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Week of October 21–26


The Upledger Institute’s CranioSacral Therapy 2 Eric Moya


CranioSacral Therapy 2 studies cranial-base dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the “father” of cranial osteopathy. The course material and hands-on sessions will focus on cranial-base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint; whole body evaluation; and the energy cyst with regional unwinding. An introduction to Somato- Emotional Release will also be presented.


The prerequisite for this course is Upledger’s Institute CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.


Note: Registration for this workshop is through IAHE only. To register, please call 1-800-311- 9204. Only after you have registered with IAHE and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen course fees and accommodations are separate). Please see accom- modations costs under “Pricing for Partner Programs” at www.esalen.org/workshops/reserva- tions.html.


Recommended reading: Upledger & Vredevoogd, CranioSacral Therapy (chapters 7–15); Upledger, CranioSacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura (chapter 3).


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


Eric Moya, MFCT, CST-D, is a career manual ther- apist, instructor for the Upledger Institute, and men- tal health therapist specializing in mind/body aware- ness and growth. Eric is also director of education at the Esalen Institute, where he oversees staff and stu- dent development.


Alchemical Healing: Entering the Inner Laboratory of the Soul


Benjamin Fox & Lorie Dechar


Alchemy is an ancient spiritual science that focuses not only on physical forces and sub- stances but also on the ephemeral aspects of life traditionally regarded as the domain of the soul. Rather than being a precursor to modern sci- ence, alchemy is a complementary system that offers a unique set of tools to engage body, mind, and spirit in the investigation of what it means to be human. It opens us to the presence of spir- it as well as matter in all life.


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Open a doorway to the alchemical laboratory within by learning concepts and skills that can transform the lead, or stuck places in your life, into the gold of vital, new possibilities. This is the essence of Alchemical Healing. Join us on an adventure into the realms of European, Taoist, and Vedic alchemy and other systems rooted in alchemical consciousness, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, archetypal psy- chology, evolutionary astrology, and plant spirit medicine. Working with our own stories, imagi- nations, bodies, and dreams as well as symbols and myths, we use the support of our inner guides, the wisdom of the group, and the magi- cal environment that Esalen provides to create a unique piece of alchemical inner healing for each participant.


The workshop is relevant for individuals work- ing in health care who want to reinvigorate their practices, support their patients in moving beyond symptomatic quick-fixes, and deepen their skillfulness in working at psychological and spiritual levels. It will also be transforma- tional to anyone who longs to bring eros, the flow of life, back to their work, their relation- ships, and their being.


Benjamin Fox is a licensed massage therapist, astrologer, and avid gardener with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of holistic medicine and organizational administration. He is a cofounder of the Alchemical Healing Mentorship. benjamin@anewpossibility.com.


Lorie Eve Dechar wrote Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. She practices acupuncture, Chinese medi- cine, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Gestalt, and archetypal psychology. She teaches at Tri-State College of Acupuncture and is cofounder of the Alchemical Healing Mentorship.


Awake in the Wild:


Meditation in Nature at Esalen Mark Coleman


Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this experiential workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery of Esalen. Whether it is during a sunset medita- tion, listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean, or sitting graced in the stillness of cypress trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. We will learn about the practice of mindfulness—the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment, and then learn how to apply this receptivity to developing a contemplative relationship with


nature. By cultivating this inner quiet and open curious spirit outdoors, we can learn from nature and deepen our connection and apprecia- tion of the earth in which we live. We can dis- cover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love, and connection with oneself, one another, and the larger web of life.


During the week, there will be nature-based meditations, individual and group exercises, and talks on meditation and nature. There will be time to relish the silence outdoors and ample opportunity to explore and discuss the art of meditation in nature. This workshop is appro- priate for beginning and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness, and how to deepen our connection with the beauty and mystery of the natural world. Be pre- pared for unexpected rapture, delight, mystery, and stillness. Please bring comfortable layers of clothing and be prepared for cool or warm days spent outside.


Recommended reading: Coleman, Awake in the Wild.


Mark Coleman is author of Awake in the Wild. He has studied Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock meditation teacher and has led wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru. Mark is also a coach and therapist. www.awakeinthewild.com.


Living in Gratitude Joe Cavanaugh


Gratefulness is the key to joy. Joy is the happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens. —Brother David Steindl-Rast


Many ancient wisdom traditions refer to the natural state of the human psyche as joy, peace, and love. The Greek word psyche means soul, and the essence of the soul is love. Yet, simply by liv- ing in a world of uncertainty, we all have experi- enced some wounding of the heart, which caus- es us to retract our love to protect against fur- ther hurt.


When we hold on to our stories from the past, we perpetuate our suffering in the present and alienate ourselves from our natural state of love and joy. Utilizing group processes including Gestalt, psychodrama, and meditation, this workshop will assist you in working through self-imposed limitations to release the burden of the past. It will provide participants, including mental health professionals, with the skills nec- essary to identify and overcome self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, shift the emotional meaning of past experiences to enhance person-


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