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Watch: Videos Featuring Suzanne
“Deep Bone Wisdom and the US Election Process”
“Breath of Life Conference 2013 – Panel Discussion”
Suzanne joins Emilie Conrad, Peter Levine, Lynne McTaggart, Stephen Porges, Michael Shea and Daniel Siegel, facilitated by Michael Kern at the end of the 2013 Breath of Life Conference in London.
Until recently, this list was only available in the back of our Healing From the Core study guides. Now we have it online and updated, courtesy of Amazon.com.
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Articles by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
Regular contributor ~ Massage Magazine
Be Grateful (PDF)
November 2013 ~ Massage Magazine
3 Steps for Slowing Down (PDF)
September 2013 ~ Massage Magazine
June 2013 ~ Massage Magazine
Stay Creative (PDF)
May 2013 ~ Massage Magazine
Coming Back to the Body (PDF)
March 2013 ~ Massage Magazine
December 2010 ~ Upledger.com eNewsletter
2010 ~ Wisdom Magazine
April 2010 ~ Gaiam Life Magazine
November 2007 ~ The Ecozoic Reader
January 2007 ~ Massage Today
November 2005 ~ Massage Magazine
January 2006 – Massage Today
October 2003 ~ Chapter 7 – Developing Therapeutic Presence (Amazon.com)
Listen: Interviews with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana
October 2013 ~ “Navigating from the Wisdom of the Body” on Heal Your Mojo with Jeannine West – Heal Your Mojo Expert Speaker Series
April 2013 ~ Full Body Presence on Healing Possibilites with Tracy Makarenko on VoiceAmerica
March 2013 ~ Full Body Presence on The Consciousness Revolution Show with Harun Rabbani on UnTangled FM
March 2010 ~ Carol Robins’ Profound Paths online teleseminars
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Professional and Personal Development
International Alliance of Healthcare Educators
International Alliance of Healthcare Educators (IAHE) is an educational and clinical resource center that integrates the best of conventional healthcare with advanced complementary techniques. Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, it’s recognized worldwide for its continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services. Since 1985, patients and healthcare professionals have trusted our gentle therapies and benefited from our personalized solutions to better health.
IAHE’s curriculums include:
- The Upledger Institute (UI) – a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its comprehensive education programs, advanced treatment options and for its unique outreach initiatives. Over 90,000 therapists have benefited from the training they’ve achieved through The Upledger Institute. And with new programs and new opportunities to come, tens of thousands of new therapists and millions of more patients will benefit as well. The Upledger Clinic provides intensive therapy for extreme ailments involving brain and spinal cord dysfunction such as: traumatic injury, vertigo, chronic pain, autism and many more. See the UI website for further information.
- The Barral Institute – an international organization providing continuing education and certification based on the innovative manual therapies developed in clinical practice by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. These include Visceral Manipulation, Visceral Vascular Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and New Manual Articular Approach. The Institute also offers manual therapy seminars in related modalities such as Fascial and Membrane Technique developed by Peter Schwind, PhD, HP, as well as Muscle Energy Technique as organized by Kerry D’Ambrogio, DOM, AP,PT, DO-MTP. Alumni include osteopathic physicians, allopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.
The Esalen Institute
Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust
The Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust has been training practitioners in Craniosacral Therapy since 1989.
The founder and principal of the school is Michael Kern, author of the highly acclaimed book “Wisdom In The Body – The Craniosacral Approach To Essential Health“.
The Trust’s offerings include a comprehensive program of continuing professional development courses with leading teachers of Craniosacral Therapy and allied fields and the landmark bi-annual Breath of Life Conferences.
Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University
The Nebo Company
New World Library
Kripalu Yoga Center
Healing From the Core Instructors, Presenters and Practitioners
International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners
International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) is a professional network of more than 100,000 therapists who have taken continuing-education classes from Upledger, Barral, & IAHE affiliates. It’s also home of one of the world’s premier online directories of bodyworkers which is accessible by the public 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
IAHP’s Find a Practitioner tool is a terrific resource for finding therapists trained in Healing From the Core, CranioSacral Therapy, and a host of other prominent modalities. Search for practitioners by name, location, modality and specialty, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Amelia Mitchell – Alchemy Healing Arts Center
An’ Marie – Photography and Words
Ann Randolph – writer, performer, educator
Ann Randolph is an award-winning playwright and performer. Her current solo show, LOVELAND played for two years straight in San Francisco where it won the SF Weekly Award for “Best Solo Show” and garnered the SF Bay Critic’s Award for “Best Original Script”. (Read more about LOVELAND, and her other solo works, on her website.) Ann’s personal essays and interviews have been featured on NPR, PBS and the BBC.
