January 19–26, 2013
This week at Blue Spirit, you can experience relationship as a spiritual practice; learn how to find fulfillment in the present moment; repack your bags for the next exciting stage of life; practice joyful yoga or the flow of qigong; immerse yourself in ecstatic dance practice; or explore ways to increase metabolism, manage weight, and maximize your energy.
Get the most of the workshops by day, rest and relax, and take time to enjoy the fun and invigorating evening activities at Blue Spirit.
Sample from any or all of the following workshops during Week 3.
Relationship as Spiritual Practice
Where Science, Psychology & Spirit Meet
Judith Ansara, MSW, and Robert Gass, EdD
Do you long to create loving and satisfying relationships? Join internationally renowned consciousness teachers and creators of Sharing the Path workshops for couples, Judith Ansara and Robert Gass, for an enlivening and practical training in the art of embracing relationship as a spiritual practice. As you learn to bring your heart, mind, body, and spirit into your relationships, you will delight in increased intimacy, connection, and joy. Singles and couples are welcome.
Repack Your Bags
Lighten Your Load for the Good Life
Whether you are facing unexpected life changes or anticipated transitions, it is time to unpack and repack your bags for the next stage of life. Led by Richard Leider, coauthor of the international best-sellers, Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose, you gain tools to design the next phase of your life and work, and forge the connections that will support you in living the next phase of your life with purpose.
The Slowdown Diet
Eating for Pleasure, Energy & Weight Loss
Have you ever wondered if there’s an easier way to increase metabolism, manage weight, improve digestion, and maximize your energy—without the effort that so many dietary systems demand? Best-selling author and nutritional psychologist Marc David shows you how slowing down and relaxing can create powerful metabolic breakthroughs to give you the results you need. Learn the elegant science and simple mind-body nutrition practices that can profoundly transform your health, from the inside out.
The Free Heart™
As human beings living in a conditional world, we tend to look outside of ourselves for perfect love and acceptance, and overlook what is already present in the core of our being and heart. Guided by spiritual counselor Annette Knopp, we learn through meditative inquiry and experiential exercises how to rediscover our natural wholeness, befriend ourselves, and use the challenges in our life as a doorway to come home to our true self.
Joyful, Blissful Yoga
Edgar Ortiz, president of the Costa Rican Yoga Association, guides us in a fun-filled practice of yoga that serves as a reminder of the divine. Drawing on the precise alignments of Iyengar Yoga and a joyful attitude inspired from the Anusara tradition, he challenges us to find, explore, and respect our limits in postures ranging from handstands to restorative poses. Through our practice, we come more fully into the present moment and find well-being and harmony inside and out.
5Rhythms® Movement as Meditation
Created by Gabrielle Roth, the 5Rhythms®—flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness—form a simple yet profound moving meditation designed to be a catalyst for your creative potential and deep healing of your body, mind, and soul. This week, certified 5Rhythms® teacher Amber Ryan is your guide to this ecstatic dance practice. You learn to move from your head toward your authentic self, awakening the human potential that lives within each of us.
Longevity & Beyond: Living Fully in This Moment
Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Physician and cofounder of Omega, Stephan Rechtschaffen, teaches holistic approaches to time, longevity, stress reduction, and well-being. Learn the fundamental basis for vitality and long life while finding fulfillment in the moment. Through lecture, visualization techniques, and mindfulness practices, the author of Timeshifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life and coauthor of Vitality and Wellness, shows you how to slow down and come into a more authentic and balanced rhythm of life that is the result of living fully in the present moment.
Free Fall of the Laughing Stream
Steven Michael Pague
Practicing qigong—using simple, yet profound systems of breathwork, mental focus, movement, and stillness—we learn to let go, allowing life force to flow. Experiencing the laughing free fall of the mystery of qi (chi), we increase general health and strengthen immune function, while also enhancing intuition, creativity, sexual vitality, and much more. Come away with a real sense of the promise of qi and a practical understanding of how to bring these restorative practices into daily life.
While You’re Here
Add an optional cleanse.
Strategies for a Healthy Lifestyle Cleanse
Add this special weeklong cleanse and enjoy an abundant array of delicious, healthy foods combined with detoxifying Chinese and Western supplements, teas, and juices to restore and rejuvenate your life. There is an additional $200 charge for this program.