emotions to antidote the negativity bias of the brain

• Re-wire habitual patterns of response and resolve old traumas to increase adaptability and flexibility in coping strategies

• Recover social connectivity and replenish the wellspring of balance and wholeness

Participants can take home new understanding, new perspectives, and a new sense of compe- tence to recover their own inner resilience.

Recommended reading: Hanson, Buddha’s Brain; Goleman, Social Intelligence; Siegel, Mindsight.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Linda Graham, MFT, is a psychotherapist and train- er specializing in the integration of relational psychol- ogy, somatic resourcing, mindfulness, and neuro- science. She is writing a book on the neuroscience of recovering resilience.

The Magical Family Ivy Mayer Lavie

The Esalen Art Barn is home base for this week- end of play, creativity, and celebrating the renewal of the season. Families will have the opportunity to explore, make art, and celebrate a renewed connection with each other. There will be space to connect as a family unit, and connect with the larger community. Special discussion for parents and those in the health professions will offer information on assisting children with self regulation utilizing dyadic regulation tech- niques, nature, and the arts. There will be visual arts activities, including making puppets, magic wands, painting, and more. Expressive arts such as yoga, dharma games, sports, night hikes, and exploring in nature are also shared. Families can journey through a magical space that brings together the natural California coast and the cre- ativity that emerges when a group comes together.

This workshop is designed for families of all configurations, with children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact the workshop leader at

($10 fee paid directly to the leader) CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. 48

Ivy Mayer Lavie, MFT, is influenced by Somatic Experiencing, the Hakomi Method, and her teaching experience, including for The Marin School, The Moving Center School, Spirit Rock, and Yes!. She offers Coming of Age programs, psychotherapy, trau- ma and resiliency work, and movement workshops.

5Rhythms® : Heartbeat

Lucia Horan The body does not lie.

–Gabrielle Roth

Embark on a journey into Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms: Heartbeat map. “In this practice, we embody the art of being a fluid emotional ath- lete,” writes Lucia Horan. “We will learn how to use the tools of the dance to lead us in a healthy and creative way through life. We have a rich landscape to investigate in the territory of the body. As we dance, the old energies that have been hidden in our hands, hips, and chest begin to shake loose. We will explore how we have been shaped by our emotions. We will work with these forms, learning how to unwind them, expressing our past and present in each unique dance. In this place we are able to notice when our hearts are open and when they are closed. We all have the need to love and be loved. Through the embodiment of this practice, we will learn skills to take home and use in our daily lives. We will dance, write, and create ritual theater. Please come with a journal and pen, and ready to dance.”

Recommended reading: Roth, Sweat Your Prayers and Maps to Ecstasy.

CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.

Lucia Rose Horan was born into the family of the 5Rhythms® and raised at Esalen Institute. She became a 5Rhythms® teacher in 1997, is now inter- nationally recognized, and a current faculty member of Gabrielle Roth’s Moving Center School, NY.

Claiming Your Voice Meredith Haberfeld

Some of the greatest leaps in personal develop- ment come when we stop believing that others have more access to deep wisdom than we do, have superior opinions to ours, or hold sway over us—when we finally know at the end of the day that we can trust ourselves.

This workshop will address many aspects of claiming your voice—in writing, in vocal work, and, most importantly, in daily life through the choices you make in it. The program will help

you gain access to your many inner voices as well as different aspects of your character, many of which you suppress and ignore, but which can each provide important insights and wis- dom in your everyday life. Finally you can get comfortable in your own skin.

You will deepen the ability to hear yourself—and all that there is to hear. What does your body say about how you feel right now? What do your emotions have to tell you? What feelings and messages have you been resisting? This work- shop will teach you to allow them to surface so you can come deeper into your own power.

The days of being guided by pleasing others and trying to fix yourself are over. This program is for anyone of any age ready to sink into the experience of being and trusting yourself.

Meredith Haberfeld is acclaimed for her work with individuals, couples, and families. She participated in the creation of the life coaching program at MIT, and her advice has been included in Forbes, Woman’s Day, and Yoga Journal magazines.

Week of September 2–7

Gestalt Awareness Practice Christine Price

The Way, when declared Seems thin and so flavorless. Nothing to look at, nothing to hear— And when used—is inexhaustible.

—Lao Tzu

Gestalt Awareness Practice is a form—nonanalyt- ic, noncoercive, nonjudgmental—derived from the work of Fritz Perls, influenced by Buddhist practice, and evolved by Richard and Christine Price. The work integrates ways of personal clearing and development that are both ancient and modern. To the extent that awareness is made primary relative to action, Gestalt Awareness Practice has a strong relationship to some forms of meditation. This form is similar to some Reichian work as well, in that emotion- al and energetic release and rebalancing are allowed and encouraged.

The emphasis is intrapersonal rather than inter- personal. Participants are not patients but per- sons actively consenting to explore in awareness. The leader functions to reflect, clarify, and respect whatever emerges in this process. The aim is unfoldment, wholeness, and growth, rather than adjustment, cure, or accomplishment. The work- shop will utilize group exercises, meditations, and discussion. The format combines introducto-

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