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Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind: A Journey toward Wholeness and Healing for Body, Mind and Spirit


Hala Khouri & Julian Walker


In the rich tradition of Esalen as a growing-edge forum for human potential, Hala Khouri and Julian Walker present this transformative and integrative journey into the possibilities of twenty-first century spirituality. The workshop will include morning meditation, yoga, ecstatic dance classes, and afternoon information ses- sions to create context for the experiential prac- tices. We will explore somatic psychology and neuroscience to deepen and accelerate growth and healing, and discover an energetic map of the mind-body connection that brings the chakra system alive as a powerful tool for self- awareness.


Hala and Julian are a dynamic pair. Each offers a distinct style of teaching and sharing to create a well-rounded workshop that is nurturing and grounded as well as ecstatic and unique. The ecstatic poetry of Rumi, Kabir, Hafez, Mirabai, Lala, and Walt Whitman, as well as luminous wisdom from the newly translated tantric text,


The Radiance Sutra, will light the way. Techniques from Somatic Experiencing and depth psychology perspectives also will guide the process. Please bring a yoga mat.


Hala Khouri, MA, E-RYT, has spent over more than 15 years integrating yoga and counseling, and is certified in Somatic Experiencing. She teaches yoga and leads workshops and retreats internationally. www.halakhouri.com.


Julian Walker, E-RYT, is a mind-body healer, yoga, meditation, and ecstatic dance teacher, DJ, musician, and writer who invites you to discover the sacred where you stand. He teaches yoga and leads work- shops and retreats internationally. www.julianwalk- eryoga.com.


Gestalt Practice and Cortical Field Reeducation®


and Somatic Resources Patrice Hamilton & Dorothy Charles


Increasing awareness of our somatic sense of self provides new options for developing more effective psychological and physical patterns. This experiential workshop blends the slow,


: Developing Emotional


developmental movement of Cortical Field Reeducation® with individual and group Gestalt work to address how habitual, unconscious beliefs and behaviors formed early in life lead to habitual ways of responding that limit life expe- rience.


Through mindfulness, explorations of forgotten movement patterns, and Gestalt Awareness Practice, we contact the here-and-now, where change and growth are possible. As we become more present in our bodies, we may discover an inability to identify what we are feeling, or that— because of painful memories, and difficulty in experiencing feelings directly—we have been avoiding them.


This is a relational process. Working in an empathic, supportive group setting creates a container in which new ways of moving and being can be expressed and explored. This workshop provides the experience of making contact with people who are present and accept- ing, making it possible to develop a greater capacity for feelings. We can then learn to use our feelings as guides that help us live more authentically, moving beyond habits of being


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