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preparation for these final steps to breaking through and waking up. A variety of partner exer- cises—and your own confrontation with the para- doxical separate self (or ego)—provide a taste of enlightenment and a re-cognition of secrets you have always known at deeper levels of your being.

Join Dan to discover for yourself how to live with your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground—with a peaceful heart and a war- rior’s spirit.

Dan Millman is a former world trampoline champi- on, Stanford University gymnastics coach, and Oberlin College professor whose books, including Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Everyday Enlightenment, The Laws of Spirit, and Living on Purpose, have inspired millions of lives in 29 languages.

Taoist Chi Kung: The Cloud Hands Share Lew & Juanita Lew

The youthful ninety-four-year-old Master Share K. Lew will teach his beginning set of Chi Kung exercises, The Cloud Hands. This set of Chi Kung builds a foundation for both better health and further Chi Kung. The Cloud Hands con- sists of five relatively non-strenuous movements along with quiet seated meditation which is the core of the Chi Kung system. These traditional Taoist exercises help your body to maintain good health and increased vitality. The time required for practice will easily fit into anyone’s schedule once participants are home after the workshop.

CE credit for nurses; see page 113.

Master Share K. Lew, a youthful 94 years old, is a healer and Taoist priest from Wong Lung monastery in Southern China with more than 70 years of expe- rience teaching Taoist health practices such as Chi Kung.

Juanita Lew co-teaches Taoist health practices such as Chi Kung with her husband, Master Share K. Lew.

Week of September 23–28

Soul Motion™: Sanctuary Vinn Martí

sanc•tu•ary n, 1. A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque. 2. A place of refuge or asylum.

Vinn Martí, designer of Soul Motion, asks, “What is it like to move in a fresh, authentic manner? Is it possible to hang in the place with- in that allows for unbridled expressive contact with self, other, and divine?” This week in the


natural sanctuary of Esalen will open doors that enter new rooms of creation, expression, and union with others.

“Soul Motion,” writes Vinn, “is a movement min- istry, a dance practice, and a philosophy of living that supports our unconditional acceptance of ‘what is’ and our fearless exploration outside the box of the familiar, sleep-inducing trance we sometimes find ourselves dancing to. We use the dance as metaphor for living a creative, expres- sive, and unified life of integrity, immensity, and intensity. Our hearts are ablaze with love of the divine and divine love toward all beings, and this becomes the beat, and the steps, and the music, to which we dance the everyday dance.

“During this time together, we nudge the spirit of innovative action and creativity to awaken and hold a high watch of unconditional accep- tance as we stumble our way toward self-expres- sion, self-acceptance, and self-recognition: we are spirit dancing this human experience. Through guided imagery and relaxed induction, we track conditions and attitudes which no longer serve our ability to unwind in the stream of creative expression, and we open ourselves to the next movement moment with radical awe and wonder.”

Leader bio on page 57.

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.

Buddha’s Brain: Lighting up the Neural Circuits of Happiness, Love and Wisdom

Rick Hanson with Jan Hanson

Using the power of modern neuroscience, informed by ancient contemplative wisdom, you can use your mind alone to change your brain for the better. Mental activity changes neural structure in a process called neuroplastic- ity, which gives you a great opportunity to redi- rect the brain, and thus your whole being. During this workshop, you will explore “self- directed neuroplasticity” for steadying the mind (a key to both worldly success and spiritual prac- tice), cooling the fires of stress reactivity, and weaving positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and self. And as a bonus, you’ll learn about the research-based foods and supplements that optimize neurochemistry.

Rick Hanson is a leading neuropsychologist whose work has been featured on the BBC, Consumer Reports Health, US News and World Report, and elsewhere. He has been meditating since 1974.

Recommended reading: Hanson, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom.

CE credit available for psychologists (pending); see page 113. CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

See Seminar Spotlight, page 9.

Rick Hanson is a psychologist and author who has been teaching contemplative neuroscience since 1974. Dr. Hanson founded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and teach- es at Stanford, Spirit Rock, and other organizations. He is the author, most recently, of Buddha’s Brain.

The Intimate Couple: Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP)

Jack Rosenberg & Beverly Morse

Trust, love, erotic sexuality, and a core experi- ence of self are building blocks for a vital rela-

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