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The mornings will begin with an asana and meditation practice embracing such concepts as surrender, letting go, acceptance, and gratitude, and each day different workshops will be offered, allowing us to explore more fully the convergence of the path of yoga and recovery. Our evenings will be filled with kirtan, speakers, dancing, and free time to mingle, reflect, soak in the hot springs, rest, rejuvenate, and connect. Through these magical five days, we will cele- brate the vision for our life paths.

Everyone is welcome—all recovery, all addic- tions, family members, all seekers, and those who work as healing professionals in the field. There will be something for everyone. Please bring a yoga mat and a meditation cushion if you use one.

Roxanne “Nikki” Myers founded CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, and cofounded the Yoga of 12- Step Recovery program, featured in the New York Times and Yoga Journal. Nikki assists and coteaches with her sister/friend Seane Corn at workshops and conferences across the US and abroad.

Noah Levine is the founder of the Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society with two centers in Los Angeles and more than 20 affiliated groups in North America and Europe. He teaches meditation groups, gives workshops, and leads retreats. He is the author ofDharma Punx, Against the Stream, and the forthcomingHeart of the Revolution (Harper One, Feb 2011).

Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, conducts national 200-hour and 500-hour Vinyasa teacher trainings. A former social worker and US Airborne Ranger, Rolf and his work have been featured nation- ally on television and in print.

Weekend of November 9–11

Butterfly Wisdom: Inviting Metamorphosis into Our Lives Joyce C. Mills

When you know where you are, you’ll know where you’re going.

Often in life we go through times of great uncer- tainty, fear, and darkness. During this workshop, award-winning author, storyteller, and healer Joyce C. Mills shows how we can discover exact- ly where we are in the process of change, and how to overcome obstacles to ultimately discov- er how to live a balanced and joyful life. In her uniquely captivating and spirited style, Joyce creatively combines science, spirit, metaphor,

indigenous teachings, and Ericksonian philoso- phies to show how each of the four passages of the butterfly’s development mirrors our inner journey and quest for full-winged emergence.

This workshop coincides with the annual Monarch butterfly migration that fills Esalen with thousands of fluttering winged creatures. Joyce will share how the scientific secret of the butterfly’s transformation relates to our inner gifts, skills, and soulful resources. “Each individ- ual’s unfolding is as miraculous and natural as the transformation of a caterpillar into a butter- fly,” says Joyce. “For each of us, it requires that we simply tune into our stage of change to discover what we most yearn for in our souls.”

Through group exercises, experiential prac- tices, meditation, and interactive discussions, participants will be able to see where they are in their personal process of change and how to apply what they learn to their personal devel- opment. Joyce will offer individual readings using her award-winning Butterfly Wisdom Transformation cards. Additionally, each partic- ipant will create their own Butterfly Wisdom Mandala and receive a Butterfly Transformation Kit.

Recommended reading: Mills, Butterfly Wisdom and Reconnecting to the Magic of Life. Available at

CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.

Joyce C. Mills, PhD, is an award-winning, interna- tionally recognized trainer, author, play therapist, consultant, and program development specialist. Founder of StoryPlay® Global, and codirector of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy, she has authored 8 books including Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within and Butterfly Wisdom.

Falling in Love with the Divine: Devotion and Tantra of the Heart

Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni

For many contemporary spiritual practitioners, devotion is a missing ingredient in their prac- tice. Yet part of what gives practice its juice and excitement is the living relationship with the personal face of the divine—the Being- Intelligence of all that is—by which you are per- sonally addressed, loved, challenged, and held. Devotion, heart practice directed toward a divine other, or the divine other in a beloved, is a secret of inner awakening, and a key to emo- tional healing and evolutionary transformation. It’s no wonder that some of the greatest sages and teachers of all time, from Rumi to the

Hasidic masters, were also followers of the devo- tional path.

In this workshop, two heart masters merge their gifts in the service of the unfolding of your own secret heart-tantra. Awakened Heart meditation teacher and author Sally Kempton joins Dr. Marc Gafni, rabbi, author, and teacher of Kabbalah and evolutionary spirituality, for this unique offering. You’ll explore:

• How to see beyond the myth of god to the reality of divine presence

• Transformative insights from three great traditions about surrender to the divine

• How divine presence can both uncover and heal emotional wounds

• How to find your own right relationship with the personal divine

• How a relationship with the divine changes all other relationships

• How to balance discernment and trust

The weekend is layered with meditation, chant, partner work, contemplation, and deep dharma transmission.

Sally Kempton bio on page 54.

Marc Gafni is a rabbi, spiritual teacher, author, tele- vision personality, and mediator. The author of seven books, including the best-selling Soul Prints, his teaching is marked by a deep transmission of heart, love, and leading-edge provocative wisdom.

The Holy Fool: Crazy Wisdom from Van Gogh to Tina Fey and The Big Lebowski

Phil Cousineau, Jeff Dowd & Gregg Chadwick

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

—Robin Williams

Have you ever suspected that the upside-down, off-kilter, whimsical ways of history’s holy fools might inspire something new and exciting on your own meandering wisdom path? If so, join author and filmmaker Phil Cousineau, Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski, and painter Gregg Chadwick to explore the weird and wild power of your inner court jester.

Jump down the rabbit hole and consider the notion that within every creative person is a holy fool who reveals the truth by performing seemingly ridiculous acts. Our models are plen- tiful, from philosopher-fools like Lao Tzu, medieval court jesters, to humorists like Mark Twain, Jon Stewart, and Tina Fey, artists from Van Gogh to Karen Finley and Basquiat, inven-


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