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teaching experience. The workshop is appropri- ate for both experienced and beginning students of either mindfulness meditation or The Feldenkrais Method®.

Recommended reading: Nisker, Buddha’s Nature and Essential Crazy Wisdom.

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

Wesley “Scoop” Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, radio commentator, and performer. His books include Essential Crazy Wisdom, Buddha’s Nature, and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. He founded and co-edits the jour- nal Inquiring Mind.

Dan Clurman is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and personal coach who integrates somatic work with his coaching. He has led Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes for more than 10 years. His books include Floating Upstream and You’ve Got To Draw The Line Somewhere.

The Art of Touch, An Esalen®

Workshop Rob Wilks & Jessica Fagan

This week is an exploration of “quality of touch” and its importance in Esalen Massage. Our hands play a very important role in gathering information about our clients. Deepening our understanding of touching and feeling brings us closer to understanding our clients’ physical structures and where habitual muscular tension is held. Our touch facilitates and encourages the release of this muscle tension. When using this conscious touch, a strong component of Esalen Massage, the result is full-body integration and a general release of both recent and long-held ten- sions.

Workshop sessions will include demonstrations of Esalen Massage with detailed focus on com- mon problem areas, breath work, and yoga. Whether you are a working practitioner or just beginning on the bodywork pathway, this work- shop may expand your idea of what it means to feel.

Recommended reading: Juhan, Job’s Body.

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

Rob Wilks is a full-time bodywork practitioner and yoga teacher at Esalen. He specializes in Deep Bodywork®. He has taught experiential leadership education in the US and Eastern Europe.

Jessica Fagan bio on page 16. Massage

The Courage to Be You: Letting Go and Moving On

Mary Goldenson

Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they’re given wings.


Much in life is beyond our control. Our choices lie in how we respond to these moments. We can develop the ability to move into these moments with aliveness and passion. This choice is an act of courage.

This workshop helps you explore what you are holding in, holding onto, and holding back that keeps you from experiencing who you truly are. “The courage to be you” means the ability to appropriately express the repressed anger, fear, resentments, sadness, joy, and laughter that keep you stuck in old patterns. Using emotional release work, writing, movement, Gestalt, medi- tation, and silence, the workshop provides a safe environment to explore your deepest emotions. The focus will be on:

• Having adult relationships with partners, parents, and children

• Taking full responsibility for your life

• Discovering your own personal rhythm of closeness

• Distinguishing accountability from blame

The workshop constitutes an in-depth life review. All that is required is a willingness to engage wholeheartedly. This workshop may have up to thirty-four participants.

Recommended reading: Goldenson, It’s Time— No One’s Coming to Save You.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. Leader bio on page 23.

Weekend of September 21–23

Soul Motion™: Alone Together Vinn Martí

“Consider the many benefits available when we focus attention on an unequivocal acceptance of the present moment in our everyday dance world,” says Vinn Marti. “We relax in the dance that is taking place. We move into a broader view of acceptance and compassion. Our gratitude quotient skyrockets to levels not experienced before. We move graciously between events, con- ditions, and experiences knowing that no feeling or thought is final. We are at ease with ourselves.

“In this weekend Soul Motion retreat, we become familiar with points of view of con- scious dancing that inform us. Alone, together, we invoke a frequency of aliveness that alone, together, hones our responses to magic, may- hem, and mystery in our everyday dance world.

“Soul Motion is a viewpoint of conscious danc- ing that invites practitioners to listen to the still, small voice singing throughout the body dance, as well as the music in the room. Using dance and music to engender awareness, we court sensitivity and presence without shame or judg- ment. It encourages practitioners to identify and nourish the song they sing in the body choir of expression and ecstatic release.

“You are invited to move body and soul, cen- tered on an edge of aloneness, together with the unique song that sings and dances you in the everyday world.”

Vinn Martí is a movement artist, teacher, and spiri- tual friend, living in Portland, Ore. He teaches Soul Motion internationally, and is a certified Chaplain and Prayer Practitioner through the New Thought Alliance of Churches.

Hidden School, Open Path: The Peaceful Warrior Awakening

Dan Millman

This new workshop presents key elements from Dan Millman’s forthcoming book, The Hidden School, a spiritual adventure. These are the ele- ments that prepared Dan for the death-and- rebirth described in Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Participants will have a rare opportunity to explore higher states of awareness through vari- ous meditative and partner exercises, supportive lectures, and direct insight into their true nature—and some may even experience that flash of awareness described as kensho in the Zen tradition.

This workshop includes:

• The paths to awakening: “Different fingers pointing to the moon”

• How to “die” in order to truly live—a meditation preparation

• How to move beyond the beliefs that shape your world, your work, your life

• How to see through the self—an enlightenment process

• How to explore free will: Does it exist? • The higher self meditation • Dialogues with Dan and with one another

All that you may have read or heard from Dan Millman, along the peaceful warrior’s way, is


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