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2012). He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005 to 2010 the Director of the Perrott- Warrick Project for research on unexplained human

The Art of Joyful Living Linda Bloom & Charlie Bloom

The desire to experience happiness is the underlying motivation behind nearly all of our behaviors. Acts characterized as altruistic as well as those seen as selfish are all driven by an expectation that we will be happier as a result. Happiness does more than make us feel good; it enhances our health, our wellbeing, our relation- ships, the quality of our lives, even our longevi- ty. Happiness is the experience that affirms that we are where we belong in life, that we are who we need to be, and that the world is right as it is.

This is not a Pollyanna-ish concept that denies life’s challenges and difficulties, but rather a state of mind in which there is a sense of good- ness, wholeness, and sufficiency that allows us to see life’s possibilities and blessings with clari- ty and hopefulness. In cultivating happiness, we don’t deny suffering, but rather bring a perspective that allows us to experience ever- present grace and to see with eyes unclouded by delusion and fear.

Perennial wisdom reminds us that happiness is to be found within, not in pursuit of external rewards, yet the compulsion to look outside of ourselves is relentlessly reinforced by our cul- ture. The focus of this seminar is to de-condition the internalized tendencies to focus on chang- ing external conditions and to strengthen our capacity to cultivate inner happiness. Thus we can more fully tap into the happiness that has always been within us, regardless of the external conditions of our lives.

The workshop will include interactive exercises, meditation, dialogue, and group process. It will also include suggested practices for the cultiva- tion of happiness.

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

Linda Bloom is a licensed clinical social worker and educator. She and her husband Charlie are cofounders of Bloomwork and coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married.

Charlie Bloom is an educator and therapist. He and his wife Linda are cofounders of Bloomwork and


coauthors of Secrets of Great Marriages: Real Truth from Real Couples about Lasting Love and 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married.

Massage Retreat for Couples Laurie Lioness Parizek & Oliver Bailey

This workshop is designed for loving partners who wish to bring the nurturing practice of massage into their daily lives and spend a special weekend together cradled in the beauty and intensity of the Big Sur coast. It is also for cou- ples who want to deepen already existing skills and for those who want to create more time in their lives for healing and intimacy. This weekend intensive will focus on teaching couples to give and receive a pleasurable full- body massage. It will also address issues such as keeping love, touch, and a healing interchange alive at home during busy or stressful times, touching with care and sensitivity, asking for what you need, and reciprocity so that both partners feel nurtured and loved. Sessions will include both demonstrations and hands-on instruction with plenty of practice time. Although our emphasis will be on loving touch and communication between couples, the mas- sage techniques presented are useful for relax- ation, pain, and stress and can often increase vital energy. The techniques may also be used

with sensitivity with children as well as friends and family, providing a useful tool for health and wellbeing.

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

Laurie Lioness Parizek graduated from the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing, McGill University. She studied and teaches hands-on interac- tive and energy healing and is a longtime teacher of Esalen bodywork.

Oliver Bailey is a practitioner and instructor of Esalen® Massage. His background includes training in Gestalt Practice, neurolinguistic programming, intuitive work, and meditation.

Week of September 16–21

The Three Faces of Spirit: Practicing Enlightenment Sally Kempton

In this contemplative retreat, we’ll explore enlightened awareness through three different perspectives, or “faces.” One face of spirit is the innermost essence of yourself—your pure I awareness. The second is the divine other—the Friend, the Beloved, the Guru or guide. The third is the living presence that manifests through the natural world.

Though most traditions concentrate on one facet of spirit, for true enlightenment we need to unfold them all. As we unfold them, you’ll dis- cover aspects of practice that you may not have explored, and recognize how each approach to spirit can expand your heart, empower your actions, and propel you into a more enlightened relationship with yourself, others, and the world. The retreat includes deep meditation, daily yoga practice, interpersonal processes, journaling, contemplation, and study of key sutras from from two tantric texts, the Vijnana Bhairava and the Shiva Sutras. Please bring a yoga mat.

Sally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of con- temporary tantra, and is known for her ability to transmit deep meditative states through the heart. A former monk and 40-year practitioner of Shaiva yoga, Sally teaches internationally and writes the “Wisdom” column for Yoga Journal.

Songwriting: Catch and Release Cris Williamson

What’s in a song and how do I write one? “A song is a made thing, and is most often com-


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