She is also a nationally recognized educator and keynote speaker touring throughout the US and speaking and performing at universities, conferences, and mind/body/spirit centers. Her widely popular “Write Your Life” workshops are offered in cities across the US with annual stops at Kripalu, the Omega Institute and Esalen.
Belleruth Naparstek – Health Journeys
Dr. Carlos Durana – Seasons In Our Life
Christine Kent, RN – Whole Woman Inc.
Gina Ogden – Expanding Sex Therapy
Jesse Kalu – Musician
“If you ever spent quiet time in the vast empty space of the southwestern desert, you will understand the essence of Jesse Kalu’s meditative journey. One in Spirit brings the sweet sounds of nature alive through Kalu’s mystical hand-made bamboo flutes. The wind, water, whales, dolphins, hawks & eagles gently call out to your spirit, slowing your mind and inviting you into the ancient wisdom of nature’s heart. The healing powers of this recording gently vibrate into the center of your soul to melt away the tensions of your mind & emotions. The flow of the flute melodies transports your spirit to the magical red rocks of Sedona, where this sound therapy was inspired & developed. Peace, tranquility and transcendence is the experience that One in Spirit offers.”
-Michael Silveria, Whole Life Times.
Joanna Haymore – Body Map Skills
Kate MacKinnon – From My Hands and Heart
Kelly Dorfman – Health Program Planner & Nutritionist
Kelly Dorfman, M.S., L.N.D. is a nutrition detective who works collaboratively with other medical professionals around the country to help people with complex ailments and symptoms. After twenty-nine years of listening to clients describe their situations, she knows how to identify core issues quickly. She then carefully employs tried and true strategies ground in research to attain the best results over time.
Kelly’s special talent for integrating information from many sources and finding practical solutions has made her a popular speaker and workshop leader. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and has been featured on numerous television programs including CNN’s American Morning and Fox News.
One of Kelly’s special interests is children. Her book, What’s Eating Your Child? The hidden connections between food and childhood ailments, was published by Workman Press in June 2011. Publishers Weekly rave review claimed the book was full of “fascinating and potentially life-changing advice”. She also co-founded the non-profit organization Developmental Delay Resources (DDR). The purpose of DDR is to educate parents, teachers and health professionals who deal with children facing attention, behavior and cognitive challenges.
Kim Falone – Poetry and Teaching
Kim Falone’s poems and parables explore continued opening and the resulting transformation.
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, developer of Healing From The Core, describes Kim Falone’s book as “…both a journey into the psyche of a fascinating woman and a transformational tool. I have shared these poems numerous times with individuals and groups; to my delight, listeners are always catapulted into more insight, open-heartnedness and deeper healing.”
Rachel Abrams – Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine
Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS, Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, MHS, received her Medical Degree at the University of California-San Francisco and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Health and Medical Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is also Board Certified in Holistic Medicine and a member of the American Holistic Medical Association.
Her seven years as a family medicine physician in full practice at the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic have given her invaluable experience in knowing what works, and doesn’t work, in conventional medicine. She has published two books on Taoism, holistic health and sexuality, The Multi-Orgasmic Woman and The Multi-Orgasmic Couple (www.multiorgasmicwoman.com). She teaches workshops regularly at the Chi Center and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California (Esalen Workshops). She has trained with Mantak Chia, a Taoist Master, and is a certified Healing Love instructor in the Universal Tao system.
Steven Harper – Wilderness guide, Consultant, Author, and Artist
Steven Harper has led both traditional and experimental wilderness expeditions in the North America and internationally for almost 40 years.
With an MA in psychology, Steven focuses on wild nature as a vehicle for awakening, and his work is inspired by a deep connection to inner wild nature. He has contributed to and written in the emerging field of ecopsychology, and has taught workshops at both Esalen Institute and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center for over 35 years.
