Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California is my favorite place on earth for the sacred work of exploring our inner world. It is an organic farm land, located right on the cliff over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, a sacred land for the Native people in the past, and for the last 50 years it has been a laboratory of seekers of Truth. The curriculum I am teaching was created in collaboration with neuroscientists Andrew Newberg M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, who wrote the best seller book How God Changes Your Brain, which documented numerous studies on the impact of spiritual mindfulness practices on the brain.(http://www.amazon.com/How-Changes-Your-Brain-Neuroscientist/dp/0345503422). What we do in Eslaen is experiencing introspective and ecstatic practices of four ancient spiritual paths: Zen Buddhism, Kabbalistic Judaism, early contemplative Christianity, and Sufi-Islam. This unique experiential seminar is a journey deep into sacred music chanting, movement, and spiritual mindfulness practices, drawing from the hidden wisdom of the traditions of the East. These practices have been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and social awareness. These practices also overcome the neural mechanisms that generate stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. Each day my group will focus on a different tradition, and sessions will demonstrate the deep commonality and love for life and humanity reflected in these spiritual practices. The activities are based on my work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through this incredible journey to your inner world, you will have a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of the mysticism of Christianity. This seminar is experiential, and will not be lecture-based. The focus is on providing a deep spiritual healing experience, including walking, sacred movement, ecstatic chanting meditations, storytelling, and poetry.
See more info and rsvp at: http://www.esalen.org/workshop/week-march-29-april-3/sacred-sound-meditation-and-dance-change-your-brain-and-transform Hope to see you there!