Council 2: Deepening the Practice
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Council 2: Deepening the Practice

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. 

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Esalen Legacy Group - Ways of Council: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit
Dec
17
to Jan 14

Esalen Legacy Group - Ways of Council: Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit

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.

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Council 1: Intro to the Way of Council in Melbourne
Aug
11
to Aug 13

Council 1: Intro to the Way of Council in Melbourne

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.

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Council 2: Deepening the Practice: Melbourne, Australia
Aug
4
to Aug 6

Council 2: Deepening the Practice: Melbourne, Australia

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.

 

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The Midlife Passage in Ojai, Ca
Jul
26
10:00am10:00am

The Midlife Passage in Ojai, Ca

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.

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Men's Renewal Weekend at Esalen
Jul
23
to Jul 25

Men's Renewal Weekend at Esalen

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. 

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6-day Ashtanga Yoga Intensive in Ojai, CA
Jul
9
to Jul 14

6-day Ashtanga Yoga Intensive in Ojai, CA

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.

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Walk on the Wild Side at Esalen with Steven Harper
May
14
to May 19

Walk on the Wild Side at Esalen with Steven Harper

I'll be joining my teacher and friend Steven Harper to guide this 5-day workshop at Esalen.

This week is straightforward. You day-hike the mountainous paths into the wilds of Big Sur, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak in Esalen’s natural hot springs overlooking the waves of the Pacific—in short, you let yourself touch and be touched by Nature.

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Council 1 Training in Millerton, New York
May
6
to May 7

Council 1 Training in Millerton, New York

In council, we allow ourselves to be moved, to get out of our comfort zone, and to navigate how best to be of service to the circle, while maintaining safety and containment. This advanced workshop delves into the varied forms and modalities of council that are best suited to different situations, as well as the joys and challenges of bringing council into different parts of our lives. 

 

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The Midlife Passage
Feb
15
to Feb 19

The Midlife Passage

Answer the call to step off the treadmill of life, to feel the ground beneath you, to breathe, and to reconnect with purpose and meaning.  Join us in a 5-day rites of passage program for adults in the tradition of The Ojai Foundation.

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Love into the Darkness
Dec
17
to Dec 18

Love into the Darkness

Our time together will be a simple honoring of the darkest time of the year, in the light of community, connection, and practice, with an ashtanga yoga and a sweat-lodge ceremony.  Cost kept minimal for accessibility, and participants should plan to attend the full weekend.

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