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


At each session, following a demonstration and warm-up exercise, couples will exchange mas- sages. There will also be ample time to explore the beauty of Esalen’s land and enjoy the warmth of the healing waters of the mineral baths.


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


Nora Matten bio on page 80. Oliver Bailey bio on page 54.


Week of December 2–7


Awakening the Creative: The Painting Experience Stewart Cubley


The power inherent in painting is that it can awaken a wild vein of passion that will not go back to sleep. Using only the simple tools of brush, paper, and paint, Awakening the Creative invites you on a highly personal journey of dar- ing and discovery, made possible through a safe environment and the support of Stewart Cubley and his experienced staff. The potential is to tap into an extraordinary resource: the vibrant, dri- ving force of your own creative spirit.


In this workshop, everyone is a beginner. You are welcome even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. The goal is free expression, with the emphasis on the creative process rather than on technique or expertise. Awakening the Creative is an opportunity to embark on the greatest of all human adventures—embracing your own path and confidently following it.


Stewart is the coauthor of the acclaimed book Life, Paint & Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression. He has traveled through- out the world for more than thirty years work- ing with individuals and groups to access the potential within the human heart and imagina- tion.


This workshop may be of interest to people from a wide variety of disciplines, including art, education, counseling, social change, and medi- tative practices. All materials are supplied.


($50 materials fee paid directly to the leader)


CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113. CE credit for nurses; see page 113.


Stewart Cubley’s work has carried him throughout the world in facilitating groups to access the potential within the human heart and imagination. Originally a scientist, he has led seminars in creativi- ty for more than 30 years. www.processarts.com.


Deep Tissue Techniques for Massage Practitioners: An Introduction to the Psoas, Healing Knees and Deep Visceral Work™


Perry Holloman & Johanna Holloman


Because demand for practitioners with Deep Bodywork skills is growing, Perry and Johanna Holloman have developed a series of seminars designed to teach massage practitioners this healing art. Each seminar has a specific focus in terms of the physical structures touched and their related functions. An overall emphasis is placed on how to integrate this work into the format of a flowing massage.


This seminar will focus on understanding the structure and function of the knee, the psoas muscle, and the importance of deep, sensitive touch in supporting the overall functioning of the abdominal viscera. Subjects of specific focus will be the role of the thigh and hip muscles in supporting the knee; how to work on the iliotib- ial band; learning to palpate and release the psoas; and massaging the abdominal viscera slowly and deeply. The role of the psoas in chronic pain of the back and hip will also be discussed.


This program is designed as an advanced course of study for those wanting to integrate deep tis- sue skills into their work. Prerequisite for this seminar is prior experience as a massage practi- tioner or the equivalent of 150 hours of massage training.


For further information, visit www.deepbody- work.com.


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


Leader bios on page 65.


Developmental Trauma, Character Patterns and Resilience: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Christina Dickinson


Experience the way the body reveals and trans- forms character strategies, trauma, and core beliefs. Life makes shapes. The body is shaped through the basic experiences and attitudes that are held both consciously and unconsciously. The way the self is formed is an expression of mental, emotional, and spiritual life. All life strategies are organized, habitual patterns of reaction to real or perceived joy and stress. When muscles are repeatedly mobilized in uni- son with mental and emotional patterns, they become part of a complex, integrated response.


These patterns leave their imprint on our body and mind and develop into a particular way of being, into character. Character structure is formed in response to life and is the enduring quality of how we meet the world.


We will also explore the role of resilience and the ability to maintain a stable balance and equi- librium in life. Resilience relates to protective and healthful factors supporting positive out- comes and healthy personality characteristics even after exposure to unfavorable, adverse, or traumatic life circumstances. Resilience is the ability to maintain healthy levels of functioning even after exposure to a potentially disruptive traumatic event.


Through mindful awareness, participants can experience how character strategies and core beliefs are revealed through the body. Our emphasis will be to discover, explore, and work with these soma-psyche patterns in the thera- peutic context. This course is focused on a skill- building, therapist level primarily for practition- ers, but is also open to any interested individual.


Christina Dickinson, CAC II, is a founding trainer of the Sensorimotor Psychology Institute, a certified addictions counselor in Colorado, certified in Hakomi Therapy and Focused Expressive Psychotherapy. She maintains a private practice in Boulder, Co.


Total Immersion for Total Transformation Raphael Cushnir


This workshop is right for you if • You’re willing to perform a rigorous emotional and spiritual self-assessment


• You want to determine which aspects of your life are calling for healing and change


• You’re ready to begin that healing and change on the very first day of the workshop


• You want to take a giant leap forward in consciousness


• You can support a small, like-minded community committed to the same leap


Raphael Cushnir will create a safe and gentle envi- ronment to help call forth your very best, using tools that include emotional release work, journal- ing, small group exercises, meditation, movement, yoga, chant, collage, subtle energy practices, and mind-heart attunements. As a highlight of this workshop, you will co-design and experience a unique transformational experience all your own. In addition, you’ll leave the workshop with a prac- tical roadmap for real-life integration.


Raphael Cushnir contributes to O, The Oprah Magazine, and presents workshops worldwide. He’s


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