Resilience: Facing the Mess We're in with Clarity, Compassion and Courage

  • The Esalen Institute The Esalen Institute
  • 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • Nov 23 - 25, 2018 (3 days)
  • $420-7000, depending on accommodation selection

About us

Challenges and crises are part of the human condition: for ourselves, for people we care about, for our communities, and for our larger world. This workshop offers practical tools informed by modern neuroscience to strengthen our somatic, emotional, relational, and reflective intelligences to deal with any disruption to coping, across the spectrum from barely a wobble, to genuine upset, to being dumped completely out of our boats. The group will be taught practices including mindfulness, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness that can shift the functioning of the brain out of contraction and reactivity into more receptivity and openness. Through this process, we can reduce the impacts of stress and trauma, recover inner stability, and move into thriving and flourishing.

Recommended reading: Graham, Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

For continuing education syllabus, see

CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;



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