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his devotional experience in Bhakti yoga. He travels widely, sharing his love for yoga.

Spirit Songs: Freeing Your Voice through the Power of Gospel

Vernon Bush

Do you want to feel musical and spiritual free- dom in every cell of your body? Connecting to your spirit through song, gospel rhythm, and spontaneity is what this lively, heart-opening workshop is all about. You can experience in- the-moment expression and give your dreams voice with joy and laughter. Get ready to dive into rhythm, singing, and dancing from a per- sonal spiritual place. You will explore gospel and inspirational music, powerful breathing tech- niques, song arrangement, improvisation, har- mony, and also learn how to truly listen to your- self and others to free the voice that is uniquely and exclusively yours. All levels are welcome.

Vernon Bush is a singer/songwriter, recording artist, musical director, and educator who has taught the power of reclaiming your voice through singing for more than 20 years to many individuals around the world. He also is a featured vocalist at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. www.vernon-

Healing Traumatized Hearts: The Power of Attachment, Intimacy and Autonomy

JoAnna Chartrand & Dyrian Benz

Love and a sense of belonging are the corner- stones to fulfilling relationships throughout life. When the flow of love and acceptance is inter- rupted, especially through traumatic events, the soul and the family soul suffer.

With Relational Constellations we uncover the disturbances and entanglements so that we, as well as our family members, can find strength, value, dignity, love, and a deeper sense of belong- ing. At the same time constellations also look for resources of strength and potential that may help us in dealing with any issue at hand.

The body is the reservoir for somatic-based memories of trauma going back many genera- tions. The hidden memories are locked into the fibers of our bodies. Historical amnesia burdens our hearts, minds, and bodies, establishing repetitive patterns and familial dynamics that are at the source of suffering. In Relational Constellations we aim to reconcile this intergen- erational stress, trauma, and suffering. Traumatic experiences in the nervous system and in our


consciousness are passed on through the generations (epigenetics), and they need to be processed. We want to find ways to help love flow freely again. We will include Powerpoint presentations, family and systemic constella- tions, mindful and somatic practices, and focus on how to deal with bonding attachment trau- ma. By exploring relationships, family, ancestors, and trauma, we are looking at loss of connection to ourselves, to our family soul, to our surround- ings, and to embodied presence.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

JoAnna Chartrand is a European-trained practition- er who has been a somatic psychology educator since 1980. Her specialty is in somatically-based, transper- sonal, relational psychology, and trauma work. She is a codirector of The Constellation Institute of California.

Dyrian Benz bio on page 46.

The Refined Hakomi Method of Body-Centered Self-Discovery

Adama Hamilton

Healing isn’t just about telling our stories. It’s about remembering what happened in a new way. It happens through re-experiencing and re-consolidating old memories with the guidance and loving support from those around you. —Ron Kurtz, creator of Hakomi

The Refined Hakomi Method embraces new and powerful concepts based on the principles of mindfulness, nonviolence, and mind-body holism, including recent discoveries in neurolo- gy. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, the Refined Method is a simple, elegant, and power- ful method of assisted self-discovery.

This five-day Hakomi retreat offers The Refined Hakomi Method. This method is the latest ver- sion of Hakomi, developed and fine-tuned by Ron for more than forty years. During our time together, we will explore the details and innova- tions that define the legacy and full refinement of Ron’s life’s work.

The Refined Hakomi Method is easy to under- stand and apply for anyone who is passionate about their personal growth and awareness and wants to help others. No formal background in medicine or psychology is required. The course will include many experiential exercises, demonstrations, videos of Ron working, and discussions of principles and techniques.

Participants will learn how to create the safety

required to release core emotional blocks, weave together elements that reconsolidate past mem-

ories, and support the spontaneous and lasting re-patterning of core beliefs. Opportunities for profound personal growth and nourishment will be offered and received, while participants are taught one of the most respected and power- fully innovative holistic methods of our time.

Recommended reading: Writings from Ron Kurtz, available at

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Adama Hamilton apprenticed and cotaught with Ron Kurtz, originator of The Hakomi Method, dur- ing the last eight years of Ron’s life. Along with Marina McDonald, he was entrusted to teach Ron’s refinements and methodology the way Ron saw it at its most polished.

The Dancing Buddha: Meditation, Movement and the Divine Abodes of the Heart

Heather Munro Pierce & Donald Rothberg

In this workshop, we will combine traditional Buddhist practice of the “Divine Abodes” (brah- mavihara) of lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, with movement meditation and ecstatic dance, to help us access and cultivate these wonderful and transformative qualities of the open heart. We will particularly focus on developing embodied expressions of these four abodes based on our understanding that embod- ied practices are the key to making the qualities real in our daily lives.

Most of the workshop will involve silent prac- tice and spaciously guided freeform movement meditation and ecstatic dance to music, comple- mented by talks. There will also be some time for discussion and interactive exercises. We will begin with a foundational emphasis on mindful- ness and embodiment. We will then build on this foundation by bringing in, over the five days, teachings and practices on the “Divine Abodes” and explorations of these themes through dance. We will emphasize especially how lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and equa- nimity interpenetrate each other as they become more mature and how these qualities might be further expressed in our daily lives. Come join us in celebration and inspiration as we evoke the depths of our hearts through silence and sound, stillness and movement. Movers and meditators of all levels are welcome.

Please Note: Some mornings will be in silence and there will be optional sessions offered before breakfast.

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

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