An Ashtanga Intensive is a format for learning the Ashtanga Method as a total beginner or a seasoned practioner. Together we build a community of practice to dive deeply and explore the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual textures of the ancient process and modern practice. We intend to do this with honesty in order to allow for a wide exploration of ourselves and the tradition amidst the truth of our lives.
For men, it can be challenging to find the time and space to renew ourselves, and to find a supportive company of other men who are willing to live the important questions of what it means to be alive and in service to the world while maintaining a healthy and generative lifestyle.
In this weekend workshop we will explore the wild beauty of Big Sur with a spacious Saturday on the trails, evenings of storytelling and community building through the practice of council, and ample time to connect with each other and all that Esalen has to offer.
Join us in a 5-day retreat to answer the call to step of the treadmill of life and reconnect with the purpose and meaning of your life. Led by elder Lola Rae Long, together with TOF co-executive directors Miriam and Adam, the retreat continues a 40-year tradition of rite of passage programs at The Ojai Foundation.
Council Training Two (CT2) offers a powerful opportunity to deepen one’s practice and explore the more complex contours of the work. This training is geared toward participants who have taken a Council Training 1 workshop and have been facilitating Council for some time and have had some direct experience with the inspiring, and sometimes challenging, situations that arise — including encountering resistance, conflict and “The Shadow.” Facilitators may also be starting to look at some personal obstacles and “blind spots” that have shown up in their development as a practitioner, as well as the need for greater fluency in self-regulation and grounding, for oneself and in one’s work with groups.
Council is a compelling communication method that cultivates empathic listening, dialogue and collective wisdom.
Practiced around the world in communities, organizations and educational settings (including more than 60 public and private CA schools, South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and other places), council helps to nurture the deep, authentic connections often neglected in our ever-faster, multi-tasking culture.
This weekend workshop offers an introduction to the council practice, guided by two experienced trainers.
ouncil Training Two (CT2) offers a powerful opportunity to deepen one’s practice and explore the more complex contours of the work. This training is geared toward participants who have taken a Council Training 1 workshop and have been facilitating Council for some time and have had some direct experience with the inspiring, and sometimes challenging, situations that arise.
In this program, we will explore the deep listening and mindfulness awareness practices of council, and learn through didactic skill building, body-based awareness practices, contact with our personal and collective stories, and engagement with the natural world. As a collective practice of deep listening and mindful awareness, council promotes radical compassion and an experience of interconnectedness that can break down barriers to connection, reconciliation, and peace.