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When we see directly that the nature of reality is change, we begin to let go of clinging to the pleasant or avoiding the unpleasant. We become more capable of meeting each situation with spontaneity, fearlessness, and love.


Participants will be introduced to this medita- tion practice and the principles on which it is based. There will be periods of silent sitting and walking meditation as well as discussion, pro- viding a foundation for applying mindfulness practice to everyday life.


Recommended Reading: Baraz and Alexander, Awakening Joy: 10 Steps that will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness; Goldstein, The Experience of Insight; Salzberg, Real Happiness.


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


James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978. He leads workshops internationally, is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and is on the International Advisory Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. James coauthored Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander.


A Renaissance In Herbal Medicine Brian Kie Weissbuch


For over 13,000 years, herbal medicine has been a primary healing art. Practitioners have studied, practiced, and taught succeeding generations in extended apprenticeships, with empirical and clinical knowledge accumulating over the centuries. Today modern scientific research and technology provides an evidence-based approach to herbal safety and efficacy. The union of empiricism with laboratory and clini- cal studies provides validation for many herbal treatments and opens new avenues of discovery.


In this seminar, we will explore the glorious garden, canyon, and trails of Esalen and learn to identify plants and discern their proper usage. Topics include botany, pharmacognosy/labora- tory and clinical studies, traditional and modern uses, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and western herbal energetics, safety, rational usage of medicinal plants, and when to seek profes- sional help. Please bring layers of clothing and comfortable walking shoes. We’ll have indoor presentations during our evening sessions. This seminar is open to everyone and does not require previous experience. We utilize stories and case histories to personalize each plant.


CE credit for nurses; see page 113. Leader bio on page 28.


Yoga Psychology: Authenticity and Reality-Based Spirituality


James Bailey


“The term reality-based spirituality is a simple way of saying that the work in yoga and in spiri- tual life in general is in the here-and-now, con- tained within the real issues before us: relation- ships, our thoughts, conditioned reactions, trau- ma, ego defensiveness, shame, shadow elements of our life, attachments, addictions, denial, etc.,” James Bailey writes. “In contrast, there are yogis out there who devote themselves to teachers and hindu deities and sadly avoid the real issues right in front of them. They can recite the Hanuman Chalisa 108 times every morning but they’re still angry with their mothers and can’t hold a stable relationship. Yoga was designed traditionally to be a practice of consciousness and was largely a psychological set of techniques and tools.


“In my work I have refined the traditional psy- chological methods of Patanjali’s yoga and found ways to make it relevant and applicable in these times. This course is an exploration into the psy- chological teachings and practices of yoga. Participants can expect a combination of lecture, dialogue, and meditation practices. Most of the study will be from the pratyahara limb of yoga, which teaches sensory awareness, witnessing, detachment, and withdrawal methods that are applicable to daily living beyond yoga practice. There will be no asana/physical postures prac- tice. Participants will go home with a clear understanding of how the mind works and how yoga works as a mindfulness practice.”


CE credit for acupuncturists pending.


James Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT is a licensed practitioner of Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine and has been teaching yoga philosophy and advanced yoga worldwide for nearly 20 years. He spe- cializes in eastern teachings. He teaches internation- ally and maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Fundamentals of Esalen® Massage Daniela Urbassek & Robin Fann-Costanzo


This workshop will introduce the core concepts of Esalen Massage. Through brief lectures and demonstrations, and with plenty of personal supervision of hands-on work, the workshop will present essential tools and information, including the long, balancing strokes and gentle stretches that are the foundation of Esalen body- work. The principle elements of bodywork, including breath awareness, grounding, move-


ment, and quality of touch will also be intro- duced and practiced, creating a firm foundation for learning massage. Come prepared to enjoy the healing waters of the natural hot springs and the magical beauty of the Esalen grounds. All levels of experience are welcome. Please bring your favorite CDs for massage and dance.


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


Daniela Urbassek bio on page 50.


Robin Fann-Costanzo has a lifelong background in dance and movement. An Esalen® Massage practi- tioner, CranioSacral practitioner, and certified yoga instructor, she has taught and assisted Esalen® Massage trainings, yoga retreats, and Upledger Institute trainings.


Week of October 14–19


Yoga Practice: Refining and Magnifying Body, Mind and Spirit Thomas Michael Fortel


“One of the fundamental tenets of yoga philoso- phy,” writes Thomas Fortel, “is that every human being is, at core, an expression of divine light and love. The yogis refer to this as the Supreme Self or Inner Self. We can imagine it as con- sciousness expressing itself as an individual. Many of us glimpse this from time to time, but the thrust of our journey is to honestly address the physical, mental, and emotional toxicity that covers up our inner luminosity. This is the nec- essary paradigm shift as we move into a fuller expression of our true nature.


“Yoga practice is a double-edged sword requiring both effort and surrender. Effort is necessary as we purify, refine, and integrate body, mind, emo- tion, and spirit. Surrender is critical in the face of alchemical transformation; letting go leads us into the restoration and edification of our true nature, divine light. These principles unfold in the yoga room as we place our bodies into pos- tures (asanas), focus our awareness on breath (pranayama), and enter the sanctuary of the heart (meditation or dyana).”


Everyone is welcome. Please have a minimum of three months of recent yoga experience. Please bring a yoga mat.


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


Thomas Michael Fortel is a longtime yoga practi- tioner/teacher, influenced by the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Anusara styles of Hatha yoga, and drawing from


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