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al growth, and develop a healthy internal sup- port system and cohesive sense of self.


When we empty ourselves of stories from our past, we open to the wellspring of joy and grate- fulness (great-full-ness) that spontaneously aris- es in the present moment from the core of our being. In this state of gratitude (Latin, gratia, “to give thanks”) we recognize that love is for-giving, and we naturally experience greater empathy and compassion for all human suffering.


Participants must be willing to attend all ses- sions and abstain from alcohol and non-pre- scription drugs for the duration of the work- shop.


Recommended reading: Cavanaugh, Who Am I, Really? How Our Wounds Lead to Healing.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Joseph Cavanaugh is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Sierra foothills and a psycholo- gy instructor at a local community college. He has facilitated personal-growth workshops throughout California for the past 30 years.


Songs of the Heart: A Songwriter’s Inspiration and Craft


Johnsmith


Take your seat in a circle of songwriters and join us as we delve into the emotional heart of our personal story, and translate those experiences into song. Learn to cultivate your own unique songwriting voice through writing exercises, song assignments, group performances, co-writ- ing, and constructive feedback. Explore the tools of the craft: verse, chorus, and bridge, melody, rhythm, and rhyming. Break open your emotional heart and learn how to tap the well- spring of all songs. Come roll up your sleeves, do the work, and bust through old limits bring- ing forth the deep elusive songs of your life. This workshop is for individuals who have had some experience in songwriting and are work- ing on refining their musical voice. It is not required to play a musical instrument, but if you have one, bring it. There are also evening jams.


Johnsmith has been writing heartfelt songs for more than 30 years. He’s won national awards and contests,


was a staff songwriter in Nashville, and has recorded 6 CDs. He’s taught songwriting workshops nation- wide, and has been featured on NPR’s “New Dimensions.”


The Nature of Movement: Embodiment and the Wilds


Steven Harper


Throughout the ages and across cultural tradi- tions, nature has inspired the human spirit. The wilderness of Big Sur allows us to imprint the collective wisdom of this alive and wild coast in our bodies. The ancient redwood-forested canyons, dramatic meeting of earth and sea, and soft grassy hills remind us of the presence, wis- dom, and deep sense of belonging that live in each of us.


This workshop will present simple yet profound practices designed to access our capacity to innovate and participate with the essential movement processes of life. Through physical practices, work in pairs, group discussions, and


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