The Embodied Life™: Meditation, Guided Inquiry and the Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Aug 10 - 12, 2018 (3 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you—don't go back to sleep. -Rumi

All methods devoted to human potential emphasize the importance of awakening to the present moment. All that we long for — love, joy, peace, harmony, truth — require the fundamental capacity for presence.

This seminar uses ancient and modern methods for directly and simply uncovering this natural capacity. Put simply, we need the capacity to: 1. Sit quietly with our own thoughts. 2. Mindfully welcome our feelings/emotions. 3. Find comfort in our own bodies.

The meditation we will practice is a bare-bones approach to experiencing the present moment “As It Is.” This is the basis for being at home in ourselves. Chairs are available and help is given to those who find sitting challenging. Guided Inquiry includes a variety of awareness experiments based in the Focusing method of Eugene Gendlin. Learning to bring a warm, caring, curious presence to our feelings/emotions/“negative” thoughts is truly transformative. The movement lessons of Moshe Feldenkrais are perhaps the most neurologically sophisticated and effective ways of transforming our motor patterns and self-image; these lessons are also interesting and fun. Through meditations, awareness practices, movement lessons, and conversation, we anticipate a meaningful and joyful time of learning together.

This retreat is open to all people who are interested in living an awakening life.

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Why Retreat?

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To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

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We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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