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Week of November 18–23


Angels and Traitors Daniel Ellenberg & Judith Bell


“Angels and Traitors” may sound like a video game, but it’s actually an ever-present conflict going on inside you. The angels are the good guys, doing their best to steer you where you want to go to reach your greatest potential. The traitors, however, are making sure you stay safe. They’re not bad or evil. They’re just keeping you stuck believing, behaving, thinking, and feeling in ways that keep you exactly where you are now.


If this internal conflict has blocked your path to fulfillment, don’t despair. Juanita and Eugene Sagan (first cousin of Carl), created a relatively unknown system of resolving these dilemmas by working with your angels and traitors. The Sagans taught this method to a small group of


people, including co-facilitator Judith Bell. Daniel and Judith add their 60+ years of com- bined experience to expand on and guide you through this process of transformation.


This workshop will provide a powerful context in which you can address and resolve core chal- lenges that may have plagued you for decades. Using expressive arts and action-oriented exer- cises, you’ll work in small groups, pairs, and alone to enliven your most important angel characters and befriend your most powerful traitor characters.


You’ll leave with tools to help you balance the competing voices inside your head, while gain- ing understanding and acceptance and ultimate- ly, greater freedom and joy. You’ll also have fun in the process.


Please note: There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a leadership coach, group facilitator, organizational trainer, and licensed thera- pist. He is a principle in both Relationships That Work and Authentic Leadership Institute. He leads men’s growth groups and co-authored Lovers for Life.


Judith Bell, MS, founder-president of the Authentic Leadership Institute, trains consultants nationally and internationally. While working with NASA fre- quently, she addresses productivity through people skills, co-authored Lovers for Life, and chaired Antioch San Francisco’s Creative Arts Therapy Master’s Program.


The MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self-Expression


Paula Shaw


For more than twenty years, THE MAX has held an honored status among the Esalen staff and is considered by many to be an essential rite of passage for community members. The purpose of THE MAX is to discover yourself beyond who you know yourself to be. It is a voyage through your own humanity—a journey to dis- cover the extent of your self-expressive power. Employing a variety of acting, communication, and observation techniques, it’s designed to expand your limits “to the max” and move you into a new arena of personal creativity and self- expression.


In THE MAX, participants undertake a chal- lenging exploration of the sources of their emo- tional limitations. Working individually, “on stage,” each person is encouraged and supported to go at their own pace, playing to and with other group members. With strong guidance, people move through lifelong fears of being “on the spot,” emerging into greater authenticity and enhanced “presence.”


There are exercises that use raw emotion, role- playing, and dress-up assignments. This is an opportunity to experience yourself in ways you may have dreamed about but never thought pos- sible. The course is for those committed and courageous in their process. And it has been constructed with the understanding that this kind of risk requires a very safe workspace. If your heart beats faster when you think of taking THE MAX, it may be just “the thing to do.” For details visit www.themaxwithpaulashaw.com.


Please note: Due to the intense and sequential nature of this workshop, attendance at all ses- sions is necessary.


Requirement: Bring a one- to three-minute mem- orized piece—monologue, poem, song, etc.


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