Letting in the Love – Reclaiming Our Innocence

As we bring our week here to a close, I am struck by the ways in which we as human beings can let in the love that is around us all the time. My main staff person this month, Chery Owens, wrote an exquisite piece on innocence and  the process of reclaiming it (more on that tomorrow if she will share it.) The group of us who have gathered here …

 

Profound Simplicity

As we finish this week of Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries, Karen Axelrod and I are discussing the threads that helped weave the group together this week.

The first thread was a readiness to heal that everyone brought to the table. There was an ease with which everyone entered their process. What resistance there was melted easily in the presence of such a cohesive group.

The second …

 

Life in the Esalen Lane

The Ocean at Dawn

The Ocean at Dawn

As I go through my final week here, I am cherishing my connections to this place. I thrive on the clear, cool air. I am fed deeply by the garden flowers of all scents, sizes and colors shining in the sunlight. The humming birds and monarchs are everywhere this year – dive bombing us with no fear.

Then there is the ocean – the beautiful, wild …

 

Gratitude for Healing From the Core

As this day draws to a close I am in awe of what has come through in this Healing From the Core workshop. Tonight at dinner with my staff member, Karen Axelrod, we talked about how the title and description of the workshop doesn’t do justice to the depth of healing that occurs. It was a powerful, exquisitely beautiful day of healing from the DNA level within the cells, right …

 

Staying in the Present in Times of Transition

“Suzanne, I need your help – I got rear ended several days ago and I cannot seem to shake it off. My neck and back are still in pain, even though it was not a high impact event. At the time I was rushing, late for a wedding, having gotten stuck in traffic.”

With these words we dived into our phone session. It helps me to know the larger context …

 

Being Received Deeply

As my staff and I did our post class wrap up for the Healing the Pelvic Floor workshop, I realize one of the reasons why the week was so deeply satisfying for us is because the circle of women who participated this year were so open to receiving what we offered them.

We all came away feeling as though they drank us in deeply in every corner of the …

 

Esalen Evenings

Sunset-Esalen

One of the things I love about Esalen is the capacity to enjoy an evening in the lodge with interesting people. As I have an evening off tonight, I enjoyed meeting the incoming workshop leaders and learning about what they do and how our curriculums might complement each other.

Often when sunset rolls around people migrate to the deck or the lawn to watch the sunset over the ocean. Watching …

 

Love and Gratitude

HPF-2011staff

As our morning ceremony in Healing the Pelvic Floor workshop is winding down and everyone is preparing for the celebratory soak in the mineral baths tonight, the circle of faces reflects the support and love that has been manifest in this workshop. When women (or men) gather with the intention to love and support themselves and those around them, magic generally does happen. And this year has been particularly sweet, …

 

Healing Herbs

An aromatic Sweet pea from the Esalen Garden

Today in the women’s workshop we gathered herbs and aromatic flowers for our healing bath tomorrow evening. We ended the afternoon in a state of euphoria from the olfactory  stimulation of breathing them in, stomping them to release their oils and having our hands be covered in the scent of sweet peas, clary sage, rose geranium, rosemary and lavender, to name just …