Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Jul 22 - 27, 2018 (6 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, particularly articulating feelings and mending bridges. Yet subtle nonverbal communications can elicit unresolved past emotions in a nanosecond without either partner recognizing that their facial micro-expressions, vocal tones, and gestures are triggers. Being in touch with your bodily sensations and attuned to the other’s reactions involve present-centered body awareness and skills that can help partners heal old wounds and enjoy the pleasures of love.

This workshop progresses from partnered exercises and group discussion to face-to-face Gestalt process work for couples that emphasizes body-based awareness, enhancing communication, and resolving unfinished business from the past. During the workshop we’ll also share times of laughter, playfulness, and experiences that expand intimate loving. In this full-spectrum approach, we explore three levels of intimacy:

• Emotional intimacy includes being fully present with one another; breath, body, and emotional awareness; stress-regulation; resolving issues; and embracing joy

• Physical intimacy involves presence, body-to-body attunement, and empathy; affection and soothing stress and pain; and experiencing resonance

• Sexual intimacy and pleasure involves presence, frank sex discussion, and ratcheting up arousal through “relaxed-excitement;” broadening the spectrum of erotic pleasures; and spiritual attunement

Join us to enhance the depth and scope of your embodied love!

This workshop welcomes couples of all gender and sexual orientations.

Recommended reading: Resnick, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love.

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;

Source: www.esalen.org


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