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The Power of Embodied Presence: Inhabiting Yourself, Your Subtle Body, and Your Life with John Welwood

June  14 - 16, 2013


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Santa Sabina Retreat Center
John Welwood

The Power of Embodied Presence: Inhabiting Yourself, Your Subtle Body, and Your Life with John Welwood

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About the Workshop

The great challenge in our busy world is to stay connected with ourselves- with our bodily felt experience, our living wisdom, our sensitivity and our depth. This intensive retreat addresses this challenge through helping you to develop greater presence in body, speech, and mind and to connect with yourself, your awareness, and your felt experience in a fully embodied way.

Grounding in the heart and belly, we will practice consciously inhabiting the subtle body- our innate capacity to feel and know ourselves from within. We will work with tracking the "life stream"- the ongoing flow of present experiencing- allowing it to open up and reveal new directions. And we will explore a subtle body approach to self-love-opening up the body to the flow of love, along with unpacking mental and emotional patterns blocking this flow.
This retreat is largely experiential, drawing on embodiment exercises, psychospiritual inquiry, mindful speaking and listening, periods of silent practice, and meditation to cultivate embodied presence and awareness. There will also be talks and discussion.

About the Presenter

John Welwood, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, an editor of The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and teacher whose innovative approach integrates psychological, meditative, and embodiment work. His books include Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation; Journey of the Heart; Love and Awakening; and most recently, the award-winning Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships.


Single room: $565/$507 members
Double room: 
Commuter fee: $440/$381 members (Includes all meals, from Dinner Friday to lunch on Sunday)
13 CEUs are available for this retreat (MFT, LCSW, RN)

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A Personal Note from John Welwood:

For 25 years I have offered an annual retreat/training on the East Coast that has explored the intersection between psychological, meditative, and embodiment work, evolving in new directions each year. My intention is to offer this rich opportunity for personal and spiritual exploration as an annual residential retreat in the Bay Area as well.

This year's program marks the sixth year of this West Coast retreat offered by the California Institute of Integral Studies. It is appropriate both for new participants and for those who have studied with me before and would like to go deeper in continuing this work. It will be useful not only for those in the helping professions, but for everyone who is interested in these issues.



Friday, June 14

1:30PM-3:00PM Check In
3:30PM-5:30PM Session One
6:00PM-7:00PM Dinner
7:00PM-8:30PM Evening Session


Saturday, June 15

8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast
10:00AM-12:30PM Morning Session
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch
2:00PM-5:30PM Afternoon Session
6:00PM-7:00PM Dinner
7:00PM-8:00PM Evening Session


Sunday, June 16

8:00AM-9:00AM Breakfast
10AM-12PM MorningSession
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch

Location: Santa Sabina Retreat Center
, 25 Magnolia Ave., 
San Rafael, CA 94901