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


Paula Shaw, a professional actress and acting teacher for more than 40 years, has conducted workshops for those interested in expanding their self-expression, wellbeing, and creativity, in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. www.themaxwith- paulashaw.com.


Feldenkrais® Spinal Awareness for


Yoga, Bodyworkers and Everyone Patrick Douce


Spinal awareness is a combination of the Feldenkrais Method®, Taoist energetic science, and the Esalen experience. In this workshop, participants will experience movements that help bring new awareness as well as maintain health and assist in the rehabilitation of pain, tension, stiffness, limitation, and injury. Spinal Awareness focuses on relaxing, integrating, and developing a new relationship with the spine and the whole body.


The use of joy and humor will be the undertone 86


of this week. Real freedom in the body is also freedom of spirit and fun.


Lessons adapted from Indonesian Silat originat- ing from the monasteries of China and Tibet will be shared which greatly expand the scope and effectiveness of each session. The concepts of grounding, extending, generating, protecting, circulating, and efficiently using our energies will be experienced. The energetic components of life and movement will greatly affect partici- pants’ yoga and bodywork practices.


Safe, non-invasive touch lessons will be used to help in the understanding of our spines. Focusing on the actual bones, muscles, nerves, and energy of the spine, participants will be given a new, relaxing, healing experience of themselves. Lively partner lessons will add to the learning and the freedom to be experienced in our bodies.


By increasing awareness and fluidity in the spine, students will find new ways of being sen- sitive to and improving their yoga and other abilities. The improved flexibility and awareness will greatly strengthen whatever discipline you practice.


Those people with chronic or acute tension, stress, stiffness, or pain will find tools specific to their needs that will help in their improvement and often healing.


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


Leader bio on page 44.


Thanksgiving and Gratitude: A SpiritDance and Tribal Journey


Ellen Watson & Rudy Tihikpas Proctor with Special Guests


“We invite you to celebrate Thanksgiving week with us on the sacred lands of Esalen,” write the leaders. “We will embody teachings of antiquity through the framework of tribal ceremony and SpiritDance Meditation. Our tribe is not one of bloodlines or lineage; we ask that people of all tribes, beliefs, and colors join this journey of the mind, body, soul, and spirit. Let’s dance, sweat, sing, pray, meditate, and relax together as one global tribe, as we honor the Native American roots of Thanksgiving Day.”


CELINE NADEAU


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