As a naturalist and avid explorer, he has experienced many of the wild areas of world and lived with several indigenous native peoples. Working as a wilderness guide, Steven has taught for numerous organizations, including the National Outdoor Leadership School and Colorado Outward Bound, leading expeditions on five continents.
Full Body Presence Book Reviews
Full Body Presence on goodreads (social book review site)
Full Body Presence Customer Reviews ~ Amazon.com
January 2011 ~ Examiner.com
September 2010 ~ Pathways Magazine
September 2010 Vol 16, No 3 ~ Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction
September 2008 ~ Upledger Institute International
Sara Pierce of Children, Families and Communities (Ellsworth, Maine) writes on Full Body Presence:
As human beings we encompass many different levels of consciousness: physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual. All of these levels of consciousness are accessible through our physical bodies, and can be healed through touch, energy and awakened awareness. Accessing the wisdom of the body and restoring movement where it has been inhibited are at the heart of Presence in Healing.
When our heart’s desire meets our soul’s presence we may intuit our way “home”, ie, to live this life as intended.
What Our Participants are Saying…
We receive many cards and letters throughout the year from participants who want to share their Healing From the Core experiences. We share a few of those and some new interviews with you below.
Interview with Marcus Shouse – An ER/Critical care physician who took the “Grounding & Healthy Boundaries Workshop”. Summary: Wanted to learn boundaries – has hard time saying”NO” in personal & professional life; workshop exceeded expectations; more connected to own energy source & had exercises to prove it!
Interview with California Walsch – “Divorcee’ engaged to another divorcee”. Summary: Took “Grounding & Healthy Boundaries” workshop; wanted relationship workshop before second marriage; learning healthy boundaries for relationships between others drew her to HFC, “Esalen is nourishing in many ways — sounds of waves & whales; organic food = energy…”
Interview with Grace Imani – 25 year trauma survivor who took Healing Pelvic Floor workshop in midst of marriage separation after 16 years. Summary: on “journey to find out who [we] are”; been working on incest trauma for decades – “triggers still arise”; “Esalen’s strong nature connection allowed for a safe environment…’released a lot of trauma in the nervous system without being pulled down’-stayed in the present didn’t run away/bolt”. Took “Grounding & Healthy Boundaries” workshop immediately after… gave her the “feet & legs” to take forward what she just learned in previous workshop; “never felt worthy enough” [to work on herself] – “Give it a chance!”
Interview with Sandy Brown – a hard working chiropractor who took “Grounding & Healthy Boundaries Intensive Workshop”. Summary: Wanted greater professional presence for herself; usually drained by end of day. (Sandy has since become a Certified HFC Presenter.)
Interview with Richard Griffin – 2006, who at the time was a corporate worker who had been taking HFC workshops for years. Today he is a Certified HFC Presenter. Summary: Richard wanted to learn boundaries and to connect with others. Found courage to do things he never thought possible; works effectively; calm presence diffuses office politics for self & others.
A Physical Therapist from NY shares how Healing From the Core experiences have strengthened her therapeutic presence
After studying with Suzanne, there is an ease during my therapeutic sessions that I had not previously experienced. If you are not clear in yourself, it will be impossible to allow your client/patient to experience all their traumas in the least judgmental way. If you become ‘charged’ by what is happening on the treatment table and do not know how to work in a grounded way, you may lead that person down the wrong road or the session will just never go far enough. CranioSacral Therapy taught me how to touch and heal the nervous system. Healing From the Core taught me how to incorporate essential resources of energy, grounding, and connection to Spirit/life force. Combining the two systems creates the whole.
A CST teaching assistant shares how she was able to help CST students feel the CranioSacral rhythm using HFC techniques
Some people in the class were still having difficulty sensing the CranioSacral rhythm on the third and fourth day. They were so frustrated because everyone else was “getting it” and this caused them to get even more upset. I simply stood next to them and focused my energy on grounding myself and creating a wider, diffuse field to support the students. I also led them through the imagery of feeling their feet on the ground and reaching with roots into the earth, focusing on their breath. To MY EXCITEMENT, they were able to feel the rhythm for the first time in the course. It was nice to be able to help these people who may have otherwise given up on the experience.
A participant from Maryland relates how Healing From the Core helped her when she was robbed at gunpoint
I took the Healing From the Core three day course in the Spring of 1996 and in the summer of that same year, I was tied up and robbed at gunpoint in my own home. I don’t know if I would be alive today if I hadn’t had that training. The skill of staying grounded, present in my body, probably saved my life as I negotiated with the robber, calmly and clearly until he left. This work has changed my life! This work is vital for dealing with the uncertainty and trauma so present in these times.
