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Register online at www.esalen.org or by calling 888-8-ESALEN (888-837-2536).


ing the ZB protocol, observing demos by Fritz, and looking at the newer emerging possibilities of ZB. Come and rekindle your sense of belong- ing, of not being isolated in the world.


Prerequisite training: Core Zero Balancing I. This open forum qualifies for 12.5 hours of class credit toward Zero Balancing Certification.


Recommended reading: Smith, The Alchemy of Touch, Inner Bridges; Hamwee, Zero Balancing.


CE credit for acupuncturists; see workshop leader. CE credit for nurses; see page 113. CE credit for bodyworkers; see page 113.


Fritz Smith is a physician, osteopath, cranial osteopath, certified acupuncturist, and founder of Zero Balancing. He is the author of Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure, and Alchemy of Touch.


Into the Fire: The SunCelebrates Personal Writing


Sy Safransky & Authors fromThe Sun


To write about ourselves in a way that touches others and reminds them of our fundamental connectedness we must be willing to take a leap—with all our passion, fear, and longing— into the fire. And that fire is not just a metaphor. It’s as real as our own mysterious existence; as real as a painful moment that has broken, and maybe opened, our hearts.


Since 1974 The Sun has published the kind of brave, revealing writing that lives up to the mag- azine’s motto, a line from concentration-camp survivor Viktor Frankl: “What is to give light must endure burning.” We invite you to join Sun readers, authors, and staff — including editor and publisher Sy Safransky and authors Doug Crandell, Tony Hoagland, Gillian Kendall, Frances Lefkowitz, Alison Luterman, and Sparrow—for a weekend of investigating our lives through the written word. We’ll discuss essays, fiction, and poems with their authors, who will lead exercises geared to bring forth similar elements in your own writing. Readers Write-style writing sessions will help get your pen moving. (You don’t have to be a writer to attend. We create a space in which people can tell their stories from the heart.) The weekend will conclude with Sy Safransky reading from his Notebook.


Of course, the best part of a Sun gathering is get- ting to meet everyone: staff, writers, and other people who love the magazine and share its compassionate, unflinching view of the world. We hope you’ll join us.


For a complete program and a list of materials to bring (or to order a free-trial issue of the magazine) visit www.thesunmagazine.org. A large enrollment for this workshop is expected; we recommend registering soon.


The Sun is offering two full scholarships to aspir- ing or established writers (application deadline August 17). Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the weekend. Visit www.thesun- magazine.org for details.


Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun. Week of October 28–November 2


Writing the Wild Marisa Handler


“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” As Thoreau reminds us, the wildness of nature is paramount to the fathom- ing of the wildness within. Have you forgotten the ebbs and flows of the wilds within, their fierce beauty, the Dionysus of your soul? Have you forgotten the passion that is continually crafting you? It is time, then, for a return. It is time now to uncover your own buried mysteries. In the tradition of Joseph Campbell, our five days together will traverse the hero’s journey through our perennial questions. Writing our way into these wilds can lead to revelations we had no idea we possessed, to insights that stem from a place deeper than our conscious minds. We will use writing as a tool to unearth the dynamic between the natural world and our own minds and hearts. We will quiet our minds to meditatively listen to the divine elements of nature to which we are drawn, and experiment with writing from that fresh perspective. Together we will go spelunking into the rich hid- den questions that have lain within us longer than we can remember; we will look to the nat- ural world for inspiration, echoes, reflections, and a thickening of the mystery with which we began our inquiry. Please bring warm layers for when we’re outside, and a blank notebook.


Recommended reading: Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.


Marisa Handler, is the author of Loyal to the Sky, which won a 2008 Nautilus Gold Award for world- changing books. Her essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, and she teaches creative writing at Stanford and the California Institute for Integral Studies. www.marisahandler.com.


Abandonment to Healing: Overcoming Your Self-Defeating Patterns


Susan Anderson


Abandonment is a primal human fear and the underlying cause of emotional distress and dys- function. Susan Anderson, psychotherapist and author of Taming Your Outer Child and Journey from Abandonment to Healing, will share powerful tools of emotional and spiritual healing to help you reverse abandonment’s universal wound. You will be taught exercises for each of the five stages of abandonment: shattering, withdrawal, internalizing, rage, and lifting; how to conquer “abandoholism” and other outer child behaviors; how to make new connections; and steps for healing abandonment. Whether you’re experi- encing a recent breakup, a lingering wound from the past, or struggling to overcome self- defeating patterns, the tools will propel your growth, help restore your sense of self and increase your capacity for love.


Recommended reading: Anderson, Taming Your Outer Child, Journey from Abandonment to Healing, and Black Swan: 12 Lessons of Abandonment Recovery.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Susan Anderson, is a psychotherapist who has spent 30 years of research, scholarship, and clinical experience working with victims of abandonment trauma and loss. Founder of “Abandonment Recovery,” she is author of Taming Your Outer Child, Journey from Abandonment to Healing, Black Swan, and others. www.outerchild.net and www.abandonment.net.


Gateway to Soul: Process Acupressure Aminah Raheem


Would you like to find wise inner guidance from all parts of yourself? From your body’s internal promptings, your heart’s intelligence, your mind’s clearest insight, and even your own soul’s wisdom? Would you like to get all of your- self together in an integrated way? Process Acupressure teaches you how to gain a holistic perspective on your life directions and general health. And it teaches the skills of how to uncover the wise guidance that lies at your own unique center.


This class teaches a combination of body/mind skills, including hands-on work to the body (fully clothed), movement, meditation, and dia- logue. The acupressure protocol strengthens and balances the body’s vital energy (chi) flow that opens to soul consciousness and the Infinite Source. Psychological and spiritual


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