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written five books, including The One Thing Holding You Back and Surfing Your Inner Sea. His heart was opened through profound grief.

Rediscovering Your Self in the Second Half of Life: For Women

Karen Ely

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. —Henry David Thoreau

Karen Ely believes that in today’s hectic, time- starved world it is even more important to find time for renewal, time to step back and assess where we’ve come from and who we are after a lifetime of being everything to everybody. “We must find a space to dream,” she writes. “A space to let go of all the wouldas, shouldas, and coul- das in order to make room for a new way of being, one that’s firmly based in our authentic selves, one filled with joy and passion.” Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself is Karen’s personal story of rebirth following the end of her thirty-two-year marriage. It chroni- cles coming to grips with a life that she could no longer live, and walking toward a self that she no longer knew. Throughout the workshop, Karen will share her personal story and the tools that supported her on a magical journey back to herself.

Through large and small group exercises, quiet, music, joyful playing, and journaling, partici- pants will be taken on a quiet journey back to themselves, and given the opportunity to leave with a passion and plan for the rest of their lives.

Karen Ely founded and directs A Woman’s Way, a women’s retreat and workshop program in Sedona, Ariz. She is a facilitator and the author of Daring to Dream: Reflections on the Year I Found Myself, A Retreat of My Own, and Breathing Space: Mini-retreats for the Heart and Soul.

Brilliant Body: Fundamentals of Conquering Injury and Pain

Jean Couch

Do chronic tension, stress, or aches and pains plague you? Are you fit, but injured? Do you feel tight all the time?

In our cultural love affair with muscles, we have overlooked a key component of wellness: our skeleton. Whether you are a high-performance athlete or sit in a chair all day, making your bones work for you instead of against you can put you on a path of unimaginable wellness and


efficiency. Healing begins with an understand- ing of alignment patterns that cause premature aging, tension, pain, and/or injury. This course will re-examine alignment patterns of everyday activities including sitting, standing, bending, sleeping, and walking. With new patterns for these daily fundamentals, you can shed pain and tension and go home with a healthy regimen that easily and timelessly integrates into every- day life. Simple yet profound changes will give you a new relationship with your body—one you used to have as a child.

This course will bust many exercise, health, and pain myths of our time. Each participant receives individualized understanding of his or her specific vulnerabilities in the back and joints through hands-on adjustments, and pho- tographic and video feedback. What you learn about your patterns in these fundamental activi- ties can be applied to your physical activities of choice and make you a stronger, more efficient, longer-lasting human machine. Join us and never look back.

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Jean Couch, originally known for her classic Runner’s Yoga Book, has shown thousands of people of all ages how to improve their health. She most recently taught 50 physicians and their spouses, one of whom wrote, “I now have hope for me and my patients.”

December 7–14

Wisdom Healing Qigong™ Mingtong Gu

The purpose of this retreat is to cultivate Wisdom Healing Qigong, a profound and effec- tive system of healing and empowerment that integrates gentle movement, sounds, visualiza- tion, and meditation into a systematic synergy of all dimensions of your being.

By participating in this retreat, you can:

• Learn to clear and balance the emotions so that a deeper healing can occur

• Develop a quiet and creative mind to realize healing most effectively

• Learn the ultimate method to transmit chi (the formless energy from which all forms of life are made) for healing self and others

• Organize a chi field and learn group healing

• Learn theories and practices for energy healing, and better understand your healing capacity

The practices you will be taught are based on a natural healing process that was developed by Dr. Pang Ming, founder of the world’s largest qigong hospital in China, Zhineng Qigong Center. Over two decades, this hospital docu- mented the treatment of more than 200,000 people with all types of illnesses including can- cer, autoimmune disease, strokes, depression, insomnia, and headaches, and found a 95% effective improvement rate.

The daily program includes intensive qigong instruction and practice along with group heal- ing sessions and healing instruction.

The retreat is designed for people who seek a direct path for deep healing, including those with serious physical or emotional diseases, caregivers, healing professionals, and anyone who simply wishes to work for the awakening of healing and human potential within them- selves.

Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grandmasters in China and at the world’s largest Qigong hospital.

The “Pointing Out” Way of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

Daniel Brown & George Protos

This workshop—designed for either novice or advanced meditators—is an integrative approach to the practice of meditation with an emphasis on intensive concentration meditation. The course begins with the Indo-Tibetan Nine States of Mental Calming/Staying, then an introduction to classic Tibetan emptiness meditation. A bal- ance of mental stabilization and emptiness prac- tices will serve as a foundation for the “extraor- dinary” or essence meditation practices. Essence meditations like the Mahamudra and the Great Perfection assume that wisdom is an inherent property of the natural mind that has become obscured through conceptualization and nega- tive emotional states. Essence meditations are designed to develop “awakened wisdom” through continuous, uninterrupted mindful- ness, taking the non-dual condition of the natur- al mind and its spontaneous manifestations in the present moment as both the point of obser- vation as well as the object of the meditation.

These essence meditations are taught within the context of an ongoing relationship wherein the teacher points out the mind’s real nature during the right state of meditation. This relational- based approach to meditation emphasizes short, repeated meditation sessions, with detailed

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