An occupational therapist from North Carolina describes the unique combination of skills taught at Healing From the Core advanced courses
Nowhere else have I found such powerful, yet gentle, healing. These trainings are a masterful synthesis of conscious intention, cutting edge hands-on work, and ancient indigenous ceremony using breath, movement, and sound to augment it all. What an incredible combination!
A massage therapy student loves the practical skills learned in Healing From the Core
I find the grounding skills highly valuable. Also, the breath and movement exercises helped me to deepen my experience of being grounded.
Now, I can call upon this in the real world, especially at school.
A physical therapist describes how Healing From the Core and CranioSacral therapy are complimentary
Healing From the Core and CranioSacral therapy meld wonderfully together! As practitioners, we are often called upon to assist in deep healing work. The blending of Suzanne’s unique and wonderful gift of teaching allows me to fully expand my practice and therapeutic presence. Learning these concepts and techniques and bridging them with CranioSacral therapy opens the door to fully understand the depth and possibilities this work can bring to others, as well as yourself. Suzanne teaches each of us how to connect to our source, how to hold a healing space for another person, and how to live life to its fullest. During the Advanced CranioSacral II course, I found that Healing From the Core prepared me to move forward and learn with a dynamic and open process. I now have the tools to keep myself grounded, energized and clear. Integrating the concepts from HFC has allowed my personal and professional life to flourish!
An accountant praises the 3-day Grounding & Healthy Boundaries course*
Suzanne, once again I awaken the Monday morning after the course with a sense that nothing will be the same. Thanks so much for your thoughtful, loving guidance as each of us on your circle begins to explore unknown, forgotten, or completely new interior landscapes. Your skill, your confidence, and your support combine to create a most remarkable atmosphere in which we awaken. Thank you.
* This workshop is now four days
Dr. Joel Ying, MD, a Certified Healing From the Core Presenter, talks about the Advanced Energy Dynamics & Applications (HFAE) workshops
As I prepare to return to HFAE2, this time as a Teaching Assistant, I remember how life changing this workshop was for me the first time through. It was a turning point in my journey that allowed me to show up more powerfully in my office and hospital practice. As an Internist, I see a wide variety of people, so my presence – and my ability to modulate that presence – is a vital part my success, given the challenges I face each day.
I learned in HFAE2 that my ability to feel depth and steadiness in my heart – as I held space for someone else’s healing process – was deeply healing for me as well. My trust in the unseen support around me was deepened immeasurably. I gained a greater energetic awareness and as we practiced with distance healing and dream interpretation, things that had previously felt fleeting and ephemeral became palpable.
The process of simply ‘being’ with another person, with no agenda opened my consciousness to information and a rich depth of connection that I have never experienced before. The exciting part is that I have been able to take that rich connection from the workshop and bring it home to my practice with my patients. Personally, I was able to give up “the need to do it perfectly” and rest back in who I am – knowing that its more than enough! In the end, when I rest back in who I am when I am in session with someone, I receive as much as they do – I feel blessed by the connection between us.
Cathy N. sent this in weeks after attending Grounding & Healthy Boundaries regarding a breathing technique taught in the class
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate learning the lunar breathing technique from you in the last class. My job as a Senior Project Manager can be stressful at times, managing multiple personalities from my company and from the clients. In one status meeting, we have a particularly challenging client manager who can be verbally abusive in conference calls. The meeting included several people from my company, the client and a competitor. I leveraged lunar breathing and it made a difference. I was able to center myself before responding in a calm manner (instead of letting her tone set my tone). I continued lunar breathing and also found other people on the call became more collaborative instead of defensive to her yelling. An hour after the call, I received an email from my competitor who was on the call and thanked me for joining the meeting and she said I was “amazing”. Note I personally did not provide the end solution to the problem – but I believe through lunar breathing and focusing on being centered, I was able to help facilitate a good meeting discussion for everyone involved.
Anyway, I know this is not your typical use of lunar breathing – in a commercial consulting company. But I wanted to let you know that lunar breathing can be used anywhere. Thanks again and I look forward to learning even more in the next class!