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.
Over the course of 3 two-hour sessions we will be exploring the practice of Ashtanga yoga as it relates to the constant flux and change of our human lives.
Eddie Stern and the Brooklyn Yoga Club are hosting this Council 1 workshop to support the Urban Yogis. This workshop is open to the public to come along experience this powerful facilitation technique making a huge difference in schools, prisons and social justice organizations across the world.
This five-day workshop at the Esalen Institute will weave mindful awareness practices with time hiking on the trails of Big Sur. The week will include days out on the trails mixed with body-based awareness techniques, storytelling, and community building through the practice of council.
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.
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.
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.
I will join John Shinnerer of the Sociocracy Consulting Group and Miriam Tassone to combine the foundational training in Dynamic Governance with council, as well as other collaborative decision-making processes. Open to individuals, organizations, and change-makers.
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.